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We've Met Before: Mansfield Town

5 March 2021

A photograph of Barrow Ian Allington
The Progression Solicitors Stadium

Phil Yelland delves into the archives to find out how Mansfield Town have got on during previous visits to Barrow ahead of this weekend's meeting.

The Stags visit The Progression Solicitors Stadium for the first time in almost eight years on Saturday for our League two encounter.

Their last visit in April 2013 saw them going for the Blue Square Premier title under future Barrow boss Paul Cox. We were fighting against relegation and missed a glorious chance to take the lead when Richie Baker missed a penalty. Town then went down to the other end and scored the first of their four goals in their 4-0 win. They duly secured promotion at the end of that season as champions as we were relegated. The Stags also won 4-0 here in the FA Cup First Round in November 1936.

The teams’ first ever meeting here also came in the FA Cup Second Round in December 1928, when we were in Division Three North and Town were in the South Division. They won 2-1, with our consolation goal from the wonderfully named Fred Ferrari.

The first league meeting here took place after The Stags had been switched to Division Three North in the summer of 1932. That game was in the September and we won 1-0 with a Matthew Robinson goal.

The following season we recorded our biggest win over The Stags here – a 6-3 triumph during a season when we rattled in 116 goals in Division Three North - 78 of those came in 21 games at Holker Street. The scorers that day were Joe Roberts with a hat-trick, Robinson, Frank Peed and Jim Shankly.

Our last win over Town on home soil came in late September 2009 in Blue Square Premier when we emerged from a disappointing run to win 3-1. The goals that day came from Jason Walker with two, one from the penalty spot, and one from Malvin Kamara.

This will be the 30th meeting between the sides here in all competitions. In the 29 to date we have won 14, drawn seven and lost eight. Here’s hoping for win number 15 and our first double of the season.

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