Stags fan Greg Taylor reflects on the opening two games of the 2012-13 season...
Well where do I start... Two games gone, no points and eight goals conceded – not the start to the season the fans expected, myself included! Before the season started the expectation of Paul Cox’s newly formed squad was very high and I can speak for almost every stags fan when I say I thought we were going to start off the season flying and put down our marker to the rest of the clubs in our league.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out our problem in these two games and that is bad defending! This came as a huge shock to me when I saw how we defended against Newport, most fans thought that our defence would be our strong point and it would almost hold our side together, but that isn’t the case at all, our defence is costing us. I keep saying to my dad and friends, we can't defend like we have in these two games and expect to finish mid table , never mind the promotion challenge we expect!
A problem that I noticed was the inability of our defence to win balls in the air, which caused huge problems at the back, we looked like we would struggle any time a ball was put into the box, which shouldn’t happen for any team, never mind a so called ' top five side'.
I'm not going to hide how I feel at this moment in time, I’m very frustrated and angry, which is the most reoccurring feeling I’ve had in the last 10 years of watching the stags. Things need to be sorted out quickly or it could be too late. We expect to finish in the top five at least, as supporters may know when you finish in the top five, you don’t lose many all season and we have lost two games already! If we lose again Saturday, due to a similar performance to the first two matches, I feel that Cox will start to lose the backing of most of the fans and rightly so, because this isn’t acceptable and things must pick up. These two losses have changed the whole mood of the supporters; we need to spring some results together to regain the belief of the fans because if this carries on, I’m afraid Paul Cox will be looking at an early exit.
I am loyal supporter and I will be making the trip to Kidderminster on Saturday, hoping and praying for a change. The club needs our support and we need to stick with them, because I do believe we will still be up there at the end of season.
Come on the stags! I still believe in you.
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Stags supporter Greg Taylor looks ahead to the season about to dawn...
'This is our year' as a supporter I say these four words at the start of every season and so do fellow fans, but when supporters have said it in the past , have they really believed it deep down? I don’t think so. But this year does seem different, for the first time since I started supporting Mansfield Town Football Club I actually feel confident that we could win the league or win the play offs. It feels very different coming up to this season, I expect us to finish in the play offs, which is all new as a Stags fan for me, in the past I’ve hoped and believed it, now I expect it.
For those that don’t know I was born in Barnsley and have always lived in Yorkshire and supported the Stags, so some success is a long time coming if you ask me, after putting up with Barnsley fans for years and years, it’s about time I have some success to cheer. Obviously it’s not just me that deserves some success, it’s all of the fans for supporting the club through thick and thin and I think this season is the biggest chance we've had in 10 years.
As it comes closer to the ' big kick off ' I am getting more and more nervous and excited, questions just keep flying around my head; what system will he play? Who is he going to play? What if we crack under pressure with all the expectation? As a Stags fan you get used to asking yourself these questions after many years of wrong systems, awful signings and games where we’ve bottled it!
The system and players we should play- after looking at Paul Cox’s signings, I’ve always been thinking who will play where and who will play more importantly so here is the team and system I would play.
For me it would be a formation of 4-2-3-1 with a back four of Beevers, Pilkington, Dempster and Owens, which then will have a midfield two of.... well with these two positions I feel it could be rotated between four players, Tolley, Hand, Howell and Roberts and try and find which partnership is the best.
Moving onto the attacking midfield three, which would include two wingers, Meikle and Speight with Clements or Stevenson playing the role behind the striker, now it’s almost obvious who will be upfront, the man ... Matt Green, I don’t really need to say much about this decision after the impression he made on the supporters last season.
With this formation I feel it plays to our strengths as it gives us stability at the back, as we can defend in numbers, by turning the formation almost into 4-5-1 when defending and it would be very easy to hit teams on the counter attack as we have four players acting as forward players. I’m not saying this must be the formation we play, I’m just saying I would like to see how it suits us , because on paper I believe this is perfect.
It’s almost time people, it’s almost time for the drama to unfold and for those 11 players to put us through more than we can take. We have the players this year, we have the quality, we have fans. This is where it all begins our Journey up the football league ladder.
This is our year and I believe it is. Mansfield Town for promotion, bet on it!
With the seasons curtain raiser with Newport County fast approaching, here at Mansfield Matters as ever we look to provide you with more content.
We have a few ideas in the pipeline but want to ensure what we provide is what YOU want to see, which is why we are going to open things up to a vote.
Listeners from yesterday year (the 2010-11 season) will remember the 'Takeover Football Phone In' - One idea is to revamp that into the 'Mansfield Matters' brand and bring a live phone in show back to Takeover Radio 106.9FM and our MM-LIVE page, running in a weekly one hour slot on either a Wednesday or Thursday night depending on the slots on offer. As per the show would involve you getting in touch with opinions questions etc all about the Stags, along with audio highlights, quizzes, the latest news and more.
The other idea is to attempt something we've not done yet and produce a pre-recorded minimum half hour podcast which you can download in time for match day and listen too on the way to the match, helping to cure the boredom of a long trip or the anticipation of a big game. The podcast would include highlights from previous games plus your comments as we discuss the latest topics hot from the One Call Stadium. There will also be features to get involved in plus ideas of silly games etc you can use on the more longer journeys. The aim for a podcast would be weekly and made available at least 24 hours before a match to download for FREE.
