How Are They Doing

Last season Mansfield finished 8th on 75 points missing out on a play off place on goal difference. They are currently 2nd with 54 points.

  • Mansfield have the meanest defence in this league, having only conceded 24 goals in 29 games.
  • Mansfield have the best away record in the league (27 points from 15 away games).
  • Mansfield have scored an average of 1.66 goals per game since the beginning of the season in the league.
  • Mansfield have scored in every away game this season.
  • Mansfield were the last unbeaten team in L2.
  •  Mansfield reached the EFL Cup fourth round for the first time in 48 years. In the 3rd round Mansfield beat Peterborough on penalties after the tie ended 2-2 in normal time. It was their second shootout win in as many rounds, having previously beaten Championship club Sheffield Wednesday. They lost  in the 4th round 1-0 to Port Vale at home on 31st October.

Recent Results  – With the win against Notts County, Mansfield Town went back to winning ways following 4 winless matches in the league.

Mansfield 1 Notts County 0

Wimbledon 2 Mansfield 1

Mansfield 1 Sutton 1

Morecambe 1 Mansfield 1

Ones to Watch

Will Swan

Will Swan was born in Mansfield but started his career at Nottingham Forest. Last season he was loaned to Mansfield and in July 23 signed permanently with Mansfield. Despite a period out injured Swan was Mansfield’s top scorer last season with 10 goals from 34 appearances.

Mansfield signed forward Tom Nicholls from Gillingham for an undisclosed fee in the January transfer window to cover for injuries to forwards Rhys Oates & James Gale.

Current top scorers David Keillor-Dunn – 15 goals, Lucas Akins – 9 goals, George Maris – 8 goals.


Nigel Clough at TNL with ex FGR Head Coach Rob Edwards (now Luton).

The appointment of Nigel Clough as manager was something of a coup for Mansfield as Clough has some pedigree (14 England caps, and over 600 appearances at the top level with 131 goals).

He had also managed Derby County, Sheffield United and Burton Albion before his arrival at Mansfield.

Clough is returning from a one match ban from the touchline.

Rovers Connections

Bailey Cargill (FGR 21-23, 81 appearances 3 goals). In May 23 he joined Mansfield.

Farrend Rawson (FGR 2018-20, 86 appearances, 4 goals). Nottingham-born Farrend joined Mansfield in July 2020. In June 2022 he joined Morecambe.

Club History

Mansfield play at Field Mill, which lays claim to being the oldest professional football ground in the world (used for football since 1861). Mansfield didn’t start playing at Field Mill until just after the First World War when their rivals, Mansfield Mechanics, were evicted from the venue for not paying their rent.

Mansfield started life as the Mansfield Wesleyans. But when the local league they played in (the Mansfield District Amateur League) dropped the word ‘Amateur’ from their title, the Wesleyan church turned their back on the club and forbade them from using the word ‘Wesleyans’. As an act of defiance, the club called themselves Mansfield Wesley in the early 1900’s. This isn’t the only brush the club had with religion at the time – in 1909 their chairman Fred Abraham and secretary James Marples resigned, later to be banned by the FA for serious irregularities. They had committed the (then) heinous crime of signing a player on the Sabbath (the day of rest).

The club, like many, has had its ups and downs. Some yo-yoing between the 3rd and 4th tiers of English football, a spell in the Conference (National League) between 2008 and 2013, and controversies with their owners. The club, now owned by John and Carolyn Radford, seem to be sailing in calmer waters these days.

Mansfield is a former market town in Nottinghamshire, just east of the M1. In past years, brewing, soft drinks and coal have dominated the town but there is little sign of any of these industries in the town now (other than the fact many Mansfield streets have suffered from mining subsidence).

Swimmer Rebecca Adlington, TV presenter Richard Bacon, and Lib Dem leader Ed Davey all come from Mansfield.


Sally & Sammy Stag

In 2016 Sammy won the Mascots race at Uttoxeter Racecourse. This achievement clearly caught Sally’s eye. As although he has been a mascot for 20 years Sally has only been a mascot for the last 4 years.

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