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lots of talk about how Mansfield may be the giant killers of Liverpool in the press, but there is a lot more to the story than that.

 

Mansfield may be one of the few non-league teams left but it could be a much bigger story than that.

 

The Conference side only just managed to get past the 1st round tie after having to go to penalties in the replay against a lowly Evo-Stik Central side.

 

It was the mighty Slough Town who went up to the wilds of the One Call Stadium and held them to a 0-0 draw.

 

At the replay at the intimidating Holloways Park, Slough Town took them to penalties after ending 1-1 from 120 mins of play.

 

It then went down to the lottery of penalties to decide who went through and Mansfield got the bonus ball.

 

Mansfield then struggled to get past Lincon going to another replay after a 3-3 draw.

 

If only the luck had been on Slough Towns side we could have seen a game of sides 159 places apart in the pyramid - now that would have been a FA Cup fairy tail!

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Lets face it nobody is really interested in this game as Liverpool will win at a canter, it's all about Carolyn Radford, the Mansfield Town CEO:

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2042298/Mansfield-CEO-Carolyn-Still--29-agrees-marry-clubs-chairman-John-Radford.html

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Suarez should be banned for cheating Mansfield.

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What did he do wrong? It was accidental hand-ball which either the referee or Lino saw as its been reported that he said even IF Suarez had said he used his hand the goal would still of stood as the referee ruled it was accidental.

 

Come on, how many professional or indeed amateur players would have gone up to the referee and said no goal? By the way he whacked the ball into the net he expected to be ruled out.

 

The outcry is down to the fact he is seen as a dirty foreigner. If an England player did that to win a vital match, would there be an outcry? Was there an outcry when Owen dived to win a penalty in 1998 against Argentina? Something he later admitted to.

 

Some people need to get off their high-horse, the crap in the papers and Jon Champion comment on ESPN have been embarrassing.

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I'm loving the media lapping up their manager Paul Cox as some sort of heroic leader of a bunch of minnows - the Mansfield fans thought much differently after our 0-0 draw with them - they couldn't slag him off enough! LOL!

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It's a crying shame Mansfield didn't get the replay they deserved not only for money reasons, can you imagine Carolyn Radford going to Anfield!

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What did he do wrong? It was accidental hand-ball which either the referee or Lino saw as its been reported that he said even IF Suarez had said he used his hand the goal would still of stood as the referee ruled it was accidental.

 

Come on, how many professional or indeed amateur players would have gone up to the referee and said no goal? By the way he whacked the ball into the net he expected to be ruled out.

 

The outcry is down to the fact he is seen as a dirty foreigner. If an England player did that to win a vital match, would there be an outcry? Was there an outcry when Owen dived to win a penalty in 1998 against Argentina? Something he later admitted to.

 

Some people need to get off their high-horse, the crap in the papers and Jon Champion comment on ESPN have been embarrassing.

 

I see in todays press that he's had his 'botty' well and truly spanked !

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It's a crying shame Mansfield didn't get the replay they deserved not only for money reasons, can you imagine Carolyn Radford going to Anfield!

 

Welcome back to the site! :)

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Many moons ago I cautioned a player for punching the ball in the net. It was very obvious that he did it and he said he was only doing it for a laugh. I asked him if he would have told me if I awarded the goal. He said of course he wouldnt. So I cautioned him :)

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Like I said it was all about Carolyn Radford, no doubt we'll be hearing a lot more of this amazing woman in the weeks and months to come:

 

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/video/espnfc/video?id=1290791&cc=5739#

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Nothing if not an interesting couple, but they seem to care about Mansfield Town which is something former owner Keith Haslam did not.

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It's no coincidence that Carolyn Radford's Mansfield Town are flying at the moment and, with games in hand, should easily be able to overhall Grimsby and Wrexham to gain automatic promotion back to the Football League where the Stags belong. Forest Green, Newport County and Kidderminster who, are also currently in the running, won't last the distance and you need binoculars to see favourites Luton back in eighth place.

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I wouldn't be so sure about Mansfield, Rhodes.

 

A good side, but they will do well to even make the play-offs.

 

I agree with Forest Green, and a lot going on there behind the scenes that makes for uncomfortable reading. If anything, they might soon be headed back to the Southern League or have to reform if Dale Vince walks due to threats being made against him and his family.

 

Luton Town will be there or thereabouts, but I am going for Wrexham and Grimsby to go up.

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Carolyn Radford will be a breath of fresh air in the Football League next season, she had everyone eating out of the palm of her hand when Mansfield played Liverpool and you couldn't take your eyes off her

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I wouldn't be so sure about Mansfield, Rhodes.

 

A good side, but they will do well to even make the play-offs.

