Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Rory Watson returns; Jack King and Jonny Margetts leave



United had one of the most comical January transfer deadline day's that I can remember, but the business that was actually completed saw us sign Rory Watson from Hull City, whilst Jack King was allowed to leave to join Stevenage, and Jonny Margetts also went to League Two as he joined Crewe Alexandra on loan.

Rory Watson spent a short time on loan with us last season as he covered the suspended Luke Daniels, after the shotstopper was given a straight red card at Burton Albion for lashing out at Mark Duffy.

The transfer could be massively beneficial, as the Iron have managed to persuade Hull to let the player leave on a free transfer - something that worked in our favour when we signed Conor Townsend, a player who has been very impressive for us.

Watson signed a three-and-a-half-year deal, but headed straight back out on loan to North Ferriby, where he has spent the season so far on loan. Watson is highly regarded of in Ferriby.

Jack King spent the first half of the season on loan at League Two side Stevenage, where he quickly became a fans favourite. Once the loan spell ended, Stevenage fans made it clear that if they could sign one player in January, that they'd want it to be Kingy.

Those fans had to wait until deadline day to get their wish - but props to the media team at Boro, as they announced the signing of 'The King' on an 18-month contract in unusual fashion:
Jonny Margetts has found game time hard to come by at Glanford Park, so it was no surprise that he too made a move to League Two yesterday. The striker was allowed to join Crewe Alexandra on a loan deal until the end of the season, and could be in line to make his debut for Alex against Exeter City at the weekend. If you want to keep a track of how he does, or you want to follow todays football scores, you can do so at SBAT.com.
Finally, the jokey part of yesterday was when it emerged that Chinese club Henan Jiyane FC bid £4 million for Kevin van Veen. Don't worry, we rejected it.


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Saturday, 26 November 2016

Scunthorpe on the road: Now until Christmas

With the Iron top of the league heading into tomorrow night's fixture with lowly Oldham Athletic, we use a creative tool to take a look at the remaining away fixtures for 2016.




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Monday, 7 November 2016

How to be an English Football fan as an Australian

How To Be An English Football Fan As An Australian

English football has fans all around the globe including Australia where the sport has a massive following. This is not surprising since the Premier League is known to have some of the best teams in the world. In fact, Manchester United is one of the most valuable brands in all of sports with its worth being in the billions of dollars. The league also attracts the best managers and players from every corner of the globe. If a fan wishes to follow the superstars, then this and the Spanish La Liga are good starting points.

Online Football Betting

Betting provides fans with the chance to earn bragging rights with their knowledge of the game. Predict the winner, the score, and other aspects of a match to impress your mates. You can even win cash by using real money and using online betting apps. Check the odds to see if they are in your favor. Those who follow the Premier League regularly will have a massive advantage over casual fans. You can use your insights to increase your chances of winning. Just remember to use stone cold logic in making your picks and not let sentimental favorites cloud your judgment. During the off-season, you can enjoy Royal Vegas Australia's massive selection of casino games instead.

Watching the Games

It can be difficult to catch the games when they air live owing to the time difference. If you live in Sydney and the match is taking place in London, then you will have to deal with a 10-hour gap. You might have to wake up very early in the morning just to follow the developments. Not everyone can do so since most are busy getting ready for work or school during this period. Some might be able to livestream the matches on their phone while commuting. Others may simply record it using their DVR and watch once they get home in the evening.

Going to England

English teams team to play a good amount of friendlies all over the world and Australia is a frequent destination. Both the national team and the top clubs drop by from time to time to the delight of the locals. These present the perfect opportunity for dedicated fans to catch their heroes in action. Be sure to get tickets early since these get snapped up right away. Of course, it is also possible for fans to book a trip to England and watch there. Visit relatives, friends, and business partners while catching a game on the side.

