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Vintage Stags Match Reports

Page created by Martin Shaw.

If there is a match you would like to see on this page, please email me with the details.  My dad and I have a report on every Stags game since 1931.

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Arsenal Mansfield Town play at Arsenal in the Fourth round of the FA Cup in January 1929. Report from The Times.
The Netherlands Mansfield Town visit the Netherlands in September 1931.
Staniforth Chris Staniforth - Mansfield Town's leading goalscorer of all-time. Reports from the last 2 games in which Staniforth scored for the Stags. Both were in season 1931/32.
Darlington 1932 Mansfield come back from 3-0 down to get a 3-3 draw against Darlington with a late hat-trick from Harry Johnson in 1932.
Rotherham 9-2 Mansfield set their record win, over the Millers in 1932. Report from the Mansfield and North Notts Advertiser.
Walsall 1-8 Stags record defeat since joining the league : 8-1 away to Walsall.
Harston Ted Harston scores 7 in one game in 1937. Report from the Mansfield and North Notts Advertiser.
Lincoln 1944 Two games against Lincoln during the second world war.
QPR 1945 A 6-2 home defeat by QPR during the war.
Nottm Forest 1953 The Stags play Nottm Forest in the FA Cup in front of the biggest ever attendance at Field Mill, 24,467
Notts County 1959 Stags beat Notts Co 3-0 to complete the double for the season.
Bob Wyllie Reports and facts on Stags goalkeeper Bob Wyllie, requested by his granddaughter. Includes the Stags` 1-0 win over Peterborough in 1960
Blyth FA Cup The Stags beat Blyth Spartans in the FA Cup.
Cardiff 1961 Stags draw with Cardiff in the League Cup in October 1961 as permanent floodlights are switched on for the first time, by Billy Wright.
Brentford Stags beat Brentford away 3-1 in 1962, on the way to promotion.
Chesterfield 1962 Stags draw with Chesterfield 4-4 at Saltergate, and beat them 3-0 at Field Mill, on the way to promotion.
Hounslow 9-2 Stags equal their record score of 9-2, against Hounslow in the FA Cup in 1962. Report from the CHAD.
Crystal Palace 1962 Stags have 10 (ten) players booked in an FA Cup tie at Crystal Palace, and thrash them 7-2 in the replay, as Ken Wagstaff scores a hat-trick, in 1962. Reports from The CHAD.
Promotion 1963 Stags are promoted by 0.118 of a goal in 1962/63.
Man City League Cup Stags beat Manchester City in the League Cup 5-3 away in September 1964.
QPR Stags beat QPR 8-1 in 1965, with a hat-trick for Bill Curry. Report from The CHAD.
Bill Curry Bill Curry - typical towering header by the Stags forward.
Barnsley 65 Stags win at Barnsley on the final day of the season, but miss out on promotion due to other results.
St. Gallen Mansfield play St. Gallen in a friendly in October 1965.
Swindon 65/66 Stags are hammered home and away by Swindon in season 1965/66.
Northampton 67 Stags score twice in the last few minutes to beat Northampton at Field Mill, with both goals by John Rowlands.
Watford 68 Stags are beaten at home by Watford in 1968.
Avoid relegation on goal average in 1968 The Stags avoid relegation on goal average on the final day of the season in May 1968 despite losing at Bournemouth.
West Ham Stags shock West Ham in the 5th round of the FA Cup to win 3-0 in 1969. West Ham had 3 World Cup winners in their side. Reports from the CHAD, the Guardian Journal, and from The Sun, Daily Mirror, Daily Sketch, Daily Mail, Daily Express, The Times. Also the 4th round against Southend now added.
Notts County Stags beat Notts County 3-1 in 1969, in the League Cup. Report and photo from The CHAD.
Rotherham Stags draw 2-2 at Rotherham in August 1969.
Aston Villa away 1970 Stags win at Aston Villa in Division III in August 1970.
