Good afternoon, Iron fans.
It was a hard-earned point away at Altrincham on Tuesday night. I must say, considering our league position, it was another terrific turn out from our fans, with great vocal support for Tony, Nelse and the team. There have been some long journeys and some unrewarding results on our travels this season, so it was great to see a couple of goals banged in at the end where our supporters were gathered.
We now focus on a local-ish derby versus York City, a club we have come across many times over the years but not in our recent history. York will be another tough challenge and another opportunity to try and get some more points on the board as we realign our season. Playing style, formations and patterns of play are important but hard work, passion and commitment will always be a pre-requisite for any Scunthorpe United player. The hours the coaching staff are putting in leaves no stone unturned. Tony bleeds claret and blue, and his desire to succeed will get its rewards moving forward.
Former Iron great Dave Mirfin is attending the game versus York. Mirf played almost 300 games for us and was part of the most successful era in the club's recent history. He was a great signing! Winning promotion and sustaining Championship status was an incredible achievement for our club and is the inspiration for all of us over the next few years to build a team capable of winning games of football and galvanising our supporters. He will be doing a Q and A session in the restaurant before the game with MC Sarah Hall.
Next Friday (23rd September), we host a Business Brunch, which has been incredibly well supported. Over 30 businesses have confirmed their attendance and we are now close to capacity. This is a great networking opportunity and the chance to chat to SUFC commercial staff, myself and the hospitality team about events, sponsorship and advertising with the Iron.
Arranged through James Broadbent, the guys from HardDrive will be performing a DJ set in the marquee before the game against York this weekend. All our performers have been well received and again we thank you for backing our initiatives.
Community Champion Ryan Oates brings pupils and staff from St Lawrence Academy to today's game. Our aim is to make football accessible and we are delighted to invite schools and community groups to Glanford Park. Engaging with the people of North Lincolnshire has always been our aim - the club needs you!
Scunthorpe United is your club, we are trying to regroup and refocus and need your help, support and loyalty. Home and away you have been in fine voice and turned up in great numbers during difficult times. I appreciate that spending your hard earned cash watching Scunthorpe United is not an easy decision. Every time you make that sacrifice, every time you weigh up the options and question yourself, I fully understand and realise it’s a difficult decision. I will never be complacent or expectant in your support, which is why when you do make that decision to watch the Iron I appreciate and applaud every one of you. Our club is built on the foundations of a hard-working steel town, small in numbers but big in terms of loyalty and passion about being from Scunthorpe. Get behind the lads on the pitch, focus on being the 12th man and drive Tony, Nelse and the team forward. United we stand.
Tomorrow's game gives us an opportunity to pay our respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who sadly passed away last week. The Queen visited Scunthorpe on a number of occasions after her first visit to the town in 1958.
A minute's silence followed by the National Anthem will commence at kick-off.