Scunthorpe United Club Profile
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Scunthorpe United : Club Background

The first team bearing the name Scunthorpe United took to the field in 1899 after a merger with local side Brumby Hall. A further merger with North Lindsey United took place in 1910 and led to the club rejoicing in one of the longer names in football : 'Give us an S....'!

Scunthorpe is another club that appears rather uninterested in its pre-League history. It's quite difficult finding much information about the club's early years other than noting that they joined the Midland League in 1912, when they also turned (semi-)professional, which they went on to win twice, in 1927 and 1939. They applied to join the Third Division (North) on its formation in 1921. Sixteen of the twenty places were gifted and the final four went to a ballot. Scunthorpe & Lindsey United as they were then called came a poor thirteenth, second from bottom. Whether they felt humiliated, or for some other reasons, they didn't put themselves up for election again until 1938 and 1939. However by then Shrewsbury Town were the clear front runners amongst the Non-league hopefuls in the North, having built up a healthy support, though they didn't get in either. The Iron applied each year after the War and in 1950 their moment came. With Division Three (North) expanding by two clubs Shrewsbury waltzed in, but the other place took three ballots to settle before first Nelson and Workington and then finally Wigan Athletic were seen off. Their first ever League game was a 0-0 at the Old Showground against Shrewsbury Town. They were solid if unspectacular performers through the Fifties until winning the Championship in 1958. They dropped the "& Lindsey" part of their name, becoming simply Scunthorpe United. Two years later they also changed their colours from the traditional claret and blue.

The Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph Stand
The Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph Stand, but called the West or even Main Stand by we proles.
Photo © 2003-04 Ciderspace

The club finished 4th in Division Two in 1962 and that gentle reader is as good as it's ever got for Scunthorpe United in terms of league position. Two years later and they were back in Division Three after finishing bottom of the pile in the Second, and four years after that they were last again and into Division Four. Since then they have achieved four promotions out of the basement division, the most recent last season, but returned after a single campaign the first three times. However they only needed to call upon re-election on two occasions. The 2003-04 season was their worst performance since 1981-82, at the end of which season they had reverted to their former colours in response.

In the F.A. Cup Scunthorpe's best efforts have been a couple of Fifth Rounds, losing to Liverpool in 1958 and Swindon Town in 1970. They reached the Fourth Round in 2003-04, eventually going out to Premiership Portsmouth. They don't seem to bother with the League Cup much, generally going out in Round One with two appearances in Round Three the furthest they've gone to date.

The Grove Wharf Stand
Currently named the Grove Wharf Stand, a.k.a. the East Stand.
Photo © 2003-04 Ciderspace

In 1988 the Iron left their original home, the Old Showground (for them a Safeway supermarket rather than a Tesco) for a brand new purpose built stadium at Glanford Park. They've been to Wembley twice for Play-off Finals, losing their first go in 1992 against Blackpool on penalties, but coming through second time around in 1999 when they beat Leyton Orient 1-0 to gain promotion. True to form they came straight back down the following season. In 2002-03 the Iron reached the Third Division play-offs again, this time going out at the semi-final stage, losing 6-3 on aggregate to Lincoln City. Times seemed relatively positive for the Iron, with a stability in the manager's chair that is a rarity down in the lower reaches on the Football League. Brian Laws had been manager since 1997, but in 2003-04 it all went pear-shaped.

Scunthorpe were already having a poorish season when then Chairman and major shareholder Steve Wharton decided to step down in December 2003. By the spring they were sinking fast with relegation a distinct possibility, and the board decided Laws had to go. However behind the scenes Wharton launched a coup, and in the following bloodbath no less than four of the six club directors were ousted including the new chairman. Twenty days after his sacking Brian Laws was reinstated. The battle still rumbled on with former board members joining a consortium to try and take the club over. The season had by then come to a close with Scunthorpe surviving in 22nd place and Wharton giving Laws a one year contract. His faith was rewarded as the club turned around in 2004-05 and achieved automatic promotion, finishing runners-up to Yeovil Town by three points.

