For the first time in five seasons, the Stags will face Scunthorpe United in an EFL fixture. And this one is between two sides which so far have disappointed quite a bit as the Stags were beaten 1-0 at Exeter last Saturday, and Scunthorpe currently bottom of League Two with just one point and fifteen EFL games without winning spread over two seasons.
And the beginning of that spell started the end of the Iron’s latest League One tenure, just two draws out of their final nine fixtures shipping goals left right and centre, in total 83 against, 42 at headquarters. Incredibly enough, a run of six straight defeat up to Boxing Day 2018 was followed by five wins out of six (the other was a 1-1 home draw against Sunderland) just around the turn of the year.
The Iron relegation last term must have been disappointing inasmuch as Scunthorpe had in the three previous campaign flirted with the playoffs to the Championship, finishing seventh in 2016, third in 2017 and fifth last season. Mainly due to not conceding much at Glanford Park in those three campaigns.
Yet, a close look into the season-by-season Stags line-ups in the centenary book reveal that Scunthorpe & Lindsey United (as the Iron were called then) was the last team to face the Stags in a non-league fixture before being elected to the FL way back in 1931.
This event happened at Scunthorpe’s previous ground, Old Show Ground, on May 2, 1931, when two goals by William Frith saw the Stags' final non-league victory (before the election) to the tune of 2-1. The Stags line-up then was: Chambers H, White, Poyser, Hargreaves, Chambers B, Cooke E, Goddard, Frith, Grice B, Trotman, Murphy.
The Iron enjoyed their best league moments in the early 60’s when they played in the old 2nd division, finishing 4th in 1961-62, only five points (under the two-point ruling) less than Leyton Orient in runners-up position. Many of the Iron’s goals came from Barrie Thomas, one of several players that have figured for both sides. Thomas, who was a Stag during the whole of 1957-58 and 1958-59 scoring 48 goals in 72 appearances, was transferred to the Iron early on in 1959-60 and went on to net 92 times in the sixties, a long-standing club record which was beaten by Steve Cammack in the mid-eighties.
And the Iron's best league moments in recent years were achieved since we last melted the Iron in EFL fixtures to a scoreline of 1-0 on January 3, 2005. On the final day of the 2004-05 season, Scunthorpe were promoted to League One after drawing at Shrewsbury. Thence, Scunthorpe even played three seasons in the Championship (2007-08, 2009-10, 2010-11) and in October 2009 beat Newcastle at home 2-1!
And when Scunthorpe were relegated from League One in 2012-13, they also had quite a poor home record, 38 goals shipped at headquarters. Yet, Scunthorpe achieved very much on limited resources by reaching the Championship at all, and even staying up in 2010. Mainly thanks to goals galore from Gary Hooper, a few years ago playing in the PL for Norwich, and not the only ex-topflight player who has played for Scunthorpe (see below).
Some of the players which represented Scunthorpe at Championship level have since then represented the Stags. Kevan Hurst from the 2007-08 side of the Iron is one. Two others from the side which stayed up two seasons later are Michael Raynes and David Mirfin. Latter, who last season tried his luck at York City, was in the Scunthorpe side which beat Newcastle, as noted above, yet faced the Stags in their FL comeback fixture at Scunthorpe six years ago along with Terry Hawkridge and Stephen Dawson.
When we made our FL return at Scunthorpe, they were bossed by Brian Laws. But his third Iron spell ended with the sack following an FA Cup home exit at the hands of fellow Lincolnshire rivals Grimsby on November 19, 2013. Laws was succeeded by Russ Wilcox, who lasted about a year. Current Scunthorpe manager is Paul Hurst, who earlier had bossed Grimsby, Shrewsbury and Ipswich.
Even in the non-league days of both clubs in the Midland Counties League, there were goals galore in the in total 20 non-league outings. None of them were goalless and the Stags scored at least once in all but one, an away game on September 26, 1925.
This tradition continued when Scunthorpe were elected to the League twenty years after the Stags. None of the previous 31 league outings at One Call Stadium aka Field Mill have finished goalless compared to the very first and the two latest prior to the September 2004 fixture at Scunthorpe. And only on four occasions have the Stags been goalless in home games against the Iron.
Some away games ensured the first Stags away win that season, worth mentioning are 1-0 on August 25, 1965 (scorer Curry) and by the same scoreline on August 24, 1974 (scorer Clarke), thus ensuring the first Stags away win since December 16, 1972, a 4-0 thrashing at Crewe.
And over the non-league and league years, the Stags have had a fairly good away record at Scunthorpe, even though the latest Stags win up in North Lincolnshire was a 2-0 on February 8, 1997, with Doolan and Martindale finding the net.
