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24th March 2022 19:08

Postponed: Mansfield Town v Stevenage
mansfieldtown.net, Fri 18 March 2022, 1.30pm

Mansfield Town’s Sky Bet League Two fixture at home to Stevenage has been postponed.

Stevenage has today advised the EFL it considers it is unable to fulfil this weekend’s fixture against Mansfield due to a lack of player availability.

As a result, the fixture on Saturday 19 March 2022, kick-off 3pm, will not take place as scheduled.


The circumstances surrounding the fixture not being played will now be the subject of investigation in accordance with EFL Regulations.

Mansfield Town has been in regular dialogue with the EFL and will await their findings of the investigation surrounding the circumstances of the postponement.

A revised date for the rearranged game will be confirmed in due course.


Mansfield Town vs Stevenage postponed
stevenagefc.com, Fri 18 March 2022, 1.30pm

Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two fixture at Mansfield Town has been postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the First Team and Club...

Following medical guidance, Stevenage Football Club informed the EFL of the situation on Thursday morning and have been in communication with them during the evening and today.

There have been a significant number of positive cases in the Club Offices, backroom staff and Foundation staff this week, whilst seven of the First Team that started or played in last Saturday’s EFL game are unavailable with COVID-19/illness, in addition to eight senior players unavailable with various injuries.

The outbreak has left the squad with twelve available players including two goalkeepers and an 18-year-old recalled from loan. The Club have communicated fully with the EFL at every stage and explored every option before this decision was made.


We will update supporters with the date of the rearranged fixture in due course.


mansfieldtown.net, Mon 21 March 2022


Mansfield’s scheduled contest at home to Stevenage on Saturday was postponed due to the opposition having Covid-19 cases in their camp.

“[The feeling of the squad was] One of disappointment. We were desperate for the game to be played and [were] surprised that the game was called off,” said the manager.

“[We were] Annoyed to a certain degree but it’s all in the hands of the Football League.

“I’m sure they [the Football League] will scrupulously investigate the circumstances of the postponement and make sure everything is above board.

“It [the match postponement] means that we play five consecutive away games now. Eight out of nine [matches] now have been away from home.

“It’s [the postponement] certainly not given us any advantage, shall we say.”

The gaffer admits it was a frustration not to play at home on Saturday having lost the previous two matches on the road.

“We were desperate to play the game having lost the two [previous] away games [Tranmere and Port Vale].

“I think that added to the frustration of the players on Friday morning when we told them that the game was off.

“We won ten on the spin at home, we were going for the club record of eleven and smarting from the two defeats.

“When you’ve lost the last two [it’s especially important to pick up points again].


Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough was left 'surprised and annoyed' by Stevenage postponement
chad.co.uk, Mon 21 March 2022

Nigel Clough says Mansfield Town were left ‘surprised and annoyed’ that Saturday’s home game with Stevenage was postponed.

The visitors reported a large number of positive COVID-19 cases amongst their playing staff 24 hours before the match and requested the match be called off, but Stags released a statement believing that current protocol with regard to the virus meant the fixture would be unaffected.

However, the EFL duly postponed the match, leaving Mansfield boss Nigel Clough frustrated by the impact both short and long-term.

He said: “I was disappointed. We were desperate for the game to be played and were surprised the game was called off as well as annoyed to a certain degree.


“But it’s all in the hands of the Football League now and I’m sure they’ll scrupulously investigate the circumstances of the postponement and make sure everything is above board.

“They keep on about the integrity of the competition and the league and everything but for those teams who are down there fighting against relegation, I’m sure they’ll all want to know that everything is how Stevenage said.

"We expected the game to go ahead as COVID is now treated as a normal illness and I don’t think there’s been a game called off since around the 1990s called off due to illness.

“It means we now play five consecutive away games which seems to not give us any advantage, shall we say.”

Clough said he and his players found out about the postponement during training on Friday, meaning a change of plan was swiftly required as to the nature of the session.

He said: “We were training and we found out literally just after the warm-up. We needed to know as it dictated what sort of session we were long and how long we were doing it for, instead of doing the usual, nice and light, pre-match Friday morning. We instead did a more strenuous session to replace the match.

“We were desperate to play having lost the two away games and I think that added to the frustration, certainly of the players on Friday morning. They were more than a little frustrated with the decision. We’d won ten on the spin at home and were looking forward to the game.”



Statement: Mansfield v Stevenage
mansfieldtown.net, Fri 18 March 2022, 10.30am

Mansfield Town Football Club is aware of the statement issued by Stevenage last night.

The club is currently in dialogue with the EFL and Stevenage Football Club ahead of tomorrow’s scheduled Sky Bet League Two fixture at One Call Stadium.

In line with COVID-19 legislation, the club does not expect any alterations to tomorrow’s arranged fixture.


The club will issue a further update in due course.


Club rocked by positive COVID-19 cases
stevenagefc.com, Thur 17 March 2022, 10.55pm

Stevenage Football Club have recorded multiple positive tests today with several of the Club’s First Team squad, backroom and administrative staff testing positive for COVID-19...

The Club are in discussions with the EFL about Saturday's game at Mansfield Town with further updates provided tomorrow (Friday).


Stevenage Football Club wishes all individuals a safe and speedy recovery ahead of their return to work and training.



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