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The Opening of Glanford Park in 1988 - Scunthorpe United’s new ground

Back in August 1988 Glanford Park, the new home of Scunthorpe United opened it’s doors to the public. According to the official Iron website the new ground brought “gasps of disbelief” from supporters. Costing £2.5m it was the first new football ground built in England since Southend United had moved to Roots Hall in 1955.

Glanford Park 1988

The inaugural match saw Scunny, wearing a specially commisioned strip, take on a Football League XI. Kevin Keegan, who had started his career with Scunthorpe, guested for the Iron and his appearance prompted a boycott of the event by local Labour councillors protesting his coaching involvement in the then apartheid state of South Africa. A decision he called ‘selfish’ and ‘childish’.

The Football League XI included Peter Shilton, Peter Reid, Mike Phelan, Danny Wilson, Trevor Francis, Alan McInally and Mick Harford amongst others and ran out easy 5-1 winners.

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Five Fun Facts #1 Scunthorpe United

Today sees the start of a new feature here on footysphere where we invite football bloggers to give us five fun facts about their club. First up is Scunthorpe United fan Nicola Kilmore who gives us five fun facts, and little bit more, about her club, the Iron.

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Demolition of the Old Showground home of Scunthorpe United since 1899. In 1958 the ground became the first in England to have a cantilever stand. The record attendance of just short of 24000 was set in 1954 for an FA Cup 4th round visit by Portsmouth.
New stadium Glanford Park

Demolition of the Old Showground home of Scunthorpe United since 1899. In 1958 the ground became the first in England to have a cantilever stand. The record attendance of just short of 24000 was set in 1954 for an FA Cup 4th round visit by Portsmouth.

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Scunthorpe United - Opening of Glanford Park.
Official Souvenir Programme.

First new purpose built football stadium in England since the fifties.


The Football League Representative XI was ..
Peter Shilton (Derby County)
Kevin Pressman (Sheffield Wednesday)
Mel Sterland (Sheffield Wednesday)
Trevor Peake (Coventry City)
Tony Mowbray (Middlesbrough)
Neil Pointon (Everton)
Mike Phelan (Norwich City)
Peter Reid (Everton)
Mark Ward (West Ham United)
Gordon Cowans (Aston Villa)
Danny Wilson (Luton Town)
Trevor Francis (QPR)
Mick Harford (Luton Town)
Robert Fleck (Norwich City)
Keith Houchen (Coventry City)
John Robertson (Newcastle United)

Kevin Keegan turned out as a guest for Scunthorpe but could do nothing to stop the FL XI running out 5-1 winners.
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Scunthorpe United - Opening of Glanford Park.

Official Souvenir Programme.

First new purpose built football stadium in England since the fifties.

The Football League Representative XI was ..

  • Peter Shilton (Derby County)
  • Kevin Pressman (Sheffield Wednesday)
  • Mel Sterland (Sheffield Wednesday)
  • Trevor Peake (Coventry City)
  • Tony Mowbray (Middlesbrough)
  • Neil Pointon (Everton)
  • Mike Phelan (Norwich City)
  • Peter Reid (Everton)
  • Mark Ward (West Ham United)
  • Gordon Cowans (Aston Villa)
  • Danny Wilson (Luton Town)
  • Trevor Francis (QPR)
  • Mick Harford (Luton Town)
  • Robert Fleck (Norwich City)
  • Keith Houchen (Coventry City)
  • John Robertson (Newcastle United)

Kevin Keegan turned out as a guest for Scunthorpe but could do nothing to stop the FL XI running out 5-1 winners.

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