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30th April 2017 0:33

Radfords plea for backing as Stags face crunch game
chad.co.uk, by JOHN LOMAS, Tuesday 25 April 2017

Mansfield Town chairman John Radford has called on football fans from all over the county to help the Stags take another step towards the play-offs this Saturday when title-chasing Portsmouth visit the One Call Stadium.

The chairman and chief executive Carolyn Radford made the plea at a special press conference at the One Call Stadium ahead of a huge weekend for the club.

The Stags are just one point and one place outside the coveted top seven and Radford said: “It would be nice if the people of Nottinghamshire came down and helped support the club and gave us that chance to go down to that last game of the season.

“You can start to feel this club going places and we’re so excited about this next game and the games after. Every game feels like the biggest game of the season.

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“It’s all about the next game. If we can beat Portsmouth we’re in with a chance when we go down to Crawley and it’s just so exciting seeing how the team has developed over the last six months. “We just don’t want to get too excited as the highs and the lows are just so extreme. It’s the same for the directors of the other clubs. They’ve got the same passion. The amount of effort we put in to getting the club to this stage and to where it is, if we lose on Saturday it will hurt us. “But we’ll dust ourselves off and carry on. But if we win on Saturday, it means we’ve got the same trauma to go through next game. “It would be a little sweeter if we were playing Portsmouth and they couldn’t do anything about the title, but they will come here wanting to win. Their fans will get behind them as they want to be champions as we would if we were in their position.” Chief executive Carolyn Radford added: “I am so nervous I can’t breath during the matches. I truly believe we can do it and I just want everyone to get behind us and come to the game. It’s so important. “We want to pack the stadium. Portsmouth are very vocal as it is so we are hoping we can match their voices and hopefully be triumphant. “There is a real buzz around the club at the moment. It does feel like that time when we got promoted. It’s that same energy that I’m feeling around the place. “If we can win on Saturday and win at Crawley I can’t imagine how it would feel. “We want to be the pride of Nottinghamshire. We just want that magical little bit of Lady Luck to go our way and hopefully our dream can stay alive. “Please come down and support us. Let’s have an electric atmosphere at the ground. I am sure the players will make us proud.”


CEO wants large family turnout for big match
mansfieldtown.net, 26th April 2017

Stags’ chief executive Carolyn Radford has urged families in Nottinghamshire to take advantage of our great value family ticket for this Saturday’s big match against Portsmouth at One Call Stadium.

We welcome Pompey to Mansfield on Saturday with a place in the Sky Bet League Two play-off places in our sights.

Manager Steve Evans’ men currently sit one point and one place outside the top seven with two games remaining of the campaign.

And Mrs Radford believes Saturday’s fixture has the makings of a brilliant day for families to enjoy.

“Saturday’s big match against Portsmouth will be a great day for families and we have a brilliant family ticket on offer for the match,” Mrs Radford said.

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“Two adults and two children can watch the game for just £36, or an adult and child for only £18.”

The chief executive admitted to feeling the nerves ahead of the season finale, but says there is a really good feeling around the club at the moment.

“There’s a real buzz about the club at the moment and it does feel like the time we got promoted, [it's] the same energy I’m feeling around the place.

“We can only take one game at a time; I know that’s the case. We’ve managed to tick them off, we’ve had some good wins recently so we’ve got to win on Saturday and we’ve got to win at Crawley.

“I am so nervous - I can’t breathe during the matches! I truly believe we can do it and I just want everyone to get behind us and come to the game against Portsmouth.

“It’s so important; the players, Steve [Evans] and everybody, we all need your support and I just want to pack the stadium. Portsmouth are very vocal as it is so we are hoping we can match their voices and hopefully be really triumphant.”

Mrs Radford, who became the club’s CEO in 2011, wants an ‘electric atmosphere’ inside One Call Stadium to help the players achieve a positive result against our Hampshire opponents.

“Come down, please support us, let’s have an electric atmosphere here at the ground, I’m sure the players will do us proud and please get yourself down, have a great bank holiday weekend and let’s hope we’re joyous by 5 o’clock on Saturday afternoon.

“We want to be the pride of Nottinghamshire, we really do. Everything we’re doing off the pitch; the facilitating, the new training ground, the youth team have done an amazing thing as they’ve got their title again two years on the trot, which is an incredible achievement.

“We’re just pushing - we just want that magical little bit of lady luck to go our way and hopefully our dream can stay alive.”

Supporters can login to Stags PlayerHD to view the chief executive’s full news conference, alongside chairman John Radford.


Stags’ gates on the up, says Radford

As Mansfield Town prepared for their biggest crowd of the season for tomorrow’s crucial visit of Portsmouth, chairman John Radford said he was happy with this season’s attendances and believes the club is getting things right. Stags have struggled to attract back the missing fans since relegation to the Conference, but Radford said: “We are trying to get it right. We’re trying to get it right for the fans. “I know sometimes times are a bit hard so we’ve tried to get the ticket prices right. There are family offers out there and we’ve got a fantastic family stand. “You can start to feel this club going places and we’re so excited about this next game and the games after. “We are getting there. You can never do things as quickly as you’d like to. I was very naïve when I first took over the club. “But I’ve been here eight years now and I’m a lot more experienced. I still think I can still achieve and I think I’ve got the right manager to keep the right sort of team together and the right atmosphere.” Although Stags are doing everything they can to boost attendances, Radford admitted: “We get fantastic support. The gates have not been too bad. If you look historically over the last 10-15 years our gates have improved. It’s not a problem Mansfield have, it’s a problem the whole of football has bar the Premiership. “You look at a lot of the Championship grounds, when they are playing the stadiums are half empty. “It’s the way society has gone. Society has gone to watching TV screens or the computers. We are in the entertainment industry and it’s got to be entertaining football. “They’ve got to come down to the stadium and enjoy themselves. People want value for money and we are going to try to give them that at Mansfield Town. “We’re getting there and slowly chipping away at it. Mansfield are in a lot better position than when I first took over the job. “The atmosphere is fantastic, we’ve got a good manager involved and the teams we are putting together get better year on year.”

Read more at: http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/football/mansfield-town/stags-gates-on-the-up-says-radford-1-8516914



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