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The Complete Record Of Mansfield's Visits To The Moss Rose

24 August 2018

Mansfield Town will visit the Moss Rose for the twelfth time tomorrow and ahead of the game, we take a look back at the previous eleven clashes.

The Stags first made the journey over from Nottinghamshire in October 1997, with Sammy McIlroy's heroic side still revelling from their glorious promotion to the Football League the previous May.

The Silkmen retained their proud home record with a 1 - 0 victory that afternoon, with Hartlepool United loanee scoring the decisive goal just before the hour mark.

Mansfield returned to the Moss Rose in November 1999 and played their part in what turned out to be an enthralling encounter.

Chris Priest opened the scoring after eight minutes and set McIlroy's side on their way to registering a comprehensive 5 - 2 victory on a chilly November evening in East Cheshire.

Richie Barker grabbed a first half brace, with Ben Sedgemore and John Askey completing the rout with both striking within the last ten minutes.

Our winning streak was ended in January 2001 when Mansfield claimed a 1 - 0 victory over Gil Prescott's Silkmen side and David Moss did not fare any better the following December when The Stags claimed all three points on the back of another solitary goal winner.

Matthew Tipton then dramatically rescued a point for the hosts in December 2003, as he struck an injury time equaliser for John Askey's side to cancel out Mansfield's opener in pulsating fashion.

Our biggest victory against The Stags actually came in an LDV Trophy Second Round tie back in November 2004.

Brian Horton's side were in scintillating form that evening, as they raced into a 3 - 0 first half lead.

Defender Tony Barras opened the scoring with just ten minutes on the clock and this was followed by strikes from Jon Parkin and Matthew Tipton before the interval.

With the tie all but won, Parkin added his second just before the hour mark to complete the four goal rout and send Macc emphatically through to the next round.

The Silkmen were also in fine form when Mansfield next visited the Moss Rose to contest a League Two fixture the following April.

Macc continued their surge into the Play-Off places with a spirited 3 - 1 victory, thanks to goals from Jon Parkin, Matthew Tipton and skipper David Morley.

The Stags made their eighth visit to the Moss Rose in September 2005, when Allan Russell's first half strike proved to be enough for a share of the spoils in a one all draw.

Perhaps the most high-profile meeting between the two sides came in October 2006, when the national media came out in force to see former England and Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince take to the dugout for the first time.

In terms of the match itself, the game was a captivating one as the visitors edged a five goal thriller.

After a goalless first half, the game was ignited in the 49th minute when Colin Heath sent the home fans wild by putting The Silkmen ahead.

Giles Coke restored parity for the visitors on 65 minutes, only for David Morley to restore our lead with just nine minutes to play.

With a plethora of journalists in the Press Box preparing their headlines which centred on Ince's dream start, Mansfield hit back through former Silkmen idol Richie Barker two minutes later.

Worse was to follow for the hosts, as Mansfield were awarded an injury-time penalty and this was duly slotted home by Barker to hand them all three points in the dying seconds.

The Stags next visited the Moss Rose in April 2008 and left with a point after Keith Alexander's men fought out a goalless draw in his debut season in charge.

All this brings us to the last time that Mansfield visited us, which occurred back in November 2012 and represents the only time that The Stags have visited us as a non-league side.

The game proved to be one to forget for Steve King's side however, as Mansfield romped to a 3 - 0 victory in what proved to be a disappointing afternoon for the Moss Rose faithful.

Our complete record against The Stags at the Moss Rose is as follows -

Played 11. Won 4. Drawn 3. Lost 4.

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