The AMS Stand
Latest incarnation is as the AMS Stand, thankfully still referred to as the South Stand by most.
This is the seated away end and holds 1,678.
Photo © 2003-04 Ciderspace

The Iron had a steady first season back at League One level in, finishing 12th. The following season, in 2006-07, they were the surprise package and exceeded everyone's predictions, especially as they lost Brian Laws mid-season when he felt unable to resist a call from Sheffield Wednesday, by winning the division at the expense of many much more fancied clubs. However, despite the promotion to the Championship, the board still couldn't or wouldn't hang on their best players, and Scunny finished 23rd and came straight back down. No messing though, as in 2008-09 they went straight back up again, via the play-offs, beating Millwall in the final.

This time, their spell in the Championship lasted twice as long, before gravity finally caught up with them in the summer of 2011, taking them back down to League One for the start of the 2011-12 season. That first year back in League One saw them struggle, eventually gaining an 18th placed finish that avoided a double relegation. But that was to be only a brief reprieve, with a 21st place finish seeing them head down to the fourth tier. Life in Scunthorpe isn't dull though, and during the following season they gained automatic promotion back to League One, bolstered by some new investment, and ambitions to move to a new stadium in the future. Life for an Iron fan in recent years certainly hasn't been dull.

In terms of Glovers connections, former Yeovil striker and all-round nice guy Paul Wilson went to Scunthorpe as youth team coach after he left Huish Park, though he's now moved on to Doncaster Rovers. And one I.T.Botham played for both clubs, and is an Iron Vice-President. They've also currently got some chap called Paddy Madden up front at the moment, who a few Glovers fans may know rather well.

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Scunthorpe United : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Scunthorpe United

20/12/2003HomeDIV3W2-15714Lindegaard 71, Jackson 82
06/03/2004AwayDIV3L0-33355
23/10/2004AwayCCL2L0-14470
22/02/2005HomeCCL2W4-37598Tarachulski 16, Johnson 47, Fallon 82, Davies 86
01/10/2005AwayCCL1W4-34311Way 26, Jevons 37, Harrold 59, 66
14/04/2006HomeCCL1L0-16759
25/11/2006HomeCCL1L0-25921
06/04/2007AwayCCL1L0-17883
27/09/2008AwayCCL1L0-24829
13/01/2009HomeCCL1L1-23275McCollin 90
24/09/2011AwayNPL1L1-24086Wotton 45
13/03/2012HomeNPL1D2-23767G Williams 30, Franks 68
25/08/2012AwayNPL1W4-03279Marsh-Brown 37, Reid 50, Ugwu 88, 90
16/02/2013HomeNPL1W3-04163Webster 28, Hayter 72, Madden 90
23/08/2014HomeFL1D1-13943Moore 65
28/02/2015AwayFL1D1-13783Grant 28


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Scunthorpe United

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Scunthorpe United : Club Statistics

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 4636, vs Bristol Rovers, 06/08/2016
Lowest League Attendance: 4636, vs Bristol Rovers, 06/08/2016
Average League Attendance: 4636

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 1
Games Without A Home Defeat: 1 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 1 Games Without A Score Draw: 1
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 1 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: W
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence: W


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Scunthorpe United : Club Information
Glanford Park
Doncaster Road
Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire
DN15 8TD

(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 0871 2211899
Fax : 01724 857986
Email: admin@scunthorpe-united.co.uk

Chairman : Peter Swann
General Manager/Club Secretary : Jamie Hammond
Assistant Club Secretary : David Beeby
Safety Officer/Stadium Manager : Alan Welsh
Press Officer : Chris Mumby
Manager : Mark Robins

