Remembering past matches played by the Iron on December 21...
Former Iron players born on December 21: Alan Anderson (1939).

Kevin van Veen's second-half strike earned Scunthorpe victory over Grimsby in the Lincolnshire derby at Blundell Park in 2019.

Meeting for the first time in a league fixture since 2005, it was a frantic start from both sides - but there were few attempts during the early stages.

As the clock ticked past 15 minutes, Grimsby's Matt Green burst through and took aim, only to be denied by the on-rushing Jake Eastwood.

Max Wright then struck the base of the post on a Grimsby counter-attack.

Upon the restart, a snap-shot from Wright needed to be dealt with by Eastwood, while Kgosi Ntlhe soon tested James McKeown at the other end.

Luke Waterfall blazed over the crossbar against one of his former clubs as the hosts continue to have the better of things - shortly before the match-winning moment came.

Scunthorpe opened up their arch rivals for the first time, with Dutchman van Veen gaining possession and lofting the ball over McKeown and into the back of the net.

Overall playing record for December 21: Played 8, Won 3, Drawn 3, Lost 2, Scored 10, Conceded 9. 

The Iron's full record for December 21 is as follows:
2019 LG 2 Grimsby 0-1 Iron van Veen
2013 LG 2 Iron 2-0 Morecambe Burton 2
2002 DIV 3 Hartlepool 2-2 Iron Brough, Carruthers
1996 DIV 3 Carlisle 3-2 Iron Clarkson, McFarlane
1979 DIV 4 Iron 1-0 Halifax Cammack
1974 DIV 4 Brentford 2-0 Iron  
1962 DIV 2 Iron 1-1 Grimsby Gibson
1957 DIV 3N Iron 1-1 Chesterfield Fletcher 

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