You don’t get many clubs who had England skippers from two different sports on their books – but it’s not why Boro’ know Scunthorpe United. Well, we clearly know who Ian Botham and Kevin Keegan are. What we mean, however, is that KK and Beefy’s times as Iron players are just not relevant to the story we’re about to tell. If that’s what you’re after, perhaps you want The Athletic or something like that. That’s gonna cost you though. And we’re free…
For now. Hehe.
Who are Scunthorpe United?
The Iron were born in 1899 as the 19th century knocked it on the head. Within 13 years (and just ahead of the First World War), the club turned pro; joining the Midland League in 1912. By this point too, they’d already merged with North Lindsey United to become Scunthorpe & Lindsey United. And, thanks to a failed application to become a Football League side in 1921, saw out the inter-war years in the Midland League; winning the title twice.
After the Second World War, the Iron felt the need for change. Each year, therefore, they put in their bid to join the Football League. . And, each year, the reply was “thanks, but no thanks”. But it was only for a few years. In 1949, the League decided to get bigger and that meant – in 1950 – there was finally space for the club to join. If, at first, you don’t succeed – right?
In 1958, there was more change as the Iron binned the ‘Lindsey’ bit of their name. It was also that saw ’em up into the second tier for the first time; peaking in the 1961-2 campaign, when the Iron finished fourth. But that didn’t last and, two years later, back down Scunny went to Division Three. And, by the end of the 1960s, they’d go down again into Division Four. In the years that followed, they returned to Division Three twice..
They also returned to Division Four twice too, however. And, between 1988 and 1992, they failed four times in the playoffs to stay in the basement division.
Why do we know Scunthorpe United?
The ups and downs continued into the 1990s and 2000s; the Iron back to the second tier in 2007 (for one season) and 2009 (for two seasons). But relegation at the end of the 2010-1 season meant it was back to League One. And coming up from the other direction was us.
What is our record against Scunthorpe United?
By and large, our record ain’t much to talk about. Our first-ever meeting with the Iron was at the Lamex and it went their way in a 2-1 win; them netting twice in stoppage time at the end of either half and us still finding time to squeeze one in before the final whistle. In the return at their place in January 2012, we bagged a crucial point thanks to Darius Charles‘ late goal to level things up. It all counted towards our eventual playoff push.
If you can take any consolation from Boro’s 2011-2 League Two playoff defeat, let it be our first-ever win over the Iron in October 2012. Greg Tansey‘s excellent strike was enough to separate us and secure all three points. Scunny did, however, return the favour on a cold Tuesday night in February 2013. It’s a little bit frustrating because our hosts were in line for the drop. Yet, our three-point gift couldn’t save them and down they went.
Scunthorpe United: Boro’s Record
Our head-to-head: P 5 — W 1 — D 2 — L 2 — F 3 — A 4 — Pts 5 — WR 20%
Our last tango: Scunthorpe United 0-0 Stevenage, 02 November 2019
What happened to Scunthorpe United?
By coming second in the 2013-4 League Two season, the Iron bounced straight back up. But there’d be no meetings between us for some time. That’s because we managed to get ourselves relegated at the same time. And that remained the case until the 2019-20 season. After making the League One playoffs for two straight campaigns, the Iron ended up leaving the division in completely the wrong direction to return to League Two.
Before the season was cut short, we did squeeze in one of our two scheduled encounters with the Iron. We came back from their place with a point after a 0-0 draw – but it could’ve been more. It doesn’t really matter now. The return fixture never happened. And, now, we still don’t know if we’ll get another crack at them in 2020-1 – or if that’s that between them and us for however long it takes us to return to the Football League.
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