League One Lowdown: Scunthorpe United

Vital Statistics

Founded: 1899

Chairman: Peter Swann

Last Season: League One - 3rd

Nickname: The Iron

Rivals: Grimsby Town, Hull City, Lincoln City

Major Honours


Scheduled Matches

Portsmouth vs Scunthorpe: Saturday, January 13th (3pm)

Scunthorpe vs Portsmouth: Saturday, September 23rd (3pm)

Scunthorpe United: A brief history

In its early days, Scunthorpe merged with local rivals Lindsey United to become Scunthorpe and Lindsey United. The club was elected to the Football League in 1950 and were as high as Division Two from 1958 to 1964.

Most of The Iron's history has been spent in the bottom division since the 60's but under Brian Laws they were promoted to League One in 2006. Physio Nigel Adkins took over from Laws after he went to Sheffield Wednesday and guided the Lincolnshire club to the League One title in 2009.

Despite relegation from the Championship the following season, Adkins ensured his team bounced straight back and he kept them in the second tier before moving to Southampton in 2010. Two relegations in three seasons followed that brief spell in the second tier but Scunthorpe won promotion straight back to League One and last season lost out on promotion in the play-offs.

The Manager: Graham Alexander

The 45-year-old started his playing career at the club he currently manages having also made many appearances for Luton, Preston and Burnley as a defensive midfielder before retiring in 2012.

His first job in management was at Fleetwood where he guided the Cod Army to promotion from League Two via the play-offs but was fired two seasons later after a poor start to the campaign. He was then appointed as Scunthorpe manager and took the club to third place last season before they were beaten by Millwall in the play-offs.

The Ground: Glanford Park (Capacity: 9,000 - Away: 1,650)

Before you head to Glanford Park, there is a decent pub across the road called The Old Farmhouse if you fancy a drink or ten.

The away end of Glanford Park is just how Trent saidin the interview. Low, pillars in the way and a poor view as the below photo shows. The opposite end is the Britcon Stand, the main home terrace for Scunthorpe supporters.


To the right is the Clugston Stand. There's nothing special about it and looks like a stand that was new in 1988 when Scunny moved from the Old Showground. I can only imagine how bad that must have been.


To the left is the Scunthorpe Telegraph Stand which is the same as the Clugston Stand but has the dugouts and the "corporate boxes" for the prawn sarnie brigade.


Overall, Glanford Park isn't outstanding but I feel it gets too much flak for what it is. You can make a lot of noise in the away end and so long as you don't go there with too much expectation (and why would you? It's Scunthorpe FFS!) then it's a good/night day out.