Historical Football Kits

 

Mansfield Town

Formed 1897

Elected to Division Three (South) 1932. Relegated to Blue Square National Conference 2008.

Promoted to The Football League 2013.

Kit History

 

 

 

Mansfield Wesleyans

 

 

1897

1897-circa 1900 a m

1902-1903 q

1905-1906 m

 

 

 

Mansfield Wesley

 

 

1906

1906-1910 m q

 

 

 

Mansfield Town

 

 

1910

1910-1911 a m q

1911-1916 a m

1919-1923 a i m q

1923-1926 m q

1926-1931 m q

1931-1932 q

1932-Oct 1934 j m q

Oct 1934-1935 m q

mansfield town 1935-36

1935-1936 s

1936-1937 m q

1937-1938 m q

1938-1939 m q

mansfield town 1939

1939-1940 q

1945-Dec 1947 m q

Jan 1948-1950 b m q

1950-1954 m q

1954-1955 b m q

1957-1958 m q

1958-1959 m q

1959-1960 m q

1960-1961 m q

1961-1962 m q

1962-1964 m q

1964-1965 c m q

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1965-1967 q

1967-1968 q

1968-1969 m q

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1969-1970 c m

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1970-1971 b d e m q

1971-1974 m q

1974-1975 q

Umbro

1975-1976 g q

Bukta

1976-1977 b f o q

Umbro

1977-1979 o q

Umbro

1979-1980 o

Umbro

1980-1983 k o q

Lowfields

1983-1984 k n q t

Lowfields

1984-1985 m p q t

Lowfields

1985-1986 m q t

5D Togs

1986-1987 f n q t

5D Togs

1987-1988 m q t

Scoreline

1988-1989 m q t

Scoreline

1989-1990 n q t

Ribero

1990-1991 c n q

Ribero

1991-1992 l n q

Ribero

1991-1992 alt m n

alternate kit
Hero

1992-1993 h m n q

Pelada

1993-1994 c q u

Activity

1994-1995 c q r

Stags

1995-1996 c q

Beaver

1996-1998 c q

Beaver

1997-1998 m q

Centenary kit
Russell Athletic

1998-1999 c q

Sponsor's logo added November 1999
Russell Athletic

1999-2000 c q

Own Brand

2000-2001 c n q t

Own brand

2001-2002 c q

Own brand

2002-2003 c n q

Own brand

2003-2004 c q

Garman

2004-2005 c q

Garman

2005-2006 c g q

Carlotti

2006-2007 k q

Carlotti

2007-2008 a

Canterbury
mansfield town 2008-09 home kit

2008-2009 a

Canterbury
mansfield town fc 2009-10 home kit

2009-2010 a

Errea
mansfield town 2010-11 home kit

2010-2011 a

Errea
mansfield town fc 2011-12 home kit

2011-2012 a

Errea
mansfield town fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 a

Surridge
mansfield town fc 2013-14 home kit

2013-2015 a

 

Background

There are several versions of the origins of Mansfield Town. This account is drawn principally from the history section of the official club web site according to which, the club was originally connected to a local non-conformist chapel and named “Mansfield Wesleyans FC.” Playing in chocolate and blue striped jerseys they played their first match on 4 September 1897, 2-2 draw with Sherwood Foresters FC. In 1902 the club joined the Mansfield & District Amateur League. In 1906 the league dropped “Amateur” from their title, a change that seemed to the chapel elders to signal a move towards professionalism. They forbade the football team to continue to call themselves “Wesleyans” and as a result the club became Mansfield Wesley and all ties with the chapels were severed.

In 1910 the committee members voted to change the club’s name once again, this time to Mansfield Town. The objections of their rivals, Mansfield Mechanics, who were at the time the leading club in the area, were ignored and to go with the new name, a new strip of red and white was adopted. The following season the club became founder members of the Central Alliance League.

In 1913 the club was forced to move to a new ground when their original one was required to build an extension to the Great Central Railway line. With little time available they settled to return to open playing fields on Radcliffe Gate where they had played at the turn of the century. Nicknamed “The Prairie” there were no facilities whatsoever and the pitch frequently turned into a quagmire. In 1916 Mansfield Town closed down for the duration of the Great War.

When peace finally returned, Mansfield Mechanics were unable to afford the cost of taking out a new lease on their Field Mill ground (which had been allowed to lapse during the war). They offered to share with Mansfield Town help meet the cost, an opportunity that Town could hardly refuse given the appalling state of “The Prairie.” In May 1919 they moved in and the reconstituted club adopted the amber and blue colours still worn today. Within two years the Mechanics had disappeared and Mansfield Town became the top club in the area.

