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Preview: Southend United (H)

22 December 2017

The Iron remain at Glanford Park this Saturday when Southend United are the visitors to North Lincolnshire (kick-off 3.00pm).

Last weekend, United shared a point with Milton Keynes Dons after playing half the match with ten men following Neal Bishops red card before half time. The game finished 2-2 with goals from Kevin van Veen and Hakeeb Adelakun during the first 45 minutes. 

Southend, however, slipped to a late 2-1 defeat at home to Bradford City. Striker Nile Ranger headed his side back into the game, but a 90th minute penalty strike from Charlie Wyke snatched all three points for the away side. Midfielder Ryan Leonard was sent off in the events that lead to the penalty being awarded.


Graham Alexander confirmed in his pre-match interview that he does not expect any of the injured players to return to the Iron team on Saturday. 

They will be without central midfielders Neal Bishop (suspension) and Andrew Crofts who picked up an injury in that game against MK Dons. 

Striker Lee Novak could return to training shortly, while Alexander is hopeful to see Rory McArdle back in the New Year. 

Funso Ojo, Sam Mantom, Luke Williams and Jonathon Margetts will once again not be involved for the Iron.


The two sides last met at Roots Hall in February with Phil Brown’s side winning 3-1. Murray Wallace headed the Iron into an early lead, but the hosts managed to turn it around.

Meanwhile in the last meeting at Glanford Park, the Iron blew their opponents away with a scintillating performance which saw Paddy Madden, Kevin van Veen, Josh Morris and debutant Richie Smallwood all on the scoresheet.

2016-17 - Sat 4 Feb LG 1  Southend 3-1 Iron Wallace
2016-17 - Sat 10 Sep  LG 1  Iron 4-0 Southend  Madden, van Veen, Morris, Smallwood 
2015-16 - Sat 13 Feb  LG 1  Iron 1-0 Southend  Madden 
2015-16 - Sat 7 Nov  FAC R1  Iron 2-1 Southend  Madden 2 
2015-16 - Sat 26 Sep  LG 1  Southend 2-1 Iron  McSheffrey 
2013-14 - Tue 11 Mar  LG 1  Iron 2-2 Southend  Sparrow, Winnall 
2013-14 - Fri 13 Sep  LG 1  Southend 0-1 Iron  Iwelumo 
2008-09 - Tue 24 Feb  LG 1  Southend 2-0 Iron   
2008-09 - Tue 21 Oct  LG 1  Iron 1-1 Southend  Hayes 
2005-06 - Fri 10 Mar  LG 1  Southend 3-0 Iron   
2005-06 - Fri 26 Aug  LG 1  Iron 1-0 Southend  Baraclough 
2004-05 - Fri 11 Feb  LG 2  Southend 0-0 Iron   
2004-05 - Tue 19 Oct  LG 2  Iron 3-2 Southend  Torpey, Hayes, Crosby 
2003-04 - Fri 2 Apr  DIV 3  Southend 4-2 Iron  Sparrow, Torpey 
2003-04 - Sat 27 Sep  DIV 3  Iron 1-1 Southend  MacLean 
2002-03 - Sat 25 Jan  DIV 3  Iron 4-1 Southend  Carruthers, Kilford, Calvo-Garcia, Hayes 
2002-03 - Sun 29 Dec  DIV 3  Southend 1-2 Iron  Carruthers, Torpey 
2001-02 - Sat 23 Mar  DIV 3  Southend 2-0 Iron   
2001-02 - Tue 23 Oct  DIV 3  Iron 2-0 Southend  Carruthers, Beagrie 
2000-01 - Sat 24 Feb  DIV 3  Iron 1-1 Southend  Berry 
2000-01 - Sat 23 Sep  DIV 3  Southend 1-0 Iron   
1998-99 - Mon 5 Apr  DIV 3  Southend 0-1 Iron  Sheldon 
1998-99 - Sat 10 Oct  DIV 3  Iron 1-1 Southend  Calvo-Garcia 
1989-90 - Fri 16 Feb  DIV 4  Southend 0-0 Iron   
1989-90 - Sat 2 Dec  DIV 4  Iron 1-1 Southend  Ward 
1986-87 - Sat 11 Apr  DIV 4  Iron 3-0 Southend  Broddle, Johnson 2 
1986-87 - Tue 4 Nov  DIV 4  Southend 3-1 Iron  Johnson 
1985-86 - Fri 24 Jan  DIV 4  Iron 2-0 Southend  Hill, Broddle 
1985-86 - Sat 14 Sep  DIV 4  Southend 2-1 Iron  Cammack 
1984-85 - Fri 8 Mar  DIV 4  Iron 2-1 Southend  Cammack, Graham 
1984-85 - Fri 19 Oct  DIV 4  Southend 1-1 Iron  Cowling 
1983-84 - Fri 3 Feb  DIV 3  Southend 0-0 Iron   
1983-84 - Fri 30 Sep  DIV 3  Iron 1-6 Southend  Holden 
1980-81 - Sun 22 Mar  DIV 4  Iron 2-1 Southend  Pilling, Green 
1980-81 - Fri 17 Oct  DIV 4  Southend 2-0 Iron   
1977-78 - Fri 3 Feb  DIV 4  Southend 2-0 Iron   
1977-78 - Sat 10 Sep  DIV 4  Iron 1-2 Southend  Lumby 
1976-77 - Sat 5 Mar  DIV 4  Iron 1-0 Southend  Lumby 
1976-77 - Fri 24 Sep  DIV 4  Southend 1-1 Iron  Keeley 
1972-73 - Sat 4 Nov  DIV 3  Iron 0-0 Southend   
1972-73 - Mon 25 Sep  DIV 3  Southend 1-0 Iron   
1971-72 - Tue 25 Apr  DIV 4  Iron 1-1 Southend  Kirk 
1971-72 - Mon 30 Aug  DIV 4  Southend 2-3 Iron  Davidson 2, Fletcher 
1970-71 - Fri 18 Dec  DIV 4  Southend 2-2 Iron  Davidson, Kirk 
1970-71 - Sat 22 Aug  DIV 4  Iron 3-0 Southend  Kerr, Foxton, Heath 
1969-70 - Tue 7 Oct  DIV 4  Iron 2-0 Southend  Rusling, Cassidy 
1969-70 - Fri 15 Aug  DIV 4  Southend 3-0 Iron   
1968-69 - Mon 12 May  DIV 4  Iron 4-1 Southend  Cassidy 2, Rusling 2 
1968-69 - Mon 17 Mar  DIV 4  Southend 0-3 Iron  Heath, Haydock (og), Cassidy
1965-66 - Fri 13 May  DIV 4  Southend 0-1 Iron  Sloan 
1965-66 - Sat 30 Apr  DIV 4  Iron 0-0 Southend   
1964-65 - Sat 23 Jan  DIV 4  Southend 0-1 Iron  Thomas 
1964-65 - Fri 18 Sep  DIV 4  Iron 2-1 Southend  Sloan, Lawther 

