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Mansfield Stags celebration.  Chairman John Radford, chief executive Carolyn Stills and manager Paul Cox.
Mansfield Stags celebration. Chairman John Radford, chief executive Carolyn Stills and manager Paul Cox.

MANSFIELD Town owner John Radford was quick to unveil some of his plans for Field Mill after buying the stadium from controversial former owner and landlord Keith Haslam.

Mr Radford confirmed that the Field Mill deal included the car park and land at the side of the stadium - and said that he hoped training pitch facilities could be installed there in time for the start of next season, when he also hoped a reserve team would be in place.

He added that a survey would be organised before the end of the season to see if fans wanted to return the North Stand back to Stags supporters - a move which would now be allowed by safety chiefs.

The stand was the traditional home of Mansfield fans, until it was designated as the stand for away fans on safety advice several years ago - a contentious decision with most Stags supporters.

Mr Radford, who bought the club in September 2010, said: “The ground has been secured for the fans and for the club. It is a tremendous relief that the deal has finally been concluded.

“Keith was worried that I would purchase the ground to sell on for profit, that was never the aim – I am not a developer.

“We have put the 20 year clause in place to get rid of those fears. Field Mill is the home of Mansfield Town and that is the way it will stay.

“We can now work on developing the ground to help with the academy and training facilities and improve what we can offer commercially.

“Having the future of the ground resolved will ease the pressure on the club. It means we can focus solely on getting the team promoted and driving the club forward.