Scunthorpe United

Glanford Park

Capacity: 9,183
Address: Doncaster Rd, Scunthorpe, DN15 8TD
Telephone: 0871 221 1899
Fax: 01724 857 986
Pitch Size: 111 x 73 yards
Club Nickname: The Iron
Year Ground Opened: 1988
Shirt Sponsors: Rainham Steel
Kit Manufacturer: Nike
Home Kit: Claret and Blue
Away Kit: White and Black
Third Kit: All Green

Clugston Stand
Clugston Stand
Whitegates Stand
Whitegates Stand
Clugston and South Stands
Clugston and South Stands
Away Fans (South) Stand
Away Fans (South) Stand
Britcon Stand
Britcon Stand

The club left the Old Show Ground and moved to the new Glanford Park in August 1988. When opened, it was the first new league football ground to be built since the Second World War. It is somewhat a simple affair with all four stands being of equal height and similar in appearance. The ground is totally enclosed, although the corners are not used for spectators. The home end is terracing, whilst the other three sides of the ground are all seated. The main downside is the many supporting pillars running along the front of the stands that may impede your view. There is a small electric scoreboard suspended below the roof of the South Stand. The stadium is completed with a modern looking set of four floodlight pylons.

The Club are now well underway with their plans to move to a new ground with the news that they have been granted planning permission to build a new 12,000 capacity stadium. It had been previously announced that they had signed contracts with the Lucent Group, to build the new stadium on land owned by the Group as part of a wider Lincolnshire Lakes residential development. It is believed that the new stadium will cost in the region of £18m to build. The site of the new stadium is just a couple of miles away from Glanford Park, further along the M181 (towards the M180). It is believed that works will commence on the building of the new stadium this Summer, with the new stadium being possibly open for the start of the 2016/17 season.

Away fans are housed in the South Stand at one end. This is all seated and can house 1,650 supporters. If demand requires it, then extra seats can be made available in the south corner of the West Stand. Although there are a couple of supporting pillars in this stand, the view is generally okay. James Broadbent adds; 'the ground is very easy to find on the edge of town. Scunthorpe is generally a friendly place to visit, where you can have decent banter and a good day out. To help boost the atmosphere the club allow drums and musical instruments to be brought into the stadium'. 

On my last visit the atmosphere was good inside the ground and no problems were encountered. It was on this visit that I witnessed an amusing incident, when in the League Cup tie against Birmingham City, the stewards tried to insist that away fans sat down rather than standing up. Of course this met with chants of; 'Stand up, if you love the Blues!' to which the stewards looked somewhat dismayed at, with many Birmingham fans continuing to stand up. One poor steward was dispatched to sort this 'problem' out. I have to say he used a unique and an effective approach, during a lull moment in the away fans singing, a voice from the back of the stand, was heard singing; 'Sit down and watch the game! Sit down and watch the game!'. You guessed it, it was the lonely steward singing! Still it had the desired effect! Well for a while anyhow...

Right by the ground there is 'The Old Farmhouse' pub, which does admit away fans providing though that they are not wearing team colours. There is another pub near the ground called the Berkeley, which is also popular with away supporters. To find this Sam Smiths pub go past the ground (or park there first) and follow the main road towards Scunthorpe and it is on the left hand corner of the first roundabout you reach. On my last visit this 1930's/40's art deco pub/hotel had a pleasant mixture of home and away supporters and served good beer in a comfortable atmosphere. The only draw back was that it seemed that you could only park in their car park if you were staying at the hotel, as there was an automated barrier across its entrance. 

Steve Tucker adds; 'Found a great little pub called the Ironstone Wharf which is about a mile and a quarter away from the ground. It's on the A18 going away from Scunthorpe towards Gunness. After going around the left hand bend, the pub is located down on the right.'

If coming by train, then the Honest Lawyer on Oswald Road is well worth a visit. Although a modern pub inside, it has been listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and has a number of beers on offer. Also on Oswald Road is the Blue Bell which is a Wetherspoons outlet. Otherwise alcohol is available inside the stadium.

Across the road from the ground there is a Retail Park with a number of eating outlets such as a KFC & McDonalds.

The ground is on the outskirts of Scunthorpe, making it easy to find from the motorway. Leave the M180 at Junction 3 and take the M181 for Scunthorpe. At the end of this motorway, you will see the ground on your right. Turn right at the first roundabout onto the A18 and right again into the large car park at the ground, which costs £3.

