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Mansfield10: Where are they now?

Posted: Fri 23 Nov 2012
Author: Adam Baker
Mansfield Town 4-5 Bristol City

Mansfield Town 4-5 Bristol City

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A look at the careers of all involved.

Ten years on, bcfc.co.uk takes a look back at the players involved in that famous 5-4 game at Field Mill between Mansfield Town and Bristol City.

Mansfield Town

Kevin Pilkington

A former Manchester United trainee, he played over 170 games for Mansfield Town. Went on to play for Notts County and Luton Town before briefly returning to Mansfield on loan in 2010. He is now Notts County's full-time goalkeeping coach. Conceded ten times to City in 2002/03, with the return fixture at Ashton Gate ending in a 5-2 success for the hosts.

Mark Lever

With City previous to his move to Mansfield. Only played 15 times for the Stags, before joining non-leaguers Ilkeston Town and Ossett Albion (on loan). Had a brief spell in charge of Bridlington Town in 2009, but is now a postman in the Ilkeston area.

Matthew Gadsby

After just 20 outings for the Stags, the central defender dropped down to non-league football with Kidderminster Harriers, Forest Green Rovers and Hinckley United. Sadly passed away in 2006 when he collapsed during a Conference North game between Hinckley and Harrogate Town. As a mark of respect, Hinckley no longer field players in the number five shirt.

Neil Moore

Scouser Moore was a former Everton trainee and played for a host of clubs, namely Burnley, before moving to Mansfield in 2002. He only played 18 times for them, before moving to Southport on loan. After joining Nuneaton Borough, he ended his career in 2011 after two seasons with Solihull Moors.

Jamie Clarke

Came through the Mansfield youth system and played more than 30 times for the first team before joining Rochdale in 2004. Has since moved to Grimsby Town - for whom he competed in the 2008 Football League Trophy final at Wembley - then to non-leaguers York City, Gainsborough Trinity and current club Guiseley.

Craig Disley

Another from the Field Mill youth setup. Helped Mansfield win promotion to the third tier in 2002, but they went straight back down. After more than 150 appearances, he moved to Bristol Rovers in 2004 and was part of their 2006/07 successful promotion campaign via the League Two play-offs, winning 3-1 against Shrewsbury Town at Wembley. Moved on to Shrewsbury Town in 2009, and most recently joined Grimsby Town - his current side - in 2011.

Lee Williamson

Midfielder - red-carded in the 5-4 defeat - came through the ranks at Mansfield, playing more than 150 times for the first team. Opted to join Northampton Town in 2004, before quickly getting snapped up by Rotherham United. Has forged a promising career at a decent level with Watford, Sheffield United and Portsmouth, where he still plays.

lawrenceLiam Lawrence
Played a major role in the 2003/04 season when Mansfield reached the bottom tier's play-off final, but they lost out to Huddersfield Town. The Stags received just £175,000 compensation for the out-of-contract winger's services in 2004 when Sunderland snapped him up. Went on to play for Stoke City, initially on loan before signing permanently, and was a key part of their team to pip City to automatic promotion from the Championship in 2008. Has since played for cash-strapped Portsmouth, Cardiff City on loan and now plays his football in Greece with PAOK. Also a Republic of Ireland international with 15 caps and two goals to his name.

Wayne Corden

Spent five seasons with the Stags, playing more than 200 times. Played a smattering of games for Scunthorpe United, Chester City and Notts County - plus 68 times for Leyton Orient. Retired in January of this year after playing over 100 games for Leek Town in Northern Premier League Division One South. Still plays pub football in Staffordshire.

Colin Larkin

Irishman who played 102 games for Mansfield before moving to Chesterfield, Northampton Town and Hartlepool United. Now in non-league football with Lincoln City.

Iyseden Christie

Popular with Mansfield Town but now has more clubs to his name than a golfer. During two spells with Mansfield, he bagged 51 goals in 172 appearances over the years. Has since played for Kidderminster Harriers (twice), Rochdale, Stevenage Borough, Kettering Town (twice), Torquay United, King's Lynn, AFC Telford United, Coventry Sphinx, Farnborough, Tamworth (twice), Nuneaton Town and Alfreton Town (his current team). Still holds the League Cup record the fastest hat-trick (four minutes) when playing for Mansfield against Stockport County in 1997.

Subs

Jason White

Goalkeeper who left Mansfield in 2009 after racking up only 57 appearances in nine seasons. Played for King's Lynn until they went out of business, then joined Shirebrook Town and still currently plays for Gainsborough Trinity in the Conference North.

Danny Holyoak

After just three appearances for the Stags, the midfielder moved to Kettering. He played just once for the Poppies in a 4-0 drubbing at Yeovil Town. Now coaching for Arsenal Soccer Schools.

David Jervis (replaced Larkin 68)

After 33 outings for the Stags, he became the club's youth team manager for almost three years. Now works for Premier Football UK as their managing director.

