Wednesday, 24 October 2012

England 2 v Italy 0 - U18 International Match

Wednesday 24th October 2012
at Field Mill (the One Call Stadium)
ENGLAND U18 (1) 2
Chris Long 3, Devante Cole 68
ITALY U18 (0) 0
Admission £3, Programme £2, Attendance 5405 
Queues at Field Mill and the Stags aren't even at home!
Luke Coddington (Cameron Dawson HT), Liam Grimshaw, Adam Webster, John Smith, Sam Coulson (Alistair Gordon 53), Leo Chambers, Isaac Hayden (James Weir 61), Jordan Ibe (Jacob Murphy 69), Devante Cole (Josh Murphy 69), Chris Long, Conor Grant (Luke Woodland 61).
Wladmiro Falcone, Lorenzo Venuti, Filippo Costa, Allesandro Cannataro (Stefano Romano 69), Dario Del Fabro (Michele Cortinovis 89), Luva Iotti, Diego Frugoli (Matteo Brumat 60), Leonardo Capezzi (Tiberio Velocci 80), Jonathan Alexis Ferrante (Thomas Pedrabissi 60) + (Lorenzon Parmatti 89), Mattia Aramu, Luca Crecco
Unused Sub - Luca Maniero
Minute by minute match updates from the FA website
Match report from the FA website
Chris Long post match interview from FA website
Noel Blake, England U18 head coach, post match interview from FA website
Video footage of both goal from FA website
It was great to be back in my old seat in the North Stand at Field Mill tonight, right up near the back, sheltering from the swirling wind and driving rain, like the nesh old git that I'm rapidly becoming of late.
Pretty much like most of the other familiar faces sat around me already are actually.
It's high time that Mansfield Town made this the home fans end again and sent visiting fans packing, off down to the Quarry Lane End, or gave them a corner of the West Stand to sit in even, when teams can barely muster together a triple figure number of followers.
A greatly entertaining game, that both sides played their part in, in what must've been very difficult conditions.
Former England U17's captain Leo Chambers, made his début for the Under 18's tonight and he looked very impressive. West Ham United have got themselves a potential full international on their hands in Leo.
Jordan Ibe looked very useful and he's got a lot of upper body strength for a youngster that, combined with his pace, made him a real handful for the Italian defence.
But don't take my word for it, click on the numerous links I've provided for your enjoyment in this post.
OK, I fess up, I'm being lazy and the FA website links save me the job of having to write all about it.
Luckily we got into 'the home of football' early, having left the Sandy Pate Bar, not long after the gates had opened; because a lot of the late arrivals, missed the opening exchanges in which England went straight at the Italians from the off and some of them weren't in their seats until 10 minutes after Chris Long had opened the scoring.
Not bad planning on the part of Mansfield Town I hasten to add, the hold ups were caused by people arriving at the last minute and not expecting such a decent crowd to have turned out on such a foul night weather wise.
If you went to the game tonight, but didn't have time to pop into the Stags club shop, you can still purchase a memento from your visit to the home of football on-line, if you want to, follow this link for details -->  Buy my Xmas presents here!
 The Mansfield Town ground-staff adopt a continental sweeper system 
to replace the lines that the incessant rain washed away
The SSA were out in force, as always, and we were able to support their Xmas draw, where there are some great prizes available, so don't miss out on your tickets if you haven't got them yet.
Joanne Dove will be selling them in the Sandy Pate Bar at all Stags home games. I mean, phwoar! You actually get the chance to meet the lovely Joanne and there's an opportunity to win some very tempting prizes too, who can resist an offer like that!?
Sadly, tonight's Carlton Town Academy v Harworth Colliery Institute Under 19's game clashed with the visit of England's youngsters to my spiritual home.
Even more sadly, I thought the Colliery lads would win easily and was shocked when their manager, Glenn McPherson, sent me the final score, a 4-2 home win. Sleeves up and onwards and upwards next week again then.
Next up: I'm a few hundred yards up the road from my swanky penthouse suite - at Cannon Park, Leverton Road, Retford to watch Retford United U19's v Arnold Town Under 19's.
United won 5-4 at Arnold recently, so if 'goal whoring' is your thing, get yourselves along. 7.45pm kick off, £2 admission, £1 concessions. Sat nav details: DN22 6QF