Post Code for SAT NAV: DN15 8TD

Scunthorpe station is over two miles away from the ground. Neil Hallam a visiting Burnley supporter informs me; 'On our last visit we found that the Police were laying on a free bus service from right outside the railway station to Glanford Park. Once in the vicinity of the ground, the fans are not compelled to go straight in but are allowed to head for the heavily policed and liberally bouncered pubs and bars on the adjacent retail park. The return service operates about ten minutes after the final whistle. With Burnley this service worked well, however it remains to be seen how it gets on with other clubs who may have a larger visiting contingent.'

Otherwise a taxi is probably the easiest way to reach the stadium. However, if you have time on your hands and are feeling fit..... Turn left out of the station and head towards the crossroads (facing a church) and turn right into Oswald Road, going past a set of traffic lights and the Honest Lawyer and Blue Bell pubs. At the next traffic lights turn left into Doncaster Road (where there a number of fast food outlets). Then just go straight down this road and you will eventually reach Glanford Park on your left. Otherwise as you pass the Blue Bell pub on your left, turn left onto Doncaster Road where you can catch Bus Number 909 (every 20 minutes to the hour, does not run on Sundays) down to the ground.

Christopher Redfearn a visiting Grimsby Town fan advises me; 'I found that the distance from the ground to Althorpe railway station is about the same as it is to Scunthorpe railway station. It takes about 25-30 mins to walk from the station to the ground. There are also a couple of okay pubs on the route from Althorpe station to the ground. Turn right from the station head over the bridge and keep going until you get to the Jolly Sailor then turn right and keep walking along that road and you will get to the stadium.' However please note that not all trains to and from Doncaster stop at this station, so plan your journey accordingly.

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The Club operate a category system (A & B), whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. Category B prices are shown in brackets.

Home Fans*:
Claydon Engineering West Stand (Exec Area): 
Adults £31 (£30), Over 60's £24 (£23), Under 21's £19 (£18), Under 16's £14 (£13)
Claydon Engineering West Stand: 
Adults £23 (£22), Over 60's/Under 21's £16 (£15), Under 18's £12 (£11). Under 16's £7 (£6), Under 12's Free
Clugston Stand: 
Adults £23 (£22), Over 60's/Under 21's £16 (£15), Under 18's £12 (£11). Under 16's £7 (£6), Under 12's Free
Britcon Stand: 
Adults £19 (£18), Over 60's/Under 21's £14 (£13), Under 18's £10 (£9), Under 16's £7 (£6), Under 12's Free
Family Area: 1 Adult + 2 Children £21 (£20), 1 Over 60 + Child £15 (£14), Second parent £21 (£20), Additional Child £5 (£4).

Away Fans:
South Stand:
Adults £23 (£22), Over 60's/Under 21's £16 (£15), Under 18's £12 (£11). Under 16's £7 (£6), Under 12's Free

* Supporters who become Club Members can gain further discounts on these prices.

Official Programme: £3

Hull City, Grimsby Town, Lincoln City, Doncaster Rovers.

At Glanford Park:
8,921 v Newcastle United,
Championship League, October 20th 2009.

At The Old Showground:
23,935 v Portsmouth,
FA Cup 4th Round, January 30th, 1954.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 4,013 (League Two)
2012-2013: 3,465 (League One)
2011-2012: 4,339 (League One)

 

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Scunthorpe United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Scunthorpe United v MK Dons
League One
Tuesday 27th January 2015, 7.45pm
Daniel Palmer (MK Dons fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Glanford Park was a new ground for me, and with the new stadium looking more and more likely to happen and the chance to go top of the league, I decided to make the long trip up from Milton Keynes.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

As the game was to be played on a Tuesday night and I’d only decided to go the night before, I had no other choice but to get the official club coach up to Scunthorpe. The journey was okay, about 3 and a half hours in total with a services stop. The stewards parked us right outside the away end.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Myself and a couple of others decided to go to the Berkeley pub pre-match, and it was very good. The lager I had was only £2.08, so we decided to stay for a couple. The home fans were fairly amicable, not bothering us while we sat in the pub but not actively seeking out a chat.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