Capacity : 9,203
Seated :
Covered Terrace : Doncaster Road (North) Stand
Record Attendance : 9,077 v Manchester United, League Cup, September 22nd 2010 (and at The Old Showground, 23,935 v Portsmouth, FA Cup 4th Round, January 30th 1954)

Nickname : The Iron
Colours : shirt - claret with blue trim; shorts - claret with blue trim; socks - claret with blue trim
Ticket Prices :
The whole of the South Stand (currently dubbed as the AMS Stand), with a capacity up to 1,678, is normally allocated to away supporters unless Scunny have some special offer on for home supporters or are expecting a big turnout when it can be split. There are a couple of pillars. The relevant Turnstile Gates are 6 A, B C and 7 A & B. The 2014-15 prices are:

Adults: £22.00; Over-60s: £15.00; Aged 18-21 & full time students: £15.00; Under-18s: £11.00; Under-16s: £6.00; Under-12s: FREE.

The Under-12s tickets are provided at a maximum of two per adult ticket, otherwise you pay the Under-16 tariff.

The above prices are also valid on the day of the game - no extra charges.

Disabled Info : There are 18 spaces for both Home and Away wheelchair-users at pitch level in the Grove Wharf (East) Stand. The one adapted toilet in the stadium is by the halfway line in the concourse of this stand. Assistant sits behind. Restricted views at times with supporter movement at pitchside. Positions are covered but subject to weather conditions. There are a further 6 places available for visually impaired supporters with commentary available. Parking: 13 allocated onsite parking spaces issued on a first come first served basis for Orange/Blue Badge holders. Level access around the ground and into the stadium.

Prices are the same as for able-bodied supporters, but with an assistant admitted free. For any special arrangements, Scunthorpe's ticket office is available on 0871 221 1899.

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Scunthorpe United : Directions To The Ground
General

Glanford Park is situated on the outskirts of Scunthorpe, a mere 200 yards from the motorway entering the town.

By Road

Leave the M180 at Junction 3 and take the M181 to Scunthorpe. Follow the motorway to its end, where Glanford Park will be clearly visible. Turn right onto the A18 and right again for the club car park.......

Parking

.........it holds 600 and there is a charge of £3.00 per car. Failing this, limited street parking is available with a bit of hunting and walking.

By Supporters Coaches

The Green and White Supporters Club are running coaches to the match for this 2014-15 season fixture as follows:

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 7.30a.m. Cost of travel will be £30.00 with concessions available at £28.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com - Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number.

By Rail

The best time from Yeovil Junction is 6 hours 20 minutes, travelling via London Waterloo and London Kings Cross. All routes from Yeovil Pen Mill are far slower, taking from over 8 to over 9 and a 1/2 hours. For all routes from the South you need to change at Doncaster.

Be warned that doing this trip as a day journey from Yeovil used to be possible, but now isn't (realistically) as the last train back to Yeovil Junction (two changes) leaves at 17:18hrs and you'd need to leave the stadium early and have a taxi to travel the couple of miles back to the station. For those in the South East the last departure out of Scunthorpe to get back to London is at 19.19.

Scunthorpe railway station is over 2 miles from the ground, so a taxi is probably the most sensible option. If you like a walk however then turn left out of the station and head towards the crossroads (facing a church) and turn right into Oswald Road, going past a set of traffic lights and the Honest Lawyer and Blue Bell pubs. At the next traffic lights turn left into Doncaster Road (where there a number of fast food outlets). Then just go straight down this road and you will eventually reach Glanford Park on your left. Otherwise catch the number 909 bus from Doncaster Road down to the ground.

Taxis

A selection of Scunthorpe taxi companies can be found here.

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Scunthorpe United : Web Resources
Web Sites

iron-bru.net
Better than yer average footy.mad site with comprehensive news, views and articles. Includes a busy message board.


scunnyfan.co.uk
Basically a portal site containing links to bits and pieces of Scunny info from around the web.


Scunthorpe United Official
PTV site, registration required to view articles.


