ESPN commentaor Jon Champion says Mansfield’s mouth-watering FA Cup third round tie with Liverpool will help the club reconnect with the town.
The One Call Stadium will be sold out on 6th January when Mansfield take on the Premier League giants as fans rush to get their hands on tickets.
More than 5,300 fans roared Paul Cox’s men to victory in their second round replay over Lincoln on Wednesday night, with huge interest already building ahead of the third round glamour tie.
Champion, who commentated on the game, said Mansfield had deserved their victory and the chance to lock horns with Liverpool.
“Mansfield stuck to their task well today and deserved the win,” he said. “I felt they had that extra bit of quality and that Lincoln were holding on a bit at times.
“Home advantage was a telling factor for Mansfield. It is great for Mansfield and for the town of Mansfield,” he said.
“Playing Liverpool is the type of match that is a defining moment for fans of teams like Mansfield and a game that they will always remember.
“This gives Mansfield a chance to reconnect with fans who have been lost during the last few years. The club has gone through some tough times recently.”
And altough there are four divisions and a whole football world dividing the two clubs, Champion believes it is still possible for Stags to cause one of the greatest ever FA Cup upsets.
“Manchester United were taking to replays against Burton and Crawley,” he said. “Sutton beat Coventry who were the cup holders so it can be done.
“At some point a non-leauge side will beat a Premier League side and there is no reason why it cannot be Mansfield.”
Tickets go on sale to season ticket holders on Friday.