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Can't believe that it is 19 years since Mansfield Town last played in the 3rd tier of English football. In recent years Mansfield have always been one of the favourites for promotion, but failed to achieve their ultimate goal. At the start of this season I don't believe "The Stags", were expected to be in the top 3 places. So like Vale just sneaking into The Play Off's and very few people expecting a great deal I feared Vale playing them. Especially after achieving to great results v Northampton who were possibly slightly deflated after being pipped on the final day of the regular season by Bristol Rovers incredible result already relegated Scunthorpe. To be fair the vast majority of PVFC fans are even now still pinching themselves at how incredibly well PVFC played at Wembley. So many times over the years PVFC have flattered to deceive. So to all Mansfield Town fans believe possibly next season you will reach League One and the vast majority of PVFC fans wish you well. Thank goodness Mansfield Town and their excellent supporters are gracious in defeat. Not like the sad "ROBINS SUPPORTERS OF BITTER SWINDON TOWN".

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6 hours ago, Staggo said:

Another player for both clubs is Wayne Corden. He played about 70 games for Vale and 200 or so for Stags. He was in the Mansfield end at Wembley on Saturday and I had the luck to meet him in the pub. He's a hero for us, despite missing in the penalty shootout of the 2004 play-off final, which we also lost. 

He was local to this area, came back and played locally at the end of his career, would’ve been known to Billy Dearden who was at Vale through some really good times for those few years with Rudgie before Rudge got sacked.  He didn’t look quite up to the level at that time and I always thought looked a bit lightweight but clearly found a niche.

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He was local to this area, came back and played locally at the end of his career, would’ve been known to Billy Dearden who was at Vale through some really good times for those few years with Rudgie before Rudge got sacked.  He didn’t look quite up to the level at that time and I always thought looked a bit lightweight but clearly found a niche.
His equaliser against Arsenal in the FA Cup that took them to penalties in Wengers first double year will never be forgotten.

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28 minutes ago, Fosse69 said:

His equaliser against Arsenal in the FA Cup that took them to penalties in Wengers first double year will never be forgotten.

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Absolutely correct.  What a fantastic era that was.  Mostly playing at a higher level back then, some top players.  Corden was seen as a prospect by Rudgie.  Local lad, coming through the ranks, skilful, I think we all wanted him to do well.

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11 hours ago, Guitar Ray said:

He was local to this area, came back and played locally at the end of his career, would’ve been known to Billy Dearden who was at Vale through some really good times for those few years with Rudgie before Rudge got sacked.  He didn’t look quite up to the level at that time and I always thought looked a bit lightweight but clearly found a niche.

Yeah Wayne still lives in Leek and played for Leek Town at the end of his career.

Billy Dearden is another Stags legend. Assistant Manager the one and only time we won at Wembley and Manager for most of the season when we last were promoted to League 1. I saw him at our playoff game vs Northampton.

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17 hours ago, toyahw said:

Always think of you lot being a bit like us really.  Didn't realize it was so long since the dizzy heights of L1 for you lot.  To be honest I expected you to win based on the two previous games.  Paid for the slow start to the season and in the final looked a bit old.  A game too far?  What Hawkins was thinking is a mystery.  Tactics wrong, giving us the freedom of the wings.

But you had a right good run to get in the play-offs. All the best to you next season. You were playing catch up, we were playing throw it away most of the time.  Glad we won, but feel for you.

Thanks! Yes it's that long since we were in League 1. Remember we had 5 years in the Conference too. We suffered from a parasitic owner who tried his very best to kill the club. The fans rallied together and forced him out and then we were saved by a boyhood fan, John Radford, and now the club is in a really healthy state - yet more parallels between our two clubs.

I think that's where my affinity with Vale began. We visited Vale Park and your fans group asked Stags fans to use an alternative carpark to help raise money for the new owners or something. We could definitely empathise.

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17 hours ago, Andy Proctor said:

Wayne corden did actually score for Mansfield against vale at vale park. It was an early goal to give them the lead but we ended up winning the game but can't remember the score without looking it up. Would have been around 20 years ago.

