Field Mill One Call Stadium: Mansfield Town

Quarry Lane, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England,NG18 5DA
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Currently known as the One Call Stadium because of sponsorship, Field Mill claims to be the oldest football ground in the Football League. Some reports suggest that football was played at the ground as long ago as 1850, though it is generally accepted that 1861 is the first year that can be proven to have hosted matches.

The stadium took its name from a large water-powered textile mill that sat across the road from it. The mill was demolished in 1925 but the ground has continued to use the name originally given to it, or at least it does so when it’s not being sponsored by some company or another. In the past it was sometimes used as a cricket ground, but from 1894 onwards it has almost exclusively hosted football matches.

Stats

Field Mill One Call Stadium Stats
Year Opened1861
Capacity10,000
Average Attendance3,439
Record Attendance24,467 (Mansfield v Notts Forest (1953))
Pitch Size104 x 64 (6656)
Former NameField Mill
OwnerJohn Radford
SponsorOne Call Insurance
Clubs HostedGreenhalgh F.C., Field Mill Football Club, Mansfield Greenhalgh, Mansfield F.C.
Mansfield Town Stats
Year Founded1897
NicknameThe Stags, Yellows
Club MascotSammy the Stag
RivalsChesterfield, Notts County, Doncaster, Nottingham Forest
KitYellow & Blue (Home) / Black (Away) / Blue & Brown (Third)
Training GroundThe John Fretwell Sporting Complex
Shirt SponsorOne Call Insurance
Team OwnerJohn Radford
Record GoalscorerChris Staniforth (118)
Record AppearancesRod Arnold (513)

Field Mill One Call Stadium Photos

Field Mill One Call Stadium Seating Plan & Where to Sit

By Rileyandco (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Field Mill does have four stands but, at the time of writing, only three of them are in operation because of safety issues. The Ian Greaves Stand is a two-tiered structure that runs along the side of the pitch. The Quarry Lane End is a single-tier structure that stands behind one of the goals whilst The North Stand houses the away supporters. The Bishop Street Stand houses the managers’ dugouts but has been condemned and will not be used for the foreseeable future.

Mansfield Town Ticket Prices

The cheapest way to get ticket to see Mansfield Town play is by buying your tickets in advance as this will see you rewarded with a £2 discount to the ‘on the day prices’. Presuming you aren’t that organised, however, you’ll find that Mansfield Town don’t categorise their matches so the only things that will change how much you’ll pay are your age and where in the ground you want to go.

Adults will pay between £20 and £22 on the day, whilst concessions will be charged from £16 to £18. Young adult tickets cost between £15 and £17, whilst 7 to 17-year-olds will pay from £12 to £15. Under-7s will get into the ground for free no matter where they want to sit.

How To Get Mansfield Town Tickets

You can buy tickets online, over the phone or in person both on the day of games and in advance.

Getting To Field Mill One Call Stadium

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Mansfield is just outside Nottingham, so if you know how to get to the land of Robin Hood then you’re well on your way. Here are some options you’ll want to be looking at, travel-wise:

Train - Mansfield Railway Station is so close to the ground that you can actually see it. It will take about three hours to reach from London.

Bus - Mansfield Bus Station is a ten minute walk from the ground, so any bus that takes you there is one you’ll want to get on.

Car - From the North leave the M1 at Junction 29 onto the A617 before following the signs. From the South and West leave the M1 at Junction 28 for the A38 then do the same thing. From the East you’ll already be on the A617 so you’re fine.

By Air - East Midlands Airport is roughly 26 miles from the ground.

Taxi - A cab from the station to the ground will take no longer than five minutes and should cost about £4.

Parking Near Field Mill One Call Stadium

There is a small car park at the ground that serves people on a first come, first served basis. There is a retail park opposite the stadium but be aware that they don’t allow match day parking and you might get a fine.

Useful Resources

Field Mill One Call Stadium Hotels

Obviously Nottingham isn’t too far away if you want to stay there, but if not here are some of our favourite places to get a bit of kip:

Days Inn Chesterfield Tibshelf - £45+

Roadchef Motorway Svc Area, M1 Jnt 28 29, Tibshelf, Alfreton, DE55 5TZ
Located about five miles away from the ground in nearby Alfreton is this member of the Days Inn chain of hotels. You’ll find it just off the M1, so being able to drive is pretty important. It’s got a restaurant, free Wi-Fi, free parking and a games room. More details.

