Field Mill

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One Call Stadium
Field Mill
One Call Stadium.jpg
Full name One Call Stadium
Location Quarry Lane,
Mansfield,
Nottinghamshire,
NG18 5DA
Owner John Radford
Capacity 8,000 (Football)
15,000 (Music Venue)
Record attendance 24,467 (v Nottingham Forest)
10 January 1953
Field size 114 x 70 yards
Scoreboard Yes (2009)
Construction
Built before 1861
Tenants
Mansfield Town (1919–)
This article is about the multi-use stadium; for other uses, see Field mill (disambiguation)

Field Mill, known for sponsorship reasons as One Call Stadium,[1] is a multi-use stadium in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, and the home of Mansfield Town. It is the oldest ground in the Football League, hosting football since 1861,[2] although some reports date it back as far as 1850.[3] The stadium has a capacity of 10,000 when fully open, but due to safety restrictions, it currently holds 8,186.[4]

History[edit]

Before Mansfield Town[edit]

The site on Quarry Lane was originally used as a recreational area for employees of the Greenhalgh & Sons Works, who rented the surrounding areas from the Duke of Portland for their cotton-doubling business.[3] Incidentally, one of the Greenhalgh sons was Harwood Greenhalgh, a Mansfield-born footballer who played for Notts County, and represented England in the first ever international football match.[5]

The Greenhalgh's team played at Field Mill under various incarnations, including 'Greenhalgh F.C.', 'Field Mill Football Club' and 'Mansfield Greenhalgh'.[6] A team representing Greenhalgh & Sons also played cricket at the ground for many years, while the late nineteenth century saw athletics and cycle-racing on Quarry Lane. An 1894 merger with Mansfield Town (no relation to the current club) to form Mansfield F.C. saw Field Mill become almost exclusively a football ground.[6]

The ground was used by Mansfield Mechanics FC from 1912 to 1916.

The Home of Mansfield Town[edit]

Mansfield Town first started playing matches there in the 1919–20 season, however for the first two years it was also used as a cricket ground by the Mansfield branch of the National Federation of Discharged and Disabled ex-Servicemen's Societies (DDSS). In 1921, the DDSS's lease on the ground ran out, and the ground was sold by its owner, the Duke of Portland, on the condition that it would only ever be used for sporting purposes.

The first grandstand was erected in 1922 along the length of the west side of the ground, with the other three sides mounds formed from ash from nearby coal mines, all completed by 1926. In 1929, using the money from the cup run of the previous year, a covered stand was built on the Bishop Street side, occupying a similar position to the Bishop Street Stand of today. The first terracing was built during the 1930s from railway sleepers, and lasted 20 years.

Shortly after World War Two, concrete terracing and a PA system were introduced. The club bought land to the West side of the ground in the mid-1950s, just before the supporters' club funded the building of the new North Stand, at a cost of £30,000.

In the 1960s a new grandstand was erected on the west side of the ground after being purchased from Hurst Park Racecourse in Surrey. The stand itself cost £30,000, although the final amount spent was considerably more than this once the cost of transportation and reconstruction is taken into account. The stand was first used in 1966, but it was not fully completed until 1971.

Between 1984 and 1986, Field Mill was home to a rugby league team called Mansfield Marksman.

The scoreboard at Field Mill.

After plans to relocate to a new all-seater stadium were scrapped, work began in July 1999 to completely modernise Field Mill. The North Stand, Quarry Lane End and West Stand were completely demolished and new stands built in their place, including a two tier stand on the west side of the ground. The redeveloped all-seater stadium was officially opened by John Prescott on 28 July 2001, six months after work had been completed.

In July 2005, safety officials temporarily restricted Field Mill's capacity to 5,000 when fire safety certificates could not be located.[7] The ground's capacity was again reduced in May 2007, from 9,368 to 4,684, when Nottinghamshire County Council, who enforced the reduction, cited a poor standard of stewarding and a lack of a pro-active approach to safety.[8] In July 2007 the capacity was raised to 6,553 following an inspection from safety officials,[9] but was reduced back to 4,684 in September after visiting Chesterfield supporters were given too many tickets by mistake.[10] Field Mill's capacity was then increased to 5,457, and in January 2008 further increased to 7,300 for the FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough after a problem with the turnstiles and other issues were resolved.[11]

In early 2010, the Mansfield Town announced plans to allow the ground to be used to hold concerts and other events to raise non-matchday income. On 22 August 2010, Westlife brought their Where We Are Now Tour to the ground. The event was hailed a success despite not selling out and poor weather conditions affecting uncovered fans.[12] No further concerts have been announced and it is unclear if there are any plans to host future music events at Field Mill.

In December 2010, Mansfield Town were evicted from the ground by its landlord Keith Haslam following a dispute over unpaid rent.[13] The club looked for alternative grounds at which to play their home games in the Conference National, including Alfreton Town's Impact Arena and Ilkeston Town's New Manor Ground. However, their first home game after the eviction was postponed in any event due to the freezing weather.[14]

Stands[edit]

The West Stand at Field Mill.

The Ian Greaves Stand - currently the largest stand made up of an upper and lower tier, and executive seating. The stand has a capacity of 5,417 (2,764 in the upper tier, and 2,509 in the lower tier).

Quarry Lane End - situated behind the South goal, housing the home fans, with a capacity of 1,968. The players' tunnel is located in the corner of this stand adjacent to the West Stand.

North Stand - situated behind the opposite goal from the Quarry Lane End, this was traditionally the home terrace although safety issues meant this would swap with the Quarry Lane End and become the away stand. Capacity of 1,910.

Bishop Street Stand - this stand, which runs along the side of the pitch opposite the West Stand, is not in use after being condemned. The dugouts are in front of this stand which is boarded up to prevent access. There are plans to build a new 2,800 capacity stand including new dressing rooms and television facilities, however no formal steps have been taken to implement such plans.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mansfield Town rename Field Mill the One Call Stadium". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "The History of Field Mill". Stagsnet. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  3. ^ a b Searl, Stan (1990). Mansfield Town - A Complete Record - 1910–1990. Breedon Books. p. 90. ISBN 0907969704. 
  4. ^ "Ground capacity increased again". Mansfield Town Official Website. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Herbert Greenhalgh - A Gentleman Employer". Our Mansfield and Area. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Searl, Stan (1990). Mansfield Town - A Complete Record - 1910–1990. Breedon Books. p. 94. ISBN 0907969704. 
  7. ^ "Stags hit by stadium safety fear". BBC News. 2005-07-21. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  8. ^ "Stags' ground capacity is halved". BBC News. 2007-05-02. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  9. ^ "Field Mill's capacity rises again". BBC Sport. 2007-07-30. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  10. ^ "Council cuts Field Mill capacity". BBC Sport. 2007-09-20. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  11. ^ "Field Mill capacity is increased". BBC Sport. 2008-01-10. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  12. ^ "Westlife Where We Are Now Tour 2010 Mansfield Town's Field Mill stadium". This Is Nottingham. 2010-08-22. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  13. ^ "Homeless Stags optimistic on Field Mill return". This Is Nottingham. 2010-12-13. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  14. ^ "Mansfield Town hit by stadium closure row". BBC Sport. 2010-12-02. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  15. ^ "Mansfield Town - Field Mill". Football Grounds Guide. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 

Coordinates: 53°08′17″N 1°12′02″W / 53.13806°N 1.20056°W / 53.13806; -1.20056