List of Scunthorpe United F.C. seasons

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Scunthorpe United Football Club, an English association football club based in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, was founded in 1899 as the result of a merger between Brumby Hall F.C. and another club.[1] The team first entered the national cup competition, the FA Cup, in 1909–10; they beat Withernsea 8–0 in the preliminary round before losing 4–0 to York City in the first qualifying round.[2] In 1910, after amalgamating with North Lindsey United, the club took the name Scunthorpe & Lindsey United,[1] and two years later, it became a member of the Midland League.[3] The first team finished that initial season in the lower reaches of the table, but when competitive football resumed after the First World War, they enjoyed consecutive top-seven finishes, culminating in their first Midland League title in 1926–27, a success fuelled by 52 goals from former England international Ernie Simms.[3][4] They again won the title in 1938–39,[3] and it seemed for much of the season as if Harry Johnson was sure to overtake Simms' total, but he missed several matches in the later part of the season and had to settle for 49.[4][5]

Scunthorpe made their first application to join the Football League ahead of the formation of the Northern Section of the Third Division in 1921; they were not elected,[6] and their bids for election continued to fail until the League's next expansion, in 1950. The voting was tight, but Scunthorpe became one of two Midland League teams to join the Northern Section when each regional third-tier division grew from 22 to 24.[7] They finished the 1950–51 Football League season in mid-table, and seven years later won the Third Division North title – the last season of that league before the regional divisions were amalgamated into national Third and Fourth Divisions[8] – by a seven-point margin. They also reached the fifth round (last 16) of the FA Cup for the first time, defeating First Division club Newcastle United and holding Liverpool for 75 minutes before conceding the only goal of the match.[9]

Ahead of their Second Division debut, the club dropped the Lindsey from its name, becoming plain Scunthorpe United.[1] They spent six seasons at that level, and finished a club record fourth in 1961–62, five points behind the second promotion place. After four seasons in the Third Division, they dropped to the Fourth, in which they remained for the next 36 years, apart from three single-season ventures into the higher level; the last of those, in 1999–2000, came courtesy of their fifth attempt at promotion via the play-offs.[10][11] The Football League rebranded their divisions ahead of the 2004–05 season, so that the fourth tier became Football League Two,[8] and the change of name coincided with a change of fortune for Scunthorpe. Gaining promotion to League One as runners-up, ahead of Swansea City on goal difference, this time they not only stayed up but went on to win the League One title in 2006–07. Relegated in their first season in the Championship, they came straight back via the play-offs to spend another two seasons in the second tier.[10][12] In 2008–09, they lost to Luton Town in the final of the Football League Trophy, a cup competition open to teams from the third and fourth tiers of the English football league system,[13] and the following season, they reached the last 16 of the League Cup for the first time.[10]

As of the end of the 2017–18 season, the team have spent 35 seasons in the fourth tier of the English football league system, 24 in the third, and 9 in the second.[3][10] The table details the team's achievements in senior first-team competitions and the top league goalscorer, where known, from their debut season in the FA Cup in 1909–10 to the end of the most recently completed season.

Key[edit]

Details of the abandoned 1939–40 season are shown in italics and appropriately footnoted.

Seasons[edit]

