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21st October 2007 20:52

Derby could be sell-out
CHAD.co.uk, Friday afternoon
STAGS fans have flocked to Field Mill on Friday to snap up the remaining tickets for Saturday's big local derby with Notts County.
Now the club will NOT be opening its ticket office to sell any remaining tickets on Saturday morning, as they had announced on Friday lunchtime.

The match is all-ticket and supporters are reminded that there will be no cash turnstiles on the day. The ticket office will be open until Friday at 5pm.

There had still been 735 tickets available for home fans at 1pm on Friday, but a spokesman told Chad at 3.30pm that they now anticipated a sell-out by the end of Friday.

The ticket office will be open on Saturday from 10am for the collection of pre-paid tickets only.

Capacity for the match has been raised to just over 5,000 and Notts County have just a handful of tickets remaining from their 1,335 allocation.

For ticket details log onto the club's official site http://www.mansfieldtown.net

mansfieldtown.net reports that as of 9am Friday morning, we have just over 800 tickets left for home fans ahead of tomorrow's big match.

The ticket office will be open until 5pm on Friday, though supporters who have pre-paid for tickets can collect them on Saturday.

Over 1200 tickets left for Stags fans - see here --->http://www.mansfieldtown.premiumtv.co.uk/page/News/LatestNewsDetail/0,,10325~1144962,00.html

Field Mill capacity raised slightly
By Tim Morriss
SAFETY officials have allowed Mansfield Town to increase their capacity a little ahead of this Saturday's local derby with Notts County.
Field Mill - the subject of safety restrictions for a couple of years - had been limited to 50 per cent (4,684) supporters following ticketing problems at the derby with Chesterfield at the start of the season.

But with last year's County clash attracting more than 6,000 to the Mill, the Stags were hoping to raise the figure.

Today Nottinghamshire County Council's Safety Advisory Group, which had imposed the restrictions, said the club had completed the necessary turnstile work in the North Stand and that now 1,335 fans would be allowed into that stand.

Immediately Notts County, who had sold out their 995 allocation, were given an extra 375 tickets.

However, the 50 per cent restriction remains in place in the rest of Field Mill - 2,746 fans in the West Stand and 983 in the South Stand. The total ground capacity is now set at 5,064.

But the Stags are still hoping that this figure will be lifted later this week.

A spokesman for the county council told Chad: "There are still ongoing issues in thge other stands (West and South stands), so that figure will stay at 50 per cent."

A spokesman for Mansfield Town told Chad: "There are still around 1,000 tickets available for home fans and we would urge people to come down and buy their's this week. Fans are reminded that this is an all-ticket match and that the ticket office will be open until late on Wednesday."

CHAD video: Dearden and Dan Martin:

I was never in a boy band - Dan Martin
STAGS summer signing Dan Martin has said he wants a new job . . . as the club's regular left back!
Midfielder Martin has been the makeshift full back since Gareth Jelleyman joined the club's never-ending defensive injury list.

Now the youngster - who joined Mansfield in the summer from Saturday's derby opponents Notts County - tells Chad in a video interview that he wants to make the position his own.

And he also reveals that he was never in a boy band - a rumour which led to extraordinary goal celebrations by Stags players at Barnet last week.

Ball will be in D'Laryea's court on return
CHAD.co.uk, 18 Oct 2007, By John Lomas
Jon D'Laryea must decide if he feels up to a place on the bench for Mansfield Town in Saturday's local derby.
The midfielder has been out since going off injured when the sides met back in March and has had two ankle operations.

But, having just completed his first week's training, the midfield ace would be a useful body on the bench for Stags if he feels up to it.

"Jon will not start the game on Saturday, that's for certain," said manager Billy Dearden.

"It would not be fair to throw him in at the deep end when he hasn't even had a reserve game.

"But it would give us and him a boost to be on the bench on Saturday. And he might be a good asset for the last 20 minutes or so, depending on how the game was going.

"I am very tempted to put him on there if he feels okay as he is a big player for us and people don't realise how much we have missed him.

"We will have to see how he goes in training today, have a chat and take it from there."
Injuries boost for Stags
CHAD.co.uk, 18 Oct 2007, By John Lomas
STAGS were given a big boost ahead of the visit of Notts County when four players were declared fit.
And two others could be back on the bench.

