Crawley and Mansfield have met 13 times in league action – six times in non-league and seven times in the Football League. The first meeting was back in 2008, when the Reds ran out 2-0 winners at home thanks to goals from Adam Quinn and Jamie Cook.
We then lost the next three encounters with the Stags before recording a fantastic 4-1 win at Field Mill in our Conference winning season. Dannie Bulman, Matt Tubbs and Craig McAllister (2), were all on target in that fixture. Tubbs was on target again in the return fixture, alongside Kyle McFadzean, in a 2-0 win.
We have beaten Mansfield just once in the Football League era. That came in December 2017 when Joe McNerney and Ibrahim Meite – in his previous spell with Crawley were on target in a 2-0 win. Two of our last three matches at Mansfield have ended in defeat. A 4-0 loss in September 2015 saw Gwion Edwards sent off and a 3-1 defeat the following season meant our dismal record at the One Call Stadium continued. On the final day of last season, Karlan Ahearne-Grant’s opener was cancelled out by Kane Hemmings in a 1-1 draw which meant the Reds sealed a 14th place finish in Harry Kewell’s first season in charge.
Our last trip to Mansfield was another defeat for the Reds. Having originally been scheduled for early December, the match was called off just an hour before kick off due to torrential rain in Nottinghamshire throughout the day meant the pitch at the One Call was deemed unplayable by the referee and ground staff. When the tie took place in early January, the Reds were unlucky not to have got at least a point from the game as a number of spurned chances cost us the game as Tyler Walker scored in the 88th minute to continue the Reds dreadful away record.