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Scunthorpe United betting odds, like all League One sides, are among the most popular in English football betting. League One has become known as a division where any side can be fighting relegation one season and challenging for promotion the next. As such, Scunthorpe United relegation odds are a common choice, equally odds on Scunthorpe United winning League One are popular too.

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Scunthorpe United are a professional football club based in Lincolnshire, England. Having joined the Football League in 1950, the club have played in all but the top division in the English football system and currently play in the third tier, League One.

The history of Scunthorpe United Football Club begins in 1899. Mostly playing amateur matches and friendly games against local football clubs, Scunthorpe first played in the FA Cup during the 1909/1910 season. 

In 1910, the club joined forces with nearby Lindsey United,  and became known as Scunthorpe & Lindsey United. The club turned professional in 1912 and joined the Midland League.

Mid-table finishes followed as the club tried on occasion to join the Football League but were refused. After the First World War, Scunthorpe & Lindsey United began to improve, earning seven consecutive top seven finishes until they won their first Midland League title in the 1926/1927 season.

The club would have to wait until the season before the Second World War commenced to win their second Midland League title, the 1938/1939 season seeing them add another Midland League title to their trophy collection. More title challenges followed, until finally the club were given a place in the Football League, joining the Third Division North in 1950.

During the 1957/1958 season, Scunthorpe & Lindsey United won the Third Division North title. With promotion to the Second Division, the club became known as Scunthorpe United, as we know them today.

The club’s adventures in the Football League Second Division were inconsistent, with low finishing positions mixed with top six finishes, until the club were relegated back to the third tier in 1964, after the North and South divisions merged this division became known as simply the Third Division. 

Rather than an immediate push for promotion, the club began to struggle in the Third Division, culminating in a further relegation in the 1967/1968 season. Now playing Fourth Division football, Scunthorpe hovered around mid-table until promotion came in 1971/1972.

The club’s stay back in the Third Division was brief, Scunthorpe United were immediately relegated a season later. The following nine seasons were spent in the Fourth Division, and after a 23rd place finish in the 1982/1983 season saw the club have to reapply to stay in the Football League system.

Scunthorpe United’s application was successful, and the following season they were promoted back to the third tier. Again, though, their Third Division stay lasted for just one season, and they suffered relegation back to the Fourth Division.

The 1984/1985 season was the first of 15 consecutive seasons in the country’s fourth tier. During this time, in time for the 1992/1993 season, the Premier League was formed which resulted in the Football League divisions being renamed - the Second Division became Division One; the Third Division, Division Two; and the Fourth Division, Division Three.

In 1997, Brian Laws became manager of Scunthorpe United. Scunthorpe almost gained promotion in Laws’ first season in charge, but the club missed out on the play-offs by just a point. A season later, the club made it into the play-offs, and wins over Swansea City and Leyton Orient saw the club back in the third tier. However, like twice previously, their stay in Division Two was brief, and the club suffered another immediate relegation.

Scunthorpe remained a Division Three team until the 2004/2005 season. Prior to this season beginning, the Football League divisions were renamed once more, with Division One becoming the Championship; Division Two, League One; and Division Three, League Two.

In its inaugural season, Scunthorpe United gained promotion from League Two with a second place finish earning them a place in League One. This led to Scunthorpe yo-yoing in between divisions, with the club playing in three divisions within an eight year period.

Scunthorpe had earned promotion to the Championship in the 2006/2007 season, winning the League One title in the process. The next four seasons saw a relegation, promotion and a relegation and the club started the 2011/2012 season back in League One.

The 2006/2007 season also saw Brian Laws leave his post. Nigel Adkins, the club’s physiotherapist, was given the Scunthorpe United manager position. During the 2010/2011 season, Adkins also left, and a series of managerial changes followed. None of these helped the club, and during the 2012/2013 season, Scunthorpe United were relegated to League Two.

It was only a one season stop in the fourth tier of English football this time for the Iron, after a second place finish earned the club an immediate promotion. The 2016/2017 season is the third consecutive campaign Scunthorpe have spent in League One.


The Scunthorpe United crest was first introduced after the ending of the Second World War. This first Scunthorpe football badge was based on the town’s coat of arms, featuring two shells that are found in ironstone and a five link chain representing Ashby, Brumby, Crosby, Frodingham and Scunthorpe that merged to make up the area. This badge also featured a sheaf of wheat, a knight’s helmet, a furnace and the Latin motto ‘Refulgit Labores Nostros Coelum’, meaning ‘The Heavens Reflect Our Labours’.

This Scunthorpe United football crest was used until 1950. It wasn’t until the 1970’s when a badge was permanently used on Scunthorpe United kits. This crest featured a hand clutching the five link chain, within a shield shape containing the club name in banners above and below.

This was then changed in 1988. The new Scunthorpe United football crest used the image of the Borough of Glanford coat of arms, and was used until 1994.

The current Scunthorpe United F.C crest features a fist clenching an iron girder, with the club name featured in a banner underneath.


The Scunthorpe United colours are claret and blue. Over the last three decades, the club have worn claret and blue in a variety of styles.

When the club was known as Scunthorpe & Lindsey United, claret and blue were also the club colours then. The kit featured a claret shirt with blue sleeves, worn with white shorts and claret socks. In 1913, the kit featured claret and blue striped shirts with white shorts and claret socks. This kit lasted until 1923.

The claret shirt with blue sleeves made a return in 1923, along with the white shorts and claret socks and this became the standard Scunthorpe United kit until 1959, although on occasion black socks or claret and blue hooped socks were worn.

In 1959, the kit changed completely. This new Scunthorpe United kit featured white shirts, worn with blue shorts and white socks. This kit lasted for a decade, although white shorts were worn for a short period.

