Mansfield Town FC and Field Mill:
Mansfield Town Football Club is, unsurprisingly, based in the town of Mansfield in Nottinghamshire. The club was founded in 1897 as Mansfield Wesleyans, changing its name to Mansfield Wesley when the club became a professional one in 1905 before switching to Mansfield Town in 1910.
Nicknamed ‘The Stags’ after the small deer found in the nearby Sherwood Forest, the club won promotion to League Two from the Football Conference for the 2013-14 season. The Stags finished eleventh in League Two, with sixty points, last season.
Field Mill, officially known as the One Call Stadium since the sponsors acquired naming rights in 2012, has been the home of Mansfield Town FC since the 1919-20 season. It is also the oldest ground in the Football League, where football matches have been played since at least 1861. The ground can hold ten thousand spectators but safety restrictions led to the closure of the Bishop Street Stand, reducing capacity.
Visiting supporters are seated in the modern North Stand, where 1,788 spectators can be accommodated. Views are unobstructed.
How to get to the ground:
The M1 is the best option for those who are travelling from places north of Nottinghamshire. Exit at Junction 29 then join the A617, which you should follow for approximately six miles before making a right turn into Rosemary Street. Carry on along this street until you see Quarry Lane, where another right turn will take you to Field Mill.
If you are travelling from the south or the west, exit the M1 at Junction 28 and take the A38 to reach Mansfield. After roughly six miles, turn right at the crossroads into Belvedere Street. After a quarter of a mile, turn into Quarry Lane, where you will find Field Mill.
Those arriving from the east should use the A617 as far as Rainworth. Here, turn left at the crossroads before continuing for three miles and making a right turn into Nottingham Road. A left turn will then take you to Quarry Lane and the stadium.
The postcode for the ground is NG18 5DA.
Parking restrictions are in place in the vicinity but the car parks below may be used:
Field Mill (operated by Mansfield Town FC) – £5 (off Quarry Lane, adjacent to the ground);
Robin Hood Line car park – 70p per hour or £3 for up to 8 hours (150 yards from the ground);
Grove Street – 70p per hour or £3 for up to 8 hours (off Commercial Gate, near Nottingham Road);
Garden Road – 70p per hour (off Peacock Street, near Superbowl);
Water Meadows – 70p per hour (off Bath Street).
If you are travelling by train, walking to the stadium from the station will take you five minutes.
As you exit the station, turn left and walk alongside the dual carriageway. Pass the retail park and take a right turn along Quarry Lane. You will then find the stadium on the right.
Where to drink:
The Sandy Pate is situated under the Ian Greaves Stand and does welcome away fans, although it can get very busy. Match ticket holders can purchase a burger and a beer for £5 on Thursday.
The Talbot, located on Nottingham Road near Sainsbury’s, traditionally welcomed away fans and is a ten minute walk from Field Mill but West Midlands police believe only home fans will be admitted tomorrow evening.
Across the road from The Talbot is an upmarket wine bar called Il Rosso that also accepts away supporters.
In Market Place in the town centre, there is a Wetherspoons called The Court House that welcomes away fans.
Given that this is a pre-season friendly, the majority of pubs in Mansfield should allow away fans entry.
Aston Villa Football Club received an away allocation of 1,788 tickets for this match. This afternoon, according to staff in the Aston Villa ticket office, the club had just over two hundred tickets left for sale. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.
Aston Villa supporters who do not have valid match tickets should not travel to the ground as no tickets will be sold to away fans on the day.