Sean McAllister has shaken off a virus and Dan Martin, Lee Bell and Jake Buxton are all back in training after starting the week on the treatment table.

And the recently weak bench could see Jon D'Laryea and Gareth Jelleyman also eased back into the picture after longer term problems.

However, it seems there will be no brand new faces again for Mansfield for Saturday's local derby.

But manager Billy Dearden is happy to bide his time and bring in the ones he really wants.

"I was hopeful again this week but things haven't materialised and I don't see anything happening before Saturday now," he said.

"I have my eyes on two or three targets and it is not for the want of trying that I haven't been able to get them in yet.

"It is just one of those things and there is no panic.

"I still want to bring in a couple that I have had my sights since a couple of weeks ago and will be looking to do that in the near future.

"Let's get through this weekend and see what we need to add next week.

Big striker John McAliskey will again miss out with a groin strain though does have a chance of being back next weekend.
Dearden up against pal Charlie
CHAD.co.uk, 18 Oct 2007, By John Lomas
BILLY Dearden has suddenly found himself up against good friend Ian 'Charlie' McParland this weekend when the pair will cross local derby swords at Field Mill.
McParland (46), who bagged 90 goals in 267 appearances during a highly successful eight years at Meadow Lane, was announced as the new Notts manager today ahead of Saturday's local derby at Field Mill.

"I know Charlie quite well and we speak regularly once a week," said Dearden.

"I did a lot of work for him and Frank Barlow when they were together at Forest and I was freelancing.

"I have a good understanding and relationship with him and I wish him all the best - after Saturday.

"I won't be too friendly with him until then and we will be in opposite corners on the afternoon, you might say. But we will have a drink and a chat after the game.

"It is his first job in charge as number one at a football club and he will feel a big difference.

"He knows that being a successful player doesn't make you a successful manager. But he has all the credentials.

"He had a good upbringing at Forest, working his way up from reserve team manager."

Dearden knows McParland's arrival will give County the 'new manager lift' syndrome as players try to impress their new boss.

"Having a new manager will have a big impact on them," he said.

"They have been down since Steve Thompson went on Tuesday and this will give them a lift.

"You always get a reaction from players when a new manager goes in. They seem to find an extra half a yard - though that should have happened under the old manager.

"There will be a bit of a buzz about the place for a few weeks. But we have enough in our camp to get a result.

"I am not bothered about Notts County. If we play like we can I know we can get a good result.

"We have enough to beat them if we perform on the day. We have played quite well in the last three games apart from the first half at Rotherham. We can carry that form on into Saturday.

"We know County's strengths and weaknesses and we know we have players who can win us the game in different areas. We are looking forward to a good derby match and a good result.

"I enjoyed my time at Notts, though they played more football when I was there and a league higher.

"You are not allowed to play as much football in the bottom league, but I think there will be some good football Saturday and the game has a lot of spice for me."
Tickets now selling fast for big derby
CHAD.co.uk, 18 Oct 2007, By Tim Morriss
MANSFIELD Town FC's decision to open its ticket office into Wednesday evening, ahead of Saturday's local derby with Notts County, has paid dividends.
For yesterday the club sold around 300 more tickets for the match, with a lot of those sales coming during the well publicised additional opening hours.

There are still around 900 tickets left for home supporters for the all-ticket big match and these can be purchased upto 5pm on Friday evening at Field Mill.

Capacity for the match has been raised to just over 5,000 and Notts County have still to sell out their 1,335 allocation.

For ticket details log onto the club's official site mansfieldtown.net, click here.

Nottinghamshire County Council say there is no further news on lifting capacity at Field Mill beyond the slight increase announced earlier in the week to allow for extra away supporters.

The council's Safety Advisory Group raised the restriction in the North Stand from 50% to 70% after the club completed turnstile monitoring work. But the West and South stands remain at 50%.
Dearden slams managers' cull
CHAD.co.uk, 18 Oct 2007, By John Lomas
STAGS manager Billy Dearden slammed the modern trend for panic-sacking football club bosses after seeing opposite number Steve Thompson bite the dust ahead of Saturday's local derby against former club Notts County.
Dearden said: "I think we have seen 14 managers go already this season and we've only played 12 or 13 games which disappoints me. It's almost one a game!

"I don't think they give you the chance to do the job at any level now.

