2011–12 Mansfield Town F.C. season

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Mansfield Town
2011-12 season
Chairman John Radford
Manager Paul Cox
Conference National 3rd
FA Cup 4th Qual. Round
(lost to Fleetwood Town)
FA Trophy 1st Round
(lost to Droylsden)
Top goalscorer League: Matt Green (26 goals)
All: Matt Green (27 goals)
Highest home attendance 4,830
(vs. Lincoln City, 3 March 2012)
Lowest home attendance 1,513
(vs. Gateshead, 29 Nov. 2011)
Average home league attendance 2,575 (League)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2011-2012 Season of Mansfield Town F.C. was its fourth in the Conference National, following their relegation from the Football League at the end of the 2007–08 season. The club also competed in the FA Cup and the FA Trophy. The Stags played their home games at Field Mill, after agreeing a new one-year lease with landlord Keith Haslam. Chairman John Radford announced that he had purchased the stadium from Haslam on 1 March 2013, which would have allowed the club to participate in the Football League the following season, had they gained promotion.

It was manager Paul Cox's first season in charge, after replacing previous incumbent Duncan Russell, whose contract was not renewed after the previous season. The Stags' youth team reformed for the 2011-12 season, and took part in the Football Conference Youth Alliance under-19 league and cup, along with the Midland Youth Cup.

Transfers[edit]

Free transfer unless otherwise stated.

Pre-Season[edit]

Mansfield prepared for the season with 8 pre-season friendlies, 2 at home and 6 away.[22] Another game with local team Worksop was arranged, but then cancelled. The first-team squad, along with manager Paul Cox and assistant Micky Moore also faced local cricket side Shirebrook CC in a friendly 20/20 game, which was lost.[23]

† = Trialist

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance Notes
12 July 2011 Nuneaton Town A 1-2[24] Stevenson 6' 370
15 July 2011 Notts County H 1-2[25] Connor 26' 2353 (662)
19 July 2011 Doncaster Rovers H 0-1[26] 1576 (195)
23 July 2011 Halifax Town A 1-0[27] Briscoe 47' 743
26 July 2011 Hednesford Town A 3-2[28] Green 51', Briscoe 64' (p), Naylor 71' 310
30 July 2011 Boston United A 4-1[29] Murray 1', 81', Briscoe 70' (p), Howell 90' 637 (178)
3 August 2011 Ilkeston A 4a2[30] O.G. 4', Green 15', Briscoe 25', 44' (p) 521 Match abandoned after 73 minutes.
6 August 2011 Chasetown A 4-1[31] Smith 6', Dyer 21', 31', Flynn† 41' 321

Conference National[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Fleetwood Town (C) (P) 46 31 10 5 102 48 +54 103 Promotion to the 2012–13 League Two
2 Wrexham (Q) 46 30 8 8 85 33 +52 98 Qualification to the Conference National Playoffs
3 Mansfield Town (Q) 46 25 14 7 87 48 +39 89
4 York City (Q) 46 23 14 9 81 45 +36 83
5 Luton Town (Q) 46 22 15 9 78 42 +36 81