My first impressions of the ground were quite simple, ‘I bet they can’t wait to leave’.  It has the impression of a very old stadium when in reality it’s only about 20-30 years young. The away end was fairly simple, old claret seats in a simple stand, and there was a small corridor underneath the seats where the bar was. All in all it was obvious why there is a need to go to a  new stadium so soon after this one was built.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was frustrating, Scunthorpe were cancelling us out at every attempt to get forward, and as it went on it seemed like one of those typical MK days where we would mess up the chance to go top. This was made clear when Scunthorpe took the lead. Luckily Kyle McFadzean was on hand to head us level, but a 1-1 full time score was disappointing.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Personally getting away was fine, just making my way to the coach as soon as I could, Although outside the ground there were reports later on our forum afterwards of a few problems, we were fine on the coach.  It was slightly humorous as we travelled 15 minutes one way to get home, only for us to have to turn back and go the other way as a road was closed. We were home by 1am though which was to be expected.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I’m glad I have done the stadium, and when we inevitably have to come back here in the play offs I doubt I will make the trip up unless it is severely discounted.

Scunthorpe United v Sheffield Wednesday
League One
Tuesday, January 24th, 2012, 7.45pm
Chris Morris (Sheffield Wednesday fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground?

Having not been to Glanford Park before, so it was another ground to 'tick off' as you might say. It's also not one of the 'modern lego stadiums' you are seeing popping up everywhere. As you can tell I am more of a fan who prefers to see grounds with some character although compared to some football teams the ground could be classed as new as it was only constructed in the 1980's.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The journey was fairly straight forward and easy. I got a lift from a friend in his car. I can't remember the exact route, but coming from Sheffield it's not far at all. It took around 45 minutes to get there. The ground is just off the motorway near a retail park so it was fairly easy to find. There was an estate around a five minute walk from this retail park, where a nice gentleman let us park on his drive, after we wasn't sure if we could park near the ground due to signposts giving warnings about parking.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Feeling peckish we all went to the Mcdonalds for a pre game bite to eat, the food was fantastic there, well cooked and fresh, impressed with the service there too, quick as well, which you don't see in some other Mcdonalds. We didn't really socialise much with the home fans, although they all seemed well behaved and happy in general, no trouble makers or anything about, after our food we went into the ground where we found the away supporters bar.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground itself, has to be one of the smallest grounds I have seen to. With all the stands are fairly equal in height, it made it a neat little stadium.  Although for the shorter supporter like myself if you are unfortunate enough to be behind someone tall, you'll struggle to see!. Luckily I was stood behind a shorter person so I could see the playing action easily. You will have to keep track of the scores and times if you are an away supporter as the scoreboard is located above the away end, which makes it impossible to see.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was good. Wednesday ran out deserved and convincing 3-1 winners, with the odd shakey spell, but overall I thought the result was fair. Scunthorpe had goal scoring opportunities, but blazed their chances over the bar, or out of the ground on one instance!. So a word of warning, don't park too near the ground or you may come to find the car with a football through the window!.

The stewards were very friendly, and helpful, as they guided us to the club bar and welcomed us to the ground. The club bar itself was particularly spacious and the alcoholic drinks on offer were sparse, with Fosters, Strongbow and another beverage on tap. £3.20 for a pint is on the steep side although if you really like a drink, and drink quick a two pint glass is £6.20. Although I may add the pint of Fosters I had that day was very nice, well chilled as well.

The atmosphere was mainly generated by the Wednesday support, which was of no real surprise considering that we took the entire away end, and part of one of the side stands. A good following for a Tuesday night game, even if it was just 40 miles up the road. The Scunthrope fans made odd pockets of noise, but only really cheered when Jordan Robertson netted for them. Fantastic support from Sheffield Wednesday as per usual on away games. You could generate a decent amount of noise in the away end too I felt, which made the atmosphere feel better.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was fairly easy, as it is located right next to the motorway, apart from the usual match traffic. We were back in Sheffield for 10.30pm.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

One of the more enjoyable away days out for me as we had won. I sometimes feel that I am bad luck away, so the win at Glanford Park (which was out first ever win there) was a welcome surprise. After a small blip of form against Charlton and Hartlepool, it was important to seal a win, using our game in hand to go equal on 53pts with Sheffield United and Huddersfield. The squad lived up to the challenge and came home worthy winners.

