Mansfield Town to hold a minute’s applause in memory of Duncan Russell

Duncan Russell leads out Mansfield Town in the FA Trophy 2011 final - Pic by: Richard Parkes
Duncan Russell leads out Mansfield Town in the FA Trophy 2011 final - Pic by: Richard Parkes

Mansfield Town will be holding a minute’s applause prior to kick-off this Saturday in memory of former manager Duncan Russell.

Duncan passed away on Friday after a short battle with cancer.

After joining the club as assistant to David Holdsworth in May 2010, Russell went on to become manager after Holdsworth’s sacking in November that year and eventually led the Stags to Wembley, where they lost the 2011 FA Trophy final 1-0 to Darlington after Chris Senior scored deep in extra-time.

But he failed to get them out of the Conference and his six-month tenure ended when his contract was not renewed.

Chairman John Radford led the tributes to Duncan earlier in the week, saying “I am very sad to learn of Duncan’s passing.

“He was a wonderful man, with a fine sense of humour and determination of spirit.

“He was very proud to manage our football club and that he led the Stags to Wembley was doubtless the highlight of his football career.

“It was an excellent achievement, and he will always be remembered by everyone at the club for this feat.

“We met with Duncan a few months ago near his home in Derbyshire and he was, typically, in an optimistic and buoyant mood, given that he had then just been given the news by doctors about his health.

“He spoke warmly of the club, the manager and our fans and we reminisced with fondness about his time as manager.

“Both Carolyn and I hold Duncan’s family in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Football has lost a lifelong student of the game and we have lost a gentleman and friend.”