Updated to games played on 28 April 2012.
Source: Football Conference
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Fixtures As On Mansfield Town Website.[32]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
(away fans)
Position Notes
13 August 2011 Bath City H 1-1[33] Connor 3' 3997 (80) 13
16 August 2011 Gateshead A 0-3[34] 825 (125) 21
20 August 2011 Braintree Town A 1-1[35] Briscoe 47' 875 (212) 18
23 August 2011 Luton H 1-1[36] Green 27' 2592 (437) 20
27 August 2011 Kettering Town H 3-0[37] Briscoe 11', Green 51', Dyer 64' 2051 (112) 14
29 August 2011 Stockport County A 1-0[38] O'Neill 67' 3571 (436) 8 1200 Kick-off
3 September 2011 Darlington A 2-0[39] Green 5', 14' 2647 (296) 4
10 September 2011 Newport County H 5-0[40] Green 11', Briscoe 33',72' Dyer 56', O'Neill 75' 2324 (121) 3 1715 Kick-off, TV
17 September 2011 Barrow A 3-2[41] Green 4' Futcher 29' Meikle 81' 1244 (137) 4
20 September 2011 Telford United H 1-1[42] Green 72' 2481 (110) 5
24 September 2011 Kidderminster Harriers H 0-3[43] 2522 (117) 8
27 September 2011 Wrexham A 3-1[44] Wright (O.G.) 41', Green (p) 67', Connor 90+5' 3478 (130) 5
1 October 2011 Forest Green Rovers A 1-1[45] Dyer 1' 893 (241) 8
8 October 2011 Grimsby Town H 2-1[46] O'Neill 71', Connor 76' 2982 (589) 6
15 October 2011 Southport H 1-3[47] Akrigg (O.G.) 76' 2416 (114) 9
18 October 2011 Lincoln City A 1-1[48] Green 87' 2944 (981) 9
22 October 2011 Alfreton Town H 3-2[49] Green (p) 74', Meikle 87', Todd 90+1' 2982 (320) 8
5 November 2011 Cambridge United H 1-2[50] Green 55' 2046 (237) 10
19 November 2011 AFC Telford A 0-0[51] 2203 (474) 9
26 November 2011 Bath City A 1-1[52] Meikle 24' 816 (146) 9
29 November 2011 Gateshead H 1-1[53] Dyer 10' 1513 (34) 10
3 December 2011 Braintree Town H 4-1[54] Dempster 24', Green 49', 67', Meikle 60' 1790 (32) 8
6 December 2011 Grimsby Town A 0-0[55] 2553 (140) 9
17 December 2011 Southport A 1-3[56] Dempster 48' 1006 (98) 10
26 December 2011 York City H 1-1[57] Green 10' 3551 (931) 9
1 January 2012 York City A 2-2[58] Green 15', Verma 71' 4284 (498) 9
7 January 2012 Forest Green Rovers H 1-0[59] Meikle 64' 2008 (32) 9
21 January 2012 Hayes & Yeading United H 3-2[60] Dyer 38', Green 68', Hutchinson 90' (p) 1872 (26) 10
25 January 2012 Luton Town A 0-0[61] 5261 (111) 10 1930 Kick-off, TV
28 January 2011 Ebbsfleet United A 3-0[62] Green 21', Roberts 38', 90+4' 1085 (200) 9
18 February 2012 Newport County A 0-1[63] 1285 (89) 9
21 February 2012 Darlington H 5-2[64] Dempster 14', Green 43', 70', 75' (p), Briscoe 86' 1697 (80) 8 Re-arranged from 4 February.[65]
25 February 2012 Tamworth H 2-1[66] Smith 76', Green 87' 2221 (134) 7
3 March 2012 Lincoln City H 2-1[67] Dyer 47', Roberts 58' 4830 (627) 6
6 March 2012 Cambridge United A 2-1[68] Dyer 10', Briscoe 57' 1738 (165) 5
10 March 2012 Tamworth A 1-0[69] Green 13' 1600 (909) 4
13 March 2012 Fleetwood Town H 1-1[70] Geohaghon 90'+1' 3132 (104) 4 Re-arranged from 11 February.[71]
17 March 2012 Barrow H 7-0[72] Briscoe 9', 17', 67', Howell 28', Meikle 41', Green 54', Rhead 77' 2510 (70) 4 Biggest league win since 1965
20 March 2012 Alfreton Town A 6-3[73] Howell 17', 43', Briscoe 31', Green 33', 90', Geohaghon 89' 3354 (1956) 3 Re-arranged from 13 March.[74]
24 March 2012 Fleetwood Town A 0-2[75] 3106 (480) 3
31 March 2012 Ebbsfleet United H 1-0[76] Green 83' 2630 (55) 3
7 April 2012 Kettering Town A 3-0[77] Meikle 14', Green 63', Rhead 86' 1818 (877) 3
9 April 2012 Stockport County H 2-1[78] Smith 47', Briscoe 53' 3,883 (506) 3
14 April 2012 Hayes & Yeading United A 3-1[79] Howell 5', Dyer 67', Green 71' 487 3 No segregation - away support unknown
20 April 2012 Wrexham H 2-0[80] Howell 13', Alan Marriott 61' 3,665 (184) 3 1930 Kick-off. TV
28 April 2012 Kidderminster Harriers A 3-0[81] Stevenson 56', Briscoe 78', Green 87' 3,565 3 1300 Kick-off

Play-Offs[edit]

Date Round Opponents Venue Result
F - A
Scorers Attendance Notes
2 May 2012 Semi-Final 1st leg York City Bootham Crescent 1-1 Dyer 6057 (1352) 1930 Kick-off, TV
7 May 2012 Semi-Final 2nd leg York City One Call Stadium 0-1
a.e.t.
7295 (1490) 1400 Kick-off, TV
Lost 2-1 on aggregate

FA Cup[edit]

In the FA Cup, Mansfield achieved their worst result in over 80 years, not progressing past the qualifying rounds for the first time since falling to the non-league.

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F - A
Scorers Attendance
29 October 2011 4th Round (Qualifying) Fleetwood Town H 1-1 Dyer 70' 1725 (134)
1 November 2011 4th Round (Qualifying) Replay Fleetwood Town A 0-5 1159 (78)

FA Trophy[edit]

Mansfield hoped to go one step further than the previous season's disappointment, however the team fell at the first step, an upset away to lower-league opposition.

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F - A
Scorers Attendance
10 December 2011 1st Round Droylsden A 1-2 Green 84' 335

Squad statistics[edit]

Records as of 28 April 2012. Most Appearances column includes starts and substitute appearances. League fixtures only.

Most Starts Most Appearances Most Goals Most Assists Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
Alan Marriott 45 3 Players † 45 Matt Green 29 Luke O'Neill 12 Adam Murray 8 Tom Naylor 2
Matt Green 44 Luke O'Neill 43 Louis Briscoe 11 Matt Green 11 Luke O'Neill 7 3 Players ¶ 1

† Ross Dyer, Alan Marriott, Matt Green

Louis Briscoe, Anthony Howell, Ritchie Sutton

Starting XI[edit]

This shows the most used players in each position, based on Mansfield's typical starting XI for the league season.