SULSEC Online
The online home of the Scunthorpe United London and South East Supporters' Club. Regularly updated and no doubt invaluable to a member of the same. One slightly bonkers feature is that their supporters club news items are only viewable if you register on the site. This ain't a PTV site, boys'n'girls!


Web Message Boards

iron-bru.net
MAD Franchise message board, registration required to post.



E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters

Scunthorpe Topica
The Topica List claims 358 subscribers at the time of writing, although does not appear to be particularly busy.




Local Press

Scunthorpe Telegraph
Fairly regular coverage of Scunthorpe United plus other local sports news from the Scunthorpe Telegraph. General sports news is updated daily and there are stories on Scunthorpe on most days. This points you to the dedicated Scunthorpe United section.



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Scunthorpe United : Food & Drink

One of the new style stadiums. Looks like a slightly larger version of The Deva from the outside (Lego code no. 4406). But built early enough to have pillars inside. A small retail park has been growing up adjacent to the ground and boasts McDonalds and KFC. The Old Farmhouse (see below) is the best bet, providing they'll let you in......and providing they haven't run out of food as well as beer. Running out of beer on a matchday? Oh well, I mean who could have predicted football fans would want a drink?! Various other things are going up as the park expands, but all of the junk chain persuasion. If really desperate you can eat in the Tesco cafe.

Club Bar :

There is one, called The Iron Bar. Oh come on, you wouldn't have been able to resist naming it that either! However, it's open to home fans only. So forget that option.
The Iron Bar
The Iron Bar, clubhouse at Glanford Park.
Photo © 2003-04 Ciderspace

Local Pubs :

Berkeley Hotel - huge
Berkeley Hotel - huge
© Hugh Gleave
Berkeley Hotel: Massive red brick building popular with home and away fans, and only five minutes walk from the ground on the A18. Has a number of bars. Redecorated throughout during 2010 - we've not seen it since then, but at that point it was a basic functional pub rather than anything flash, and maybe a bit old-fashioned. Mostly keg, but for keg the Sam Smith's Dark Mild and Double Stout were pretty good. Ayingabrau lager and Ayingabrau Pils - if that means anything to lager drinkers. The one real ale is Sam Smith's Old Brewery. Pleasant, and at £1.38 a pint only a couple of years ago in 2009, a real bargain. Scunthorpe & District CAMRA certainly like this pub - it was given their Pub of the Season quarterly award for the Summer of 2009. Opening is 11.30 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11.30 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m. on Sunday.
Berkeley Hotel, Doncaster Road, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 7DS. Tel: 01724 842333. Map: Click Here.

Blue Bell Inn - a Wetherspoon
Blue Bell Inn - a Wetherspoon
© Hugh Gleave
Blue Bell Inn: Usual fairly town centre location that Wetherspoon pubs frequent. It's on the way from the railway station to the ground, but only if you like long hikes. Recently refurbished. Standard Wetherspoon beer selection plus a better range of guests than the norm. There was a cask conditioned cider - Addlestone Cloudy. Opening is 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 midnight Sunday to Thursday, 9.00 a.m. - 1.00 a.m. Friday and Saturday, with children welcome until 7.00 p.m. Sunday to Thurday, but 5.00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Food served all day until an hour before closing. Patio at the back. Popular with the Scunthorpe & District CAMRA, who have given it their Pub of the Season Award for Summer 2008 and Autumn 2010.
Blue Bell Inn, 1-7, Oswald Road, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 7PU. Tel: 01724 863921. Map: Click Here.

