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Introducing Scunthorpe United

17 June 2015

The Iron have made a number of signings this summer

Name: Scunthorpe United Football Club
Founded: 1899
Stadium: Glanford Park
Capacity: 9,088
Manager: Mark Robins
Last season: 16th in League One

Having finished lower mid-table during the 2014/15 campaign, Scunthorpe United will be keen to make their final season at Glanford Park memorable.

With seven signings already in the bag, the Lincolnshire outfit are aiming big, and will be pushing for a return to the Championship, in order to christen their new stadium with second-tier football, with Mark Robins at the helm.

The 45-year-old Robins took over at the Iron in October last year, and helped them to eventual safety in the third-tier.

Robins enjoyed a playing career of his own, and started out in the youth team at Manchester United, turning professional in 1988.

He featured 48 times in four years, netting eleven times, before moving to Norwich City in 1992.

Over the next decade, the striker would spend time at several clubs, including Leicester City, Walsall and Rotherham United – ending his career with Burton Albion in 2004.

Robins moved into management following retirement, with his first job coming with Rotherham United in 2007.

He spent two-years with the Millers, when fellow Yorkshire side Barnsley came calling in September 2009, and led the Tykes to survival in both of his two Championship campaigns.

A brief stint in Coventry’s hot seat followed – with Huddersfield Town his next destination in February 2013.

After 18-months at the John Smith’s Stadium, the Terriers parted ways with Robins following a 4-0 defeat to AFC Bournemouth on the opening day of the season.

The Scunthorpe faithful will hope that last terms top-scorer Paddy Madden, can continue his exploits into next season.

Dublin-born Madden began his career at local side Bohemains, where he netted 14 goals in 53 appearances, which also included a fruitful loan stay at Shelbourne.

His exploits in his homeland caught the eye of Carlisle United, and Madden crossed the Irish Sea in January 2011.

Two-years in Cumbria would follow, and a stint at Yeovil Town, where he rediscovered his form – netting nine in 15 appearances in 2012/13, which convinced the Glovers to sign him permanently following promotion to the Championship,

13 goals in 29 outings followed, before Madden dropped down two-leagues in the January of 2014, when he signed for Scunthorpe.

Since then, he helped the club gain promotion from the fourth-tier, and finished as top-scorer last season, with 16 to his name.

Fleetwood’s most recent meeting ended in a 2-2 stalemate at Highbury in March. Josh Morris hitting the Town goals.

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