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Stat Attack: Scunthorpe United v Notts County

Joe Jones

Notts County against Scunthorpe United is a relatively new fixture in English football - the first time these two faced off was on the 4th January 1969 in the old Division Four.

On that day, goals by George Kerr and Nigel Cassidy gave the Iron a 2-1 victory (Richie Barker netted the consolation for the Magpies).

Since then, the two sides have played 25 games, Notts winning 17, losing five and drawing three.


Scunthorpe United were formed in 1899. In 1910 they merged with local rivals Lindsey United to become Scunthorpe & Lindsey United, and joined the Midland Football League in 1912.

In 1950 was accepted into the Football League, ahead of Workington and Wigan Athletic when the league structure was expanded, with the "Lindsey" part of the name being dropped shortly after.

Ever since the club entered the league their nickname has been ‘The Iron’, a metal which has long played a role in the team’s nomenclature. Before 1950s Scunthorpe United were known as the Knuts.

The origin is uncertain but it is generally accepted as being when they won one of the local charity cups. The vicar of Frodingham, the Rev Cryspant Rust, said “that indeed Scunthorpe and Lindsey United were a tough (k)nut to beat”.

For a small club, the Iron have an impressive roll call of former players and managers. The most notable is Kevin Keegan, one of England's greatest ever footballers, who played for Scunny between 1966 and 1971.

Other alumni, either in a playing or managing capacity, include Ray Clemence, cricketer Ian Botham, Ian Storey-Moore, Neil Warnock, Jermaine Beckford, Billy Sharp, Andy Keogh, and current Leicester City manager Nigel Adkins, who used to be the club's physiotherapist.


Scunthorpe could give on-loan forward Luke Williams a debut, with Neal Bishop and Jennison Myrie-Williams suspended.

Gary McSheffrey served his own one-game ban in Tuesday's draw at Port Vale, while Rory Fallon is hoping to overcome the knock that saw him miss that game.

Notts have no new injury concerns after the 3-2 comeback win over Barnsley in midweek.

Striker Jake Cassidy and club captain Hayden Mullins are doubts as the Magpies aim to make it 11 unbeaten.

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we cant write them off or say it will be easy, bottom of the league often sees sides with more bite than say mid table. we need to be creative here.. coyps!

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