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2 March 2021

Match Previews


2 March 2021

The Bantams return to action at the Utilita Energy Stadium - hosting Mansfield Town in Sky Bet League Two on Tuesday evening.

Nigel Clough’s side have won once in their last six matches and sit 16th in the table, on 37 points. The Stags' last win at City came in 2008, when they secured a 2-1 victory, with goals from Nathan Arnold and Michael Boulding.

We have created this Opposition Guide to take you through everything you need to know about Tuesday’s visitors.


Mansfield Town made five signings in the January window, with a further five players heading out of the exit door.

INS: Stephen Quinn (Burton Albion, loan), George Lapslie (Charlton Athletic), Jamie Pardington (Wolverhampton Wanderers, loan), Jake Wright (unassigned), Oliver Sarkic (Blackpool, loan).

OUTS: Alistair Smith (Altrincham), Rollin Menayese (Grimsby Town, loan), Andy Cook (Bradford City, loan), Nicky Maynard (Newport County, loan), Aaron O'Driscoll (Longford Town, loan). 


Marek Stech

The 31-year-old is a product of the West Ham United academy and made three appearances for the first team. Four brief loan spells followed before he penned a permanent deal with Yeovil Town in 2012. Whilst with the Glovers, he helped the side to promotion into the Sky Bet Championship.

In 2014, Stech signed for Sparta Prague - where he spent three seasons - until signing for Luton Town in 2017 where he won promotion to Sky Bet League One in his first season with the club. 

The 6ft 3ins goalkeeper was released by the Hatters at the end of last season and signed for the Stags on a two-year deal in the summer.

James Perch

Mansfield-born Perch joined his hometown club from Scunthorpe United in August 2020 after spending two seasons with the Iron.

The 35-year-old defender has over 500 career appearances to his name, including lengthy spells with Nottingham Forest, Newcastle United, Wigan Athletic and Queens Park Rangers. 

Perch has enjoyed most of his professional career in English football’s top two divisions and also won promotion to the Sky Bet Championship with Forest in 2008.

Stephen McLaughlin

McLaughlin signed for the Stags in September 2020 after spending five seasons at Southend United. While at Roots Hall, he helped the side into Sky Bet League One - winning promotion in dramatic fashion against Wycombe Wanderers in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium.

Throughout his career, the 30-year-old midfielder has made over 350 appearances for the likes of Derry City, Nottingham Forest, Bristol City and Notts County. McLaughlin has featured 26 times for the Nottinghamshire-based outfit this season, scoring twice.


Ollie Clarke has proved a popular figure with the Stags faithful, having signed over the summer from Bristol Rovers. Since joining the One Call Stadium, the 28-year-old has made 24 appearances, scoring on three occasions.

The central midfielder had spent 11 years at the Memorial Stadium prior to joining Mansfield, having graduated from their academy in 2009. 

Clarke amassed close to 300 appearances for the south-west outfit, as well as spending time on loan in non-league football. 


Nigel Clough enjoyed a successful playing career for the likes of Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Manchester City. During his time at the City Ground, he scored 131 goals in over 400 appearances - making him the club’s second all-time top goal-scorer. The Sunderland-born striker also won 14 caps for England.

The 54-year-old's first management job came at Burton Albion, where he enjoyed time as a player/manager. He followed in the footsteps of his father Brian, when he was appointed manager of Derby County in 2009 - spending four years there before moving to Sheffield United in 2013. 

Whilst with the Blades, he steered the club away from relegation and guided them into the Emirates FA Cup Semi-Finals. Clough returned to the Brewers in 2015 and won promotion to the Sky Bet Championship for the first time in their history. He was appointed manager of Mansfield Town in November 2020, following the departure of Graham Coughlin.


The Stags recorded their first win in six matches when beating promotion candidates Morecambe 1-0 - at the One Call Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Mansfield Town 1 (Bowery 41’)

Morecambe 0

Sky Bet League Two 

Saturday February 27

Mansfield: Stone, Gordon, Rawson, Sweeney, Benning, Clarke, Maris, Quinn, Law (Charsley 90+3'), Reid, Bowery.

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