Remembering those who have passed away over the last 12 months…
With this afternoon being our last home game of the season, we will once again remember those with Scunthorpe United connections - be it players, supporters, staff or others - who have sadly passed away over the last 12 months.
We've welcomed you to submit your requests to be included in this piece over the past month and will also invite all supporters in attendance to take part in a minute's silence ahead of kick-off, with the names being read out over the PA system over the course of the minute.
Everyone at the club was deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Sam Tonge at his home on the morning of Friday 29th June, at the age of just 30.
Sam was a key member of the club’s Community Sport & Education Trust, managing the highly successful National Citizen Service scheme as well as being involved in a wide variety of community projects during his eight years working for the charitable organisation.
The Trust’s Community Manager, Scott Maxfield, said: “Sam was a well-loved colleague and friend to everyone at the Trust. His generosity, compassion and thoughtfulness were evident on a day-to-day basis. He always had time for everyone and he was proud of the NCS scheme which has grown from 60 participants to 405 this year under his management.”
Kevin Austin passed away at the age of 45 following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Kevin was the Youth Development Phase Lead Coach at our Academy, joining in September 2016. Prior to that, he enjoyed a successful playing career, spanning 500 appearances that took him from Saffron Walden Town to Leyton Orient, Lincoln City and Swansea City amongst others.
The Iron’s Academy Manager, Tony Daws, said: “Everybody at the Football Club is devastated by the news about Kevin, who was taken from us far too soon. Kevin was doing excellent work at our Academy and we truly appreciated his efforts during his time with us.”
Former player Duncan Welbourne, aged 78.
Born locally in Scunthorpe in 1940, Welbourne began playing for Brumby Seniors, going onto play at youth and reserve level for the Iron. Older brother to Don, who made in excess of 250 appearances for the club, Duncan began playing for the ‘A’ team at the age of 15 and also tasted football in United’s second string before being lured to Grimsby Town.
Former youth player and Youth Development Officer Ian Whyte.
Employed in the Academy system for 25 years, Whyte worked with elite youth players in a culture of excellence with a proven ability to progress players to the professional level.
‘Chalkie”, as he is better known, would work under first team manager Richard Money and was responsible for the management and coaching of the under-19 side in the Northern Intermediate League. He would remain at the club for two-and-a-half years, leaving in August 1995.
Former player Barrie Betts, aged 86.
The defender signed for the club in August 1964 from Manchester City and would remain with the Iron for ten months until he departed to Lancaster City in June 1965.
Former player Pete Skipper, aged 61.
He joined on loan from Hull City in February 1980 and made just one appearance for the side, as a substitute. Skipper made over 300 appearances in two spells with the Tigers, aiding them to two promotions in his career.
Former goalkeeper Peter Marshall, aged 84.
Earlier this week, all at the club were saddened to learn of Peter's passing. He made a total of 69 appearances for the side, including 64 league appearances after joining from Worksop Town in September 1954. He would spend three years with the club before retiring from football, joining the police.
Former player Richard "Dick" Scott, aged 76.
He spent two terms at the Old Show Ground with the Iron before moving to basement club Lincoln City in the summer of 1966. While at Scunthorpe, he made 47 league appearances, scoring eight goals. All of those strikes came in his first campaign with the club.
> I would like to include Garry Scott (Scotty) in the memorial tributes at the end of the season. He died on 2nd September 2018 of pancreatic liver cancer aged 42.
> Graham Haller had been a season ticket holder, and a lifelong supporter of Scunthorpe United and will be sadly missed.
> Charles Hilton (Chuck), father to Linda and great grandfather to Maisie. He died in January, he was 91 and a lifelong Iron supporter. He was a regular attendee up to five years ago.
> I would like to pass on the details of a good friend and lifelong Scunny fan who died on 28th January 2019. His name is David Gordon Ellis, born in Scunthorpe 1952. He was 66 years old.
> Could you include my lifelong friend Dennis Hindle of Scunthorpe, who was a season ticket holder. He passed away on December 24th, 2018, aged 72.
> Lynn Bell was 68 and was born and lived in Scunthorpe. She sadly passed away January 5th. She was the daughter of the late Betty and Dennis Bell, also known as the chairman to former players and staff at the Old Show Ground where they were stewards of the former 1500 club.
> Remembering my cousin Graham Haller who was a long-term season ticket holder until he was no longer able to attend due to ill health last season.
> Remembering Duncan Oliver, aged 84, who was a season ticket holder for well over 30 years.
Kevin AUSTIN, 45
Brian BARNABY, 88
Cathrean BARNABY, 90
Lynn BELL, 68
Barrie BETTS, 86
Brian CHAFER, 80
Neil DONALDSON, 57
David Gordon ELLIS, 66
Charles “Chuck” HILTON, 91
Dennis HINDLE, 72
Robert (Bob) HYKE
Rex JACKSON, 82
Duncan OLIVER, 84
Gary “Scotty” SCOTT, 42
Richard “Dick” SCOTT, 76
Pete SKIPPER, 61
June SMITH-LAMB, 63
Alan SOUTHWELL, 83
David Anthony TYREMAN
Duncan WELBOURNE, 78
Ian WHYTE, 67
The Iron would also once again like to acknowledge and remember the 56 victims of the fire at today’s opponents Bradford City on May 11th, 1985 on the final day of the 1984-85 season.