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Scunthorpe UnitedNickname The Iron
Web Site www.scunthorpe-united.co.uk/
Stadium Glanford Park
Scunthorpe United was formed in 1899 following the amalgamation of two teams. In 1910 they merged with local rivals Lindsey United and became Scunthorpe and Lindsey United. In 1912 they joined the Midlands League and unsuccessfully applied for membership of the Football League in 1921. They were not admitted to the Football League until 1950 (a year after the number of league clubs was increased from 48 to 52). The club takes its nickname 'The Irons' from Scunthorpes connections with the Iron industry.
In 1958 The Irons were champions of Division Three (North) and gained promotion to Division Two for the first time. They were to remain for 6 seasons until the end of the 1963/4 season when they finished bottom and were relegated. Two seasons before relegation, Scunthorpe were almost promoted to the top flight. They were top of the table after 24 games and cruising, this was largely due to striker Barrie Thomas's contribution of 31 goals so far. However, Thomas was sold, form dipped and they went on to finish the season in fourth place. This is Scunthorpes highest league finishing position to date.
After relegation Thomas was re-acquired in a bid to improve results. This had little effect and the downward spiral continued when they were relegated to the basement league in 1968. The late 60's saw the emergence of youngsters Kevin Keegan and Ray Clemence who both went on to play for Liverpool and England.
The Iron dropped out of the Football League in 1982 after finishing second from bottom of Division Four. They were re-elected the following year but the end of the 1983/84 season saw them relegated once more.
In 1988 Scunthorpe moved from the Old Show Ground to the new, purpose built Glanford Park. They were the first club to move to a new stadium in three decades.
In 1992 The Iron reached the basement division play-offs. The match was against Blackpool and it went to a penalty shoot-out. Unfortunately, two misses by Scunthorpe saw Blackpool the eventual winners. Seven years later saw another play-off final Wembley appearance, this time against Leyton Orient. A seventh minute strike by Alex Calvo-Garcia was enough to give Scunthorpe victory and promotion. The Irons were unable to consolidate in the third tier and they were relegated again after just one season.
In the 2003/4 season dramas off the pitch saw Manager Brian Laws leave and return after only three weeks as Ex-Chairman Steve Wharton re-took control of the club. The team was doing poorly in the league and in danger of losing league status again. A last game of the season defeat against Cambridge looked to have consigned their fate until a last minute winner for Cheltenham against Carlisle meant Carlisle finished below them and were relegated. Amazingly things turned around the following season and the team was top of the league for much of the season. After the last game of the season against Shrewsbury they were promoted as runners-up. Another highlight of the season was going into the lead against Chelsea in an FA Cup tie. Chelsea came back with three goals to finish the tie 3-1.
The following season Scunthorpe consolidated their position in the third tier. They had been relegation favourites but finished in twelfth place. This ended a 49 year spell of not having successive seasons outside the basement division.
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