* April 22, 1924, saw the Stags biggest Midlands Counties League win against Scunthorpe, and this at Field Mill. Three goals from Jack Flint, two from A E Donoven and one from Thomas Lawrie melted the Iron.
* 51 years later, nearly exactly to the day, April 21, 1975. Two goals apiece from Clarke and Lathan, one each from Bird, Hodgson and Eccles in front of 11020 at the Mill saw the Stags clinch their first-ever championship by hammering Scunthorpe 7-0. That night, the Iron fielded one of the West Ham FA cup killers six years earlier: Dudley Roberts.
* October 26, 1991. Two goals from Steve Wilkinson, one apiece from Phil Stant and Steve Charles, latter converting a penalty, fixed the 4-1 mauling at the Old Showground.
* On August 26, 2003, the Stags recorded their biggest league win of that season. Day, Mendes, Lawrence (2) and Christie contributed to the 5-0 rout in front of 5142, and the winning margin should have been even higher!
Only on six occasions have Scunthorpe won at Mansfield in the FL. Four of those came in a spell of six games without a Stags win, two draws and four reverses between April 13, 1982 and August 28, 1993.
The sides met in the EFL Trophy last season with the Stags emerging as winners to a 3-2 scoreline
Scunthorpe are also known for unearthing England internationals such as Ray Clemence in goal and Kevin Keegan, both later to play for Liverpool. Richard Money, who has managed Swedish club AIK Stockholm as well as Västerås SK, another Swedish championship side, also learned his league ABC at the Iron, managed the Iron around 1993-1994, and was Walsall manager when the Stags beat the Saddlers to a 2-1 scoreline at home in January 2007. Nigel Adkins, with PL managerial experience at Southampton and Reading last season, managed Scunthorpe in the Championship by the time of beating Newcastle in 2009.
As expected, considering the short distance between the towns, several players (see list below), have appeared for both sides, even when non-league. Among them are one of the West Ham KO heroes, Dudley Roberts and the one out-field player with most league appearences, Tony Ford. And Sid Ottewell must have been the first player coming from Stags to Scunthorpe in league history when being transferred in March 1952.
Played for both sides: James Alabi, Tomi Ameobi, Ian Baraclough, Neal Bishop, Junior Brown, Matthew Carmichael, Steve Charles, Wayne Corden, Graeme Crawford, Digger Daley, Craig Davies, Stephen Dawson, Tony Ford, Terry Hawkridge, Ian Helliwell, Darius Henderson, Stuart Hicks, Kevan Hurst, Guy Ipoua, Ian Juryeff, Billy Kee, Jim Lumby, Neil Mackenzie, David Mirfin, Doug O’Connor, Luke O’Neill, Bobby Olejnik, Sid Ottewell, Noel Parkinson, Malcolm Partridge, Krystian Pearce, Martin Pemberton, Nicky Platnauer, Michael Raynes, Dudley Roberts, Stuart Thom, Barrie Thomas, Luke Waterfall, Paul Wheatcroft, Alan Wilson.
Adam Gibson, Dickey Donoven, Chris Hackett, Harrison (1909), Joe Hill, Ibbotson (1912), Arthur Reed and William Robinson were players who starred for both sides before the Stags inaugural league season 1931-32.
Pre-league days (before 1931-32 season):
Home stats: P 10, W 7, D 1, L 2, GF 34, GA 14
Away stats: P 10, W 5, D 0, L 5, GF 15, GA 17
Season Home Date Away Date
1921-22 3-1 1922-03-22 1-3 1921-10-27 Midland Counties League
1922-23 1-1 1923-02-24 1-2 1923-01-06 Midland Counties League
1923-24 6-0 1924-04-22 2-0 1924-04-19 Midland Counties League
1924-25 3-0 1924-11-29 3-2 1924-12-06 Midland Counties League
1924-25 4-3 1925-05-02 1-0 1925-04-23 Midland Counties League, secondary competition