Buying Merchandise


Thanks to the popularity of English football, it is fairly easy to find genuine merchandise of Premier League clubs around Australia. Most sporting goods shops carry the kits including the big brands that sponsor these teams and athletes. Trading cards, posters, toy figures, and other memorabilia may be harder to find. Your best bet is the Internet with eBay being a prime example. Some might have to be shipped from England or elsewhere. For rare finds, the cost might be justified.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

TRANSFER DEADLINE COUNTDOWN: Jack King on his way to Stevenage

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During the first half of last season Jack King found himself as one of the most regular players in the Iron squad, but as the second half began to show a player who was becoming more and more out of favour, with substitute appearances more frequent.

Under Graham Alexander, King has only really featured as a sub, and at 31-years-old the former-PNE man needs first team football - That is why the move can only be of benefit to both player and club.

According to BBC Humberside sport, it is League Two's Stevenage who are interested in taking King on loan. The duration of the loan is as of yet unknown, but the move can only be welcomed by a player who was the vice-Captain for the club last season. (And Captain to long periods due to Stephen Dawson's injury at the start of the season).
King's desire and determination has never been in doubt, and his versatility is always a welcome member of any squad - But he has found himself even further down the pecking order in his favoured position of central midfield, due to the addition of Sam Mantom at the beginning of the summer.

Iron manager Graham Alexander mentioned the possibility of two more signings before tomorrow's 11.30pm deadline, and with one CM seemingly on his way out, that opens the door for another to come in - even more so if the Jamie Ness to Aberdeen rumours has any legs on it.

Although things have gone really quiet on our interest in Sam Morsy, Alexander has never directly denied our interest, and certainly if Ness moves you could see that move being much more likely, but we will just have to wait and see what the next 48 hours bring.

If you check on the sports news & betting tips the Iron are currently the fourth favourites for the League One title - a big improvement on our odds before the season, and not bad considering Saturday's disappointing loss to Port Vale.

If any outgoings or incomings are announced, they will be added to the article below.

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TRANSFER DEADLINE COUNTDOWN: Jack King on his way to Stevenage

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During the first half of last season Jack King found himself as one of the most regular players in the Iron squad, but as the second half began to show a player who was becoming more and more out of favour, with substitute appearances more frequent.

Under Graham Alexander, King has only really featured as a sub, and at 31-years-old the former-PNE man needs first team football - That is why the move can only be of benefit to both player and club.

According to BBC Humberside sport, it is League Two's Stevenage who are interested in taking King on loan. The duration of the loan is as of yet unknown, but the move can only be welcomed by a player who was the vice-Captain for the club last season. (And Captain to long periods due to Stephen Dawson's injury at the start of the season).
King's desire and determination has never been in doubt, and his versatility is always a welcome member of any squad - But he has found himself even further down the pecking order in his favoured position of central midfield, due to the addition of Sam Mantom at the beginning of the summer.

Iron manager Graham Alexander mentioned the possibility of two more signings before tomorrow's 11.30pm deadline, and with one CM seemingly on his way out, that opens the door for another to come in - even more so if the Jamie Ness to Aberdeen rumours has any legs on it.

Although things have gone really quiet on our interest in Sam Morsy, Alexander has never directly denied our interest, and certainly if Ness moves you could see that move being much more likely, but we will just have to wait and see what the next 48 hours bring.

BETTING: If you check on the sports news & betting tips the Iron are currently the fourth favourites for the League One title - a big improvement on our odds before the season, and not bad considering Saturday's disappointing loss to Port Vale.

If any outgoings or incomings are announced, they will be added to the article below.

UPDATE: As expected, Kingy's move to Stevenage was confirmed. He joins the League Two side on loan until January, and played all 90 minutes in their Checkatrade Trophy game on Tuesday night.

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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

United have bid accepted for Wigan's Sam Morsy

Morsy in his Chesterfield days. - Photo credit: Scunthorpe Telegraph
The Iron have reportedly had a bid accepted for Wigan Athletic's Sam Morsy today, but the player is also rumoured to be being heavily tracked by League One rivals Sheffield United, too.

