IN PICTURES: Where are Mansfield Town's 2003/04 nearly men now?

As Mansfield Town mount a serious promotion challenge for promotion to League One in 2018/19, we look back at the team that came so close to achieving it in 2003/04.

Wednesday, 23rd January 2019, 3:29 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd January 2019, 3:33 pm
Huddersfield net the winning penalty past Kevin Pilkington.
Huddersfield net the winning penalty past Kevin Pilkington.

Keith Curle's side, including five magnificent home-grown players, were beaten by Huddersfield Town on penalties in the Division Three Play-Off Final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. Here we look at what happened to the XI that started that memorable match . . .

Now 44, a great servant to Stags and neighbours Notts County, the former Manchester United stopper is now goalkeeping coach at League Two rivals Cambridge United.
One of Mansfield's most popular sons, the maverick Irish international midfielder, who left Stags to join Sunderland is now 37 and works as a Stoke-based TV and radio pundit.

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The highly talented defender, now 32, is still playing his trade at Championship level at QPR after spells at clubs like Blackpoll, Bolton, Blackburn and Preston. Has played seven times for them this season so far.
Former Welsh U21 centre half Day, 36, returned to Stags for a second spell. Sadly knee problems that kept him out for 16 months saw him retire prematurely at the age of 29 in 2012.
An Everton trainee full back, Eaton, now 38, arrived at Mansfield from Preston and impressed greatly in his 28 games. But, like Day, he was forced into early retirement in 2006 with a serious hip injury and became an estate agent.
Right back Hassell, 38, is now Barnsley's academy manager. A committed Christian, he is also heavily involved in Faith & Football, helping former players with addictions and depression.
Jamaican international Williamson, now 36, was most recently player/assistant manager at Belper United, but has since left. An all-action midfielder, he played Premier League football with Watford.
After winning promotions with Stags, Bristol Rovers and Grimsby, energetic midfielder Disley, now 37, joined Alfreton Town but is currently on a season's loan at Evo-Stick NPL club Cleethorpes Town.
Midfielder Curtis, 45, managed Antigua & Barbuda before becoming Bristol Rovers academy manager. He now combines being senior youth coach educator at the FA with the job of Out of Possession Coach for England U15s.
One of Mansfield's best-ever wingers, Corden, now 43, enjoyed promotions with Stags, Scunthorpe and Leyton Orient. He became a school teacher in 2012, though after twice retiring continued to play pub football!
Much-travelled Montserrat international Mendes, now 42 and settled in Scotland, played for 16 clubs and his country. He is now St Mirren as Lead Sports Scientist and also Head of Sports Science for the Montserrat national team.