Scunthorpe United v Stevenage
League One
Saturday, January 21st, 2012, 3pm
Matt Farley (Stevenage fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Like many Stevenage fans, I was looking forward to going because it was a new stadium in League One to experience. When the fixtures came out, at the start of the season I remember saying that I would definitely go to Scunthorpe as it would be a really good day out. It would also be really good to see Boro play a team which had been relegated from the Championship last season. It still wasn't that long ago, when we were playing the likes of Grays Athletic in the Conference.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey to Scunthorpe was very simple really. We drove all the way up the A1 which took about three hours from where we live. There was little traffic which also made the journey much pleasant. To be honest finding the ground was really easy! As you approach the Retail Park you can see the floodlights from down the bottom of the dual carriageway. The parking was also very easy as there were so many parking spaces in the Retail Park which to be honest is really just like take your pick! On the other hand we opted to park on the road outside the Leisure Park where there was a  long row of parking spaces.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
 
Before every game that we go to with Boro, we like to take a walk around the stadium and get a feel for it. The home fans were very friendly, they seem like a very nice bunch of people who love their team and have a lot of passion for their football. There we a few Scunthorpe fans that we had a good conversation with before the game and they were very welcoming. I remember one of them even offering to buy us a pint!

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

I was actually quite surprised really! From the outside the stadium looks like a League Two or Conference stadium at first glance. The away stand is a nice stand which I think holds just over 1,600. The view is really good and you have a bit of leg room, even if you are over 6 foot tall like me. There is only one bit of advice that I would offer for fans attending a game at Scunthorpe in the winter and that is to take your coats, scarfs, gloves and hats. The wind blows right through the stand, making an already cold day a freezing one! So wrap up well.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Other than the really windy conditions that wrecked some of the play, the game was a good match. After just losing our manager to Preston we were just happy to settle with a point. The first half was a bit of a dull, other than Luke Freeman missing a sitter for us just before half time.

The second half was much better though. Scunthorpe scored literally at the start of the second half which was disappointing, but we salvaged a point at the death when Darius Charles equalised, with a really good turn and shot.

The facilities were average, the only bad thing about it is that it's really hard to find the toilets! The concourse underneath stand is good with televisions showing a live game if there is one on. The atmosphere from their fans was not the best. They didn't really sing so our fans had to up it by singing load and hard. The food inside the stadium is really good though! The pies which are priced at just below two pounds are delicious. I would have to say that they are the best for pies maybe in the whole Football League.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the stadium after the game was very easy. Really it's just a walk out of the entrance and then it is just all about finding your car! Probably the easiest stadium to get away from after the game by a long shot. Everything is set out to perfection really around the ground.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Well Scunthorpe away was an amazing day out! Fantastic supporters, parking and view inside the stadium. For me it was a brilliant due to the fact that we had picked up a point, even after losing our Manager. If I get the chance to go to Scunthorpe again, then I would have no hesitation in doing so.

Scunthorpe United v Swansea City
Championship League
Saturday, March 5th, 2011, 3pm
Paul O'Shea (Doing the 92)

I travelled by train from Lytham St Annes changing at Preston and Manchester to arrive into Scunny just after 12 and made my way straight to the Honest Lawyer for refreshment, a decent selection of real ales on albeit pricey at £2.90 a pint. Nice pub though with both sets of fans in watching the early match on Sky. From there it's a short walk to the Blue Bell a Wetherspoons which also had some decent beer on. Had some lunch in the spoons then went round the corner onto Doncaster road and caught the No. 35 bus to Tescos which is located across from the ground on a retail park. Just takes a few minutes and is only £1.70
 
I had already bought a ticket online for the Rainham Steel home stand, for £20, which is still a proper terrace. Even arriving with only 15 minutes to kick off I was able to get a great spot right behind the goal and with a barrier to lean on. The ground though does look a bit worn down generally, but there was a good atmosphere. The attendance though of 4,608 meant there were plenty of empty seats in the three other fairly small stands.

It is not that often you hear Lonnie Donnegan being belted out on the P.A. at grounds these days, but very appropriate song 'Any Old Iron' was echoing around the ground just before kick off.
 
The first half was mostly Swansea pressing Scunthorpe and how it stayed goalless, was a mystery to me. Needing to take a leak I headed for the loo at half time where there seemed to a problem with the plumbing as the floor was under an inch of water,  but needs must as fans were reduced to wading though. Pukka pies were available at £2.50 at the nearby snack bar.

The second half had Scunthorpe attacking the home end and they played much better as the home support got right behind their team and they went in front through a penalty. Swansea tried to grab an equaliser but to the dismay of their support of about 300 failed and Scunthorpe grabbed three vital points in their fight to stay up.
 
Got the bus back from outside Tesco at five past five and was back in the Wetherspoons ten minutes later. The town centre was very quiet and with hardly any evidence that a match had taken place. Caught my train at 1820 and was back home for half nine.

Updated 5th June 2015

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