The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

MANS­FIELD Town have un­veiled a plaque to com­mem­o­rate their Field Mill home be­ing con­firmed as the world’s old­est pro­fes­sional football ground.

The 8,000-ca­pac­ity sta­dium had been used as a cricket ground be­fore host­ing its first football match in 1861, one year be­fore Sheffield United’s Bra­mall Lane.

Stags boss Adam Mur­ray was on hand this week to com­mem­o­rate the record at the sta­dium, which also hosted the first-ever game un­der ar­ti­fi­cial light in 1930.

He said:“There’s a lot of history to the club and one of my big aims when I took over was to take the club into the com­mu­nity.”

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