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After taking a brave move last week, in announcing that supporters could enter Field Mill for the Blue Square Premier match between Mansfield Town and Gateshead for whatever they wanted to pay, the board at the Stags deserved much better than the absolute pile of cack served up on the field of play.
However, despite the major let down, the idea was a massive success, with over 7,000 supporters packing the field mill stadium, and many more hundreds turned away, as segregation with the visiting supporters, became an issue.
No one could have expected the plan being so highly thought of. I had written on a Stags forum last week, that I expected 7,000 to turn up, in the end it was probably closer to 8,000. What a brilliant return for the forward thinking idea.
As I say, the only downside, is that how many of em, will be encouraged to return, after witnessing the poor football on offer. It was very noticable during the second half, how many empty seats were begining to show in the previously packed stands.
It was very easy to spot from as early as half past two, that the crowd would be a large one, for as we walked up to the ground, the top tier in the West Stand was already looking busy, and as we stood and mingled for twenty minutes or so in the entrance to the lower tier, the 'sold out' signs were being put up, and the North Stand was quickly used as an overspill.
Thankfully, there appeared to be little problems with rival supporters, as the ground swelled. Kick off was also delayed as more and more people were tried to be squeezed in. It was also interesting to see Steve Hymas and Andy Saunders go and visit the stewarding towards the North Stand, to put their two pence worth in, could you ever have imagined the calver one, doing that. Mind you, I wouldn't have minded, as it would have given me the opportunity to throw a few rotten vegetables at him!
As the guy interviewed by Sky Sports News coverage was to say, it was cock on!
Sky Sports News coverage of the offer!
Pictures from the crowd
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