After winning the Central Alliance championship, Town applied successfully to join the Midland Counties League in June 1921. Around 1924 the club acquired their nickname, “The Stags,” which is thought to derive from the own’s old coat of arms, which included this animal as a reference to Mansfield’s proximity to Sherwood Forest. In 1926 their application to join the Football League was turned down so they joined the Midland Combination, a league made up of reserve teams from Football League clubs, presumably in order to develop their reputation at this level. Their cause was helped considerably by their 1927-28 FA Cup run, which saw them beat Wolves (then in Division Two) in the Third Round before losing to two late goals at Highbury against Arsenal.

Having applied without success to join Division Three (North) every years since 1923, the club changed tactics in 1931 and applied to join the southern section hoping to attract the support of the northern clubs. It worked and they were finally accepted into the league at the expense of Newport County. At the end of the season, Town were transferred to the northern section. Because of their central location Mansfield are one of those clubs that moved between the two regional divisions when it was necessary to even up numbers.

mansfield town fc crest 1954There was little to cheer about in the ensuing seasons and immediately after the Second World War, they had to apply for re-election to Division Three (South). Throughout most mansfield town fc crest 1961of the Fifties, the team wore white shirts and black shorts. A crest, featuring a stag's head, made its first appearance in the 1954-55 season.

In 1961 Mansfield returned to their traditional amber and blue, incidentally reviving the stag's head crest after being relegated to the Fourth Division. They managed to regain their place in Division Three in 1963.

mansfield town fc crest 1965The crest was altered to a white disc in 1965 with the stag's head picked out in blue: the disc became amber in 1968. This crest featured on mansfield town fc crest 1968the all-blue outfit adopted in 1968 and on the unusual white shirts trimmed in blue and amber that followed.

The crests worn up to this point were all relatively simple affairs but in 1974 a rather more sophisticated design was introduced that featured Mansfield's main colours of amber and blue as well as white.

mansfield town fc crest 1975The 1970s started badly with relegation to the Fourth Division but championships in 1975 and 1977 took them all the way up to the Second Division. Unable to compete at this level and with only six wins before Easter, relegation was inevitable after their only season at this level. Worse was to follow and in mansfield town fc crest 19801980 the club was back in the Fourth Division.

The crest was simplified in 1980 but in 1984 the previous design was reintroduced but without the white detail while the blue and amber were reversed.

mansfield town fc crest 1984In 1986 Mansfield were promoted again and stayed in the third Division for five seasons before being relegated, promoted and relegated again in successive seasons 1991 to 1993. In 1992 the club was acquired by Keith Haslam who, with his wife, became the sole shareholder. Relationships between Haslam and supporters became extremely strained over the years as questions about mansfield town fc crest 1994personal loans to Haslam and his companies came to light during periods when the club was forced to borrow from the PFA to pay players’ wages.

The 1994 version of the stag's head crest, with overlapping lettering, appeared in three different versions before it was replaced.

To mark their centenary season in 1997 Mansfield recreated a special kit based on that of the original Wesleyans in chocolate and light blue and the club crest mansfield town fc crest 1998was given a complete overhaul.

The Stags managed promotion again in 2002 only to suffer the same fate of immediate relegation. Mansfield have long suffered from their proximity to Nottingham Forest and Derby County. Success for this modest Nottinghamshire club is generally considered to be a matter of doing better than their arch-rivals, Chesterfield.

In 2008, having struggled all season, the Stags lost their Football League place and were relegated to the National Conference. Haslam finally sold the club to three wealthy supporters who sold the club in turn to John Radford in 2010. In December 2010, following a dispute over the rent, Keith Haslam, who had retained title to the Field Mill stadium, locked the club out of Field Mill. After protracted negotiations, Radford finally succeeded in buying the stadium and returning ownership to the club in March 2012.

After five seasons in the Conference, Mansfield won the Conference title and returned to the Football League in 2013.

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Sources

  • (a) Official Mansfield Town Web site.
  • (c) empics
  • (d) Football Cards
  • (e) Workington AFC - Images of Sport (Paul Eade 2003)
  • (f) Football Focus
  • (g) Classic Kits
  • (h) Premier Shirts
  • (i) Picture the Past
  • (j) The Football Encyclopaedia (Associated Sporting Press 1934) Information provided by Arthur Fergus
  • (k) Pete's Picture Palace
  • (l) Ralph Pomeroy
  • (m) Mansfield Town; The First 100 Years - The official history (Jack Retter & Paul Taylor 1997) provided by Mark Parker
  • (n) David King
  • (o) Alick Milne
  • (p) Christopher Worrall
  • (q) Mansfield Town FC - Images of Sport (Paul Taylor & Martin Shaw 2007)
  • (r) Matt Smith
  • (s) Keith Ellis
  • (t) Simon Freestone
  • (u) Mike Pollitt

Modern crests are the property of Mansfield Town FC.