The Iron meet York City at Glanford Park for the first time in more than 10 years as a previously ever-present fixture sees the season out.We lost 4-1 at Bootham Crescent earlier in the season with one of our worst performances of the campaign. Sam Winnall scored United's consolation goal.
Prior to that, the last meeting came in March 2004, the season in which the Minstermen suffered relegation out of the Football League. The following season, United began their adventure up the leagues, before plummeting down to face York, who returned to the league, this year.
THE LAST WIN…
Relegation was almost a certainty for York City, yet the losers of this fixture were almost likely to leave the Football League. With both sides closely balanced at the bottom of the league, it could have been either side who succumbed to defeat and hence relegation on the day.
The Iron started brightly and were rewarded for their efforts as Paul Groves notched from midfield. The lead was doubled from the spot on 33 minutes as Steve MacLean dispatched a penalty awarded by referee Mr Fletcher. Wayne Graves was replaced at half time by Jamie McCombe as United looked to adopt a defensive approach to the second half. That decision was short-lived though, as McCombe managed two yellow cards in the space of five minutes, rendering the Iron down to ten men.
It didn’t seem to hurt them though as the lead was extended to three after 56 minutes with Groves adding to his earlier goal. The lead seemed unassailable, and was only hindered on 76 minutes when Andrew Bell reduced the deficit from the bench.
THE GLANFORD MEETING…
Earlier in that season, a drab 0-0 was played out in the last game to take place at Glanford Park between the two sides. It was a game of front men antics though, as both didn’t manage the full game. The referee was Eddie Evans, with five bookings handed amongst the sides. Jon Parkin, later of Preston and Scunthorpe on loan and currently of Fleetwood Town, was dismissed in the 40th minute after an altercation with Cliff Byrne, before Steve Torpey was the Iron man shown the tunnel after 73 minutes when he clashed with York City boss Chris Brass. As far as a footballing spectacle was concerned, the game ended 0-0.
Both sides met in February 2001, with the Iron looking to bounce back after successive 5-1 and 6-0 defeats. It was the first time that Scunthorpe had won in eleven games and it was a convincing way to get back on track, thumping their counterparts by four goals to nil.
Guy Ipoua got the first and last goals of the afternoon, while Alex Calvo-Garcia and Bjarni Larusson netted within three minutes of each other to put the game beyond all doubt. Interestingly, the York City side included Chris Iwelumo up front.
OTHER MEMORABLE SCORELINES…
28/08/54 – York City 2-3 Scunthorpe United
15/01/66 – Scunthorpe United 4-1 York City
27/09/69 – York City 3-2 Scunthorpe United
18/09/79 – Scunthorpe United 6-1 York City
27/02/93 – York City 5-1 Scunthorpe United