We like to think that we are all Scunthorpe United’s number one fan, but how much do you really know about Scunthorpe United? How did they begin? What were their highs and lows? We answer all these questions below with a brief overview of Scunthorpe United’s history.
Scunthorpe United first formed in 1899 after merging with another local football team. A year later they joined forces with rivals Lindsey United to strengthen their team. This proved successful as they gained a place in the Midland League in 1912.
The teams first major title wins came in 1927 when they first won the Championship and again in 1939. Also since 1921 they repeatedly applied to be accepted into the Football league but were rejected several times.
Scunthorpe United impressed in 1958 after winning the Division Three North Championship by seven clear points ahead of Accrington Stanley. This saw them get promoted to Division Two. From 1961 to 1962 Schunthorpe United were top of the scoreboard but they failed to clinch the title. Many blamed the departure of their top goal scorer Barrie Thomas for the reason that they finished 4th. Despite not winning, it was their record-breaking league position.
Their impressive results didn’t last long and they were relegated to Division Three just 1 season later. The following years saw Scunthorpe United struggle but they bounced back in 1972 when they beat Lincoln City and gained a promotion to Division Three again.
The club saw a major change in 1988 when the Old Show Ground was demolished in favour of a large supermarket development. It wasn’t all doom and gloom though; they switched to Glantford Park, which was a new purpose built stadium.
In 1992 Schunthorpe made it down to a penalty shoot-out against Blackpool at Wembley. Players Jason White and Graham Alexander both missed penalties, denying the team a much-desired promotion. The sadness was short lived as they again made it to Wembley in 1999 and secured a win gaining them a place in Division Two!
2004 was a shaky season both on and off the pitch. They narrowly avoid relegation after a difficult season. Team manager Brian Laws also left the club briefly before being re-appointed after chairman Steve Wharton returned.
After a turbulent season in 2005, things started to look up for Scunthorpe United. They gained an impressive second place that saw them get a promotion into League 1! They finished 12th place in League 1 in 2006. This was a great achievement, which saw them end a run of 49 years ending in the bottom of a division.
The season of 2007 was one of great changes. Manager Brian Laws left the club after a decade. New appointed manager Nigel Adkins led the team to break a series of new records and ultimately won the League 1 championship with a total of 91 points. If you backed them to win on Marathonbet that year, you would have received a great payout!
During 2008 to 2009, Scunthorpe United were relegated and then gained a place again in the Championship League. They successfully got promoted at their first attempt and they also managed to reach the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final but despite their best efforts they lost 3-2 to Luton.
After an impressive campaign in the 2008/2009 season, their luck came to a holt when they were again relegated due to lack of goals being scored and too many goals being conceded.
More recently, in the 2013/2014 season the team bounded back when they guaranteed themselves a promotion after placing 2ndin League 2. The same season they created an impressive team record of 28 games unbeaten.
Scunthorpe United finished 16th in the 2014/2015 season in League 1 just after their new stadium received the go ahead!
With lots of highs and lows, Scunthorpe United really does have a great history that has made the club what it is today. So now you know all the details, why not visit MarathonBet UK and put your money on their next game!