He changed the side into one that was a promotion chasing side, leaving Mansfield 3rd in the league before making the short journey to Meadow Lane.
"I hope I will get a decent reception, I suspect I will get some stick, I am expecting some, to be fair," Dearden told the Evening Post.
"But I hope in general that they will understand, I hope they will also remember what we achieved when I was there.
"When I first went to Field Mill we had nine players on the books and both ends of the ground were boarded up.
"We had to beg, steal and borrow just to put a team together, but we did it.
"I was delighted that they managed to climb up into the Second Division, I really was. But I would like to think I played a part in that."