Stags boss Adam Murray says he won’t forget the part Worksop Town played in his career.
Murray enjoyed a loan spell at Sandy Lane late on in his playing days and was pleased a crowd of 500-plus turned out for Saturday’s friendly.
Speaking afterwards, he said: “It’s one of those things, when I went through a period in my career where I found myself what some might say ‘out in the cold’, these guys looked after me.
“I’m not one to forget that. If we can help them out, and the crowd today would have done that, we always will do.”
The respect is mutual between Murray and Tigers boss Mark Shaw, who was full of praise for his opposite number after the 3-1 defeat to Stags.
On Murray, Shaw said: “He is a fantastic person. The game got re-arranged just before pre-season started as they were able to pull a big Premier League club.
“Adam’s always maintained that he would come and bring a first team and he’s a man of his word.
And added: “We’ve got good links. He’s a very good friend of mine and we’re lucky for them to come down pre-season. I think they’ll do well this year.”