The first sniff of the Morsy to Scunthorpe rumour emerged when Sky Sports News journalist, Gemma Davies, tweeted this:
Since the original tweet, there have been two more credible journalists in Mike White and Sean Taylor, who have also confirmed their belief to the rumour being factually correct.

After signing a two-and-a-half-year deal in late January  this year to secure his exit from Chesterfield, Morsy featured 16 times for the Latics, scoring once, as he helped them on their way to the League One title.

Morsy had made over 100 appearances for the Spireites before his move away, and is described regularly as a player who 'runs the midfield' - promising.

With Morsy being a midfielder, and United having them in abundance at the moment, it has re-ignited a rumour that club Captain Stephen Dawson may be on his way to Charlton, but there may be no truth in that at all.

Skip to 1:07 in on the below YouTube clip to see Morsy scoring for Wigan in the second half of last season:
 


Away from potential transfer activity at the club, United face Notts County tonight at Glanford Park in the EFL Cup (League Cup) First Round. The match kicks off at 19:45, and successful passage through to the second round could lead to a potential match up with a Premier League side. Exciting!

UPDATE: Mike White is led to believe that despite Sheffield United fans believing that Morsy to the Blunts is done, there's nothing in it. You've got to laugh.

UPDATE #2: A few more Tweets since the article went live:



Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Scunthorpe United rumours thus far; It's been a slow one

Potential summer target Jim O'Brien celebrates his goal which clinched victory at the Den. Source: Coventry Telegraph
It's a month to the day since the heartache of missing out on the Play Offs on goal difference away at Sheffield United, and although the season ended on a high (A six-game winning streak high), things have been very slow on the transfer front.

This time last year then-manager Mark Robins had already introduced numerous new faces into the building, as he looked to rebuild his squad - but clearly Graham Alexander is clearly happy to take his time this summer, and add to a team that evidently have the credentials to do damage in the league when next season comes around - and the bookmaker Paddy Power seem to agree, awarding us odds of 13/2 for promotion.

There have been a few names mentioned in connection to the Iron so far, so let's take a quick look at them and rate the probability of something actually coming into fruition.

Josh Wright

Josh enjoyed two years with us back in the Championship days, and it's safe to say there were many United fans sad to see him leave in 2011. Wright's only goal for us was THAT screamer against Manchester United at Glanford Park, which gave the Iron the most unlikeliest of leads - sadly, it didn't last long. Anyway, a reputable source in Sky Sports released an article on June 2nd, stating that there were three clubs chasing Wright's signature - Ourselves, Huddersfield Town and Walsall. Since then there have been no follow up reports indicating that United are actually in for Wright, who is under contract at Gillingham for another year, and BBC Humberside have even tweeted stating that the club have confirmed they are not chasing the midfielder. So, judging by that you can assume he won't be making his return to GP, but you never know.
Jim O'Brien

Jim fast became an joy to watch during his loan spell with us, but injury cruelly cut that loan short just as we were getting to see him at his best. O'Brien was signed by Daws and Dawson when they were in charge, and Alexander arrived too late to see what the pacey winger had to offer. But with Daws and Dawson still at the club you'd expect them to have given Alexander a glowing report of O'Brien, who is now available on a free transfer following his release from Coventry City. At the end of the season I believe a lot of Iron fans would have liked to see O'Brien become a permanent figure in North Lincolnshire, and I'd say that still stands. Let's hope.

Wes Burns

Burns was on loan at Fleetwood Town last season and helped keep the club in League One, as they sent their local rivals Blackpool to the football league's basement. Burns has come through the youth ranks at Bristol City, and remains under contract at the Championship club,  but his goals return for that struggling Fleetwood side has reportedly alerted Alexander to his attention according to BBC Humberside and Bristol Post. It's unsure whether we are interested in a permanent or loan deal, or if we are even interested at all - but I believe this would be one of those 'marquee' signings we all crave from the summer transfer window. There's been no updates from any of the sources since the original tweet (see below), so whether there will be any movement remains to be seen. I'd be more than happy with his arrival, though.
Sadly, thus far that is as exciting as the summer transfer window has been for the Iron. Let's hope something happens soon to reignite the optimism that surrounded the club after the 2-0 defeat of Sheffield United.

