At the time of writing, the Iron are 3,170 games into their league history having played their first game back in 1950 at the Old Show Ground.
Having not left the league since that season, Scunthorpe have played 58 complete seasons of 46 games, one of 45 (Exeter were unable to fulfill one back in 1973-74 so the Iron were awarded the points) and 10 seasons comprising of 42 games. As it stands, 37 of the 46 matches have been played in 2019-20 prior to COVID-19 halting proceedings.
That's given us a chance to look at the overview of our milestone games over the years, from our 100th Football League game, right up to our most recently milestone - our 3,000th match back at the start of the 2016-17 campaign
Below are some of the club's milestone fixtures in the league...
|100||1952-53||Sep 17, 1952||Chester City||A||D1-1||Haigh|
|200||1954-55||Oct 23, 1954||Tranmere Rovers||A||W2-1||Brown, Haigh|
|250||1955-56||Nov 26, 1955||Tranmere Rovers||A||L1-2||Brown|
|300||1956-57||Dec 25, 1956||Derby County||A||L0-4|
|400||1958-59||Mar 7, 1959||Brighton and Hove Albion||A||L1-2||Haigh|
|500||1961-62||Sep 5, 1961||Bristol Rovers||H||W2-1||Godfrey, Thomas|
|600||1963-64||Dec 28, 1963||Manchester City||H||L2-4||Brownsword, Kirkman|
|700||1965-66||Mar 29, 1966||Bristol Rovers||A||L0-2|
|750||1966-67||Mar 28, 1967||Workington||A||L0-1|
|800||1967-68||Apr 25, 1968||Torquay United||A||L1-2||Heath|
|900||1970-71||Sep 1, 1970||Oldham Athletic||H||L2-3||Lindsey, Heath|
|1000||1972-73||Oct 7, 1972||Brentford||H||W1-0||Welbourne|
|1250||1977-78||Mar 11, 1978||Reading||A||L0-1|
|1500||1983-84||Sep 27, 1983||Plymouth Argyle||A||L0-4|
|1750||1988-89||Feb 4, 1989||Carlisle United||A||W3-0||Lister, Taylor, Flounders|
|2000||1994-95||Oct 22, 1994||Exeter City||A||D2-2||Henderson, Juryeff|
|2250||1999-00||Mar 21, 2000||Brentford||H||D0-0|
|2500||2005-06||Sep 27, 2005||Milton Keyns Dons||A||L0-1|
|2750||2010-11||Feb 22, 2011||Sheffield United||H||W3-2||Garner (2), Miller|
|3000||2016-17||Aug 27, 2016||Port Vale||A||L1-3||Morris|
THE THREE BIG MILESTONES...
We could have broke each milestone down into their 100s, but let's face it, no one really looks back at your 1800th game or your 2300th game. It's just like looking back at your 734th game or your 2829th.
So with all the milestones listed above, we'll take a look at the big three; the 1000th, 2000th and 3000th league games in our league history... and there's one of each result too.
United's 3000th game in 2016 will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Port Vale beat the Iron 3-1 at Vale Park, manager Graham Alexander was sent off, defender Jordan Clarke was sent off and the side went home empty handed. That was despite the senior assistant referee giving Scunthorpe a lifeline on the stroke of half-time when he signalled that Josh Morris' free-kick had crossed the line to make it 1-1.
Rewind the best part of 22 years for the 2000th league game of Scunthorpe United's history and there were another four goals, this time equally shared. The Iron were again away from home, but this time drew 2-2 with Damian Henderson and Ian Juryeff both netting.
Probably the most significant milestone was the 1000th game. That came on October 7th, 1972 at the Old Show Ground and while it wasn't a classic, Don Welbourne came up with the only goal of the game to signal celebrations for the Iron.
MILESTONES LARGELY NOT CELEBRATED...
The record is bleak, despite that 1000th league game victory.
Indeed the Iron have won just 25% of the presented milestones above - yes, that's just five of the 20 that we've listed. Of those victories, just one has been by more than a single goal (3-0 away at Carlisle; 1750th game), while the others have either been 1-0, 2-1 (twice) or 3-2.
Of the remaining 15 games, three have been draws, including the 100th fixture which came in 1952-53 when Jack Haigh netted in a 1-1 draw against Chester City. Other than the 2-2 draw which we've already mentioned, the other was scoreless.
That leaves 12 defeats. 12 times United have reached a milestone and gone home empty handed. It's a good job these milestones don't come around too often. Indeed, if we were to stick to 46 games a season (and 2019-20 is completed and doesn't get cancelled out due to COVID-19), the 4000th league game in our history is currently scheduled to be the 39th match in the 2036-37 season.
Not long to wait then! Set your reminders for sometime in late March or early April 2037 to enjoy that one; that's if they haven't rejigged the season by then too!
...AND MOSTLY AWAY
14 out of the 20 milestones we've presented above came away from home.
That's the fact, it wasn't fixed. The milestones could have fallen on different dates had it not been for various postponements and fixture changes over the years. It was a 50-50 chance that they'd take place either home or away, but in the Iron's history, fortune has favoured being away from home. Where will our 3,250th league game be? Probably at home, now we've raised that point!
At least the 1000th game was at home (and we won), eh?