|Field Mill, Quarry Lane, Mansfield Tel: 01623 482482|
|9900 (currently restricted to 7300)||
|Seating||9990 (currently restricted to 7300)|
|24,467 v Nottingham Forest - FA Cup 3rd Round - 1953|
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M1 Jnc.29 Leave the M1 at Junction 29, take A617 to Mansfield . After 6 miles turn right into Rosemary Street. Follow road for 1 mile and turn right into Quarry Lane.
M1 Jnc.28 Exit
the M1 at junction 28 for the A38 (Mansfield). Continue on the A38 through
seven sets of traffic lights until you come to a large crossroads (you'll
see The King and Miller pub and McDonald's Drive-Thru on the left-hand
side). Turn right at these lights (s/p Mansfield A38). Continue
along the A38 (King's Mill Hospital and Morrisons on the left-hand side)
to the third set of traffic lights (it'll be the fourth set if you include
the pedestrian crossing outside the Hospital) with "The Sir John
Cockle" pub to your front and left. You'll need to be over in the
right-hand lane for the right turn into Sheepbridge Lane. Continue along
here, down the hill, for a short distance. Under the railway bridges and
take the first left into Quarry Lane ("Lord Byron" pub on the
corner). Field Mill is at the far end of Quarry Lane.
From the East Take the A617 to Rainworth. At the end of the by-pass, at the large roundabout, take the turn for Mansfield (s/p Mansfield A617). Stay on the A617 to a set of traffic lights by "The Reindeer" pub. Here, turn left (s/p Nottingham B6030 (A60)) into Windsor Road. At the T-junction after 1.1 miles, turn right (s/p Town Centre A60) onto the A60 Nottingham Road. Go straight on, passing between "The Famous Talbot" and "Il Rosso" pubs. The past the KFC on the left-hand side and straight through the second set of traffic lights (s/p Ring Road, Town Centre). At the next set of traffic lights, with the church on the left-hand side, turn left into Quarry Lane, where you find the ground.
Mansfield - Situated on the Robin Hood Line, this is a branch line that connects Mansfield station and ten other small local stations onto the main rail network at Nottingham Midland Station to the south and Worksop to the north. The journey time from both Nottingham and from Worksop is approximately 35 minutes. Mansfield used to be a commonly used answer on quiz nights throughout the country - "Which is the only Football League club not to have a railway station?" - Not anymore. It's only a 10 minute stroll to the Ground now and from the station, you can just about make out the floodlights at Field Mill. Leave the station and turn left along the dual carriageway (A60 Portland Street), away from the town centre, and under the Railway Bridge. Go straight ahead at the first set of traffic lights along Portland Street and then right at the next lights and into Quarry Lane. The ground is a short distance down this road on the right hand side.
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My garden shed is bigger than this
been played at Field Mill since 1861, making it the second oldest active
football ground in the United Kingdom (the oldest being
Sandygate in Sheffield, home to Hallam Football Club since 1860).
Mansfield Town was founded in 1897 under the name of Mansfield Wesleyans. Like many football clubs, their name derives from a local church, in this case the Wesleyan church on Bridge Street. The present name was adopted by the club in the summer of 1910. This move angered local rivals Mansfield Mechanics, but the name change went ahead nonetheless. This was not Town's last run in with the Mechanics.
Field Mill did not become home to Mansfield Town until 1919. Mansfield
Mechanics had let their lease on the Field Mill ground lapse during the
First World War (presumably, they
couldn't see the point in paying for a ground they weren't going to use).
As a result, a football club representing the Mansfield branch of the
National Federation of Discharged and Disabled ex-Servicemen's Societies
(or DDSS for short) beat the Mechanics to the new lease. DDSS
could not afford to pay for the two year lease on their own and recruited
Mansfield Town, who were playing on a notorious pitch elsewhere, as sub-tenants.
In its infant years, there were no stands at Field Mill, the pitch being
roped off, and the DDSS cricket pavilion positioned in the corner, where
the West and Quarry Lane Stands are today. Typically, the
did not allow the Stags footballers to use the pavilion to change and so
they had to use a nearby pub. The first 'Stand' was actually a pile
of pit ash laid at one end of the pitch.