Honest Lawyer - quality local full of good ol' boys
Honest Lawyer - quality local full of good ol' boys
© Hugh Gleave
Honest Lawyer: This pub took a major refurbishment after our first visit in 2003-04. Half way between the railway station and the Blue Bell (above). Opening was 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. when last there, with food served at lunchtimes from 11.30 a.m. and in the evenings from 6.30 p.m. The food side is run separately through a restaurant upstairs, but it also provides a range of bar meals with the option of eating downstairs. More recent reports suggest that they are running 'football specials' menu items on matchdays - slightly more downmarket "X and chips" or "X in a roll" style food aimed at their incoming football clientèle, with prices to match. Has Daleside (from Harrogate) as the house beer, and a superb range of seven or eight interesting guests, all from small breweries. The cask conditioned draught cider on tap was Addlestone Cloudy. Low key old-fashioned hostelry with a friendly landlord. Always been our No.1 choice when visiting Scunthorpe, and that's backed up by glowing reports around the internet, even if the local CAMRA organisation don't appear to give them the acknowledgement they deserve.
Honest Lawyer, 70, Oswald Street, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 7PG. Tel: 01724 849906. Map: Click Here.

Malt Shovel: In the Ashby district of Scunthorpe (south of the town centre), under new management and much improved. Open 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. every day with extensions until midnight Friday and Saturday. Meals lunchtimes and evenings are good value. The three regular beers are Directors, John Smiths and Castle Rock Harvest Pale, and there are three changing guests. A real cider or perry are also available. There are two bars downstairs: one is for serious drinkers, the other a lounge style that serves food and allows children. Upstairs is another bar with snooker tables, with temporary membership available. There is a small beer garden and a covered area for smokers.
Malt Shovel, 219, Ashby High Street, Ashby, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN16 2JP. Tel: 01724 843318. Map: Click Here.

Old Farmhouse - right outside the ground
Old Farmhouse - right outside the ground
© Hugh Gleave
Old Farmhouse: Closest pub to the ground; in fact on the very doorstep. It is of course neither old, nor ever was a farmhouse. Used to be badged under the Tom Cobleigh logo, but then acquired by the Spirit Group and is now a Wacky Warehouse Pub, and it has done them no favours. It is wheelchair friendly, and has its own parking and an outside area. Open 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11.00 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. Sunday. Food is served from opening time until an hour before closing. It used to do real ales - allegedly, as they all ran out the last time we were in - but no longer. Delight your taste buds with Carling, Carlsberg Export, Fosters, Stella, John Smiths Smooth, Guinness, Strongbow Cider - or not. Packed on matchdays - arrive early if you want a table.
N.B. It has no problem with admitting football fans - which is pretty sensible given its location - but stresses in its advertising that its licensing does not allow colours to be worn. That said, I've seen home fans in colours in there, and the bouncer on the door let me through after a match - he clocked the club badge on the jacket but clearly decided that didn't occasion refusal.
Old Farmhouse, Doncaster Road, Gunness, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 8TE. Tel: 01724 276376. Fax: 01724 276524. Map: Click Here.

Queen Bess: Residential estate outlet that is particularly child friendly. Food is of the snacks rather than full blown meals variety. The one real ale is Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Bitter, reputedly the best pint of Sam Smith's in the area. The pub has its own parking and is open 11.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m. (4.00 p.m. Saturdays) and 6.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m.
Queen Bess, Derwent Road, Ashby, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN16 2PE. Email: 01724 840827. Map: Click Here.

Warren Lodge: Another from the Spirt Group, this time under the Big Steak logo. A 'Wacky Warehouse' attached for the smaller kids. Own parking. About a twenty minute walk from the ground.
Warren Lodge, Luneberg Way, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 8LP. Tel: 01724 271314. Fax: 01724 279342. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

What do you know about making iron and steel? So, that's not a lot............ any conversation in Scunthorpe out the window then.

Top-Tip :

Skegness is quite close for that Great British Holiday Experience. Okay, we admit it, we have no top-tip for Scunthorpe.

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Scunthorpe United : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

Scunthorpe aren't nicknamed the Iron for nothing - the town is the home of the largest working steel manufacturing plant in the UK. It's also renowned for its attractive parks and gardens (it says here), click for more.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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