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Monday, 25 April 2016

Roy’s Regiment – Who makes the plane for Euro 2016?

England Head Coach Roy Hodgson is expected to name his 23-man squad for the European Championships on Thursday 12th May, which is almost three weeks before the official UEFA deadline  - and even three days before Premier League season is completed on the following Sunday.

Only the man himself knows why he is choosing his army of combatants so early, but it is a clear indication that Hodgson has his squad already pencilled in – and that looks to be bad news for several players who are hoping to return from injury.

The tournament that begins from an England perspective against Russia on Saturday 11th June, and here we will look at Hodgson’s selection headaches in more detail.

Goalkeeper

Manchester City’s Joe Hart will travel to France as the undisputed first choice keeper in the England team. After the unfortunate injury to Stoke City’s Jack Butland against Germany back in March, Fraser Forster of Southampton is the likely deputy. Hodgson will not gamble on taking just two goalkeepers to the tournament, so his real decision lies between offering the third jersey to Ben Foster of West Bromwich Albion, or Burnley stopper, Tom Heaton.

Defence

The obvious names to focus upon are Manchester United’s Chris Smalling, Chelsea’s Gary Cahill and John Stones – who are likely to form the core of England’s defensive unit. Further experience will probably be provided from Stones’ Everton club-mate, Phil Jagielka. The full-back positions are a little more difficult to fathom. Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool has been a recent regular for Hodgson in recent matches, and Tottenham’s Danny Rose has made a late claim for inclusion after impressing against Germany.

The other names to consider are fellow Spurs man, Kyle Walker and Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand as Hodgson is likely to plump for youthful exuberance in the flank areas, which offers little hope for Leighton Baines. Manchester United pair, Phil Jones and Luke Shaw are on the comeback trail to fitness, but are unlikely to break in at this very late stage.

Midfield

After an incredible twelve months that has seen Tottenham’s Dele Alli rise from League 1 potential into England’s bright new star, the 19 year-old is a cast-iron selection for Hodgson this summer. Fellow Spurs man, Eric Dier must also be high on the list – not only for his excellent midfield performances for his club side, but also due to his versatility by being adept as a centre-back if required. Liverpool man, and thorough workhorse, James Milner is another certainty in Roy’s recruits in a utility role, along with Everton’s Ross Barkley, who has begun to show his undoubted attacking potential more regularly this season.

The central midfield waters become murkier for Hodgson, considering the merits of Jack Wilshere – who made his Arsenal comeback against Sunderland last Sunday and Liverpool Captain Jordan Henderson who was injured during their ultimately successful Europa Cup triumph over Borussia Dortmund – and this is before considering Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater, who has performed admirably this season under Claudio Ranieri.

Adam Lallana – also of Liverpool – is another strong candidate to book his place. His ability to perform in wide or central attacking roles will give Hodgson further options. Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling has recently returned from a groin injury, and is also likely to stake a strong claim. Arsenal winger, Theo Walcott could potentially be a casualty for the 23-man squad as the 27 year-old is struggling to hold down a regular place with his club side.

Attack

There has been much conjecture about England Captain Wayne Rooney after the fine recent international win over Germany with a youthful team – minus the 30 year-old Manchester United man. Rooney has since returned from injury and helped the Red Devils to their first FA Cup final appearance since 2007. Rooney still offers much for England and almost certainly will be the man to wear the armband against Russia. His likely strike partner is Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who is fast becoming one of the most feared strikers around. Kane has all the attributes required to be the focal point of England’s attack this summer.

Leicester’s Jamie Vardy will offer searing pace and an eye for goal that will almost certainly book him a place within Hodgson’s squad. The two Daniel’s – Welbeck and Sturridge of Arsenal and Liverpool respectively could be fighting for one squad place if the England coach decides to take only four strikers which would offer further options to other areas of the team.


Whoever he decides upon with his 23 players, England expects, and let’s hope that this time, England delivers!