Danny Bacon (replaced Christie 89)

Striker who played over 50 times for the first team at Mansfield, his hometown club. Moved on to Hucknall Town, Lincoln City, Burton Albion, Worksop Town, Hednesford Town and Hucknall Town. Still playing today for Rainworth Miners Welfare in the Northern Premier League First Division South.

Neil MacKenzie

Enjoyed a mixed career of lower league and non-league football action. Joined Macclesfield Town on his departure from Field Mill in 2004. Since turned out for Scunthorpe United, Hereford United, Notts County, Kidderminster Harriers, Port Vale, Tamworth and St Neots Town. Rejoined Mansfield briefly in 2009, making just seven appearances. Still playing for Evesham United in the Southern League.

Manager

Stuart Watkiss

After ending his playing career with Mansfield Town, he took on the role as youth team boss, before moving up to assistant manager under Billy Dearden. When Dearden resigned in January 2002, Watkiss took the reins for the first time and immediately guided the Stags to promotion - even earning a fresh three-year contract that summer. But life in the third tier was tough and by December, just a month after that fateful 5-4 defeat to City, he was sacked. He was actually red-carded by the referee after the final whistle for his complaints that day. Has since been Academy manager at Barnsley, manager of Kiddersminster Harriers for two years and caretaker/assistant boss at Grimsby Town - between 2006-2009. Most recently development coach at Hull City, but left the club in June 2012 alongside former City assistant Steve Wigley when Steve Bruce was appointed manager at the KC Stadium.

Bristol City

Steve Phillips

Paulton-born keeper who enjoyed a testimonial season for his long-serving stint between the posts, with more than 250 appearances for his name. Controversially Bristol Rovers was his next destination, where he turned out more than 130 times - even helping the Gas beat City in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy area final in 2007. Loaned to Shrewsbury Town in 2009 and then joined Crewe Alexandra that summer, where he still plays at the age of 34.

Mickey Bell

Stalwart left-back who made more than 300 appearances for the Robins. Named in the third tier’s PFA Team of the Year three times, he also helped City to promotion in 1997/98 and won the LDV Vans Trophy in 2003. The Geordie moved on to Port Vale, Cheltenham Town, Team Bath, Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon Town after falling in love with the South West. Still resides here and manages Clevedon Town in the Southern League.

Tony Butler

Spent three seasons with City, making over 100 appearances. Eventually rejoined Blackpool in 2005, where he had already played between 1996-1999. Spells with Forest Green Rovers, Newport County and Hinckley United followed, and was last seen with Alfreton Town in 2009.

Matthew Hill

Popular defender who came through the youth ranks at Ashton Gate and made more than 200 appearances for the club. Joined Preston North End in 2005 for just £100,000, but after two play-off heartaches with City, he then suffered another with the Lilywhites in May when they lost to West Ham United. Won the Player of the Year award in 2006/07 at Deepdale. Moved on to Wolves – who he helped secure promotion to the Premier League - Queens Park Rangers, Barnsley, Blackpool and is still playing with Sheffield United.

Joe Burnell

Midfielder, youth product and one-time captain of the club, who left in 2004 after more than 130 outings. Played for Wycombe Wanderers, Northampton Town, Oxford United, Exeter City and is currently with Bath City.

colesDanny Coles

Another from the youth setup and the second of the team to swap City for Rovers, albeit with a three-year spell at Hull City in between. Won the LDV Vans Trophy with City in 2003 and was man of the match in the final. Also spent time on loan at Hartlepool United, managed at the time by none other than Danny Wilson. Now playing his football at Exeter City, he has recently recovered from a serious spinal injury.

Scott Murray

Club legend who made 427 appearances for City, netting 91 times - either side of a £650,000 move to Reading. Continued his playing career with Cheltenham Town, Yeovil Town and Bath City. Still plays occasionally for Clevedon Town and is still a familiar face at Ashton Gate thanks to his new job as kitman.

Brian Tinnion

Geordie who is one of only five players to have made more than 500 appearances for City. Took on the manager's job (initially as player-manager) in 2004 following Danny Wilson's dismissal, but just a season and a half later he agreed to mutually depart Ashton Gate after a 7-1 drubbing at Swansea City. Played for Cheltenham Town, Aldershot Town, Weston-super-Mare and Team Bath. Has since set-up a football schools programme in Spain.

Aaron Brown

A product of City's youth setup, he played over 160 times but left in 2004 to join Queens Park Rangers despite suffering a broken leg three months earlier. Was never quite the same player though and made a handful of appearances for the Hoops, along with brief loan spells with Exeter City, Torquay United and Cheltenham Town. Eventually found some continuity during two seasons at Swindon Town, where he played more than 50 games but was part of the team relegated from the third tier in 2005/06 - despite scoring against City on the day their fate was sealed. Moved on to Gillingham, Lincoln City, Wrexham and Darlington, before the Bristolian returned to the West Country to play non-league football at Bath City.

