For the first time in a little more than decade, the Stags travel to Swindon Town for a League Two fixture.
And last time around, it was the second Stags game out on two during a visit to the UK, being the away game at then promotion-chasing Swindon Town, a Premier League side in 1993-94.
Then, a makeshift Stags side lost 2-0 at County Ground in Swindon, who took revenge for a 2-0 Stags home victory in December 2006, which was to be the last FL victory for Peter Shirtliff as Stags boss.
And out of the Stags players appearing at County Ground in front of the previewer a decade ago, three are still around: Alex John-Baptiste for QPR, Johnny Mullins for Luton and Nathan Arnold for Cambridge. All have played at least one FL game this term, while one then Swindon player, Andrew Nicholas, was later to play 14 National League games for the Stags during the 2009-10 campaign before leaving for Barrow. Another one then starting for Swindon, later to play for the Stags that same 2009-10 season, was Blair Sturrock. From the then starting Swindon line-up, none has played this term for any club, while two of the used subs have played. The names: Michael Timlin (for Southend), Lukas Jutkiewicz (for Birmingham) while an unused sub, Ashley Grimes, has starred for Scottish League Two side Edinburgh City this term.
And Swindon were the first team to play the Stags in a league fixture and also the first one to be beaten by them. This happened in the Stags' inaugural league game in the old division 3 (S) on August 29, 1931, when 12232 saw the Stags win 3-2 with Joe Readman netting the Stags' historic first League goal and Harry Broome the other two.
The Stags' line up then, courtesy of the centenary book, was as follows: Wilson, Clifford, England, Wake, Davis, Blackburn, Gilhespy, Readman, Johnson, Broome, Baxter, while the Swindon team included a former Stag named Fred Laycock.
The sides did not meet again until the 1937-38 season when the Stags were transferred back into the Southern section after a couple of seasons up north due to the relegation of Bradford City and Doncaster Rovers.
Again, the Stags won at Field Mill, this time around to the tune of 2-0 on October 23, 1937, when Crawshaw scored one of his 25 league goals that season, Sams netting his first of only two league goals in his short Stags career.
Thence, the Stags had to wait 31 years and the 1968-69 FA Cup season for the next home win against Swindon, then flying high in the old Third Division, a few months later winning the League Cup as well as promotion. But on November 23, 1968, Dudley Roberts and Bob Ledger scored in a 2-0 victory in front of 5477, thus ending a miserable run with one point from five previous league games. Typically enough, the Stags also beat other promotion hopefuls as Watford, Luton and early pace-setters Bournemouth at Field Mill in the League that term.
The 2-0 victory also ended a dreadful decade against Swindon at home as three consecutive home games were lost until a 2-2 draw on November 4, 1967, ending a run of six consecutive Stags league defeats.
On October 22, 1938, the Stags won at Swindon for the very first time thanks to strikes from Somerfield and Wilson to a 2-1 scoreline. From then on, the Stags had to wait 38 year for their next victory at Swindon (see more below).
In the 1970's, the sides also clashed. In the 1975-76 season, the Stags won both games, the 2-0 on March 27, 1976, scorers Laverick and former Swindon player Ray Clarke, being the fourth of seven straight away wins, and in 1976-77, a 1-0 win at Swindon, scorer Colin Foster on April 30, 1977, all but secured Stags promotion. One Swindon player then, Dave Syrett, went on to be the Stags' then record signing a few months later on the eve of the 1977-78 Second Division season.
From then on, the Stags have taken just one point from the ten following visits to Wiltshire, and that was a 1-1 Fourth Division draw on April 28, 1984, Stags scorer Nicholson.
Earlier this season, Swindon won at Mansfield for the first time in 39 years to a 3-1 scoreline after easily one of the very worst Stags performances this season. Since then, the Stags have lost just once in seventeen League Two fixtures.
The Swindon result at Mansfield last October is typical of Swindon’s performances this season. Ten wins on the road, more than any other side including Luton, is more than play-offs stuff. But Swindon’s home form this term is dreadful, to print the least. The proof: 27 goals conceded, more than any other side in the top half and shared with Forest Green. And only two sides, both in the relegation scrap, have lost more games at home than Swindon (Forest Green and Chesterfield with eight apiece) while Swindon have lost seven at headquarters. Typical of their results: beating Luton away while losing heavily at home to Barnet and Luton, respectively, and just three draws (none goal-less), the latest at Lincoln after conceding a 90th minute equalizer. While the Stags in their latest away game netted a 90th+4 injury time winner at Morecambe, Swindon staged a remarkable comeback against Crewe last time out at headquarters. After being 3-1 down with just half of the second half to go, the Robins turned that fixture around and hit the winner in the 89th minute,
After the Lincoln away game last weekend, Swindon lost at Accrington to a 2-1 scoreline and also got a player red-carded and therefore suspended against the Stags this weekend.
