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4th August 2004 22:38

mansfieldtown.net reports that young Stags striker Dean Hankey set off for a big adventure in foreign climes yesterday. The seventeen year old will be joining Swedish side IFK Mora who are situated approximately two and half hours journey from the capital Stockholm.

He is the first of what could be a number of our promising youngsters going over to Sweden on short term loan deals to help build their confidence and glean some valuable experience from the adventure.

Stags number two, John Gannon explained "I went to IFK when I was his age in 1985 and stayed out there for nine months. Dean is only going on a short term loan of 8 weeks to help them earn promotion.

"They are currently at the top of division 5 with nine games to earn a promotion. Whilst Dean is there he will gain valuable experience in not only football but life he will have to learn how to communicate and overcome the difficulties of the language barrier and about the cultural differences of living in a foreign country.

"As I have said I was there for nine months so am not asking the lad to do anything that I haven't and one of my team mates then is now the assistant manager so he is going to good people. When we offered the opportunity to Dean he jumped at the chance and I believe he will come back a much better player and have a load of new mates that will stay with him for life."
Svante Bernhard provides the following information for Stagsnet:

IFK Mora, season 1985, third Division Södra Norrland, finishing second.
John Gannon played 21 games there then, scoring five goals from a midfield position.
Mora is situated some three hours' car journey from Karlstad.

And IFK Mora is top of the fifth division, Northern group in the Dalarna FA after having suffered two successive relegations in two seasons.

Below is the fixture list for Dean Hankey's swedish club IFK Mora for the second half of the season in Dalarna FA, fifth division Northern section, details courtesy of http://www.svenskfotboll.se/dalarna:

All times Swedish time:

August 5, 18.30: IFK Mora-Färnäs SK (big local derby, the clubs haven't played in the same league since the Stags 1969 FA Cup season!)
August 8, 15.00: Stora Tuna IK-IFK Mora
August 13, 18.30: IFK Mora-Sollerö IF (another local derby!)
August 20, 18.00: IFK Mora-Vansbro AIK
August 28, 15.00: Hulåns IF-IFK Mora
September 5, 17.00: IFK Mora-Horndals IF
September 12, 15.00: Malungs IF-IFK Mora
September 19, 15.00: IFK Mora-Grycksbo IF
September 26, 15.00: Mockfjärds BK-IFK Mora

The club's official website is: http://www.ifkmora.w.se/fk

The club played two seasons in the old Swedish first division in 1987 and 1988 (the level below Allsvenskan, Swedish Premier League), northern section. In 1987, IFK Mora stayed up finishing 12th, but in 1988 the club finished bottom and were relegated.


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