Season League[3][10] FA Cup[2] League Cup[10][14][a] Other[3][10][14][15] Top league scorer(s)[b]
Division[c] P W D L F A Pts Pos Competition Result Name Goals
1909–10 QR1 &
&
Not known
1910–11 Prelim &
&
Not known
1911–12 QR1 &
&
Not known
1912–13 Mid 38 13 8 17 55 78 34 15th QR2 &
&
Not known
1913–14 Mid 34 16 4 14 55 55 36 7th QR1 &
&
Not known
1914–15 Mid 38 13 9 16 70 79 35 13th QR3 &
&
Not known
1915–19 é
The Midland League and FA Cup were suspended until after the First World War.
& & & & & & & é & & é & é &
1919–20 Mid 34 18 7 9 71 39 43 3rd QR2 &
&
Not known
1920–21 Mid 38 18 9 11 64 43 45 4th QR4 &
&
Not known
1921–22 Mid 42 22 8 12 87 60 52 4th QR3 &
&
Not known
1922–23 Mid 42 18 13 11 65 58 49 6th QR4 &
&
Not known
1923–24 Mid 42 21 7 14 55 49 49 6th QR5 &
&
Not known
1924–25 Mid 28 12 5 11 45 41 29 7th QR1 &
&
Not known
1925–26 Mid 40 19 9 12 86 78 47 7th QR2 &
&
Not known
1926–27 Mid 38 28 4 6 121 44 60 1st QR4 &
&
Ernie Simms[4] 52
1927–28 Mid 44 23 4 17 118 85 50 9th QR1 &
&
Not known
1928–29 Mid 50 20 14 16 98 96 54 11th QR4 &
&
Not known
1929–30 Mid 50 26 6 18 124 98 58 7th R2 &
&
Not known
1930–31 Mid 46 19 11 16 98 101 49 11th R1 &
&
Not known
1931–32 Mid 46 18 9 19 83 99 45 9th R2 &
&
Not known
1932–33 Mid 44 23 5 16 104 100 51 8th R1 &
&
Not known
1933–34 Mid 32 14 5 13 76 73 33 7th R1 &
&
Not known
1934–35 Mid 38 17 3 18 67 82 37 11th R1 &
&
Not known
1935–36 Mid 40 16 8 16 73 77 40 11th R2 &
&
Not known
1936–37 Mid 42 19 3 20 77 86 41 14th R1 &
&
Not known
1937–38 Mid 42 22 5 15 109 78 49 6th R1 &
&
Harry Johnson[19] 38
1938–39 Mid 42 28 8 6 133 57 64 1st R2 &
&
Harry Johnson[5] 49
1939–40 Mid[20] 3 2 0 1 8 5 4 &
&
&
Johnny Campbell[20] 4
1939–45 é
The Midland League and FA Cup were suspended until after the Second World War.
& & & & & & & é & & é & é &
1945–46 Mid 36 17 6 13 82 65 40 6th QR4[d] &
&
Not known
1946–47 Mid 42 24 9 9 121 61 57 4th R2 &
&
Not known
1947–48 Mid 42 23 9 10 89 57 55 2nd R1 &
&
Not known
1948–49 Mid 42 24 6 12 104 56 54 4th R2 &
&
Not known
1949–50 Mid 46 29 6 11 99 44 64 3rd QR4 &
&
Not known
1950–51 Div 3N 46 13 18 15 58 57 44 12th QR4 &
&
Not known
1951–52 Div 3N 46 14 16 16 65 74 44 14th R3 &
&
Not known
1952–53 Div 3N 46 16 14 16 62 56 46 15th R3 &
&
Jack Haigh 12
1953–54 Div 3N 46 21 15 10 77 56 57 3rd R4 &
&
Jack Gregory 16
1954–55 Div 3N 46 23 12 11 81 53 58 3rd R2 &
&
Gordon Brown 23
1955–56 Div 3N 46 20 8 18 75 63 48 9th R4 &
&
Gordon Brown 21
1956–57 Div 3N 46 15 15 16 71 69 45 14th R2 &
&
Gordon Brown 14
1957–58 Div 3N promoted 46 29 8 9 88 50 66 1st R5 &
&
Ronnie Waldock[1] 21
1958–59 Div 2 42 12 9 21 55 84 33 18th R3 &
&
Ronnie Waldock
1959–60 Div 2 42 13 10 19 57 71 36 15th R4 &
&
Peter Donnelly 15
1960–61 Div 2 42 14 15 13 69 64 43 9th R4 R1 &
Barrie Thomas 26
1961–62 Div 2 42 21 7 14 86 71 49 4th R3 R1 &
Barrie Thomas[e] 31
1962–63 Div 2 42 16 12 14 57 59 44 9th R3 R3 &
John Kaye 13
1963–64 Div 2 relegated 42 10 10 22 52 82 30 22nd R3 R2 &
Ken Hodgson 11
1964–65 Div 3 46 14 12 20 65 72 40 18th R1 R2 &
13
1965–66 Div 3 46 21 11 14 80 67 53 4th R1 R1 &
Not known
1966–67 Div 3 46 17 8 21 58 73 42 18th R2 R1 &
Frank Barton 11
1967–68 Div 3 relegated 46 10 12 24 56 87 32 23rd R2 R2 &
Not known
1968–69 Div 4 46 18 8 20 61 60 44 16th R1 R3 &
Terry Heath 15
1969–70 Div 4 46 18 10 18 67 65 46 12th R5 R1 &
Nigel Cassidy 21
1970–71 Div 4 46 15 13 18 56 61 43 17th R3 R1 &
Terry Heath 10
1971–72 Div 4 promoted 46 22 13 11 56 37 57 4th R1 R1 &
Rod Fletcher 19
1972–73 Div 3 relegated 46 10 10 26 33 72 30 24th R3 R1 &
Not known
1973–74 Div 4 45 14 12 19 47 64 42[f] 18th R4 R2 &
Not known
1974–75 Div 4 46 7 15 24 41 78 29 24th[g] R1 R2 &
Dudley Roberts 17
1975–76 Div 4 46 14 10 22 50 59 38 19th R1 R1 &
Not known
