Scunthorpe United. Its not the most romantic of team names is it, but then industrial North Lincolnshire is not the most romantic of places. Neither’s Doncaster mind, but at least we have Lesley Garratt to boast a certain element of sophistication. Anyway, I’m in the mood for stoking things up ahead of tomnorrow’s derby game so in the words of Spike Milligan, “the references to Scunthorpe are nothing personal. It is a joke, as is Scunthorpe”.
That should do it. Anyway, as I’ve mentioned before within this feature there is a direct correlation between a team’s standing in the game at certain points in time and the availability of decent video footage. If you were big in the 1970s or 80s (like, say, Ipswich Town) then there is video footage a plenty. For the lesser sides of the last fifty years, such as ourselves and Scunthorpe the links have to become more tenuous.
Or so I expected, but it turns out that thanks to one committed Scunthorpe fan there is fairly impressive archive of Scunny audio-visual online. Although, that said, one did jump out at me. Before moving to the Glanford Shed twenty years ago Scunthorpe played at The Old Showground, a ground like any other in the 1980s, in that belonged to a former age. But within that former age it too could be a throbbing hive of excitement, such as it was at this game. An FA Cup 5th round tie with Liverpool in 1958.