World of Sport

Non-league boss wins Aston Martin with goal glut

After Mansfield's 5-0 win against Dartford last weekend, owner John Radford (pictured above, right) decided to raise the bar.

He told manager Paul Cox he would buy him an Aston Martin if the team could score five in the first half of their Blue Square Premier game against Barrow.

Radford's money looked pretty safe, considering the Dartford match was the first time the Stags had hit five in a match all season.

Goals from Lee Stevenson, two from Matt Green and one from Colin Daniel put Mansfield 4-1 up after half an hour - and Adam Murray found the net two minutes before the break to win the bet for Cox and send the team in 5-1 up at half-time.

Radford missed the first half as he was travelling back from Ireland, but went straight into the dressing room to inform Cox he would be the proud owner of an Aston Martin DB9.

With morale sky-high, Mansfield went on to win 8-1 but Cox was cagey about his reward in post-match interviews.

He said: "As for the car, I'm not sure if it is wind-up. Maybe I'll get into the car park and it will be a bicycle with some stabilisers on it."

But Radford made good on his promise, and by Saturday night the car had arrived at the One Stadium - complete with personalised number plate MT51 COX.

Radford, 46, is one of football's most colourful football owners, and he hit the headlines in 2011 when he married the club's chief executive, 29-year-old Carolyn Still (pictured above, left).

(Photo: This Is Nottingham)