1976–77 Div 4 46 13 11 22 49 73 37 20th R1 R2 &
Nolan Keeley 12
1977–78 Div 4 46 14 16 16 50 55 44 14th R1 R2 &
Jim Lumby 21
1978–79 Div 4 46 17 11 18 54 60 45 12th R1 R1 &
Kevin Kilmore 17
1979–80 Div 4 46 14 15 17 58 75 43 14th R1 R1 &
Malcolm Partridge 13
1980–81 Div 4 46 11 20 15 60 69 42 16th R2 R1 &
Steve Cammack[16][24] 15
1981–82 Div 4 46 9 15 22 43 79 42[h] 23rd[g] R3 R1 &
George Telfer 9
1982–83 Div 4 promoted 46 23 14 9 71 42 83 4th R3 R1 Football League Group Cup Group Steve Cammack[25] 25 ♦
1983–84 Div 3 relegated 46 9 19 18 54 73 46 21st R4 R1 Associate Members Cup QF(N) Steve Cammack[16][24] 18
1984–85 Div 4 46 19 14 13 83 62 71 9th R2 R2 Associate Members Cup R1(N) Steve Cammack[16][24] 24
1985–86 Div 4 46 15 14 17 50 55 59 15th R2 R1 Associate Members Cup QF(N) Steve Cammack[16][24] 12
1986–87 Div 4 46 18 12 16 73 57 66 8th R3 R2 Associate Members Cup R1(N) Steve Johnson 16
1987–88 Div 4 46 20 17 9 76 51 77 4th[i] R3 R2 Associate Members Cup R1(N) Andy Flounders 24
1988–89 Div 4 46 21 14 11 77 57 77 4th[j] R1 R3 Associate Members Cup Prelim(N) Tony Daws 24
1989–90 Div 4 42 17 15 14 69 54 66 11th R2 R1 Associate Members Cup R1(N) Andy Flounders[28] 18
1990–91 Div 4 46 20 11 15 71 62 71 8th[k] R3 R1 Associate Members Cup QF(N) Andy Flounders[16][28] 23
1991–92 Div 4 42 21 9 12 64 59 72 5th[l] R1 R2 Associate Members Cup R1(N) Not known
1992–93 Div 3[m] 42 14 12 16 57 54 54 14th R1 R2 Football League Trophy QF(N) Ian Helliwell 13
1993–94 Div 3 42 15 14 13 64 56 59 11th R3 R1 Football League Trophy QF(N) Matt Carmichael 18
1994–95 Div 3 42 18 8 16 68 63 62 7th R2 R1 Football League Trophy R1(N) 8
1995–96 Div 3 46 15 15 16 67 61 60 12th R2 R1 Football League Trophy R2(N) Andy McFarlane 16
1996–97 Div 3 46 18 9 19 59 62 63 13th R2 R1 Football League Trophy QF(N) Phil Clarkson 13
1997–98 Div 3 46 19 12 15 56 52 69 8th R3 R2 Football League Trophy QF(N) Jamie Forrester 11
1998–99 Div 3 promoted 46 22 8 16 69 58 74 4th[n] R3 R1 Football League Trophy R2(N) Jamie Forrester 20
1999–2000 Div 2 relegated 46 9 12 25 40 74 39 23rd R1 R1 Football League Trophy QF(N) Guy Ipoua 9
2000–01 Div 3 46 18 11 17 62 52 65 10th R4 R1 Football League Trophy R1(N) Guy Ipoua 14
2001–02 Div 3 46 19 14 13 74 56 71 8th R3 R1 Football League Trophy QF(N) Martin Carruthers 13
2002–03 Div 3 46 19 15 12 68 49 72 5th[o] R3 R1 Football League Trophy R1(N) Martin Carruthers 20
2003–04 Div 3 46 11 16 19 69 72 49 22nd R4 R2 Football League Trophy SF(N) Steven MacLean[25] 23 ♦
2004–05 League 2[p] promoted 46 22 14 10 69 42 80 2nd R3 R1 Football League Trophy R1(N) Paul Hayes 17
2005–06 League 1 46 15 15 16 68 73 60 12th R3 R2 Football League Trophy QF(N) Billy Sharp[25] 23 ♦
2006–07 League 1 promoted 46 26 13 7 73 35 91 1st R2 R2 Football League Trophy R2(N) Billy Sharp[25] 30 ♦
2007–08 Champ relegated 46 11 13 22 46 69 46 23rd R3 R1 &
Martin Paterson 13
2008–09 League 1 promoted 46 22 10 14 82 63 76 6th[q] R3 R1 Football League Trophy F Gary Hooper 24
2009–10 Champ 46 14 10 22 62 84 52 20th R4 R4 &
Gary Hooper 19
2010–11 Champ relegated 46 12 6 28 43 87 42 24th R3 R3 &
Michael O'Connor 8
2011–12 League 1 46 10 22 14 55 59 52 18th R1 R2 Football League Trophy R2(N) 7
2012–13 League 1 relegated 46 13 9 24 49 73 48 21st R1 R2 Football League Trophy R1(N) 11
2013–14 League 2 promoted 46 20 21 5 68 44 81 2nd R1 R1 Football League Trophy R1(N) Sam Winnall[31] 23 ♦
2014–15 League 1 46 14 14 18 62 75 56 16th R3 R2 Football League Trophy R1(N) Paddy Madden 14
2015–16 League 1 46 21 11 14 60 47 74 7th R3 R1 Football League Trophy R2(N) Paddy Madden 20
2016–17 League 1 46 24 10 12 80 54 82 3rd[r] R1 R2 EFL Trophy R3 Josh Morris 19
2017–18 League 1 46 19 17 10 65 50 74 5th[s] R2 R2 EFL Trophy R2(N) Josh Morris 11

