‘THIS one is for you’ - that is the message from the Stags squad to the club’s loyal supporters ahead of Saturday’s FA Trophy final clash with Darlington.
Mansfield Town head to the national stadium knowing they will have more fans than their opposition as they attempt to write their name into club folklore by bringing the cup back north.
Stags, who last went to Wembley in 1987 when they won the Freight Rover Trophy, have sold more than 14,000 tickets for their date with destiny on Saturday as they look to end a disappointing season with some cup cheer.
It is an excellent show of support from the long-suffering Field Mill faithful, who have deserted matches in great numbers in recent seasons following the club’s ongoing off-field turmoil and below-par results.
And winger Louis Briscoe is all too aware of the importance of rewarding the loyal fans who have so often been let down by Mansfield Town.
Said Briscoe: “This day is for the fans, they have had a tough season like we have all had and it is fantastic that we can give them something back like this.
“They will be here in big numbers to give us wonderful support and we want to send them home happy by lifting the cup.”
Experienced striker Paul Connor, like many fans, will also be making his first journey to the world famous North London stadium and is all too aware that Wembley is a place for winners.
“This is for the supporters who have stuck by us,” he said.
“They have not had much to cheer about and this will give them some excitement. We will relax and enjoy our day and give it our very best to win the FA Trophy for the fans.”
Both league games between the sides ended in draws, with Darlington grabbing a 97th minute equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw at Field Mill back in October.
For any fans who have left it too late to buy a ticket from Field Mill, Wembley have confirmed 1,500 tickets for Stags fans will now be made available on the day , available to buy from the West ticket office of the national stadium and sold on a first-come-first served basis.