Blackpool FA Cup Stags beat Blackpool 2-0 at Bloomfield Road in the FA Cup fourth round to earn a tie at Leeds.
Leeds FA Cup Stags in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Leeds in 1970. Report from the CHAD.
Southport Stags thrash Southport 5-0 in 1970, with a hat-trick by Roberts and 2 for Duncan McKenzie, on his debut on loan.
Chesterfield 6-2 Stags thrash Chesterfield 6-2 in the League Cup in 1970, with a hat-trick by Malcolm Partidge.
Liverpool Stags play Liverpool over 2 legs in the League Cup in 1970. Reports of both legs.
Tranmere 6-2 Dudley Roberts scores 4 (and we've got photos of the first 3) as Stags maul Tranmere in February 1971.
Aston Villa home 1971 The Stags beat Aston Villa at Field Mill, to do the double, in April 1971.
Chesterfield 0-5 Chesterfield gain their revenge in the League Cup in 1971, with a 5-0 win at Field Mill - the first Stags game I ever attended!
Aston Villa away 1971 Stags win again at Aston Villa, in Division III, this time in September 1971.
Plymouth Stags score their first home goal of the season in their tenth home match in December 1971 !!
Chesterfield 2-1 Stags beat Chesterfield 2-1 in January 1972, for their first home win of the season.
Aston Villa home 1972 The Stags draw with Aston Villa at Field Mill, in April 1972.
Lincoln / Pate goal Sandy Pate scores his first ever Stags goal as Stags beat Lincoln 3-2 in August  1972, in the League Cup.
Darlington Stags beat Darlington 5-0 in April 1973, in the penultimate game of the season ...
Cambridge ... but in the final game, Stags lose at Cambridge to miss out on promotion from Division 4.
Stockport 5-0 Stags thrash Stockport 5-0 in October 1973, with a hat-trick by Terry Eccles.
Brentford A 3-2 win at Brentford in the Division 4 Championship winning year, in 1974.
Ray Clarke, Gordon Hodgson, Kevin Bird, Terry Eccles, John Lathan, Jim McCaffrey *** EXTRA: Read Martin Shaw's profile of Ray Clarke, including details from the player himself!!  Also read Martin Shaw's profiles of Gordon Hodgson & Kevin Bird, plus Terry Eccles, John Lathan and Jimmy McCaffrey
Legends reunion 2004 Photos from 2004 of Stags 1974/75 Legends back at Field Mill
Legends reunion 2015 Photo from 2015 of Stags 1974/75 Legends back at Field Mill
Where are they now? `Where are they now` feature on the 1974/75 side.
Caught in time 1975 Sunday Times feature on the 1974/75 side.
Shrewsbury Stags beat Shrewsbury 3-1 in 1974
Carlisle FA Cup Stags lose to First Division Carlisle in the Fifth round of the FA Cup in 1975
Rochdale 1-0 Stags beat Rochdale 1-0 at Spotland in March 1975.
Exeter Kevin Bird scores a late winner as Stags come from behind twice to beat Exeter in 1975
Lincoln Lincoln are McCaffreyised at Field Mill in 1975
Scunthorpe 7-0 Stags thrash Scunthorpe 7-0 to clinch the Division 4 championship in 1975.
Match report from The Chad and from the Evening Post.
Derby County Division 4 Champions Mansfield Town beat Division 1 Champions Derby County, in a testimonial game to show off the championships.
1975 League Cup Run Victories over First Division Coventry City and Wolves in Rounds 3 and 4, followed by defeat against First Division Manchester City in Round 5. Reports and pictures from the CHAD.
Galatasaray Mansfield play Galatasaray in a friendly in August 1976.
Grimsby-Terry Eccles Terry Eccles bangs in a hat-trick in September 1976.
Reading Stags thrash Reading 4-0 as Kevin Randall nets all 4, in 1976.
Huddersfield FA Cup Stags beat Huddersfield in the FA Cup in November 1976.
Sheff Wed 1-0 Stags beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in January 1977 with a goal by Ernie Moss.