The sides also met in the 2002-03 season when both sides won their home game to a 2-1 scoreline. More details on these games are featured in the Match Centre. And more on some other games between the sides, including the Stags' inauguaral league game, are featured in the Vintage Stags sections.
The clubs have never faced each other in any cup competition over the years.
Played for both sides: Calvin Andrew, Shayne Bradley, Frank Burrows, Colin Calderwood, Dave Caldwell, Michael Carter, Ray Clarke, Giles Coke, Ted Dransfield, Fred Fisher, Jimmy Gauld, Michael Graham, Darius Henderson, Arthur Hetherington, Jake Kean, Harry Keeling, Brian Kilcline, Fred Laycock, Martin Ling (later Swindon manager), Kenneth Mellor, Eddie Munnings, Andrew Nicholas, Iffy Onoura (later Swindon manager), Lee Peacock, Jamie Sendles-White, Alan Sheehan, Blair Sturrock, Dave Syrett, Adam Willis.
Managed both sides: Danny Williams (had two spells at Swindon, left the Stags for his second spell at Swindon in 1974), Andy King (managed Swindon until early on in the 2005-06 season but was in charge of the Stags when Leeds were KO’ed in the league cup in 1994-95).
Some other famous names have managed Swindon. To name but a few: Ossie Ardiles, Dave Mackay and Glenn Hoddle. Also the FL record appearance holder for one club, John Trollope (770 games between 1960 and 1980, facing the Stags on a few occasions), was Swindon manager for a few years and bossed against the Stags when Swindon beat the Stags 4-0 at home on October 23, 1982.
Home stats: P 22, W 7, D 10, L 5, GF 28, GA 27
Away stats: P 21, W 3, D 3, L 15, GF 21, GA 48
1931-32 3-2 1931-08-29 2-5 1932-01-02 Div 3 (S)
1937-38 2-0 1937-10-23 3-3 1938-03-05 Div 3 (S)
1938-39 1-1 1939-02-25 2-1 1938-10-22 Div 3 (S)
1946-47 1-1 1946-10-26 1-6 1947-03-01 Div 3 (S)
1958-59 0-0 1959-04-13 1-2 1959-04-22 Div 3 (old)
1959-60 1-2 1960-03-28 1-2 1960-04-23 Div 3 (old)
1965-66 1-5 1966-04-16 2-6 1965-11-20 Div 3 (old)
1966-67 1-3 1967-04-24 1-3 1967-04-11 Div 3 (old)
1967-68 2-2 1967-11-04 1-1 1968-03-30 Div 3 (old)
1968-69 2-0 1968-11-23 0-1 1969-04-22 Div 3 (old)
1975-76 3-1 1975-12-06 2-0 1976-03-27 Div 3 (old)
1976-77 1-1 1976-11-27 1-0 1977-04-30 Div 3 (old)
1978-79 0-1 1978-11-11 0-1 1978-09-02 Div 3 (old)
1979-80 1-1 1979-11-10 1-2 1980-03-22 Div 3 (old)
1982-83 1-0 1983-03-05 0-4 1982-10-23 Div 4 (old)
1983-84 2-2 1983-11-26 1-1 1984-04-29 Div 4 (old)
1984-85 0-0 1984-09-29 0-1 1985-02-02 Div 4 (old)
1985-86 1-1 1986-04-19 1-2 1985-11-23 Div 4 (old)
1986-87 0-0 1986-11-08 0-3 1987-04-03 Div 3 (old)
2002-03 2-1 2003-03-15 1-2 2002-10-26 Div 2
2006-07 2-0 2006-12-05 0-2 2007-04-21 League Two
2017-18 1-3 2017-10-14 (at Mansfield) League Two
Expect a stern test this weekend. Come on Mansfield!
Stockholm, July 4, 2008, 15.00 GMT. Good news came, K.H. gone. March 1, 2012. Ground purchased.