Stags scoop BSBP programme award

MANSFIELD TOWN’s match programme ‘The Stag’ has won the prestigious Blue Square Bet Premier Programme of the Year Award.

The Stag Editor Mark Stevenson said: “We are very proud of our match programme. We have a number of genuine Stags fans writing for us, who give us their time to make it the best it can be. I know this award will make a lot of people happy.

“It is important that I note my appreciation to those who have voluntarily contributed to make this publication one of the best in non-league: To my deputy editor Paul Stephen, whose natural gift of writing has shone through our programme all year long. To Stuart Eggleshaw for his first-class efforts in assisting in the final production at unsociable hours.

“To the editorial contributors: Mark Bellamy, Leigh Edwards, Ross Ellis, Jon Griffin, Matt Halfpenny, Colin Holmes, David Jackson, Tim Morriss, Paul Taylor and Tim Walklate, who all have the innate talent of writing in such a way which has increased the quality of this magazine by tenfold. Thanks also to the hard work of Howard Staley who is the first to see the programme as our proof reader and to Richard Parkes, our photographer, whose high quality pictures have complemented the words so beautifully.

“Finally, to the chairman, last season’s set of players along with Duncan Russell and Paul Hall - I thank you for your willingness to go on the record at the drop-of-a-hat.”

As well as exclusive player interviews, up to date news content, The Stag, a 68-page publication retailing at just £3, boasts of a range of topics to suit readers of all ages covering the Stags’ past and present fortunes, as well as an in depth look at the day’s opposition.

Chairman John Radford accepted the award at Saturday’s Football Conference AGM dinner in Newport.