Our full record against Southend is as follows: 

  P W D L F A
Home 27  16  48  24 
Away 26  13  22  37 
TOTAL 53  23  15  15  70  61 


Coming into this game without important midfielder Ryan Leonard through suspension, Anthony Wordsworth is another player Scunthorpe need to keep an eye on. 

Despite only scoring three goals this season, Wordsworth is seen as a goal scoring midfielder and last season he netted 12. 

The 28-year-old joined Southend on a free transfer after a poor couple of seasons in the Championship with Ipswich Town and has since played in over 70 games for the Essex side, scoring 19 goals.

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AFC Wimbledon vs Bradford City
Bristol Rovers vs Doncaster Rovers
Charlton Athletic vs Blackpool
Oxford United vs Wigan Athletic
Peterborough United vs Bury
Plymouth Argyle vs Oldham Athletic
Rochdale vs Walsall
Rotherham United vs MK Dons
Shrewsbury Town vs Portsmouth

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Match Reports

Report: Iron 3-1 Southend United

23 December 2017

The Iron picked up three points after beating Southend United 3-1 at Glanford Park this afternoon.

Southend’s Jason Demetriou put the away side in front via a wicked deflection, but Kevin van Veen equalised for Scunthorpe during the first half.

After a quickly taken corner by Hakeeb Adelakun in the second period, Conor Townsend fired Scunthorpe into a 2-1 lead.

Towards the end of the game, the Iron went 3-1 up after Michael Turner volleyed the ball into his own goal to complete the turnaround.

Manager Graham Alexander made two changes from the side that drew 2-2 against Milton Keynes Dons last weekend. Left-back Townsend returned to the starting eleven alongside midfielder Funso Ojo.

The visitors Southend had an early opportunity inside the first minute, but Demetriou’s stabbed effort glanced wide of the right post.

Almost immediately after, the Iron had a brilliant chance, but were denied by a fantastic save. Townsend paced down the left side to put a low ball into the area towards Tom Hopper, whose attempt was expertly parried away by Mark Oxley in the Southend goal.

Ten minutes later, and van Veen was presented with a huge chance. Adelakun found space to pass wide to Townsend, who delivered another great cross, but the Dutchman’s header was tipped onto the bar by Oxley.

In the 19th minute, Townsend again was proving a threat on the left-hand side. He beat the offside trap, entering the box and squared it back to van Veen, but Ben Coker made a sliding block to deny the striker from finding the back of the net.

However, it was Southend who took the lead in the 25th minute. Demetriou picked up the ball from 30-yards out and his drilled effort took a massive deflection, wrong footing Matt Gilks with the ball left to bounce into the goal.

Four minutes later, the Shrimpers looked to add to their earlier goal. Marc-Antoine Fortune held the ball up well and laid it off to ex-Iron Josh Wright, but his strike was deflected wide by Charlie Goode.

The Iron got the second goal of the game through a van Veen header in the 32nd minute to make it 1-1. Southend failed to clear from a corner, as Josh Morris was allowed to cross it back into the area for Goode, who saw his effort get blocked. The ball then kindly dropped for Van Veen and he was able to tuck it away from close range.

