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Scunthorpe United FC
Glanford Park

Capacity: 9,183
Address:
Doncaster Rd, Scunthorpe, DN15 8TD
Main Telephone No: 0871 221 1899
Fax No: 01724 857 986
Pitch Size: 111 x 73 yards
Team Nickname: The Iron
Year Ground Opened: 1988
Shirt Sponsors: Rainham Steel
Kit Manufacturers: Nike
Home Kit Colours:
Claret and Blue
Away Kit Colours: White and Black
3rd Kit Colours: All Green
Official Web Site:
Scunthorpe-United.co.uk
Unofficial Web Site:
Iron-Bru Net (FootyMad Network)


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Contents
What's Glanford Park Like?
Future Ground Developments
The Clugston and South Stands (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Whitegates Main Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
Study United Stand (photo)
Admission Prices
Ground Layout
Programme Price

Local Rivals

Disabled Facilities
Fixtures 2014-2015
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
The Old Show Ground
Hotel Accommodation
Glanford Park Location Map



What's Glanford Park Like?
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.

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Future Ground Developments
The Club have moved a big step closer to making their proposed new stadium a reality. This comes from the announcement that they have 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. The new stadium has a proposed capacity of 12,000 and 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). An application for planning permission will shortly be sought. If things go to plan, then Scunthorpe could be playing at their new home sometime during the 2015/16 season. 

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The Clugston & South Stands


The Grove Wharf & AMS Stands Photo

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
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...

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Whitegates Main Stand


Scunthorpe Telegraph Stand Photo

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Where To Eat & Drink?
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.

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
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.

Map showing the location of Glanford Park (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: DN15 8TD

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Britcon Stand


Study United Stand Photo

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By Train
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.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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Admission Prices
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*:
Whitegates Main Stand (Exec Area):
Adults 31 (30), Over 60's 24 (23), Under 21's 19 (18), Under 16's 14 (13)
Whitegates Main 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.

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Ground Layout


Glanford Park Layout

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Programme Price
Official Programme: 3

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

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Scunthorpe United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record & Average Attendance
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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Fans Reviews Of Glanford Park
Chris Morris (Sheffield Wednesday) 24/1/12
Matt Farley (Stevenage) 21/1/12
Paul O'Shea
(Doing the 92) 5/3/11

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Old Show Ground

To see photos of the Club's former home, the Old Show Ground, which they left in 1988. Then visit the Old Grounds Section of the Guide.

Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They have a huge choice of places to stay and their booking facility is straightforward to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going.

Access their Scunthorpe Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.



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Map showing the location of Glanford Park football ground, railway station and listed pubs


 

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Last Updated: 31 July 2014