Oxford United Stags beat Oxford 3-0 in 1977.
Port Vale Stags thump Port Vale 4-1 at Vale Park on their way to promotion in April 1977.
Portsmouth Stags beat Portsmouth 2-0 to all but seal promotion in May 1977.
Wrexham Stags win 1-0 at Wrexham to clinch the Division 3 championship in 1977.
Reports from The Chad and The Daily Mirror.
Norwich City The Stags beat Norwich 3-2 in a friendly, as the Division 3 championship is paraded.
Stoke City The Stags beat Stoke 2-1 in the old Division 2 in 1977 - the first game of the only season in that division in the club's history.
Burnley 77 Stags beat Burnley 4-1 in Division 2 in 1977.
Hull 77 Stags beat Hull 2-0 away in Division 2 in 1977.
Luton Town Stags beat Hatters 3-1 in Division 2 in 1977.
Spurs away 77 Stags draw at White Hart Lane in December 1977.
Crystal Palace Stags lose at home to Crystal Palace in December 1977.
Spurs 3-3 Stags draw 3-3 in a classic game with Spurs during our only season in the old Division 2, in season 1977/78.
Report and pictures from The Chad.
Dave Syrett Tribute to Dave Syrett, who died in July 2016.
Oldham Stags win 1-0 at Oldham with a Johnny Miller goal in the old Division 2, in April 1978.
Johnny Miller Profile of Johnny Miller.
Orient / Pate goal Sandy Pate scores his third and final ever Stags goal in a 1-1 draw with Orient in the old Division 2, in April 1978.
Partick Thistle Stags beat Partick Thistle on penalties in the Anglo-Scottish Cup Quarter-finals in 1978.
Colchester 78 Stags draw 1-1 with Colchester at Field Mill in October 1978 but the match is remembered for a bizarre goal off Ernie Moss's backside.
Brentford 2-1 Stags beat Brentford 2-1 with goals by Bob Curtis and John McClelland in 1978.
Plymouth 5-0 Stags thrash Plymouth 5-0 with 2 goals by Dave Syrett in 1979.
Sheff Wed 2-1 Mansfield beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at Hillsborough in April 1979 with goals by Mick Saxby and Terry Austin.
Blyth FA Cup The Stags beat Blyth Spartans in the FA Cup.
Crewe Stags beat Crewe 4-1 at Field Mill in January 1981.
Port Vale 1981 Stags beat Port Vale 5-0 at Field Mill in January 1981 with all the goals in the first half.  Photos all five goals !!
Rochdale 4-3 Stags beat Rochdale 4-3 at Field Mill in November 1981.
Charlie Bell

Photos of Charlie Bell's goals for Mansfield, 1981-1983

Port Vale 1-3 Rod Arnold concedes a highly controversial goal to Mark Chamberlain, as Port Vale win 3-1 at Field Mill in February 1982.
Torquay Stags beat Torquay 3-1 in May 1982: great photos of goals by Caldwell, Bell and Nicholson, in front a record low post-war league attendance at Field Mill.
Hull City John Dungworth scores 2 as Stags beat Hull 3-1 in 1983.
Man Utd The Stags beat a Manchester United XI 3-0 in a friendly in February 1983.
Dave Caldwell

Dave Caldwell smashes a memorable hat-trick against Aldershot in 1983. And four against Hartlepool 3 weeks later! Also photos of other classic goals from other matches. *** EXTRA: Read Martin Shaw's profile of Dave Caldwell, and Dave Caldwell's response by e-mail!!!!!!***

Halifax 7-1 Ian Juryeff scores a hat-trick as Mansfield maul Halifax 7-1 in 1984.
Hereford 85 Stags thrash Hereford 4-0 on the opening day of the 1985/86 season with a Keith Cassells hat-trick on his debut.
Chelsea Stags take on Chelsea in the Milk Cup in 1985. Mansfield took an early 2 goal lead at Field Mill, though ended up losing over 2 legs. Reports and pictures of both legs.
