Wombling free through Kingston and new faces lift Stags


After very little to talk about Stags-wise during the mini ice-age we have just experienced, all of a sudden it was all red hot news off the press at Field Mill this past week.

We have had two decent new signings, an exciting match away to AFC Wimbledon and a new ‘Amigo’ to join the other three as joint owner at the club.

Apart from the nightmare one-way system in Kingston (and the result), the trip to Wimbledon was a good day out last Saturday.

Lovely to see the nice comments from the Dons about how well behaved the Stags fans were in respecting the pre-match anecdotes and silence for the late Alan Batsford as well as the banter in the pub afterwards.

It was a nice set-up with nice people down there and I hope the Wombles Womble all the way back into the League (and stuff MK DOns home and away one day) – as it’s not at Stags’ expense this season!

After the M1, the M25 and the M3 got you close to the ground you were lulled into a false sense of security on arriving in Kingston where the ground is tucked away behind housing.

But suddenly the town centre one way system twists one way and the other with four lanes at times and at one stage I was in the right hand lane and needing to turn left without warning.

However, when in London you do as the London folk do and I indicated and pulled across the four lanes with my eyes almost closed. It worked though!

New boys Jon Shaw and Luke Foster have arrived as players with definite pedigrees this week and should give the side a big boost as we enter a ridiculously busy period of games.

But the biggest signing of the week was the arrival of Steve Hymas as a joint shareholder.

It was great news that the club have yet another local businessman willing to back them to the financial tune of the other three on top of his shirt sponsorship in the summer.

After his well-publicised altercation with the previous owner, there were a few mutterings from a section of fans about Hymas coming on board in the summer as sponsor.

But thankfully now it all seems to be finally behind him and all the comments about him joining the board thisweek have been positive ones as they should now be.

Steve Hymas is one man whose loyalty to Mansfield Town Football Club could never be in question and the more people like him, Andy Perry, Andy Saunders and Steve Middleton are at the helm, the safer the town’s football club’s future will be.

On the field, Kettering sneaked in a game on Wednesday night that made few of the national newspapers but saw them win at Ebbsfleet and edge Stags back out of the play-off zone.
So a win over the sorry remains of Chester City Football Club this Saturday is vital.

No one wants the Seals to go out of existence this week. They have a long, proud history and tradition and let’s hope someone comes to their rescue by the hearing on Wedndesay as every club at this level knows it could be them in another lifetime.

But sentiment won’t come into it for 90 minutes as Stags go for the jugular and hopefully sail to a convincing three points.

Because after this four of the next five games are away from home and, with seven games in February, it could be make or break time for play-off ambitions.


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