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28th February 2012 11:30

Stags sign giant defender
mansfieldtown.net, Fri 24 Feb 2012

Giant defender Exodus Geohaghon has today signed for us on an emergency loan from Darlington until the end of the season.


The 26-year-old, who stands at 6 ft 5 in tall, joins us with the help of the 12th Stag, who have donated £7,000 towards his wages.

Birmingham, born, Exodus recently enjoyed a three month loan spell with League Two Dagenham & Redbridge.

He has also enjoyed stints at Kettering Town, Peterborough United and Rotherham, amongst other clubs.

Speaking about signing the highly rated defender, manager Paul Cos said: "Exodus will be a good addition to our squad. He will bring size and presence and will be a commanding figure in defence. We needed to act quickly after John Dempster's return to Crawley following his loan spell, but I am sure Exodus will fill the hole left by John.

"Thank you very much to the 12th Stag for enabling us to sign a player of this calibre," he added.

Said 12th Stag co-ordinator Paul Nyland: "Many thanks to the supporters who have contributed to 12th Stag since its inception, to make this happen."


Exodus can provide Stags with defensive steel – Cox
Nottingham Post, Saturday, February 25, 2012

EXODUS Geohaghon can provide the defensive steel Mansfield Town need to bolster their Blue Square Bet Premier play-off push, insists boss Paul Cox.


The 6ft 5ins 26-year-old has been drafted in on an emergency loan until the end of the season having been told he could find a new club by financially-stricken Darlington.

Former Kettering central defender Geohaghon was close to joining the Stags in November when the Quakers problems came to light, having been on the books of Peterborough and then Barnet during the early part of the season.

The long-throw specialist instead chose to join League Two Dagenham on a three-month loan, making two appearances.

However, with John Dempster having returned to Crawley at the end of his loan following Tuesday's 5-2 win over Darlington, Cox has finally got his man at a key time.

"I couldn't blame Exodus for going to Dagenham because it was a league club and you always want to play as high as you can," said Cox. "This is a big, strong uncompromising league; you need a presence and we have that in him.

"All the best sides have what I would call a big barn door. Fleetwood have Steve McNulty, Wrexham have Mark Creighton and now we have Exodus.

"John Dempster will be a big miss, but I believe Exodus can more than fill his boots. If he does well then we will be interested in signing him permanently."


Geohaghon Loaned to Stags
footballconference.co.uk, 24th February 2012

Blue Square Bet Premeir club Mansfield Town have snapped up big defender Exodus Geohaghon on loan from league rivals Darlington.


Geoghaghon signed for the Quakers in October 2011 as a free agent and made his debut in a thrilling 4-3 win at Stockport County.

Geoghaghon is a player whom former Darlo manager Mark Cooper had wanted to bring to the Arena for a period of time having also worked with him at Kettering Town before taking him to Peterborough.

The giant centre back has also played for Rotherham, Shrewsbury, Port Vale and Barnet after beginning his career with Sutton Coldfield Town in 2000.

He then had spells with Bromsgrove Rovers and Redditch United before joining Cooper for the first time with Kettering in 2008.

In November, Geohaghon returned to League Two football, signing a three-month loan deal with Dagenham & Redbridge.

Meanwhile, his parent club Darlington were suffering financial difficulties and Geohaghon's contract was terminated on 16th January along with the rest of the playing squad



Port Vale's Exodus Geohaghon: Fans racially abused me - it made it worse that they were my own team's
By John Edwards

24th March 2011

Port Vale defender Exodus Geohaghon described his horror at being called a 'n*****' in a torrent of racial abuse from his own club's fans.

The 26-year-old centre-back had to be dragged away from his tormentors, who screamed racist invective at him as he left the field at the end of Saturday's defeat at
Accrington Stanley.

An investigation has been launched by the club, the FA and PFA after a film on YouTube showed fans surge towards the dressing rooms and hurl insults at Geohaghon, in between calling for boss Jim Gannon's head.

Gannon was sacked two days later, and Geohaghon is now uncertain whether he will be able to see out his season-long loan from Peterborough.

'I was getting stick when I went off at half-time, throughout the second half and when I left the field at the end,' he said.

'I had been getting called all sorts by them from the day I arrived, but this was different.

'It had always had a nasty edge to it, but this was personal and racist. Things were being thrown at me, and as I looked over, I distinctly heard “black b******” and “n*****.” There was so much abuse, but those words stood out.

'It was unmistakeable, they were shouting that loud, and I couldn't help reacting.

'I just lost it and went for them. Stewards, team-mates and even some Accrington players moved really quickly and pulled me away. I honestly don't know what I'd have done, but I was blazing and wanted to confront them. There have been rumours I threw a punch, but that's not true.

'What made it worse was they were our fans, and as I sat in the dressing room, I decided I had to get out of Accrington quickly.

'I got changed and headed for the door, but someone said, “You can't go out there. There are 20 or 30 of them waiting for you.” I had to sit down for half an hour while the police dispersed them before I was allowed to drive away.

'I thought language like that had long since disappeared from the game, but clearly not.'

Geohaghon revealed he was not the only player to be racially abused by Vale fans, saying: 'I remember Darren Moore saying he suffered something similar when he played for Burton against Port Vale earlier this season, so it seems there is a racist element that needs rooting out.

'It needs people who were there to come forward and name names.

'But is that going to happen? I'm not so sure. I have spoken to Mark Grew, who replaced Jim as boss, and I'm waiting to hear where we go from here. I've got my lawyers involved, because I have to present a written account of the incident to the FA.

'After that, I just don't know. These are people who are supposed to be supporting the
team you are playing for, so I'm going to have to give it some thought.'



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