Peter Beadle

Experienced striker who was at the end of his career whilst at Ashton Gate - where he helped City win the LDV Vans Trophy in 2003. Brief stints at Brentford, Barnet and Team Bath followed, before a move into management with Newport County in 2005. Newport claimed the FAW Premier Cup in 2008, a season after losing in the final. But after missing out on the Conference South play-offs one too many times, Beadle was sacked in April 2008. He managed Clevedon briefly in 2010 but vacated the position months later after failing to prevent relegation from the Southern League Premier Division. Now operates as a football agent.

Christian Roberts

A topsy-turvy striker who will always be remembered fondly at Ashton Gate having scored the winner in the infamous Mansfield game, but more importantly the stoppage time goal against Hartlepool United that took City to the 2004 play-off final, albeit ending in disappointment. Roberts played for Swindon Town for four seasons after leaving Ashton Gate and later wrote his autobiography 'Life is a game of inches' - which detailed his battle with gambling and alcoholism. Now a pundit for BBC Radio, Roberts has since played non-league for Maesteg Park and Haverfordwest County.

Subs

Simon Clist

The former Spurs trainee made just shy of 100 appearances for City after being taken on by the club’s Academy. In and out of the team under Danny Wilson, he subsequently joined Barnet. Forest Green Rovers, Oxford United and currently Hereford United have all been a part of Clist's playing career. His one football honour is a Conference play-off final winner's medal with Oxford in 2010.

Clayton Fortune

Another released by Spurs and a subsequent product of City's Academy. A lanky defender who once had a stint in midfield and was likened to Patrick Vieira by then boss Danny Wilson. Preston North End wanted to sign him in 2004 but he turned down the move. His career has slowly tailed off since, listing Port Vale, Leyton Orient, Darlington, Rushden & Diamonds and Aldershot Town amongst his former clubs. Local league action with Weston-super-Mare, Mangotsfield United and most recently Chippenham Town has followed.

Liam Rosenior (replaced Brown 48)

Son of former City striker Leroy who left Ashton Gate after just 28 appearances - including a goalscoring outing in the 2003 LDV Vans Trophy final against Carlisle United. Has since moved to Fulham, Reading, Ipswich Town (on loan) and Hull City, where he still plays today. Also represented England at Under-20 and Under-21 level. Utilised as a midfielder or forward during his City days, Rosenior Jnr is now a fully-fledged defender.

Leroy Lita (replaced Coles 81)

Former Chelsea trainee who joined City's Academy setup following exit trials. Despite scoring a stoppage time winner at Port Vale early in his career, it took time for Danny Wilson to play the Congo-born forward. Credited with City's fourth goal at Mansfield, despite looking suspiciously like an own goal, Lita was more a substitute than a starter under Wilson. In fact, he was missing from the play-off final squad in 2004 when a shot-shy City were beaten 1-0 by Brighton & Hove Albion at the Millennium Stadium. Under Brian Tinnion, Lita had more opportunities and bagged an impressive 29 goals in a season, plus one on his debut for England Under-21s. That prompted a £1m switch to Reading and a season later he was on his way to the Premier League. Named in the 2007 UEFA Under-21 Team of the Tournament after bagging three goals at the European Championships. Since then he has enjoyed loan spells with Charlton Athletic and Norwich City, permanent switches to Middlesbrough and Swansea City, and has only just returned to South Wales following a loan spell at Birmingham City.

Ben Foster

A quiet 19-year-old when he joined City on loan from Stoke City just days ahead of the Mansfield game. Never made an appearance for the Robins, but did play for Tiverton Town, Stafford Rangers, Kidderminster Harriers and Wrexham during loan stints before getting his big break. That came when Manchester United came calling in 2005. He played just 23 times for the Red Devils in five seasons, but did spend two of those on loan at Watford. Birmingham was his next permanent destination, but he is now with Midlands rivals West Brom after an initial loan spell. Has five England caps, but since declared himself unavailable for international selection.

Manager

Danny Wilson

Boss of City between 2000 and 2004, improving the club's final league position each season. After play-off semi-final defeat to Cardiff in 2003, he took City once place further the following campaign, but again tasted defeat, this time at the hands of Brighton. He was sacked that summer. Later took the reins at MK Dons, Hartlepool United, Swindon Town and is now in charge of Sheffield United - despite managing and playing for their bitter rivals Wednesday earlier in his career. Won the 2003 LDV Vans Trophy final with City and promotion with Hartlepool United from the bottom tier in 2007.

Referee

Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear)

Long-time Football League referee from Tyne & Wear who is still officiating at all levels below the top flight to this day. His last City match was the club's final Championship fixture of last season, the 1-1 draw at Burnley. He's been back to Field Mill on three occasions since that infamous day ten years ago - and Mansfield have won all three! (A brace of 2-1 wins in 2007 and a 4-0 victory in 2005.)