MTFC Open All Hours!

Every club has one day like this in the summer: they throw open the gates for all to pop in and see what’s going at the club. The car park gets flooded with various things, burger van, ice cream van, hook a duck, tea-cup rides, climbing frames and lots more. Throw in some tours of the ground, player autographs, pictures, Sunday lunch and a massive photo on the pitch and you’re in for a good day!

Unfortunately for me, I didn’t get to enjoy it as much as your average person. I volunteered to work on the car park gate from 8am until 4pm, without pay! I accepted the unpaid role due to my love for the club once again racing to the surface. It was good seeing the day pass me by, with everyone arriving early to set up various stalls and activities. People starting arriving around 9.30 to queue up to buy the lovely new away shirt, This time I will not be waiting for Christmas/ Birthday to get mine, I already have it!

Action From Alfreton Saturday, (Photo By Craig Priest)

Action From Alfreton Saturday, (Photo By Craig Priest)

 As some of you may be aware, car parking at the ground has been cut down by 60% and last Tuesday evening there was no end of problems which we (me & my dad) expected to see again, but nobody seemed bothered and were all too eager to check out the activities on offer. Jolly good. Nobody seemed too bothered about the previous day’s result, a 3-0 loss at Blue Square North neighbours Alfreton Town, who played very well and fully deserved their victory.

People arrived and collected their season tickets throughout the day, still a big queue as I headed home at 4pm! The ticket office girls were rushed off their feet but did their jobs very professionally.

Noon was the time for the main event, A massive group photograph including all the squad and staff and anyone who was wearing a Stags shirt from any season! It was a brilliant experience, one I managed to be involved in! It will be interesting to see if the world record for the biggest team photograph was broken/ nearly reached. The photograph is printed in this week’s edition of The Chad – be sure to get yours!

Players stayed around for a while, chatting with fans and posing for photographs, etc. They eventually left around 2pm. Events wrapped up around 3.30pm and everyone was sent home happy – the rain had showered a little and the wind had tried to “muscle in” but it had not upset people – except the Fitness First girls whose stall couldn’t take the wind and would have blown down if the army lads hadn’t stepped in and spared their blushes!

Me & Matt Somner At The Open Day! (Photo By Mike Parker)

Me & Matt Somner At The Open Day! (Photo By Mike Parker)

I did manage to get round and have a chat with a few players after the massive pitch photograph. Matt Somner questioned the amount of Facebook player-related groups flying around, which were not made by me – just to set the record straight! He also “thanked me” for his & Gary Silk’s love group, again not made by me! Bless him!

Thanks to the Stags for a cracking open day and all the hard work all the staff put in!

Thanks for reading and all the comments over the weekend!


“Mansfield Town FC; Your Club 24/7”


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3 Responses to “MTFC Open All Hours!”

  1. Bobbie Casey Says:

    If only I had a dime for every time I came here! Great article.

  2. Craigpriest14 Says:

    Hey bobbie,
    Thanks for your comment, much appriciated 🙂


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