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18th April 2013 21:47

The Stags go into the final BSP game of the regular 2012-13 season knowing that a victory against the Wrexham Dragons will seal the Stags return to League Two. And the Stags can clinch it without help from others. Due to the very important Matt Green injury-time winner at Hereford last Tuesday, the Stags are two points ahead of their main rivals Kidderminster, who play relegation-threatened Stockport at home. A Stockport side who themselves clinched a 90th minute equalizer away to Gateshead the other night, now knowing that the Hatters need to win at Kidderminster and hoping results go their way (Tamworth v Woking and Gateshead v Ebbsfleet) to avoid their third relegation within four seasons.

And the Stags seek revenge for the unlucky 1-2 defeat at Wrexham a fortnight ago, a run which ended the Stags' club-record 12 match winning streak. Within that sequence, there were late match-winning goals, too, as proved at Luton and Lincoln in consecutive games. Where had the Stags been without those goals - and the all-important one at Hereford ?

Wrexham won the FA Trophy final just about a month ago and have along with Newport and Grimsby already secured their playoff place.

Not for the first time will the Stags face Wrexham in their final league game of a campaign. For more details, see below. 41 years ago, a such game ended in Stags heartbreak - and five years later, Wrexham experienced the same thing.

Still there is a possibility of a first: sides relegated together to the BSP could be promoted together. This can only happen if the Stags become champions on Saturday night and Wrexham go on to win the playoffs.

One thing is for sure: Wrexham will be in the playoffs for the third consecutive campaign.

In league history dating back from the 1930's, the sides have faced each other several times and also managed to by-pass each other on a few occasions as well. Below are some memorable fixtures.

The most memorable Stags v Dragons league fixture should be very easy to pick for any Stags fan, including the previewer. This was on the final day of the 1976-77 season. The Stags were already promoted, but were two points ahead of Brighton, who themselves played at Chesterfield on May 14, 1977. Wrexham had a few days earlier lost 2-4 at home to Crystal Palace in the final minutes and therefore needed a win to topple the Londoners. In an English newspaper, think it was the Guardian, there were quotes from


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