Spirit Runs Strong

After a week of snow, cold weather and even a seven-foot tall “Stags snow man”. Games all over the country were being called off – a post on Stagsnet called for “SOYM- Save Our York Match” and someone at the club took note, issuing a rally call for fans to clear the Field Mill pitch of the snow.

When I arrived at work on Saturday lunchtime (I work as a car park attendant), the music was playing and everyone was there with a shovel, freezing cold but still in high spirits.  They did a fantastic job and I am sure you will all join me in saying well done, congratulations and thank you for doing such an excellent job – it just goes to show that in times of need, people will change their plans to help the cause, what a fantastic community spirit.

That spirit doesn’t stop with the supporters at the moment, the team are still unbeaten in 2009 and under boss David Holdsworth – who was quite rightly nominated for the League’s “manager of the month”, although unfortunately he was pipped to the post. But one person who did win the “player of the month” award was new signing and young centre half Scott Garner. His composure, spirit and performance has been second to none, and he seems eager to learn off the experienced Adie Moses, who also seems to be enjoying the role of coach. Well done Scott – keep it going. Unfortunately Scott was sent off in our game against York for two silly bookings, with only 10 men Stags showed great spirit and fought hard to maintain their 1-0 lead. Along the way certain players stood out. Matt Somner filled in a centre back and won every tackle and every header, making some important blocks and earning himself the man of the match award. Jon D’laryea showed why he has been made captain, filling in at right back when new signing Scott Gardner limped off injured, not only did “JD” win his headers and tackles he played some good balls down the channel and also spurred the lads on, showing he is a real leader. Neil Mackenzie and Louis Briscoe worked extremely hard together, both having chances to kill off the game, and last but not least keeper Alan Marriott threw himself at everything and made 2/3 vital saves, maintaining his 4th clean sheet and becoming a terrace hero in the process.

David Holdsworth certainly has got the lads fired up and there seems a new energy surrounding Mansfield Town Football Club at the minute. Talk of the play-offs has started, and it can be achieved but for now let’s take every game one at a time and go with David Holdsworth’s method: “You start with one point, do not give it away, go and get the extra two points, come away winners”.

In my first blog I mentioned a club motto, well the events of the past week have left me with a short list, so please leave your comments and tell me which one you think works best:

1- Winners never quit and quitters never win
2- Spirit is our belief
3- All for one and one for all
4- Don’t give up.

Saturday 7th February should go down in the club’s history as a day where everyone pulled together and we battled on and came out victorious, a small club with a large heartbeat – the fans.
Thanks for all the comments please keep them coming
Craig (Rainworthstag14)

“Mansfield Town FC: One Team- One Heartbeat- One Rule: Bravery Is The Key To Success.”


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