Colchester Stags beat Colchester 2-1 at Field Mill in October 1985 with goals by Luke and Chamberlain.
Swindon 85 away Stags lose 2-1 at Swindon in November 1985.
Aldershot Stags beat Aldershot 2-0 with 2 goals by Neil Whatmore. Photos of both goals and a missed penalty, from January 1986.
Orient Stags win 1-0 at Orient in February 1986 with a goal by Kevin Kent and a penalty save by Kevin Hitchcock. Report and photos from The Evening Post.
Swindon 86 home Stags draw 1-1 with Swindon three days before clinching promotion in 1986.
Hartlepool 4-0 Stags are promoted from Division 4 in 1986. Reports from The CHAD. Photos from The CHAD and Evening Post.
Canada 1986 Stags beat Canada at Field Mill in August 1986. Photos of all 3 goals.
Brentford 1-0 Stags beat Brentford at Field Mill with a goal from Ian Stringfellow in October 1986, to go third in Div 3.
Bristol Rovers 5-0 Stags beat Bristol Rovers 5-0 at Field Mill in January 1987.
Chesterfield 1-0 Keith Cassells scores a last minute winner for Stags at Chesterfield in 1987.
Middlesbrough The Stags win at Middlesbrough in the Northern Area Semi-Final of the Freight Rover Trophy on the way to Wembley in 1987.
Chester The Stags get past Chester over two legs in the Northern Area Final of the Freight Rover Trophy on the way to Wembley in 1987.
Wembley Stags beat Bristol City on penalties at Wembley in the Freight Rover Trophy in 1987.
Reports from the national press.
Wembley Photos from Wembley.
Video action from this match can be found on the Vintage Stags Video page.
Wembley Reunion 2000 Memorial match for Gareth Price, 7 May 2000. Freight Rover Trophy Wembley Winners 1987 side vs Mansfield Town All-Stars XI. See photos here.
Wembley Reunion 2017 Another reunion of the Freight Rover Trophy Wembley Winners 1987 in April 2017.
Ian Greaves Profile of Mansfield's longest serving manager, Ian Greaves.
Birmingham 1987 Mansfield win at Birmingham in the Littlewoods Cup in August 1987.
Wimbledon 1988 NEW: Mansfield are beaten by Wimbledon in the FA Cup 4th Round, in January 1988, as Wimbledon go on to win the FA Cup.
Brentford 1988 Mansfield beat Brentford 2-1 with 2 goals in the final 5 minutes in May 1988.
Huddersfield 1988 Stags beat Huddersfield 1-0 on New Years Eve 1988/89 with a goal from Gordon Owen.
Wolves 1989 Stags beat Wolves 3-1 at Field Mill in April 1989 with goals by Kevin Kent and Keith Cassells (2), while Steve Bull scores for Wolves.
Chesterfield 1989 Stags beat Chesterfield 3-1 in May 1989 as the CHAD asks if Ian Hathaway is the new McCaffrey and Keith Cassells goes in goal in his last match at Field Mill.
Birmingham 5-2 Stags beat Birmingham City 5-2, with all five goals by Steve Wilkinson, in April 1990.
Swansea City Stags beat Swansea 2-0 for their first home win of the season in November 1990, with 2 goals by Steve Wilkinson.
Cardiff 3-0 Stags beat Cardiff City 3-0 at Field Mill in October 1991.
Scunthorpe 4-1 Stags beat Scunthorpe 4-1 away in October 1991.
Burnley 2-3 The Stags lose 3-2 at Burnley in a thriller in Nov 1991 - reports from 4 national papers.
York 5-2 Stags thump York 5-2 in Division 4 in 1992.
Crewe 4-3 Stags beat Crewe 4-3 at Field Mill in March 1992 on the way to promotion.
Halifax 3-2 Stags beat Halifax 3-2 in April 1992 with a hat-trick by Phil Stant.
