Wembley win could be Stags’ springboard

VICTORY at Wembley will give Mansfield Town the springboard they need to regain their former Football League status, according to club chairman John Radford.

Radford took over at the Stags helm midway through the season and has enjoyed a Wembley final appearance at the first time of asking.

Focused Radford, who is used to footballing success after helping turn around the ailing fortunes of Doncaster Rovers, now believes the Wembley showcase will give the Field Mill side just the lift they need to make a serious attempt at bouncing back into League Two

“The FA Trophy will give a big boost to the town,”said Radford, who recently unveiled a brand new board of directors aimed at taking the club forward.

“Being in the final creates a positive feel for the whole town and I think it will be a good springboard for us to get where we want to be, which of course includes getting promoted.

“As a football club we have good support and a lot of potential. This final will help drive us forward to where we want to be.”

Radford has already sampled the Wembley winning feeling when Doncaster defeated Leeds 1-0 in the League One Play-off Final in 2008.

And even though he has experienced it all before, Radford says he will still be experiencing some big game nerves.

“I am fantastically proud that we are in the final. I am loving every minute of it, there are some nerves but I am very proud of the team” he said.

“It will be a day that goes very quickly and the game will just fly by and I’m wishing the team luck and a lot of it.

“I used to have pre-match superstitions for times like this, but I have grown out of them now. I am just going to relax and enjoy what will be a very memorable day for us all.”