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Game - Date - Result - On air team
Grimsby (A) 6.12.11 D0-0 Craig Priest & Scott Rogers
Eastwood (A) (Friendly) 7.12.11 W4-0 Craig Priest
Droylsden (A) (FA Trophy) L2-1 10.12.11 Craig Priest & Scott Rogers
Southport (A) L3-1 17.12.11 Craig Priest & Scott Rogers
York (A) D2-2 1.1.12 Craig Priest & Scott Rogers (Recording failed during second half - 66 minutes) Audio of goals HERE
Luton (A) D0-0 25.1.12 - Craig Priest & Scott Rogers Uploaded in two parts due to internet failure at Luton, Part One (first half) - Part Two (second half)
Ebbsfleet (A) W3-0 28.1.12 Craig Priest
AFC Telford Reserves (A) Friendly L5-0 14.2.12 Craig Priest (Mini-Report)
Newport County (A) L1-0 18.2.12 Craig Priest
Cambridge United (A) W2-1 6.3.12 Craig Priest with Stephen Thirkill
Tamworth (A) W1-0 10.3.12 Craig Priest, Scott Rogers and Guest Stephen Thirkill
Alfreton (A) (Rearranged) W6-3 20.3.12 Craig Priest, Scott Rogers and Guest Stephen Thirkill
Quorn FC (A) Friendly W7-2 3.4.12 Craig Priest and Wayne Briggs
Kettering (A) W3-0 7.4.12 Craig Priest and Wayne Briggs
Hayes & Yeading (A) W3-1 14.4.12 Craig Priest and Scott Rogers [Playoff spot sealed]
Wrexham (H) W2-0 20.4.12 Craig Priest, Wayne Briggs and Scott Rogers
Kidderminster (A) 28.4.12 Craig Priest and Scott Rogers
PLAYOFF SEMI FINAL (LEG ONE) York (A) 2.5.12 Craig Priest, Scott Rogers and Wayne Briggs.
PLAYOFF SEMI FINAL (LEG TWO) York (H) 7.5.12 Craig Priest & Wayne Briggs PART ONE / PART TWO
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Thursday 1st March 2012 will be a day that Stags fans remember forever, as owner and chairman John Radford secured a 17 year lease on Field Mill and purchased the free hold of the ground back from former Stags owner and now landlord, Keith Haslam. The move cut 19 years worth of ties between Haslam and the club, with Stags fans flocking into Field Mill to celebrate as the club took on Lincoln City at Field Mill this Saturday. A bumper crowd of 4,830 cheered in celebration prior to kick off as John Radford addressed the crowd after a moving speech from Director Steve Hymas, thanking Mr Radford for all he's done for the club.
Click here to listen to the action, as Field Mill came back into possession of Mansfield Town Football Club.
Click here to read the match report from the day which includes extra features from the pre-match celebration party.
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It was a sad yet thoroughly entertaining afternoon at the One Call Stadium yesterday as a plethora of Stags legends returned to don the Amber and Blue, taking on the current crop of players as Rhys Day hung up his boots following a knee injury.
You can now catch the highlights from yesterday's match, which ended 5-5, plus interviews with Paul Cox and the man whose day it was, Rhys Day.
You can also catch additional interview with former Stags starts Alex-John Baptise and Bobby Hassell, plus read a special report of the afternoon by clicking here
Firstly please forgive a very rare non-football related post! As you may be aware we have big plans for the Mansfield Matters show, which should be returning two weeks on Saturday with the Stags pre-season trip to Leamington.
Towards the end of last season we began to play music during the build up and half time break due to the donation of some additional kit, unfortunately due to everything else going on our CD collection wasn't the greatest and this season, we want to right that wrong, giving local bands and solo artists the chance to get their music heard during the show to a high audience.
We are not looking for a particular genre or particular artists, we are just looking for fresh talent that has a fresh and positive sound.
If you are in a band or are a solo artist OR you know a solo artists/ group that wants to get stuff heard, please get in touch by emailing email@example.com attaching either a link to your work on YouTube or an example MP3. If we like your sound, we'll look to get a CD of your work and play it out during key parts of the show - your work will also be played out on local community radio station Takeover Radio 106.9FM who are always on the hunt for new music from local artists.
PLEASE NOTE: We can NOT pay anyone for their work, we are looking for unsigned artists.
Have you ever fancied trying your hand at punditry or blogging? Now's your chance as we're looking to boost the Mansfield Matters team for the fast approaching pre-season period.
During the week you will have read that Scott Rogers has signed a professional deal with the club along with three other youth team players, pre-season will see him needed on the pitch ad rightly working hard to make it in the professional game, naturally we wish him all the best however it leaves a space alongside Craig in the press box. Whilst Wayne Briggs will also be returning, he can't commit to every match so there is opportunity to for others to step into the lime light and potentially join the Mansfield Matters show.
Obviously we can't promise anything and are in no position to offer wages or expenses, the opportunity is purely for fun and to try something new. Those interested in joining Craig on air for a pre-season match should get in contact via email firstname.lastname@example.org - Experience is commentary isn't essential as Craig will be running a training day should interest be high enough, interest in media is a must as is knowledge of football and Mansfield Town FC.
Experienced commentators and pundits are also encouraged to declare their interest, please send an audio demo and details of previous experience if you have done this before.
We are also on the lookout for bloggers and regular contributors to this website as Craig has a few projects in the pipeline which may see him unable to update the website as often. The blogs would naturally be about Stags and so long as they remain the theme, writers will have creative freedom - Anyone interested in writing a regular blog should email an example piece to email@example.com - Those successful will be given there own page and a short profile, plus there work will be shared via our social networking streams and be viewed by our vast growing audience.
Anyone wishing to help keep this site upto date should also email firstname.lastname@example.org with their ideas, the website is designed and hosted by weebly so its simple to use, we're basically looking for someone with fresh ideas and a keen eye for detail.
There is no closing date for any of the opportunities and we are looking for as many people as possible to help out, Craig started in media by just giving it a go even when he thought he was useless, that one decision changed his life forever.
We do stress that we can NOT pay anyone for their time and effort.