Rochdale Stags are promoted from Division 4 in 1992, after beating Rochdale, while Lincoln beat Blackpool. Reports from The CHAD and Evening Post.
Stockport Stags win 1-0 at Stockport, with a goal by Stringfellow, to win the Barclays Performance of the Week award in 1993.
Scarborough Stags beat Scarborough 4-2, under the brief caretaker managership of Billy Dearden in 1993.
Andy King Andy King is appointed manager in 1993, as caretaker Billy Dearden is overlooked.
Wycombe A 3-0 win over rampant Wycombe in 1994. Reports from the CHAD and from The Times, including a short profile of Andy King, in his first season as manager.
Joe Eaton testimonial The Stags draw 3-3 with Nottingham Forest in Joe Eaton's testimonial in May 1994.
Leeds United Stags knock out Leeds over 2 legs in the League Cup in 1994. Video action can be found on the Vintage Video page.
Chesterfield 4-2 Stags thrash Chesterfield 4-2 in December 1994 as Steve Wilkinson bags a hat-trick.
Hereford 7-1 Hereford are thrashed 7-1 on Boxing Day 1994 as Baraclough smashes a free-kick in from 45 yards.
Barnet A 3-0 win over Barnet on 31 Dec 1994, with 2 goals from on-loan O'Neill Donaldson.
Wigan 4-3 Stags beat Wigan 4-3 at Field Mill to take their goals tally to 29 in 8 games in January 1995.
Lincoln 6-2 Iffy Onuora scores a hat-trick in 7 minutes as Stags beat Lincoln 6-2.
Wigan 6-2 Stags win 6-2 at Wigan in October 1995 with a Stewart Hadley hat-trick.
Daley Thompson Daley Thompson appears on the subs bench for the Stags in 1995!
Nicky Weaver Nicky Weaver's only game for the Stags, at Cambridge in 1996.
Centenary game Centenary game, involving the Freight Rover winning squad, at Field Mill in Aug 1997.
Peterborough 1998 Stags beat Peterborough 2-0 at Field Mill with Gary Tallon's first goal for the club and another for Steve Whitehall.
Man City Stags beat Manchester City 2-1 at Maine Road in the Auto Windscreen Shield in 1998.
Nott'm Forest Stags beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 in the second leg of the Worthington Cup in 1999, albeit losing the tie on aggregate.
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Rotherham Sky 2000 Stags win 3-2 at Rotherham in March 2000. Reports from CHAD and Stagsnet plus photos from CHAD and Dan Westwell. 
Carlisle 2002 The Stags beat Carlisle 2-0 on the final day of the season in April 2002 to secure promotion. Reports from Evening Post, News of the World, CHAD and Stagsnet plus photos from Dan Westwell. 
Stuart Watkiss Read my profile of former Stags manager Stuart Watkiss, who guided Stags to promotion in 2002.
Where are they now? `Where are they now` feature on the 2001/02 side.
Chesterfield 2003 Liam Lawrence's injury time winner beats Chesterfield at Saltergate in January 2003.
Notts County Stags beat Notts County 3-2 at Field Mill in February 2003.
Play-off final, Cardiff The Stags lose on penalties at the Millenium Stadium Cardiff in May 2004. Reports from CHAD, The Sun and Stagsnet plus photos from Dan Westwell. 
Notts County Stags beat Notts County 3-1 at Field Mill in October 2004.
Legends v FTYBR A Stags all-stars team of legends take on supporters team FTYBR in April 2006. See pictures of the Legends here.
Profiles More player profiles of former Stags players
Stags internationals Stags Internationals
TV Appearances Stags Appearances on TV
Shirts since 1974 Stags shirts since 1974
MTFC Badges Mansfield Town Badges
Records of managers The records (defined by win-ratio) of the managers in Mansfield Town's history
Worst managers Mansfield Town's 10 worst managers
Top 10 league games Top 10 league games in the Stags history
Relatives Mansfield Town less famous relatives XI