It was 4-2 to us in the end. He scored in the first minute if I remember rightly.

Mansfield had plenty of goals in them that season (Christie, Lawrence etc) but couldn't keep them out at the other end. I remember watching Soccer Saturday that season and they were 4-3 up against someone decent and ended up losing 5-4.

I think they would have had the accident prone Kevin Pilkington in goal that season.

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3 hours ago, Staggo said:

Yeah Wayne still lives in Leek and played for Leek Town at the end of his career.

Billy Dearden is another Stags legend. Assistant Manager the one and only time we won at Wembley and Manager for most of the season when we last were promoted to League 1. I saw him at our playoff game vs Northampton.

Billy Dearden was with us for 4 or 5 years through a truly great period, so I won’t be alone in remembering him fondly.  FA Cup exploits, playing in the second tier and just missing out on the playoffs, derby victories v the 5h1t.  He was there for our last Wembley visit, where we got tonked 5-2 by Genoa.  At the time myself and fans around me in the Bycars always thought he looked seriously old and when he used to jog out for the warm up, right in front of us, it looked like his knees would give way.  They never did.  

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35 minutes ago, Stags1987 said:

Hi. A Stags fan and new admirer of Port Vale in peace. Can I just say, your fans, before and after the game are a credit to your club. I didn’t see an ounce of trouble and those I spoke to were great. I hope you go on and do really well in league one next season and I for one will be keeping an eye out on all your results (your my new 2nd club lol) after 35 minutes on Saturday the game was over for us but I’m so proud of my club too and the support was unbelievable. Basically you out thought, out ran and hammered us. I feel a bond between the clubs has been made, especially with DC being your gaffer. I hope he’s ours one day in the future. Anyway good luck guys and gals and I hope you don’t mind us Stags popping back on here every now and then next season. COYS & COYV

I’ve been saying the same all week. We were in several pubs before and after the game, all fairly rammed with Vale, Mansfield & Wigan rugby fans. Some great banter and stories, no bother at all. That’s how sport should be ( any Swindle fans nosing about on here take note).

The love and respect shown to DC by the fans and club have given me a new respect for Mansfield. I really hope to see you soon in league 1 and will be rooting for you next season. Best of luck.

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47 minutes ago, Stags1987 said:

Hi. A Stags fan and new admirer of Port Vale in peace. Can I just say, your fans, before and after the game are a credit to your club. I didn’t see an ounce of trouble and those I spoke to were great. I hope you go on and do really well in league one next season and I for one will be keeping an eye out on all your results (your my new 2nd club lol) after 35 minutes on Saturday the game was over for us but I’m so proud of my club too and the support was unbelievable. Basically you out thought, out ran and hammered us. I feel a bond between the clubs has been made, especially with DC being your gaffer. I hope he’s ours one day in the future. Anyway good luck guys and gals and I hope you don’t mind us Stags popping back on here every now and then next season. COYS & COYV

Credit to your club.

I hope you get up next season,however I don't think your manager helps at times.

If you improve your away record and get a better start then you can definitely be up there.

Good luck

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59 minutes ago, Stags1987 said:

Hi. A Stags fan and new admirer of Port Vale in peace. Can I just say, your fans, before and after the game are a credit to your club. I didn’t see an ounce of trouble and those I spoke to were great. I hope you go on and do really well in league one next season and I for one will be keeping an eye out on all your results (your my new 2nd club lol) after 35 minutes on Saturday the game was over for us but I’m so proud of my club too and the support was unbelievable. Basically you out thought, out ran and hammered us. I feel a bond between the clubs has been made, especially with DC being your gaffer. I hope he’s ours one day in the future. Anyway good luck guys and gals and I hope you don’t mind us Stags popping back on here every now and then next season. COYS & COYV

Hope you smash league 2 next season. Thought although we were the better side on the day, oats looked a real quality player. Hopefully you aren’t playing catch up this season and have at least an average start. 

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