AFC Mansfield

Sunday, August 19, 2018


AFC make history with first ever Evo-Stik League victory

Spalding Match Preview


The Bulls will make the trip to Spalding on Tuesday evening for their first away game as a step 4 club.  After the great result on Saturday against Pickering Town we are currently 7th in the table and we travel with great confidence.

This is the first meeting between the two clubs at any level.  It could be said that the Bulls are travelling a little into the unknown at this point in the season.  Spalding United started the season with a 1 all draw at Cleethorpes on Saturday in front of a bumper crowd of 425.  Reading the comments from Spalding they were very happy with this.  Their goal being scored in the 32nd Minute by Zuerner.  They currently sit 11th in the table. 

One Bulls player will be making his return to his former club in Brad Wells, who scored 30 goals for them in reaching the playoffs two seasons ago.

Spalding United FC are nicknamed ‘The Tulips’ because of the town’s association with the bulb growing industry. The club was formed in 1921 but the town did have football in the guise of Spalding Thursday and Spalding Town prior to that. They have always played at the same Sir Halley Stewart Field venue, although it was originally known as the Black Swan Field.

Club Honours
United Counties League Champions 1953/54, 1974/75, 1987/88. 1998/99, 2003/04, 2013/14
Northern Counties East League Champions 1983/84
Lincolnshire Senior Cup
A Winners 1987/88, 1998/99
FA Cup First Round Durham City (0-1) 1957/58, Newport County (3-5) 1964/65
FA Trophy Third Round Worksop (2-3) 1974/75
FA Vase
Quarter-Finals Guiseley (1-3) 1989/90, Tiverton (1-3) 1997/98
Fifth Round Guernsey (1-3) 2012/13
Northern Premier League
First Division South Play-off Finalists 2016/17, lost 2-1 to Witton Albion

Spalding play in all Blue and therefore it will be a first outing for the Bulls brand new away strip of all Yellow for the new season. 

The Bulls will welcome back into the matchday squad Jason White and Kieron Wells.  The only doubt following Saturday's game could be Jack Steers after he was substituted following the penalty incident.  The only other absentee from the squad will be Phil Buxton. 

Let's hope for a great performance and another 3 points to show all in the league that we mean business. 

Get yourselves down to Lincolnshire to support the Bulls on Tuesday night as we warm up for the local derby in the FA Cup to follow on Saturday.

Next Up - Spalding United

The Bulls play their first away game in the Evo Stik Northern Premier League East on Tuesday evening as we make the trip to Spalding United.  The address for those travelling is:-

Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field
Winfrey Avenue
PE11 1DA

Kick off is 7.45pm

Come along and support the Bulls in this historic evening for the club.  Remember our supporters are the 12th Man.

Come on the Bulls!!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

AFC Mansfield 2 Pickering Town 1

The Bulls win their first league game by 2 goals to 1.

Match report and reaction to follow.

Today's match Sponsor OTTO Construction

The club look forward to welcoming OTTO Construction to the Forest Town Arena this afternoon as Match Sponsors for our clash with Pickering Town.

Don't forget to buy your programme today.

Game Day - Pickering Town

The first league game of the season is finally here as we take on Pickering Town this afternoon st the Forest Town Arena. This is our first game in our history at step 4 and we will be looking to start with a win. Pickering Town also feature at step 4 for the first time and therefore this is a big afternoon for them to. We would expect them to travel in numbers this afternoon for their first game of the season.

Kick off is at 3pm.

Admission priced are

Adults £7
Concessions £5
Accompanied children free otherwise £2

Remember there will be a minutes silence before this game in memory of Siomin Crofts who passed away last week. All at the club would like to take this opportunity to remember Simon.

Get yourselves down and be the 12th man. This season is going to be a rollercoaster like you have never experienced before.

Up the Bulls

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Pickering Town Home Saturday 18th August

Fancy Sponsoring AFC Mansfield?

The Bulls have various sponsorship opportunities available for our upcoming games against Rainworth Miners Welfare FC in the Preliminary Round of the FA cup on Saturday 25th August.  This includes Matchday Sponsorship at a cost of £100.  This provides you with admission for 6 people to the game with half time hospitality.  Your name or company will be featured in the match programme and also in our social media and website in the week prior to the game. 

In addition, we have the same package available for our home fixture against Lincoln United on Monday 27th August.

If these packages are not for you then please contact the club at find out what other packages are on offer. 

Pickering Town Match Preview

First goal at Pickering Town last season
After the last league game l saw at Harworth Park, the home of Hall Road Rangers, l did not think this would be a league fixture in the 2018/19 season.  After seeing Pickering Town get the point they needed for promotion and accepting another year in NCEL Premier division.  However, the golden ticket came along and both of us got promoted. 

It's a massive day for both clubs as we both make our Evo-Stik debuts and both sides will want to start with a win.  Last season the Bulls did the double over Pickering Town in the league with a 3 2 victory at Pickering and a 2 1 home success at the Forest Town Arena.  Both games were great games of football in a tense environment as both teams were aware of the significance of the games we were playing and the position in the league table. 

Our overall record against Pickering currently reads

Played 4 Won 2 lost 2

Paul Marshall will bring his Pickering Town team to the Forest Town Arena on the back of an FA Cup victory against Bishop Auckland while Rudy Funk's side will have a great deal of confidence after the weekend's victory at Kirby Muxloe. 

It is not the only club that the bulls have faced managed by Paul Marshall.  We went up against him whilst manager of Tadcaster Albion in the FA Vase, a game which saw Ryan Williams and Rudy Funk see red and the Bulls eventually lost this by 3 goals to nil. 

Pickering have strengthened their side again over the summer, just like the Bulls, and have again secured the services of the Hull City Goalkeeper Harry Andrews, who looked very good against us last season.  Ryan Blott, also remains at the club.  Blott who was Pickering's top scorer and also second in the NCEL Premier division scoring charts will be a threat for the Bulls on Saturday to overcome. 

As we have played Pickering on a number of occasions before, l won't go into too much detail on their past, but this is their first venture into Step 4, like the Bulls, and l am sure they will be wanting to take the bulls by the horns, and register their first three points. 

The Bulls will go into the game with all players available except for the three players absent last weekend.  There is the possibility that Rudy Funk may add to his squad between the time of writing and the weekend, if he does more news on the website. 

It's a great opportunity for the club to showcase ourselves at this new level and hopefully turn some eyes to the Forest Town Arena.  Remember to hear more about our fellow Northern Premier League East teams there is a preview of the season on the NPL Podcast which is normally released on a Friday.  Will be well worth a listen to see how they feel our chances are for the new season. 

Remember its a new challenge, its a new league with some great places to visit.  I am sure there will be some ups along the way and some downs, but as a club we have come so far in the last 6 years and this week starts a new chapter in our history.  Let's all get behind the boys no matter what the result and no matter how the season is going.  The supporters are the 12th man and can play an important part. 

The game on Saturday is at home at the Forest Town Arena with a 3pm kick off. 

Admission prices

Adults £7
Concessions £5
Accompanied children free otherwise a charge of £2 applies. 

As most of you will be aware we will be holding a minutes silence in memory of Simon Crofts, Welfare Manager who passed away suddenly last week.  

Olly Fearon Celebrating the winning goal at home to Pickering last season