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Season Preview: Scunthorpe United

31 July 2019

We continue our 2019/20 season preview by featuring Scunthorpe United -

Nickname : The Irons

Stadium : Glanford Park

Capacity : 9,088

Round Trip From The Moss Rose : 178.2 miles

Last Season : 23rd (Sky Bet League One)

It proved to be a difficult season for The Iron last time round, as a dismal run of form towards the end of the season resulted in their relegation from League One.

The Lincolnshire outfit claimed just one victory in their last fourteen games and as a result, they ultimately finished in 23rd position.

With three managers installed during the course of last season, Scunthorpe will be hoping to steady the ship somewhat this time around and in Paul Hurst, they have someone with proven credentials.

The Iron are amongst the favourites for an immediate return back to League One and if they can make a good start to the season then they will unquestionably be in contention.


The Gaffer - Paul Hurst

Entrusted with leading Scunthorpe back into League One at the first attempt is Paul Hurst and he brings a wealth of experience with him to Glanford Park.

Other than a brief loan spell at Burton Albion, Paul enjoyed over 450 appearances - almost exclusively at Rotherham United.

As a player, the left-back enjoyed promotions from both the Second Division and the Third Division - as well as lifting the Football League Trophy in 1996.

Embarking on his management career at Ilkeston Town, he secured promotion to the Conference North via the play-offs in 2009.

Moving to Boston United the following summer, Hurst once again enjoyed promotion glory as he helped to guide The Pilgrims into the Conference North - once again via the play-offs.

Joining Grimsby Town in March 2011, Hurst helped to revitalise the side after they had been relegated from the Football League the previous season.

Five years later, The Mariners were back in the EFL, courtesy of a Wembley victory over Forest Green Rovers.

In October 2016 Hurst joined League One side Shrewsbury Town and after saving them from relegation in 2017, masterminded a highly impressive third place finish the following season - with a play-off final defeat by Rotherham United denying them a place in the Championship.

A move to Ipswich Town ensued last summer, yet this was to last just three months and Hurst returned to the game back in may as he joined League Two newcomers, Scunthorpe United.

 

Transfer Dealings

Out - Byron Webster, Josh Morris, Jonathan Flatt, Charlie Goode, Funso Ojo, Cameron Burgess (loan), Olufela Olomola (loan).

In - Alex Gilliead, Yann Songo'o, Regan Slater (loan).


Our Last Meeting

The last time the two sides met was back in April 2005, as we made the trip up to Glanford Park.

On a scorching spring afternoon, neither side could break the deadlock and the game ended as a goalless draw.


Our Next Meetings

Home - Saturday 24th August

Away - Friday 10th April


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