"John Schofield at Lincoln was given a three-year contract the other month and now all of a sudden they think he can't do the job and sacked him.

"I really can't see the point."

Schofield left Lincoln on Monday and Saturday's opponents parted company with Steve Thompson a day later, with Ian 'Charlie' McParland stepping in at Meadow Lane on Thursday.

Gannon in charge for Mill return
CHAD.co.uk, 16 Oct 2007
FORMER Mansfield Town assistant manager John Gannon will be in charge of rivals Notts County when they come to Field Mill on Saturday for the big local derby.
Former Wimbledon and Sheffield United midfielder Gannon left Stags in acrimonious circumstances after the sacking of boss Keith Curle and has been number two at Meadow Lane in recent times.

But today the Magpies' board made a shock decision to sack under-fire manager Steve Thompson after three defeats and have told Gannon he will be at the helm on Saturday.

Dearden's derby day challenge
CHAD.co.uk, 16 Oct 2007, By John Lomas
STAGS boss Billy Dearden has challenged his side to produce their first clean sheet of the season when managerless neighbours Notts County visit Field Mill on Saturday (3pm).
Still bottom of the table, Mansfield at least ended their seven game losing streak with a superb 1-1 draw at in-form Barnet last Saturday.

But the injury-hit makeshift defence again shipped a goal 18 minutes from time to make it 13 games this season without a clean sheet and a miserable 19 in all, dating back to 21st March at Wrexham.

"It is always difficult to keep a clean sheet when you have to change the back four every week," said Dearden.

"I never make excuses - you just have to get on with it and do the best you can.

"But we would probably have a clean sheet by now if we were not having to keep chopping and changing.

"We will be working very hard on it this week and hopefully we can finally come up with a clean sheet against Notts County.

"I have always said that we will create chances and score goals at the other end.

"Having said that, we have not scored as many as we should have with the chances we have created.

"We create enough chances to win football matches and just have to be tighter at the back."

Dearden is looking forward to crossing swords with his former club on Saturday.

"It is a big local derby and let's hope we can build on the draw at Barnet and take the confidence from that into this game and get back on the winning trail.

"We have only won one home game and our record here is poor. No one likes losing in front of their own supporters.

"I would like to think that with the takeover we will see a lot of fans coming back now and they have to get behind us and encourage the lads to get the win which I am sure they will."

Dearden continued his search for loan players to bolster his injury-hit squad this week after last week's atempts drew a blank.

But he is hopeful he may be able to draft at least one new face for Saturday.

There are seven players having treatment this week with Lee Bell (knee) and Dan Martin (shin) hurt on Saturday on top of John McAliskey pulling a groin in training last Thursday.

They join Jon D'Laryea, Chris Wood, Martin McIntosh and Gareth Jelleyman on the list.

However, Dearden hopes Martin and Bell may be fit by the weekend.
Skipper Jake Buxton has also been struggling after his dead leg went very stiff after the game at Barnet.

But again Dearden hopes Buxton will be fine to face Notts as should Sean McAllister who missed out at Barnet through illness.

County arrive on the back of three defeats on the trot and with assistant manager John Gannon in charge after the board sacked Steve Thompson today.

Fans gave Thompson stick after Saturday's 3-1 home defeat by Bury.

Without the influential Mike Edwards, his problems increased last week when hot man Jason Lee broke his arm and fellow striker Danny Crow, who had just opted to go from Peterborough to Notts instead of Mansfield, broke a bone in his foot in his debut on Saturday.

Former Stags midfielder Neil MacKenzie has been impressive, despite having to battle on with a groin strain.

Shock return for D'Laryea?
CHAD.co.uk, 16 Oct 2007, By John Lomas
Forgotten midfielder Jon D'Laryea could yet be on the substitutes' bench on Saturday.
The midfield ace has missing since his injury against Notts County on 10th March and in that time has undergone two ankle operations.

Although D'Laryea is still some way short of starting a game, manager Billy Dearden said: “If he feels confident enough then I might put him on the bench on Saturday.

“It would just be a boost for him and for everyone to see him there as we know how much we have missed him.

“Right now Jon needs games but it is hard to arrange a reserve friendly with so many injuries.

“I will speak with him this week to see how he feels about playing some part of a game if we can get one.”

D'Laryea would certainly hope to be part of the squad that travels to Shrewsbury a week on Saturday.


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