STAGS keeper Alan Marriott is enjoying a milestone week with his 150th appearance in a Mansfield Town shirt last weekend about to be followed by trips to two of his previous clubs, Luton Town (today, 3pm) and Lincoln City (Tuesday, 7.45pm) in the next two games.
“I didn’t realise I had reached 150 appearances until I was told the other day,” he said.
“I have really enjoyed my time here, though I have had a few ups and downs which you get wherever you go in football.
“When I left Lincoln I didn’t want to go far as I didn’t want to relocate my family.
“I went to Rushden where I had a few injuries. Then Curtis Woodhouse came here to play for David Holdsworth and I found out they wanted a goalkeeper so they brought me here.”
He added: “The game I have most enjoyed was the Liverpool match as there was no pressure on you and a worldwide audience was watching what you could do.
“It is one of the highlights of my career. It was great to play in a Wembley final, but losing there took the shine off playing at a fantastic venue.”
Marriott’s contact at the One Call Stadium expires at the end of the season and he said: “We have all got families and bills to pay.
“It’s a hard world up there. You never know what’s round the corner. All you can do is keep plugging away, do your best, and hope a new contract is your reward at the end of it.”
Tomorrow, Marriott returns to a club he turned out for as a schoolboy.
“Ever since the FA Trophy semi-finals, Luton have been seen as a rival and I am sure it will be fun and games,” he said.
“It can be quite hostile at times. Luton is local to where I am from and at 15 I was a schooboy there, so I have a lot of friends who support the team.
“Then we go to Lincoln, where I spent so long and I have friends and family who support them and I still talk to people who work there. I always wondered what reaction I would get when we played them, but I’ve played against them twice now so that’s been put to bed.
“If we score against them I don’t celebrate as a mark of respect to the people there who have supported you throughout your career.”