AFC Mansfield

Friday, May 25, 2018

A trip to Langwith Road in preseason

 
The Bulls will make the trip to Langwith Road in pre season to take on Shirebrook Town.  Shirebook had a good season last term making the NCEL division one playoffs missing out in the semi finals.  The Bulls make the trip on 14th July with a 3pm kick off.

Jason White signs for the Bulls

Jason White at Pickering Town

We are pleased to announce that Jason White has committed to the Bulls for another season.  This will be Jason's fourth season with the Bulls and again will team up with Rudy Funk.  Jason has been an important part of our promotion winning team keeping a number of clean sheets along the way. 

The former Mansfield Town shot stopper is the first player to sign for the 2018/19 season. 

Season Round-Up

Since the NCEL League Cup final had been postponed due to reasons above our control, we thought it was only fitting to look back upon a rollercoaster season for Rudy Funk and his side. The 2017/18 campaign brought plenty of highs and lows as we look forward to what next season may potentially have in-store.



Five pre-season fixtures throughout July meant we could begin to prepare for the year ahead. Games against Hucknall Town, Rossington Main, Hyde United, Street FC and South Normanton Athletic ended with mixed results before we were able to embark on what was soon-to-be a fantastic FA Cup run. Beating three opponents ensured we booked our place in the third qualifying round – before we bowed out to Boston United. Attracting a record crowd of 613 at home against the Vanarama National League North side made for a great day for fans and players alike. And amidst all this, our NCEL season had already begun.

It was a great start for Funk’s side. Across the months of August, September and October we had suffered just one defeat at the hands of eventual title-winners, Pontefract Collieries. Conceding only 11 goals whilst scoring 38 in our first 15 games gave us a great platform for the league season ahead.

The aforementioned defeat acted as a catalyst for the Bulls as they went on to register 18 league games without defeat. This high was sandwiched between two cup defeats against Hinckley AFC and Teversal FC in the FA Vase and Notts Senior Cup respectively.



We then went a further six games unbeaten in all competitions. This saw us shoot up the league standings into top-spot and propelled us into the quarter-finals of the NCEL League Cup. From then on, wins, draws and unfortunate defeats ended our season with mixed emotions. We ultimately dropped to third in the league table, but salvaged our season by reaching the League Cup final – which has ultimately been postponed. Missing out on promotion on goal difference was a bitter pill to take after such a great start to the season. 

However, to everybody’s surprise, after we finished as one of the best third-placed teams in the country we were handed a golden ticket. Promotion. 



After Andover Town left their respective league, we were offered the chance of moving into the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League East division; an opportunity we grasped with both hands. Our topsy-turvy season had ended on a high, much to the delight of everyone associated with AFC Mansfield. As we move into the realms of the Evo-Stik for the first time in the club’s short six year existence, we hope to build upon massive successes even further. 



Thursday, May 24, 2018

Another preseason game

Tonight the Bulls have confirmed another preseason game away to Harworth Colliery. The game will be played on Tuesday 24th July with a 7.45 kick off. Harworth have just been promoted from the Central Midlands North and are awaiting which league they will compete in next term. The Bulls have played at Harworth a number of times in the Central Midlands days.

Two Preseason Friendlies

Hucknall Town Football Club


 
 





                                                                                   The Bulls are tonight pleased to announce another two preseason friendlies for the coming season. 

The first away to local Nottinghamshire rivals Hucknall Town.  The game is to be played on Tuesday 17th July 2018 with a 7.45 kick off.  The Bulls visited Hucknall for their first preseason game last year and played out an entertaining 3 all draw.  This should be a good run out against a side who completed at the top of the Central Midlands League South last term.

The second game sees The Bulls again on the road and a trip to Swallownest.  A new ground for The Bulls to travel to and the first meeting of the two teams.  The NCEL division one side had a good first year in step 6 last season  and will be looking to build on what they achieved.  The game will be played on Thursday 26th July with a 7.45pm kick off.

More details on the two games closer to the time.  This game goes along with our already announced fixture away at Bridlington Town on the 21st July.  We will bring you more details on the finalised preseason fixture list as and when the final games are confirmed. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Travelling next season

Well if you travel to all of our away games next season then you will chalk up a total of 2,180.  The shortest trip of the season sees us travel to Carlton Town with a round trip of 38.4 miles.  The longest trip to Morpeth is a round trip of 322 miles. 

We have a 3 trips which are in excess of 200 miles which will be long trips for the Bulls.  Lets hope these games get played on a Saturday. 

When you add in a few cup games then  we could well be looking at a total of 2,500 miles next season, but to new grounds and hopefully more success on the pitch as well. 

Our name in lights at Wembley ahead of FA Cup final


The Bulls are going to the seaside in pre season

The Bulls are please to announce their 1st pre season fixture for the up coming season.  We will travel to Bridlington Town to take on Curtis Woodhouse's men on Saturday 21st July with a 3pm kick off. 

Come along and support the Bulls in this preseason  fixture and take in some fish and chips and an Ice cream on the sea front on what will hopefully be a beautiful summers day. 

We are in negotiations  with a number of other clubs and hope to announce a full list of preseason fixtures in the next few weeks. 

One Bulls player will appear at the FA Cup final on Saturday

 

One Bulls player will have some involvement in the FA cup final on Saturday after he has been selected as one of the 137 names to appear on the ball used in the final.  All 137 names on the ball have scored a goal in this years FA Cup. Nick Guest was lucky enough to do this in against Dunkirk in the 1st qualifying round.  Well done 'Guesty' another piece of history.