Back Issues

issue1Issue 1 – Released Saturday 7th March 1998 V Shrewsbury Town

Our first ever issue was a piss poor affair that the editor had photocopied on the works printer (we can say that now, because they have closed down!), with just 28 pages, the text was large and the jokes that featured naughty words weren’t even edited out properly, resulting in some people saying “o my god what’s this that has come out onto the market”, with having to photocopy it illegally, no one actually knows the size of the print run, 60 was a number first thought to be in circulation, but after much thinking how many copies he ran off a day, the editor came up with 75. The issue became a sell out, good job really because if we hadn’t had sold out of 70 odd copies, there wouldn’t have been any more. As it’s a sell out, it can only be re-ordered as a reprinted copy, more details of which are below. You may also notice that the first 4 issues had the “Le’ DejaVu” as our name.

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Issue 2 – Released Saturday 29th August 1998 V Swansea City

After getting the fanzine bug, the second issue was also illegally photocopied at the editors old work place, this time someone remembered to keep count, and 120 copies were sold to an unsuspecting Mansfield public, again it sold out, even with the issue going along the same lines as the first issue (ie piss poor!). The main headline was that Mansfield Town would die as a football club within 5 years, well we are still here today, which goes to show we are piss poor at predicting things. Money from the 1st two issues was put towards getting the 3rd issue printed properly.

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Issue 3 – Released Friday 11th December 1998 V Shrewsbury Town

At last, a proper printed version, we were all excited as the postman delivered the issue back from the printers, and even had got 180 copies printed, in those days we thought that was an awful lot, it didn’t even sell out (although only 5 copies remain), maybe because the first two issues were of poor quality, but who knows? We were just starting out, and as the printing bill was met quite easily, we certainly wasn’t going to be put off. The issue completely focused on the delay on getting Field Mill redeveloped. Don’t be fooled by the “bumper Christmas edition on the front” , it had only 40 pages!

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Issue 4 – Released Saturday 11th September 1999 V Leyton Orient

Again the printed version had a sizeable print run for an early edition, just over 200 was ordered, and although it wasn’t a sell out, only 12 copies remain in our possession, so at least by this time we were growing. This issue concentrated on the abuse Keith Haslam was getting from the crowd, and went into detail how he was dealing with it. This issue also featured our first ever paid advertisement, from a hairdressers no less!

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Issue 5 – Released Saturday 1st April 2000 V Barnet

Certainly the best of the earlier issues, the text was changed and extra pages brought in, 48 in total. The 1st of the issues to feature a total review of the recent away games. It also starts the feature “meet us”, where all the then editorial team get to be featured in future issues, bez took centre stage in this one. Grezza’s comical run out at the Barnet away game is also featured, where police tried in vain to catch him around the away end, something which even made it onto the matchday commentary. The Le’ bit from our name had now been dropped as we attempted to establish ourselves as serious contenders in the fanzine world! A mammoth 230 copes of this issue went on sale, with now only 17 copies remaining.

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Issue 6 – Released Saturday 28th October 2000 V Southend United

Our biggest issue so far, in terms of pages featured, 60 in total. It also had our biggest print run, some 300 copies, what we didn’t realize was that the crowd for the day (just 2,200) would be the lowest for a number of years, this coming in the middle of the redevelopment of field mill. The issue was to become our best seller to date though, with some 255 copies shifted. The new look field mill was featured quite heavily, as was a trip to Torquay (one of many), in a weekend special report. Also featured was a special day for us, as we flew the flag for the Stags in the 5 a side Worthington Cup, which was formed to make the fans feel part of their club. The day also saw the editor and his assistant locked out as they were still selling fanzines when the ticket office closed.

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Issue 7 – Released Saturday 3rd March 2001 V Lincoln City

After the relative success of the last issue, we upped this issue up to a mighty 80 pages, featuring a huge review of all the Stags games since we last had an issue out. The editor also ranted on about admission prices into field mill, which he thought we leading to the rather crap attendances. Despite the enormous volume on offer, this issue sold a little less than the last one, with some 230 copies being sold.

