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In memoriam: John Staff

28 May 2024

Club News

In memoriam: John Staff

28 May 2024

Scunthorpe United is devastated to learn of the passing of club historian John Staff at the age of 75.

John passed away with his wife Christine and his son John Jr by his side in the early hours of Tuesday morning following a short illness.

A supporter of the Iron for over 60 years having been born in Wembley, John took an avid interest and gave hours upon hours of his support to the football club, contributing in many ways, and often putting the club at the heart of his plans.

John's work and research on the history of Scunthorpe United paved the way to him publishing a number of books, while he has always taken a keen interest in contributing to the club's programme - with articles he's written already prepared for the 2024-25 and 2025-26 seasons as his legacy continues to live on.

Not only that, supporters will affectionately remember John for his selling of our half-time draw tickets, moving around the stadium in the first half of each game at home, with the "catchphrase" raw chickens adopted by many.

In 2015, the club awarded him one of the 72 Club Hero awards being issued by the EFL, recognising a member of staff, or volunteet, at each of the 72 Football League clubs.

It goes without saying that everyone at the club is deeply saddened by the news of John's passing this morning - Scunthorpe United will not be the same without John. Everyone at the club sends their deepests condolences to John's family and friends, he will be sorely missed.


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