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3rd March 2004 20:50

A good crowd of 15000+ watched the Stags' first-ever visit to the new Kingston Communications Stadium at Hull just before Christmas. And the Stags fans there more than had their cause for celebration due to McKenzie's cracker in the 84th minute that decided the top clash this being the first Stags win at Hull since 1977 (see below).

And when the Stags last won at Boothferry Park, it was the Stags first-ever away win in the old 2nd division on October 1, 1977 to a 2-0 scoreline due to two goals from all-time Spireite league record scorer Ernie Moss, Mansfield did the double by winning at Field Mill by a Colin Foster strike.

And both ties then were surrounded by managerial changes. In brief they were as follows:
* Hull sacking John Kaye after the 0-2 reverse
* Kaye's replacement Bobby Collins being axed a fortnight before the fixture at Field Mill on February 25, 1978
* Peter Morris departing for Newcastle at around the same time as the sacking of Bobby Collins
* Billy Bingham replacing Morris – and the home game at Field Mill was Bingham's first in charge

And as early as in 1932-33 the clubs faced each other for the first time. Despite Hull winning the division 3 (N) championship two points ahead of Wrexham, they were unable to win at Field Mill as the Stags bit the Tigers 2-1 due to goals from Fisher and Johnson in front of 8436.

More memorable Stags v Tigers outings:
* On October 17, 1936, Hull crashed to a 5-2 defeat at the Mill with Harston severely inflicting the damage with four strikes and one from Anderson attended by 9776
* At Easter 1965, both sides were challenging for promotion and narrowly failed. On Easter Saturday 1965, an incredible 19500 (!!!) crowd at Field Mill saw two Middleton strikes dent Hull's promotion hopes – even more nullified by Hull only taking one point in two games against Southend and the game at Field Mill was Ken Wagstaff's first at Mansfield in a Hull shirt
* On January 3, 1983, the Stags gained the first victory that year by stuffing the Tigers 3-1 after two goals by Dungworth – one a penalty – and a Nicholson strike in front of 4517. And at Hull, the Tigers were unable to beat the mid-table Stags as well – as the game on May 2, 1983 ended 2-2 with Charles Bell hitting a brace for the Stags
* On August 9, 1997, Iyseden Christie scored his first Stags goal in a 2-0 win at Field Mill
* The teams also met in 2001-02. At Field Mill, the Stags won 4-2 – but in fact it was a rout with a three-goal blitz within six minutes at the end of the first half - Disley, Reddington, Hassell and Greenacre netting for the Stags in front of 5702. But at Hull, the Stags crashed as heavily as the 4-1 scoreline suggested in front of 9158 with Shayne “gone in 60 seconds in the latest Stags v Spireites derby” Bradley netting the consolation goal in the final minutes. But after that game, Hull failed to win their remaining league outings doing even worse than relegated Halifax. The price Hull paid for that was mid-table obscurity after being so long in the promotion and play-off picture.

And the last time Hull won in Stagsland was as recently as on April 15, 2000 during the Stags long goal draught when a single Hull scoring settled the tie which was watched by a measly 2213. And that was only the second time ever the Stags had failed to score in a home game against the Tigers, the first one being a 0-2 on Easter Saturday, April 14, 1979 with Bruce Bannister and Keith Edwards – both profilic goal-hunters for a number of clubs during their league career – netting for Hull in front of 5138. No previous Stags v Hull league fixture have failed to produced goals compared to two consecutive at Boothferry Park – the second one being exactly to the day five years ago!

There have been some players appearing for both sides, best known is Ken Wagstaff. Another one, Ryan Williams, was on loan to Bristol Rovers from Hull in November (later signed for the Pirates) and netted the 2-1 winner AGAINST the Tigers in the 87th minute on November 29, 2003. Most recently, both sides have gone through barren spells, the Stags losing three of their last four league games and Hull getting just one point from their last three fixtures. And in the game Hull got a point, they were only eight minutes from losing – at Carlisle! Prior to that game and after the Stags win at Hull, the Tigers notched seven consecutive league victories.

One person has also managed both teams. Raich Carter led Hull to the division 3 (N) championship in 1948-49 – yet the game at Field Mill on New Year's Day, 1949 was drawn 1-1 when 11735 saw Devey hit the onion bag for the Stags – and laid the foundations to the Stags' first-ever promotion in 1962-63.

Played for both sides: Arthur Atkinson, Ernest Bell, David Coates, Alan Daley, Damien Delaney, David Fraser, Henry Gilmore, Maxwell Holmes, Alan Jarvis, William Jeffries, Malcolm Murray, Ken Wagstaff, Ryan Williams

Managed both sides: Raich Carter (Hull 1948-1951, Stags 1960-63).

Home stats: P 22, W 12, D 6, L 4, GF 39, GA 25
Away stats: P 23, W 3, D 7, L 13, GF 18, GA 47

Season Home Date Away Date

1932-33 2-1 1932-10-22 1-4 1933-03-04 Div 3 (N)
1936-37 5-2 1936-10-17 0-3 1937-02-20 Div 3 (N)
1947-48 1-1 1948-04-10 1-1 1947-11-22 Div 3 (N)
1948-49 1-1 1949-01-01 0-4 1948-08-28 Div 3 (N)
1956-57 2-1 1956-12-01 2-1 1957-04-13 Div 3 (N)
1957-58 1-3 1957-09-23 1-1 1957-09-30 Div 3 (N)
1958-59 1-1 1958-12-27 2-5 1958-12-26 Div 3 (old)
1963-64 2-0 1963-12-28 1-3 1963-12-26 Div 3 (old)
1964-65 2-1 1965-04-17 1-1 1964-10-24 Div 3 (old)
1965-66 1-2 1965-09-11 0-4 1966-02-26 Div 3 (old)
1977-78 1-0 1978-02-25 2-0 1977-10-01 Div 2 (old)
1978-79 0-2 1979-04-14 0-3 1978-12-26 Div 3 (old)
1979-80 1-1 1979-09-01 1-3 1980-01-12 Div 3 (old)
1981-82 3-3 1981-10-10 0-2 1982-02-27 Div 4 (old)
1982-83 3-1 1983-01-03 2-2 1983-05-02 Div 4 (old)
1992-93 3-1 1992-11-03 0-1 1993-03-20 Div 2
1996-97 1-0 1997-01-18 1-1 1996-10-01 Div 3
1997-98 2-0 1997-08-09 0-0 1998-01-10 Div 3
1998-99 2-0 1998-09-26 0-0 1999-03-06 Div 3
1999-2000 0-1 2000-04-15 0-2 1999-12-28 Div 3
2000-01 1-1 2000-09-12 1-2 2001-02-20 Div 3
2001-02 4-2 2001-09-25 1-4 2002-03-05 Div 3
2003-04 (at Kingston CS) 1-0 2003-12-20 Div 3

Note: CS stands for Communications Stadium.

Svante Bernhard aka Sweden Stag (pictured, above right)

Details from various sources (Rothmans Football Yearbook and the Stags centenary book in particular)


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