INSTALMENT number five of our ’23 in 23’ series sees us turn our attention to Scunthorpe United. Here is an in-depth look at the Iron.
WHEN DO WE PLAY THEM?
Home: Saturday 29 September
Away: Saturday 13 April
Formed in 1899, Scunthorpe United played the Second Division of English Football between 1958 and 1964. In 1987, they moved to their current home: Glanford Park.
Scunthorpe played Championship football in the 2007-08 season, as well as back-to-back seasons in the second-tier between 2009 and 2011.
The Iron won League One in the 2006-07 season, while they were promoted via the play-offs in the 2008-09 campaign.
Steve Cammack is Scunthorpe’s all-time top goalscorer with 121 goals in 279 appearances.
Scunthorpe finished fifth in League One last season, with then caretaker manager Nick Daws unable to guide the side beyond the play-off semi-finals after Graham Alexander left Glanford Park in March.
The Iron won 19 of their 46 league games and scored 65 goals on their way to 74 points.
Glanford Park has been the home of Scunthorpe since 1987 and has a capacity of 9,088.
The stadium is situated 81 miles from the Pirelli Stadium and takes around an hour and a half to get to from the home of the Brewers.
Nick Daws was appointed as Scunthorpe manager in May, having overseen nine games as caretaker boss at the end of last season. Daws lost just one of those nine games, a 2-0 defeat to Rotherham United in the play-off semi-final second leg.
Daws won four and drew three of his regular season games in charge, and that defeat in the play-offs is the only time that the Iron failed to score under the 48-year-old last season. Scunthorpe scored 11 goals in the nine games that Daws managed them for.
Striker Olufela Olomola has joined Scunthorpe from Southampton. The 20-year-old forward only made one first-team appearance for the Saints, but scored seven goals in 21 League Two games for Yeovil Town last season.