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Issue 8 – Released Saturday 3rd November 2001 V Luton Town

Another 68 pages of madness, again following much the same vein as the previous 3 issues, in terms of both style and writing. Again featured heavily was reviews of all the recent away trips, as well as a very large jokes section. Similar in numbers that was now being printed, 275 copies were ordered, and of those some 250 were shifted.

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Issue 9 – Released Saturday 30th March 2002 V Rushden & Diamonds

The decision to move to an all front cover had been thought about for some time, it was a gamble as there was nothing really in the kitty to fall back on. The gamble paid off though as every single copy of the 420 ordered, was sold some 15 minutes before kick off, leaving some customers a little peeved that they couldn’t get their hands on one.

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Issue 10 – Released Saturday 31st August 2002 V Crewe

Following on in much the same style as the previous issue, the highlight of this one, was Ed’s superb summary of his trip to Japan, and for the World Cup, he even got his DejaVu featured, as he wore it whilst err visiting inside one of the stadiums. Unfortunately a cock up somewhere along the lines, meant one of his pages appeared in the wrong place, long story, but if you have a copy, you will understand. A 400 print run was just about right, as some 380 copies were sold.

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Issue 11 – Released Saturday 19th October 2002 V Huddersfield

Matthew Padgett was commissioned to do future front covers, as our relationship with the Bilsthorpe Stags started to develop, this brought Padge on board and marked a magnificent turn around in how our fanzine was now being presented to the public. The quality of articles also appeared to be taking a step up. Most of this issue was taken up with good articles that was well presented, as well as again looking back at recent Stags games. 350 copies were shifted, and with a 400 odd print run, its the issue that is taking up most room at HQ.

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Issue 12 – Released Saturday 8th February 2003 V Notts County

Now padge was on board, the excellent front covers alone were selling more copies, and suddenly people started to take notice, so much so that the 480 copies printed for the local derby with Notts County were never going be enough, as the sold out signs were put up with some 20 minutes before kick off. A similar style to issue 11 was used for this issue.

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Issue 13 – Released Saturday 5th April 2003 V Port Vale

Widely regarded as our best ever issue, this one contained our 1st ever player interview, with Colin Larkin, and that’s probably the thing that drew the fans to it, as a massive 520 copies (every single one that was printed), were sold.

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Issue 14 – Released Saturday 16th August 2003 V Leyton Orient

Following the success of the last issue, we were now in a position to put money into the club, even more than the kit sponsorship of Colin Larkin. We were match ball sponsors for the game with Orient, mainly as a goodbye to assistant editor Ed who was off to China for a year. As we had found what looked like a successful formula, we stuck with it, and 415 copies of this issue flew out of our hands, all of those we had printed.

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Issue 15 – Released Saturday 13th December 2003 V Lincoln City

As it was Christmas and a local derby with Lincoln, we ordered a massive 600 copies, of which 500 were shifted. Highlights of this issue, included a moving article on Chelsea Barsby, her life story told by her dad Neil. An in depth look also at Keith Curle, and the views of several Stags fans.

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Issue 16 – Released Saturday 6th March 2004 V Hull City

Much in the same style as recent issues, a lower than expected home crowd, meant 380 copies of this issue were sold, luckily only 420 were printed, which meant we didn’t go out of pocket. A look back on the 10 years of Keith Haslam was the highlight, again we got the views of several Stags fans. This issue turned out to be the last of Michaels turn in the editors hot seat, he left with a proud record of turning the fanzine into at least a respected zine.

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Issue 17 – Released Wednesday 21st July 2004 V Leeds Utd

Gee kindly agreed to step in as guest editor, whilst the search for a permanent editor continued, much of this issue was took up with a look back on the day out in Cardiff. The issue also went on sale against Wolves the week after, and despite generally poor sales for pre season fanzines, a respectable 320 copies were sold.

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frontcoverIssue 18 – Released Saturday 2nd April 2016 V Hartlepool Utd (A)

A special FREE edition to celebrate the life of legendary Stags supporter Chris Taylor. The publication had a limited print run of 100 copies and was full colour for the first time in our history. All copies were given away on the day to anyone traveling on the coach, and also in the days after via Stagsnet.