As one door closes . . .




Winner Of Stagsfan.wordpress Goal Of The Season Ryan Williams. (Photo By Craig Priest)

Winner Of Stagsfan.wordpress Goal Of The Season Ryan Williams. (Photo By Craig Priest)




It is over once again, the season has come to a dramatic end. Stags had yet again nothing to play for on the last day of the season, except a fantastic unbeaten home record in 2009, since David Holdsworth became manager, and I started writing this blog!

David came in and brought in some top quality players who have the potential to play at the highest level, he totally revamped the squad. Our home form alone has taken us from 20th  when Billy McEwan departed, up to our final standing of 12th.

Along the way we managed to almost fix our away form with wins at Lewes, Eastbourne & Rushden. It’s just a shame that we couldn’t pull off similar results at the likes of Oxford, Cambridge, Grays, Northwich, Histon & Wrexham.

Not for one minute am I complaining. Holdsworth has done a great job here and I can’t wait to see what next season brings, Holdsworth has the correct attitude and approach to make this club a success, it’s also clear that when things are not going to plan he is not afraid to change things around.

The last game vs Stevenage really summed up David Holdsworth for me, even when we had nothing but pride to play for. He stuck out the strongest team available and made Stevenage work for their place in the play-offs. In the end they had to rely on other results as we emerged 2-1 victors, keeping our unbeaten home record intact. It was a great scene to see the “fans” flood the pitch to celebrate with Aaron O’Connor & the lads when he bagged the goal, it’s just a shame that goal didn’t mean anything. I’d have understood flooding the pitch had that goal taken us up! But that’s football, a funny old game!!

When I woke up this morning I was thinking what to write for the final edition, I have chosen not to review the whole season, although I have done that but for perhaps another time. I have chosen to get the fans involved Via facebook now for the awards, (unfortunately there are no trophies available!)

Player of the season, Gary Silk (is that four awards for him now?)

Most improved player under David Holdsworth, Matt Somner.

Goal of the Season, Ryan Williams Vs Barrow at home (although Scott Garner’s goal vs Stevenage at home was a cracker but the votes had already been counted, sorry Scott!)

Worst Ground Visited, Lewes

Best Ground Visited, Rushden & Diamonds

Game of the Season, Kettering Away 26th December 3-1 Win.

It’s always sad to see the season end, Saturdays are the highlight of the week for me – a chance to see my friends, have some great laughs, especially on the away trips – I will never forget Northwich away on that zip wire! I always meet new people every season and this year has been no different, these people are now becoming very good friends as the Mansfield town friend circle gets wider and wider. I love the buzz on a Saturday when the lads are out there, fighting for another Mansfield win! I’m glad we ended with a win, it was horrible last summer waiting for our next win. This time we have ended happy and eager for next season’s “big push” – a season where we need the big atmospheres we’re more than capable of. This is why I’m urging you not to take a holiday this summer, save the money and get a Mansfield town season ticket, because every game next season will be better than a holiday, you will enjoy the football and be part of Mansfield Town history, hopefully!

 I must now wrap things up, and I would like to thank Tom Pegg, Tim Morriss and everybody at the Chad for giving me this fantastic opportunity to share my views with you. I would like to thank everybody in the aforementioned Stags friend circle, without your help and support and brilliant banter none of this would have happened, you are all fantastic friends and I look forward to a great season with you all next year, you know who you are. I’d also like to thank Billy McEwan for putting a squad together, therefore keeping us in the Blue Square and not doing a Boston! A special mention should also go to the three musketeers, who have made the club more of a family again! Also to David Holdsworth, who has come in and done a great job, brought in some quality players and is very open towards the fans, a thank you therefore for the fantastic “meet the manager” evening, which gave me my first real taste of writing, and finally to you, my readers. Thank you for reading week in week out, here’s to next season!


Craig (Rainworthstag14)


Mansfield Town Football Club, we may be small, we may not have the biggest fan base or the best ground or even the best players, but what we do have is the drive to go forward and become bigger and better than we ever were, so please hear my message, do every little thing you can to help the amber wagon regain its wheels and go storming back into the promised land, support your club, the club you may not have noticed hidden in the corner, the club with nothing to lose now and everything to gain, be a part of it, Mansfield Town FC, As one door closes another one swings right open.

 Don’t forget to keep up to date during the summer via the facebook page and newly formed amber eyes




Sammy Celebrating The Stags Unbeaten Home Record (Photo By Craig Priest)

Sammy Celebrating The Stags Unbeaten Home Record (Photo By Craig Priest)









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