The Club now had a firm platform to make an impact on the
footballing world. Turnstiles were erected at both North and Quarry Lane
ends of the ground and a year later the first Grandstand (on the West side
of the ground) was built in 10 days by volunteers. More pit ashes
followed and by 1926 the ground had banking on 3 sides and a covered stand
running the length of the West Stand.
next major development took place in 1929, when the financial rewards of a
good cup run enabled the
develop the eastern side of the ground
(building a covered stand which covered roughly the same area as the
current Bishop Street Stand. When it was originally built it was
intended that the Bishop Street Stand would cover the whole length of the
pitch but alas this has never happened. Within two years, league
football arrived at Field Mill. The first actual terracing was made
out of railway sleepers during the 1930's these remained in place
until the 1950's. After being damaged by gales, the Bishop Street Stand
was rebuilt to almost what it is today, although later damage and new
seating means that there is now very little remaining from the 1930's.
sign of concrete terracing came in 1947, and at around the same time a pa
system was installed. The land adjacent to the west side of the
ground, previously allotments, was bought by the Club in the mid 1950's,
and in 1957 the Supporters Club funded the building of the North Stand.
It cost £30,000 and came with the famous clock. The board surrounding
the clock read, "MTFC North Stand 1957 -
Presented by the Supporters Club".
arrived at the Mill for the first time in 1962. The West Stand as we
know it used to be a Grandstand at Hurst Park Racecourse in Surrey. When the racecourse closed the Supporters Club
purchased the Stand for £30,000. However, this was not the only cost. The re-erection and reconstruction
of the Stand meant that the total cost was £200,000. The spiralling
costs meant that parts of the Stand were left unconstructed for several years on
the land next to the Stand. The West Stand was first partially used
in 1966 before being fully completed, with seats, in 1971, modeled on a
stand at Arsenal's Highbury Stadium. This was just in time for three World Cup heroes to grace Field Mill. In
February 1969, the Stags were drawn at home to West Ham United containing
Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst along with youngsters Billy
Bonds and Trevor Brooking. The 3-0 victory, in front of a huge crowd of
21,117, was perhaps the greatest home victory seen at Field Mill.
In the early
1980ís, the old scoreboard at the Quarry Lane End was demolished and
replaced, eventually, by an electronic scoreboard which only worked for a
short while before breaking down and being demolished along with the rest of the
Quarry Lane End.
Bradford Fire tragedy, the Bishop Street Stand was closed for several
years, re-opening as
a family stand in the early 1990's. New
floodlights were installed in 1991, and the West Stand got a new roof.
By 1994, the Bishop Street Stand also got its own new roof in, and new blue & amber seats
were installed to replace the original 1939 railway
In July 1999, demolition work began on both the North Stand
and Quarry Lane End, ready for the redevelopment. However, delays
meant that construction of the new stands did not begin until April 2000.
At a cost of £6.5m, Field Mill has
been transformed into a modern stadium, with the building of three new
stands. The North Stand & Quarry are almost identical single tiered
stands, each accommodating just
under 2,000 supporters. The latest addition to the ground is the West
Stand, opened in February 2001. This is a cantilevered two tiered stand,
with a capacity of 5,499.
Delays have affected the renovation of the final undeveloped
stand at Field Mill, the Bishop Street Stand. This is now
a covered all seater stand, with a blue roof seated. Running half the length of the pitch with a
598 capacity, it is boarded on one side by a concrete wall, and on the
other is the reminisce of the old terracing, with an unusual mini covered
stand about half way up the steps.
Away fans are housed in the North
Stand, a move that has been unpopular with a number of home fans, as the
North End of the ground has been the traditional home end for many years.
To get to the Stand, one has to walk along the wonderfully named
2007-08 proved to be one of the lowest periods so far in the Stags history - both on and off the pitch. In May 2007 Nottinghamshire County Council reduced Field Mill's capacity to 4684, citing a poor standard of stewarding and a lack of a pro-active approach to safety. Two months later, the capacity was raised to 6553 following an inspection from safety officials, but was reduced back to 4,684 in September after visiting Chesterfield supporters were given too many tickets by mistake. Field Mill's capacity was then increased to 5,457, and in January 2008 further increased to 7300 for an FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough after a problem with the turnstiles and other issues were resolved. Just when things were looking up off the pitch, Stags found themselves relegated to the Conference at the end of 2007/08, ending 77 years of league football at Field Mill in the process.
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