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Away Days: Scunthorpe United vs Stevenage

18 April 2022

Jim Steele

Stevenage make the 143-mile trip to North Lincolnshire for a crucial clash with recently relegated Scunthorpe United…

Steve Evans’ men look to make it three wins in three after two consecutive victories against Colchester United and Rochdale. Boro sit three points outside of the drop zone with a game in hand over Oldham as the side continue to fight for Football League survival.

After Friday’s defeat to Leyton Orient, Scunthorpe found themselves relegated from The Football League with four games to go.


Scunthorpe United were founded in 1899 but not elected to the Football League until 1950. They went on to secure promotion as champions of the Third Division North in 1958. The Iron spent the majority of the next fifty years back down in The Fourth tier before promotion to League One in 2005 followed by promotion to The Championship two years later. They then suffered back-to-back relegations which saw them drop into League Two. They were promoted to League One in 2014 but soon fell back down five years later.

The Iron have played the last three campaigns in Sky Bet League Two, but this season has been extremely underwhelming. The Lincolnshire side have found themselves at the bottom of the table for most of the season, winning just four league games. Finally, defeat to Leyton Orient on Friday resulted in relegation for Scunthorpe, ending their 72-year spell in the EFL.

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Boro and The Iron have come face-to-face just seven times in the past with the results being fairly even overall. Stevenage have won three contests whilst Scunthorpe have won two, with the sides drawing three times. This season’s reverse fixture ended 1-1 at the Lamex, with Luke Norris finding himself on the scoresheet.


Scunthorpe United have played their home games at The Sands Venue Stadium since it opened in 1988. The ground holds a capacity of 9,088 with a record attendance of 9,077 being set in 2010 due to the arrival of Manchester United in the League Cup.

As well as Scunthorpe United fixtures, the stadium has also played host to several England Youth games.


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