In 1969, the Scunthorpe United kit colours changed to red shirts with red shorts and red socks. This design lasted until 1982 when the Scunthorpe United traditional colours of claret and blue were reintroduced.

The current Scunthorpe United kit features blue shirts with thin claret stripes, claret shorts and claret and blue socks. These colours have been worn in a variety of styles since 1982, with the Scunthorpe kit featuring claret and blue stripes, half claret half blue shirts, claret shirts with blue trim and white shirts worn with claret and blue shorts and socks.

Scunthorpe United Stadium

The Scunthorpe United stadium is Glanford Park. Glanford Park has a capacity of 9,088 and has been home to Scunthorpe United since 1988.

The Scunthorpe United stadium plan features four main stands. These are the Scunthorpe Telegraph Stand, or the West Stand, which is the main family stand at Glanford Park; the Study United FC Stand, commonly known as the Doncaster Road End or the Britcon Stand, which features terraces rather than seating areas; the Grove Wharf Stand, or the East Stand; and the AMS Stand, which is the away supporters area.

There are plans for future reconstruction of Glanford Park, and if the club are promoted back to the top two tiers of English football and remain there, they may be forced to remove the terracing from the Doncaster Road End and make the Scunthorpe United stadium an all seater venue. There are also discussions surrounding a move to another stadium, though these plans are yet to be realised.

The first Scunthorpe United stadium was the Old Showground, which was used until the move to Glanford Park in 1988 and has since been demolished.


The majority of Scunthorpe United supporters hail from Scunthorpe and other parts of Lincolnshire. There are, however, various Scunthorpe United supporters clubs up and down the country, including the Scunthorpe United supporters trust The Iron Trust.

Scunthorpe United supporters enjoy rivalries with Grimsby Town and Hull City. Any matches featuring these three sides is known as the Humber derby. There are also rivalries with Doncaster Rovers and York City.


The Scunthorpe United owner is Peter Swann, who became owner and chairman following the retirement of Steve Wharton in 2013.

Wharton had first become chairman of Scunthorpe United in 2001, taking over from his father Jack who had given his son his first Scunthorpe United shares. Steve Wharton left the role but returned in 2004, taking over from interim chairman Chris Holland. 


Scunthorpe United stats begin with the club’s all time leading appearance maker. This accolade goes to Jack Brownsword, who made 791 appearances for the club between 1947 and 1965.

The all time Scunthorpe United leading goalscorer is Steve Cammack. Cammack scored 121 goals for Scunthorpe from 1982 to 1987. Only one other player has scored 100 or more goals for Scunthorpe, that player being Andy Flounders. Flounders scored exactly 100 goals between 1986 and 1991.

Scunthorpe United’s record attendance came at the Old Showground in 1954, when 23,935 spectators watched Scunthorpe take on Portsmouth in the FA Cup. The highest attendance achieved at Glanford Park was 9,077, the number of spectators who watched Scunthorpe play Manchester United in the League Cup in 2010.

Scunthorpe United’s record victory is 8-1, and this scoreline occurred twice. Firstly, Scunthorpe beat Luton Town 8-1 in the Third Division in 1965. Scunthorpe then repeated this scoreline in 1995, when they beat Torquay United in 1995.

Scunthorpe United’s record defeat came in 1952. Scunthorpe were beaten 8-0 by Carlisle United in the Third Division North.

Scunthorpe United’s record transfer signing is said to be Rob Jones. Jones was signed from Hibernian, although the fee is still reported as undisclosed. The record fee Scunthorpe have ever received for a player is £2 million, a fee paid by Sheffield United for Billy Sharpe in 2007.

Scunthorpe United Players

The current Scunthorpe United players list consists of 24 first team players backed up by those in the Scunthorpe United Academy.

The current Scunthorpe United player of the year award, or the Ernie Storey Memorial Award, is David Mirfin. Mirfin is also the holder of the Players’ Player of the Year, the 12th Man Player of the Year and the Winterton Iron Player of the Year awards.

Notable ex Scunthorpe United players include Kevin Keegan and Ray Clemence, who both went on to represent the England national side. Neil Warnock, Brian Laws, Keith Burkinshaw and Freddie Goodwin, who all went on to become managers, with Brian Laws both playing for and managing Scunthorpe.

Ian Botham, one of England’s greatest cricketers, played eleven times for Scunthorpe United in 1980. 

Scunthorpe United Manager

The current Scunthorpe United manager is Graham Alexander. Graham Alexander took over the manager’s role in March 2016, taking over from interim boss Andy Dawson who in turn had replaced Mark Robins.

When Graham Alexander took the Scunthorpe United manager job, he became the ninth man in ten years to take on the role at the Iron, and the 32rd overall in all of Scunthorpe United manager history.

The Scunthorpe manager position is the third in Graham Alexander’s managerial career, having managed at Preston North End and Fleetwood Town before moving to Glanford Park in 2016.

In terms of years, Harry Alcock is Scunthorpe United’s longest serving manager. Alcock managed the club over three spells from 1915 to 1936, then 1937 to 1946 and finally from 1948 to 1950.

Brian Laws is the most recent man to have taken the Scunthorpe United manager job on two separate occasions. Laws’ first spell came in 1997 and lasted until 2004. Laws then returned in October 2012, leaving in November 2013 replaced by Russ Wilcox.


Scunthorpe United have never won a major honour in their history. However, the Scunthorpe United honours list does contain two third tier titles (League One 2006/2007, Third Division North 1957/1958); one third tier play-off winner (League One 2008/2009); two fourth tier runners-up (League Two 2004/2005 and 2013/2014); and one fourth tier play-off winner (Third Division 1998/1999).


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