Christmas came early for sick children in hospital in Mansfield today when they were visited by Mansfield Town’s first team squad - who came armed with presents.
Young Stags fans were delighted to come face-to-face with their heroes.
Manager Paul Cox said: “At this time of year, it's nice to spread some Christmas cheer to those less fortunate than ourselves. The lads have dug deep and have put their own money into a collection to buy presents for poorly children."
Supporter Steven Bingham tweeted: ‘Just taken my daughter to children’s ward at KMH [King’s Mill Hospital] and bump into the #mtfcsquad! Great to see that side of the game! #stars’
Mansfield Town players will travel through the streets of Mansfield on Sunday on an open top bus to celebrate their return to the Football League. Paul Cox's men were crowned as Blue Square Bet Premier champions on Saturday following a 1-0 win at home to Wrexham.
The bus will depart the One Call Stadium at 3.45pm.
"Following last night's Blue Square Bet Premier home game against Mansfield Town, an individual home supporter, who was exiting the stadium broke the window to the away team dressing room with his hand. Stories about a brick being thrown are untrue. Mansfield officials and players were inside the room and thankfully, no one was injured.
"On behalf of Woking Football Club and its supporters, I apologised to the Director, players and officials of Mansfield Town, which was accepted. The individual responsible is known to the club as a season ticket holder and has had the privilege removed. In addition, he has also been informed he is no longer welcome at the club."
Television broadcasters ESPN and Mansfield Town Football Club have funded a pitch covering system to ensure tonight's match goes ahead. Stags are set to play Lincoln City in an eagerly awaited FA Cup with Budweiser Second Round Replay.
Following recent frosty weather in Mansfield, ground staff assisted in covering the pitch with a state of the art 'pitch dome' which blows hot air onto the grass surface. Head groundsman Michael Merriman said:
"This system should safeguard the game going ahead. It's a game saver. There are 12 gas cylinderswhich will blow hot air on to the pitch which will keep it nice and warm."