A look at Wimbledon's opponents as part of FL campaign
We’re building up to the 2014/15 season by previewing all of Wimbledon’s League 2 opponents as part of the Football League’s “Wall of Colour” campaign.
AFC Wimbledon will be encouraging fans to wear their scarves, shirts, rosettes, hats, and anything else in blue and yellow to help the Dons to victory against Shrewsbury. We are also planning to run an event on Saturday, 9 August, to fit in with the Football League’s aim to celebrate the big kick-off at clubs all around the country.
The third club to feature in our countdown is Mansfield as we work through Wimbledon’s fixture list in reverse order.
James Jennings, Lee Stevenson, Paul Black, Ian Deakin, Ross Dyer, Ben Hutchinson, Kieran Murtagh, George Pilkington, Godfrey Poku, Jake Speight, Lindon Meikle, Colin Daniel, Alan Marriott.Players out:
Amari ‘i Bell, Luke Jones, Alex Fisher, Liam HearnPlayers in:
11thFinishing position last season:
Saturday, 20 December (h), Tuesday, 21 March (a)When we meet:
W DLast two results versus the Dons:
159 milesDistance between two clubs:
Manager Paul Cox engineered an impressive first season back in the Football League for the Stags as they finished 11th in League 2. Following that season of steady consolidation back in the league after promotion, Cox faces a challenge of a different kind. Several of his promotion-winning squad have departed with Colin Daniel joining Port Vale and Lindon Meikle switching to York City. With 35-year-old goalkeeper Alan Marriott also leaving, Cox is overseeing a summer overhaul that will mean it’s a new-look Mansfield for 2014/15. Cox has high hopes that former AC Monza striker Alex Fisher (pictured centre above after scoring against Aston Villa) will provide extra attacking impetus and the loan signing of Birmingham City full-back Amari i’Bell could also be a key recruit. The Mansfield manager has also talked enthusiastically about giving youth a chance and Liam Marsden impressed in the 3-1 friendly defeat against Aston Villa.