 

I agree with Forest Green, and a lot going on there behind the scenes that makes for uncomfortable reading. If anything, they might soon be headed back to the Southern League or have to reform if Dale Vince walks due to threats being made against him and his family.

 

Luton Town will be there or thereabouts, but I am going for Wrexham and Grimsby to go up.

 

Dale Vince has put millions of his own money into FGR and now he is apparently receiving death threats and other forms of vile abuse from fans.

 

IMO anyone that puts money into a football club is absolutely barking mad.

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That is true, Alan, and he has also re-branded them without consulting the fans.

 

FGR, sadly, have been a club waiting to implode for a while. They are stuck up on a hill near Stroud and get nowhere near the crowds needed to sustain them at Conference Level, and would struggle in League Two.

 

They are almost remiss of Histon, playing far above their natural level.

 

Whilst I am no fan of Dale, or his uber green ego trip, nobody deserves to get abuse like that.

 

The thing FGR fans don't realise is that, if Dale goes, so does the money. He can wind them up for £750k, as he has a non-taxable amount that is his and that has to by law be paid to him, when he leaves.

 

Onto Carolyn Radford, well Rhodes you do know that she is a call girl and still sleeps with men despite being married? I can't say she does much for me TBH - my mate once thought it was Joe Elliott of Def Leppard in drag! :P

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That is true, Alan, and he has also re-branded them without consulting the fans.

 

FGR, sadly, have been a club waiting to implode for a while. They are stuck up on a hill near Stroud and get nowhere near the crowds needed to sustain them at Conference Level, and would struggle in League Two.

 

They are almost remiss of Histon, playing far above their natural level.

 

Whilst I am no fan of Dale, or his uber green ego trip, nobody deserves to get abuse like that.

 

The thing FGR fans don't realise is that, if Dale goes, so does the money. He can wind them up for £750k, as he has a non-taxable amount that is his and that has to by law be paid to him, when he leaves.

 

Onto Carolyn Radford, well Rhodes you do know that she is a call girl and still sleeps with men despite being married? I can't say she does much for me TBH - my mate once thought it was Joe Elliott of Def Leppard in drag! :P

 

Almost all clubs at our level need re-branding but refuse to do so because neanderthal supporters and club chairmen prefer to live in an imaginary glorious past that almost without exception never actually happened. If clubs allow themselves to be taken over by successful businessmen then the supporters should accept that their club wasn't being run as a viable business model, and if it was there would be no need for the involvement of people like Dale Vince. IMO Mr Vince has been like a breath of fresh air for football, but unfortunately the majority of football people lack the intellect to understand basic financial principles.

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There's a lot of truth in that, Alan, but where I would disagree is that Mr. Vince (and also Mr. Tan at Cardiff City) changed a lot of things at the club without consulting the fans (including changing the shirt colours, club badge and the veggie burgers only policy).

 

Had he allowed the fans a say, it could have been a different outcome.

 

I do agree with running clubs along business lines though, and I am an advocate of change in non league. The problem is that a lot of people see clubs as 'their babies' and will not allow anybody else to a) get involved with them if their way of doing things is different and B) if they dare voice an opinion contrary to the 'party line'. These are usually are then the first people to cry to the media when their club runs into trouble (Dawlish, Willenhall, Hinckley and a few others come to mind...)

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Onto Carolyn Radford, well Rhodes you do know that she is a call girl and still sleeps with men despite being married?

She’s very much a reformed character these days and knows which side her bread is buttered on, I don’t think she will ever do the dirty on John Radford

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There's a lot of truth in that, Alan, but where I would disagree is that Mr. Vince (and also Mr. Tan at Cardiff City) changed a lot of things at the club without consulting the fans (including changing the shirt colours, club badge and the veggie burgers only policy).

 

Had he allowed the fans a say, it could have been a different outcome.

 

I do agree with running clubs along business lines though, and I am an advocate of change in non league. The problem is that a lot of people see clubs as 'their babies' and will not allow anybody else to a) get involved with them if their way of doing things is different and B) if they dare voice an opinion contrary to the 'party line'. These are usually are then the first people to cry to the media when their club runs into trouble (Dawlish, Willenhall, Hinckley and a few others come to mind...)

I believe the situation at FGR is that sustainably caught fish and free range chicken products are allowed to be sold, and if anyone's so desperate to eat red meat they can bring their own. Dont see anything wrong with that at all. I stopped eating at football grounds years ago because they never offer a veggie option, and in almost all instances the food on offer is crap.

 

Your last paragraph was absolutely spot on.

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I wouldn't be so sure about Mansfield, Rhodes.

A good side, but they will do well to even make the play-offs

Do you want to change your mind after their 3-2 win at Luton yesterday

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