Boro’ have taken on their fare share of opponents over the years and some of those teams have simply been no more than passing acquaintances. Meanwhile, there are also those others that became – well – annoyingly familiar, right? For all the many times that we’ve faced the likes of W*king, for example, there are no shortage of rare match-ups either. So, it makes sense for us to look back through our archives to see how many you can remember. For example, where do Mansfield Town stand in the grand scheme of things?
If you’ve been paying attention in recent weeks, the Stags should be just a little bit familiar to you. After all, it’s only been three weeks since we last met. And, as things stand right now, that was the last time we won a League Two contest. We’re not sure if it’s our fault, but the Nottinghamshire side have since gone and lost their gaffer. A Checkatrade doo-dah game aside, Mansfield are on a run of three straight defeats – and we, admittedly, got that started. But there’s so much more to our story than the latest managerial casualty.
Mansfield Town: Us And Them
Mansfield Town, as an association soccerball club, came into being back in 1897. We’re going to ignore about 110 years of their history, however, as it’s not relevant to us. The Stags’ relegation to the Blue Square Premier in 2008 was the catalyst for our paths to cross for the first time. And that first meeting was a pearler under the Lamex lights and in front of the TV cameras. Boro’ taking the lead, then coming from behind; Mitchell Cole from distance; and Mansfield’s keeper making a right Ed Balls of it. It’s well worth a watch.
And how can you forget both our Conference trips to Field Mill? The first time, we lost – and yet still snuck into the Blue Square Premier playoffs. The following season? A resurrection from two goals down to deliver an amazing 3-2 win – the first sign that Boro’ were on course for the title? By the time we left the Conference later that season, Boro’s head-to-head record with Mansfield was well and truly in our favour. In four games, we’d won three – each by scoring three goals. And that one defeat didn’t even really matter to us.
Since the Stags’ return to the League, however, it hasn’t been plain sailing for Boro’. The record is upside down, in fact – Mansfield Town winning three, Boro’ victorious in two. Our recent win at their gaff means the overall balance of power is still with us – five wins to four. It almost whets the appetite for our historic, groundbreaking and earth-shattering tenth meeting later this term. To be fair, though, our encounters with the Stags have already thrown up 29 goals. So, why would you bet against there being more in the future?
BoroGuide’s Mansfield Town club profile – for old time’s sake…