1925-26 3-1 1925-10-10 0-3 1925-09-26 Midland Counties League
1927-28 5-1 1927-11-05 1-5 1928-04-19 Midland Counties League
1928-29 5-0 1929-01-05 3-0 1929-02-09 Midland Counties League
1929-30 1-3 1930-03-22 1-2 1930-04-12 Midland Counties League
1930-31 3-4 1931-04-06 2-1 1931-05-02 Midland Counties League
Home stats: P 31, W 18, D 7, L 6, GF 57, GA 33
Away stats: P 31, W 10, D 10, L 11, GF 42, GA 51
Season Home Date Away Date
1950-51 1-1 1950-08-26 0-0 1950-12-23 Div 3 (N)
1951-52 4-1 1951-11-03 1-4 1952-03-22 Div 3 (N)
1952-53 1-0 1953-11-04 1-0 1952-09-25 Div 3 (N)
1953-54 2-1 1953-10-24 2-2 1954-03-13 Div 3 (N)
1954-55 2-1 1954-09-25 0-2 1955-02-12 Div 3 (N)
1955-56 3-2 1955-08-22 0-3 1955-08-31 Div 3 (N)
1956-57 1-1 1957-02-09 1-0 1956-09-29 Div 3 (N)
1957-58 3-5 1958-01-18 3-3 1957-09-14 Div 3 (N)
1964-65 3-2 1964-10-03 1-0 1965-02-12 Div 3 (old)
1965-66 2-2 1966-03-07 1-0 1965-08-25 Div 3 (old)
1966-67 3-1 1966-12-27 1-2 1966-12-23 Div 3 (old)
1967-68 3-0 1967-12-23 3-3 1967-08-25 Div 3 (old)
1973-74 2-2 1974-04-20 3-5 1973-12-08 Div 4 (old)
1974-75 7-0 1975-04-21 1-0 1974-08-24 Div 4 (old)
1980-81 1-0 1980-12-26 0-2 1981-04-21 Div 4 (old)
1981-82 1-1 1982-04-13 0-1 1982-02-02 Div 4 (old)
1982-83 0-2 1982-10-18 2-2 1983-03-01 Div 4 (old)
1984-85 0-1 1985-04-24 2-2 1985-05-04 Div 4 (old)
1985-86 1-1 1986-03-25 3-0 1985-09-21 Div 4 (old)
1991-92 1-3 1992-02-08 4-1 1991-10-26 Div 4 (old)
1993-94 0-1 1993-08-28 3-2 1994-02-19 Div 3
1994-95 1-0 1995-02-21 4-3 1994-11-19 Div 3
1995-96 1-1 1995-09-23 1-1 1995-12-09 Div 3
1996-97 2-0 1996-11-02 2-0 1997-02-08 Div 3
1997-98 1-0 1998-01-17 0-1 1997-08-30 Div 3
1998-99 2-1 1999-02-27 2-3 1998-09-19 Div 3
2000-01 1-0 2001-05-05 0-6 2000-11-25 Div 3
2001-02 2-1 2002-03-02 0-0 2001-09-29 Div 3
2003-04 5-0 2003-08-26 0-0 2004-01-27 Div 3
2004-05 1-0 2005-01-03 1-1 2004-09-25 League Two
2013-14 0-2 2014-01-11 0-2 2013-08-03 League Two
The clubs have also met in the cups on several occasions. A young Kevin Keegan appeared in the Scunthorpe team that dumped the Stags out in the 2nd round of the FA Cup on December 12, 1970, to a 3-0 scoreline at home, while Ray Clemence appeared in the Scunthorpe side being kayoed to the tune of 2-1 at Field Mill on January 7, 1967 in a 2nd round tie as well.
Here are the previous cup meetings:
1966-67 2-1 1967-01-07 FA Cup 2nd round at Field Mill
1970-71 0-3 1970-12-12 FA Cup 2nd round at Old Show Ground
1973-74 1-1 1973-12-15 FA Cup 2nd round at Field Mill
1973-74 0-1 1973-12-18 FA Cup 2nd round replay at Old Show Ground
1975-76 4-0 1975-08-20 League Cup 1st round at Field Mill
1975-76 2-0 1975-08-26 League Cup 1st round at Old Show Ground (Stags win 6-0 on aggregate)
1976-77 2-0 1976-08-14 League Cup 1st round at Field Mill
1976-77 0-2 1976-08-17 League Cup 1st round at Old Show Ground (aggregate 2-2)
1976-77 1-2 1976-08-24 League Cup 1st round replay at Old Show Ground (Scunthorpe through)
1981-82 0-0 1981-09-01 League Cup 1st round at Old Show Ground
1981-82 2-0 1981-09-14 League Cup 1st round at Field Mill (Stags win 2-0 on aggregate)
1984-85 1-0 1984-08-29 League Cup 1st round at Old Show Ground
1984-85 1-2 1984-09-05 League Cup 1st round at Field Mill
(aggregate 2-2, Scunthorpe win on away goals ruling)
2018-19 3-2 2018-11-13 EFL Trophy group stage
Note: All details on the pre-league fixtures between the clubs are courtesy of the Stags centenary book, also some on players and cup fixtures.
About time to get this season back on track. Come on Mansfield!
Stockholm, July 4, 2008, 15.00 GMT. Good news came, K.H. gone. March 1, 2012. Ground purchased.