Adelakun then looked to put Scunthorpe ahead, but his two drilled efforts were strongly blocked by Ben Coker and Turner.

Moments before the half-time whistle, Simon Cox found Anthony Wordsworth with some neat play inside the Iron’s box. However, Goode defended with strength to block the shot and win a goal kick.

The Iron had to be alert defensively at the beginning of the second-half. Fortune delicately put in Wordsworth, however Goode made another impressive block to prevent the shot.

However, they were quickly on the attack and tested substitute goalkeeper Nathan Bishop. Adelakun showed good skill to keep the ball before passing to Hopper, who cut in on his left foot. His strike was fumbled by Bishop but he reacted sharply to dive on the loose ball.

In the same minute, Townsend got to the byline putting a ball across the six-yard box, but no Iron players were there to meet it, with Coker poking the ball out for a corner kick.

As the Iron pressed forward, Duane Holmes looked to fire into the top corner, although Bishop palmed away his powerful shot with a diving save.

In the 63rd minute, the Iron did get that goal and went 2-1 up. Adelakun smartly took a short corner quickly to Townsend, who stroked home the ball into the far corner of the net.

The Iron were so close to getting their third of the game. Another well-taken corner from Adelakun was headed at the near post by van Veen and his skimmed effort was cleared off the line by Demetriou.

At the other end, Burgess was in the right place at the right time to turn away Wordsworth’s goalbound effort.

On the counter attack, the Iron were again searching for their third goal. Hopper found van Veen in acres of space on the edge of the box, but the forward couldn’t add to his earlier goal, placing his effort wide of the left post.

An excellent pass from van Van allowed Adelakun to take the ball past the goalkeeper but his final touch took it away from goal. As he settled with ball, he tried to slot the ball into the near corner, however Bishop used his foot to keep the ball out.

From the resulting corner, the Iron finally had their third goal and went 3-1 up in the 86th minute. Adelakun took the corner and Turner volleyed the ball into his own net at the far post.

That was the last action of the game as the Iron won 3-1.

Scunthorpe United: Gilks (c), Townsend, Wallace, Ojo, van Veen (Church, 87’) Morris, Hopper, Adelakun (Lewis, 90’), Holmes, Goode, Burgess.
Unused substitutes: Watson, Madden, Redmond, Sutton, Butroid.

Southend United: Oxley (Bishop, 46’), Coker, Wordsworth, Ferdinand (c), Turner, Fortune, Cox (Wabo, 87’) McLaughlin, Demetriou, Wright, White.
Unused substitutes: Hendrie, Ba, Yearwood, McGlashan, Kyprianou,.

Attendance: 4,040.

Referee: Martin Coy.

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Ticket News

Advance saving! Save by buying your Southend United tickets in advance

22 December 2017

Save money by purchasing your Iron v Southend United tickets in advance! Tickets are on sale now!

The game will played on Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 (3.00pm kick-off).

Supporters can buy at Early Bird prices until the ticket office closes on Friday, December 22nd at 5pm, and also until three hours before kick-off online via our ticketing website ( Matchday prices then apply.

Buying online also enables fans to use our ‘e-ticket’ option which emails the ticket across to the supporter's email address, and enables them to print the ticket at home, or scan from their mobile at the turnstile.

Fans will be able to pay on the gate for Turnstiles 2A and 2B of the Britcon Stand, and also for Turnstile 5A of the Clugston Stand. Matchday prices apply.

United's encounter against the Shrimpers is a Category B fixture.

Category B Early Bird Member Category B Early Bird Category B Matchday
Adult £21 £22 £25
£14 £15 £17
U18 £5 £6 £8
U12* Free Free Free
Category B Early Bird Member Category B Early Bird Category B Matchday
Adult £21 £22 £25
£14 £15 £17
U18 £5 £6 £8
U12* Free Free Free
Category B Early Bird Member Category B Early Bird Category B Matchday
Adult £17 £18 £21
£12 £13 £15
U18 £5 £6 £8
U12* Free Free Free
Category B Early Bird Member Category B Early Bird Category B Matchday
Adult £19 £20 £23
£13 £14 £16
U18** £3 £4 £6
U12* Free Free Free
Category B Early Bird Member Category B Early Bird Category B Matchday
Adult £29 £30 £33
65 £22 £23 £25
U21 £17 £18 £20
U18 £12 £13 £15

* Maximum of two under 12’s free per paying adult/concession. Subsequent juniors must be paid for at the U18 rate. 

** Must be accompanied by paying adult/concession.



Call 01724 747670

The Glanford Park ticket office is open at the following times:

Sunday, December 17 – Closed
Monday, December 18 – 8.30am until 5pm
Tuesday, December 19 – 8.30am until 5pm
Wednesday, December 20 – 8.30am until 6pm
Thursday, December 21 – 8.30am until 5pm
Friday, December 22 – 8.30am until 5pm
Saturday, December 23 – 9am until 3pm (and also open for a short period of time after the Southend United game)

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