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🔎 The Opposition: Mansfield Town (A)

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's match

25 September 2020

Exeter City will be looking for their first win of the 2020/21 Sky Bet League Two season as they travel to Mansfield Town’s One Call Stadium on Saturday, September 26 in a 3pm kick-off.

Here’s all that you will need to know about Saturday's opponents…

  • Founded: 1897
  • Nickname: The Stags
  • Honours: Fourth Division Champions (1974/75), Third Division Champions (1976/77), Football League Trophy Winners (1986/87), Conference Champions (2012/13). 

The origin of Mansfield Town can be traced back to 1897, where the club was formed by Frederick Abraham and Thomas Cripwell and called Mansfield Wesleyans. That team entered the Mansfield & District Amateur League in 1902, before changing its name to Mansfield Wesley and joining the Notts & District League in 1906. The club finally became Mansfield Town in 1910, and moved from the Notts & Derbyshire League to the Central Alliance the following year. 

Crowned Alliance champions in 1919/20, they joined the Midland League in 1921 and would win this league on three occasions – 1923/24, 1924/25 and 1928/29, before they were admitted into the Football League in 1931. 

Town fluctuated between the Fourth, Third and Second Divisions for more than 70 years before losing their Football League status in 2008. Between those years there was some success as they won the Fourth Division title in 1974/75 and the Third Division title in 1976–77, as well as the Football League Trophy in 1986/87 under Ian Greaves. 

The Stags spent five seasons in the Conference until they were promoted back into the Football League after winning the Conference in 2012/13 following investment from new club owner John Radford. They have remained in League Two ever since.

Last Time Out 

Leyton Orient 2-2 Mansfield Town | 19/09/2020 | League Two 

The Stags were held to a frustrating draw away to Leyton Orient last weekend. 

They took the lead through Jordan Bowery’s well placed spot-kick and doubled their advantage through Andy Cook 20 minutes later.

However with eight minutes remaining, Danny Johnson pulled one back for the O’s and in the 90+2nd minute Ruel Sotiriou equalised to earn a last gasp point for the home side. 

The Stadium 

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Mansfield Town’s Field Mill Ground, also now known as the One Call Stadium, is the oldest professional football ground in the world.

Field Mill has been used as a football ground even before the club’s official existence. 

Since 1861 the ground has held football matches and a few years previously was used as a cricket stadium. 

The Manager 

Graham Coughlan has been in charge of the Stags since December 2019 following a tremendous start to the 2019/20 season with Bristol Rovers, leaving the Gas in fourth. 

His managerial career began as caretaker boss of Bristol Rovers in 2018 following the departure of Darrell Clarke, and in his five games as caretaker manager the Gas gained 10 points which raised them out of the relegation zone.

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He was appointed as the club’s permanent manager in January 2019 where he held a win rate of 45% - losing just 13 out of 56 matches - and left the club on the brink of the automatic promotion places in Sky Bet League One in December 2019.

Coughlan joined Mansfield Town with the club ever close to relegation, however the 45-year-old managed to keep the Stags in the Football League system for the 2020/21 season. After such a good job at Bristol Rovers, Coughlan’s first full season in charge could see the Stags surge up the table. 

One to Watch 

Although Nicky Maynard has not started either of the Stags’ two 2020/21 league games so far, the 33-year-old striker was the Sky Bet League Two’s second highest goalscorer in 2019/2020. 

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With 14 goals to his name in that campaign, his goal-scoring prowess will be a key asset to Coughlan’s side as they look to push up far higher in the table this season.

The striker rejoined the Stags on a one-year contract in August following his high scoring season of last and has since been working his way towards match fitness.

Head to Head

  • Exeter City wins: 25
  • Draws: 18
  • Mansfield Town wins: 23

Previous Encounter

Exeter City 1-0 Mansfield Town | 31/08/2019 | League Two

The solitary goal of this game came for the Grecians inside five minutes at St James Park back in August 2019.

Dean Moxey’s quick thinking from a throw-in found Ryan Bowman who instinctively finished first-time high into the back of Conrad Logan’s net.

How to Watch 

We would rather you could be there in person, but you can get the next best thing by supporting at home on iFollow.

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You can purchase a match pass for the 3pm kick-off at the cost of just £10 in the UK. The stream includes the live BBC Radio Devon commentary, score overlay and replays.

To purchase a match pass please click here.

You can watch the match on your laptop by purchasing a match pass and logging on to the website homepage where the will be a 'Watch Now' button near the top of the page.

This season the EFL have created a new 'iFollow' app where you can watch on your phone or tablet! The old Exeter City app is being phased out, so if you have that please uninstall and download the app:

To purchase a match pass please click here.

  • For further details on iFollow, please click here

  • For a first time guide to iFollow, please click here

Season Ticket Holders

Season ticket holders get free access to City's home league matches only, and will be contacted shortly with details of how to stream City's home matches.

Guide to iFollow

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