AFC Mansfield

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.

Chairman Andrew Saunders Speaks about promotion

Chairman Andrew Saunders has today spoken to the Bootiful Game about promotion to the Evo-Stik League an how events unfolded earlier this week. Click on the link below to hear the full interview.

Source: The Bootiful Game

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Evo Stick Northern Premier League East

So the breaking news today, confirms that AFC Mansfield will be playing in the EVO-Stick Northern Premier League East next season.  After narrowly missing out on promotion by 7 goals in the league season promotion looked unlikely.  However, Andover Town have decided not to take their place in step 4 next season and therefore left the door open for a promotion slot for the Bulls. 

Chairman Andy Saunders, received an email asking the club to confirm if they would be happy to take a place at step 4 for next season if one was to become available.  Of course this was a natural decision to accept any place and then the confirmation came at around 10.45 this morning that we had been accepted into the Northern Premier League East for the 2018/19 season. 

This is a great achievement for all at the club and confirms our position now as the highest placed local non-league club.  That does not mean that the Bulls will be sitting back and relaxing.  There is lots to do to engage the local public into this venture now we have moved up a level and we should look at the likes of Cleethorpes Town and Alvechurch as to how to adapt to life at Step 4 and make a success of the first season. 

There is work to do both on and off the field and ground upgrades will start in the near future to ensure that the ground meets the ground grading requirements before the 31st March 2019.  There will be lots to do in terms of off the field activities which will include trying to entice new sponsors to come on board with the club and developing other sources of income within the club. 

Importantly the club would not have achieved this without the support of our loyal supporters and the volunteers who spend hours of their time ensuring that the club runs in an efficient manner.  There is room for more volunteers to help in a number of different areas both on matchday and at other points during the week.  If anyone would like to get involved then please contact us through facebook or the website and we will be happy to discuss what you would be able to offer us.

So who will we be playing in the Evo-Stick Northern Premier League East next season.  For me one game stands out and that is the prospect of again locking horns with Tadcaster Albion who we met in the FA Vase a few years ago. 

The teams we will come up against are listed below.

          Tadcaster Albion

There is the old foes from last season in Pickering and Pontefract Collieries who we will come up against again next season and l am sure they will be just as hard fought as the games this season.  We have other good local games against Lincoln United, Loughborough Dynamo and Sheffield FC.  We will also visit Belper Town and Carlton Town.

There will be a trip to Stamford who beat us in the FA cup two years ago when we reached the 3rd Qualifying round.  They went on to make the first round proper that year losing away at Hartlepool United. 

Some of the longer trips of the season will be to Wisbech Town, Morpeth and Marske United.  There is some traveling to do but l am sure the Bulls will take to it like a duck to water. 

I am sure whatever is thrown at the Bulls next season we will be up for the challenge. Roll on August.  Also the club will play in the FA Trophy.  Hopefully another first for the Forest Town Arena in the coming months. 

Hopefully later on l will bring you the distances for travelling for next season.  Calculator and google maps at the ready. 

Think this says it all

Breaking News - AFC Mansfield are promoted to the Evo Stick

The Northern Premier League have confirmed we are promoted to the NPL Divison East.

More to follow.

Monday, May 14, 2018

The League Cup Final Postponed

We have today been notified by the Northern Counties East League Management Board that the League Cup Final due to take place next Monday at Bramhall Lane Sheffield has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.

There is currently no new date set for the fixture.  If and when this fixture is rearranged then we will bring details of the fixture to you.