All we want for Christmas is. . . .


It is that time of year when Christmas lists are being compiled.

And I would hazard a guess that top of almost every Stags’ fan’s list is a completion to the club’s takeover saga.

Where we are now with it is anyone’s guess.

But the longer it drags on, the more supporters get suspicious that something is going to go wrong and we will be back where we were.

The silence from all sides is deafening as solicitors exercise due diligence on their due diligence.

That initial rush of excitement as the takeover deal was agreed and announced has now been replaced by a feeling of frustration.

The home gate for the visit of Lewes last weekend was a tad disappointing and it won’t get any better with Christmas shopping ahead.

So wouldn’t it be a great Christmas present to get the deal sorted and into the FA Cup third round against a Premiership giant?

Harrogate Railway sit between Stags and a possible big day out. And for all the worries over an upset, I have to say I think Stags will win convincingly.

My diary is starting to look a mess with crossings out.

Two Saturday games have just been changed, Wrexham postponed and Harrogate moved to Sunday, then the Harrogate kick-off moved back five minutes from 1.15 to 1.10, and then the home Bradford game moved from a Tuesday to a Wednesday!

At least two weeks off gives injured players some respite as we build up to six crucial pre-Christmas games.

We have a trip to fading Rochdale and one to struggling Grimsby, winnable home games with Bury and Bradford inside four days, the big FA Cup televised game at Harrogate and the small matter of a local derby at Chesterfield to look forward to – six games that could all but make or break the season.

Plus, of course, an imminent announcement that could have far more long reaching consequences. Here’s hoping!


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