Scunthorpe United

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Nickname: The Iron

Founded: 1899

Manager: Neil Cox

Stadium: The Sands Venue Stadium

Current league position: 17th

Last season’s finish: 20th

Current top scorer: Ryan Loft (7 goals in all competitions)

FFV’s one for the future: Jacob Bedeau


The club was formed in 1899 and turned professional after joining the Midland League in 1912. Crowned Midland League champions in the 1926–27 and 1938–39 campaigns, they were elected into the Football League in 1950.

They went on to secure promotion as champions of the Third Division North in 1957–58 and spent six seasons in the Second Division, before they were relegated in 1964 and then down to the Fourth Division in 1968.

United spent 34 of the next 37 seasons in the basement tier, punctuated by one-season stays in the third tier after they secured promotions in 1971–72, 1982–83 and 1998–99. Brian Laws saw the club promoted out of League Two at the end of the 2004–05 season and his successor, Nigel Adkins, led the club to the League One title in 2006–07.

Scunthorpe spent just one season in the Championship, but victory in the 2009 League One play-off Final saw the club promoted back into the Championship.

They remained in the second tier until two relegations in as many years saw them back into the fourth tier by 2013. Scunthorpe were again promoted out of League Two at the end of the 2013–14 campaign, before being relegated back out of League One in 2019.

In recent years, the club has developed a reputation for developing promising young strikers, having sold Billy Sharp, Martin Paterson and Gary Hooper on for seven-figure sums. 

The club was also considered one of the most financially prudent in English football, being one of only three in the top four divisions to be debt-free.

This status has recently changed after it was announced that a £2 million loan from the outgoing chairman Steven Wharton was on the accounts to help the club maintain some sense of financial stability.

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