SATURDAY'S game at Mansfield is Town's 5,000th match in League and major cup competitions!
We have to be specific though which matches are being counted to make this the 5,000th! So these are the games counted .....
All league games, all FA Cup games, all League Cup games, and all other cup games organised by the Football League (e.g. AWS Trophy, Anglo-Italian, etc), and including replays. Play-off matches are also included if it was for promotion FROM a football league division. The three games played at the start of the 1939-40 season are also included in this figure. Their results are normally regarded as "expunged."
Not included are non-league games (including the recent excursions in the Conference/National league), cup games organised in non-league, war-time matches, play-off matches from non-league, pre-season games, friendlies, internationals, benefit matches, Lincolnshire Cup games, etc.
So, if you can follow all that, let's celebrate the 5,000th match, at Mansfield. One might call this benchmark STAGgering!