Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Can we start the season again?

Photo credit: Steve Hope
Last night the Iron slipped to their third successive league defeat at the hands of fellow promotees Fleetwood Town. First of all, despite the performance not being anything close to acceptable - it was an improvement on Saturday. 4-0 against Preston was a fair result, they battered us. But did we deserve to lose 2-0 last night? Not for me. Their first was a nice breakaway goal against the run of play whilst the second was a sublime flick of the head from an even better free kick. I'm not sure many teams in this league could have defended the second goal any better than we did, due to the quality of the cross. So if we didn't deserve to lose, did we deserve to win? Nope. We quite simply did not create enough 'good chances'. And the two we did create Canavan decided to squander, when both looked easier to put away. Don't get me started on Canavan.

We have McAllister and Bishop both playing in the middle. Individually these two are fantastic, but together - it just doesn't work. Neither are nearly forward thinking enough to give us that fine balance that we had in the side last year when we had Syers playing alongside McAllister. Okay so Wilcox has been a little unlucky that Syers picked up his season ending injury as I am sure he would have chosen him ahead of one of Bishop or McAllister in the past two games. But why as soon as Syers was ruled out wasn't he the first player we replaced? Yes we needed Winnall's replacement but we could have survived much better without Kee coming in (for now) - but we will not survive if we do not bring in a high quality attacking midfielder, and soon. It has to be the highest priority. And I'm afraid Nicky Featherstone is not that man - but admittedly a nice back-up to have. He'll probably start on Saturday if Neal Bishop's injury was worse than it looked!

On a more positive note I am happy with the signings we have made over the past few days. First through the door was Billy Kee from Burton Albion - whom we've paid for so fair play Swann for releasing the funds for that! Kee signed a 2 year contract and boasts an impressive goal scoring record at League 2 level. He made 117 appearances for the Brewers scoring 42 in total.
Swiftly followed on from Kee was the announcement of Luke O'Neill coming to the club from Premier League new boys Burnley on a three month loan deal. He impressed massively on his debut yesterday picking up the Twitter Man of the Match, as well as the sponsors award too.
Finally a few hours before kick off yesterday we brought in Peterborough United's goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik on a one month loan. The Iron were without a senior keeper after Sam Slocombe and James Severn both picked up injuries.

Welcome to the new arrivals and let's hope we can kick on after this dreadful start.

Up the Iron!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Iron close to signing experienced central defender Miguel Llera

Miguel Llera, the former Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons centre-back, impressed during his run-out for Scunthorpe United against Huddersfield Town. Picture: Steve Hope.
Is this man on his way to Glanford Park? - Photo: Steve Hope
According to BBC Humberside reports we are close to agreeing a deal with Spaniard Miguel Llera to bring the experienced man to Glanford Park.

Their official account tweeted:
We understand Scunthorpe United are close to agreeing a deal with former Sheff Wed defender Miguel Llera following his trial with the club.
Whilst their sports reporter Mike White went on to say:
It looks like Scunthorpe United could be close to agreeing a deal for centre-half Miguel Llera after all. No other details yet.
Llera impressed whilst on trial, playing for us in a friendly last Saturday against Huddersfield - a game we would go on to win 1-0, keeping a solid clean sheet against a team from the division above.

Wilcox made no mistake when it came to filling the whole left by Mirfin's injury as we announced the loanee signing of Miles Addison on an initial month from Bournemouth yesterday. So it may come as a surprise that we are going to add more depth in that area, but a pleasant surprise nonetheless. It could be that Mirfin's injury is worse than first feared, and Russ has identified that by choosing to sign the Spaniard quickly - before he is likely snapped up elsewhere.

Llera has made over 70 appearances in the Championship for Sheffield Wednesday in the last 2 seasons proving his experience at a higher level than what we find ourselves at. He may be 34, but this could be a huge signing for the Iron. He could be our modern day Andy Crosby.

Keep your eye out on the Any Old Iron Facebook page for any updates as they happen on the subject.

Up the Iron!

Monday, 30 June 2014

Scunthorpe sign Sheffield United's Lyle Taylor


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Taylor with his new Gaffer - Russ Wilcox

This morning the Iron announced their third summer signing as they convinced Sheffield United forward Lyle Taylor to move to North Lincolnshire as oppose to north of the border, where he had been rumoured to be a target for a few clubs.

Lyle joins the Iron after spending the second half of last season on loan at Partick Thistle in the SPL. He made quite the impact there as his 7 goals helped steer the club clear of relegation at the expense of Hibs (coincidentally both these teams were rumoured to be interested in Taylor).

In 20 appearances for his parent club Sheffield United he managed to hit the back of the net twice, although it is worth noting that the majority of these appearances for the Blades were from the bench. Prior to joining ‘the other SUFC’ last summer he scored a quite amazing 29 goals in 34 league appearances for Falkirk in the Scottish first division. Signed last summer by then Blades manager David Weir he would find first team opportunities hard to come by after Weirs sacking, and Nigel Clough’s eventual appointment – This then leading to his loan spell in Scotland.

At 6ft2 he offers a bit of height to a fairly small Iron attack. One thing it is worth noting is that this signing does NOT mean we are definitely going to sell Winnall. We released 2 strikers this summer and have replaced them with one. If Winnall goes – we will bring in another, probably a Premier League youngster on loan.

Welcome to Scunthorpe Lyle – Play your heart out every game and you’ll be a hit!

Up the Iron!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Scunthorpe United announce third kit for the 2014/15 season

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Yesterday Scunthorpe United announced they will have a third kit to commemorate 20 years of the popular supporters group ‘Irish Iron’. The kit will of course be Green and will have the words ‘Irish Iron 20 years’ sitting nicely under the badge. This was great news and a deserved bit of recognition for a supporters group who tot up the miles supporting this club every season – but there was even bigger news to come.

For the past few years a large percentage of Iron fans have been petitioning for the club to leave the current 3D badge behind and return to our roots with the popular 2D badge. Along with the announcement of the new third kit there was the news that this shirt would don the old 2D badge for the season. 

The news has been met with a mixed amount of views. Most are chuffed with the new shirt and returning to the 2D badge. Some are happy about the badge but hate the green shirt. Some like neither. But at the end of the day you can’t please everyone, and this is yet more evidence that Iron Chairman Peter Swann is open ears when it comes to suggestions from a large percentage of the fan base. 

Hopefully when we move into our new stadium in the ‘near future’, it will be the 2D badge that is plastered everywhere.
News regarding the stadium has been a little quiet of recent. When the club announced yesterday morning that there would be a “big announcement in the afternoon", many jumped to the conclusion that this would be stadium news, including myself. Although it wasn’t news on the stadium at this particular time, I am told that things are still moving positively and there should be news on the subject in the next week or so.

Up the Iron!