The Derbyshire Hotel - £60+

Carter Lane East, South Normanton, Alfreton, DE55 2EH
Just under six miles from the stadium is this pleasant hotel with loads to offer. It’s got a restaurant, a bar, a fitness centre with indoor pool, a conference space and free parking. More details.

Twin Oaks Hotel - £80+

Church Lane, Chesterfield, S44 6UZ
Found in Chesterfield about six and a half miles from Field Mill is this 3-star hotel that’s got a bar, a games room, a meeting room and a garden. There’s also free Wi-Fi and free parking, should either of those things be important to you. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Field Mill One Call Stadium

Again, Nottingham is a good place to go if you have time on your hands and don’t mind travelling. If you’re keener to stay in Mansfield, though, here are some of the options:

The Court House

Market Place, Mansfield, NG18 1HX (01623 412 720)
Just by Mansfield Railway Station is this Wetherspoon pub that offers all of the joys you’d expect from such an establishment. Cheap food! Cheap drinks! Cheap locals! A carpet that will make your eyes bleed! Yay!

Talbot Inn

151 Nottingham Road, Mansfield, NG18 4AE (01623 623 357)
The Talbot Inn is a little past the ground if you’re heading there from the train station, but it’s worth the extra walk. The food is excellent ‘typical pub grub’, the ales are plentiful and there are plenty of TVs to show live sport. Ideal for your pre-match pint.

Sandy Pate Sports Bar

One Call Stadium, Quarry Lane, Mansfield, NG18 5DA (01623 482482)
Located inside the stadium itself is this sports bar that has recently undergone a major refurbishment. The investment has paid off, too, as the food is as good as you’d expect to find at your local, there are loads of different drinks on offer and, of course, plenty of live sport to watch too.

Facilities

Let’s be honest, any ground that has had part of it condemned isn’t exactly going to be the most spectacular of places. That said, Field Mill is clean, pleasant enough and has all of the usual places you’d expect to be able to buy food and drink before and during the match.

Prices

  • Programme: 3.00
  • Pie: 2.00
  • Cup of tea: 2.00

Hospitality

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The 1861 Suite is the main hospitality section of the One Call Stadium. Here you’ll enjoy a cracking three-course meal, half-time refreshments, the chance to watch a live interview with a former or current player or manager, the ability to see the post-match Man Of The Match Award and access to an exclusive cash bar.

Private Hire

With spacious rooms, on-site parking and a dedicated team to meet your every need, the One Call Stadium is the ideal place to host your private functions and events in Mansfield. It is also able to host weddings and receptions after funerals.

Stadium Tours & Museum

There are no tours of Field Mill available, nor is there a museum. Still, hopefully reading this wasn’t seen as a complete and utter waste of your time.

About Mansfield Town

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Formed in 1897 as Mansfield Wesleyans and changed its name to Mansfield Wesley in 1906, Mansfield Town became so named in 1910 and have stuck with that moniker ever since. The Stags, at the club is know, has had an interesting history and a relative degree of success. It won the Football League Trophy in 1987, the Third Division in 1977, the Fourth Division in 1975 and the Conference Premier League in 2013.

In the late 1980s the club was bought by Keith Haslam, a man whose ownership of The Stags would prove to be hugely controversial. It is believed that he took over a million pounds out of the club during his time at the helm, eventually selling it for £1 in 2008 whilst keeping hold of ownership of the stadium. One of the prospective bidders for the club had said that, if he’d won, he was planning to change the name of the team to Harchester United after the fictional team from the Sky One TV series Dream Team. Thankfully this never happened.

Field Mill One Call Stadium History

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The area where the ground was built was originally used for games and recreation by workers at the Greenhalgh & Sons Works. They sometimes played cricket on the space but, because Harwood Greenhalgh, one of the ‘sons’, played for Notts County and England it was more often that not used for football matches. Between 1912 and 1916 the ground was occupied by Mansfield Mechanics, but when they failed to pay their rent they were booted out and Mansfield Town moved in.

In 2008 the sale of Mansfield by Keith Haslam caused controversy when he refused to also sell the stadium, remaining the owner until it was bought off him in 2012. In 2010 he evicted the club from the stadium after a rent dispute, leaving the club to try and find an alternative venue for their home matches. The 1st of March is known as ‘Amber Day’ to the club’s supporters as it was on this day in 2012 that the stadium was taken back into Mansfield’s possession and the club was finally rid of Haslam’s association with it.

Future Developments

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Obviously one of the main developments likely to take place is the development of The Bishop Street Stand, what with it currently being condemned and everything. There is no timescale on this at present, however.

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