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The League Cup competition started in the 1960–61 season.[8]
  2. ^ Unless individually referenced, top scorers in the Football League era are sourced to The Iron Alphabet up to and including the 1995–96 season[16] – appearances and goals listed there are for League matches only, as confirmed at Neil Brown's site[17] – and to Soccerbase thereafter.[18]
  3. ^ From the 1960–61 Football League season onwards, divisions are sorted according to their level within the English football league system, and separately from the pre-Football League division.
  4. ^ The FA Cup was contested in 1945–46. From the first round proper to the sixth round (quarter-final), results were determined on aggregate score over two legs.[2]
  5. ^ Club's highest Football League scorer in a season.[21]
  6. ^ Two points awarded for the home fixture against Exeter City, which remains the only match in the history of the Football League to remain unplayed. Injury and influenza left Exeter with only nine fit players, two of whom were goalkeepers, but the League refused their request for postponements. They played one game, at home to Peterborough United, but on medical advice refused to travel the 300 miles (480 km) to Scunthorpe. They were fined £5,000 and ordered to pay Scunthorpe £1,000 in compensation.[10][22]
  7. ^ a b Successfully applied for re-election to the Football League.[23]
  8. ^ The 1981–82 season saw the introduction of three points for a win instead of two.[8]
  9. ^ Lost 3–2 on aggregate to Torquay United in the play-off semi-final; the second leg was the last match played at the Old Showground before Scunthorpe moved to Glanford Park.[26]
  10. ^ Lost 5–1 on aggregate to Wrexham in the play-off semi-final.[27]
  11. ^ Lost 3–2 on aggregate to Blackpool in the play-off semi-final.[10]
  12. ^ After beating Crewe Alexandra 4–2 in the play-off semi-final,[10] Scunthorpe lost to Blackpool in the final on penalties.[6]
  13. ^ The newly formed FA Premier League split from the Football League, and the remaining divisions of the Football League were renumbered upwards.[8]
  14. ^ After beating Swansea City 3–2 on aggregate in the play-off semi-final,[10] Scunthorpe won promotion to the Second Division by beating Leyton Orient on penalties in the final.[11]
  15. ^ Lost 6–3 on aggregate to Lincoln City in the play-off semi-final.[29]
  16. ^ From the 2004–05 season, the Football League divisions were rebranded: Division One was renamed the Football League Championship, and Divisions Two and Three became Football League One and Football League Two respectively.[30]
  17. ^ After beating Milton Keynes Dons on penalties in the play-off semi-final,[10] Scunthorpe won promotion to the Championship by beating Millwall 3–2 in the final.[12]
  18. ^ Lost 3–2 on aggregate to Millwall in the play-off semi-final.[32]
  19. ^ Lost 4–2 on aggregate to Rotherham United in the play-off semi-final.[33]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "The Emirates FA Cup: Past Results". The Football Association. Retrieved 16 July 2018. Individual seasons accessed via dropdown menu.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Scunthorpe & Lindsey United". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b c 'Filbert' (5 April 1939). "Scunthorpe United begin team-building in good time". Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph. p. 1 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). At the moment, [Johnson] is the leading scorer in the Midland League, with 44 goals ... As far as Scunthorpe is concerned, he has still one record to break, and that is to beat the Midland League scoring record for the club set up by Ernest Simms, who scored 52 goals for the United in one season. Johnson has, of course, been out of the team for the last few weeks, but he still has time, if he recovers from his injury, to break that record.
  5. ^ a b 'Argus' (6 May 1939). "With Boston United. Leading scorers". Lincolnshire Standard. p. 18 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
  6. ^ a b "Highs and lows". Scunthorpe United F.C. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Division 3 North 1949/50". Footballsite.co.uk. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  8. ^ a b c d e "History of the Football League". The Football League. 22 September 2010. Archived from the original on 1 May 2011.
  9. ^ "Report: Scunthorpe 0–1 Liverpool". LFCHistory.net. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Scunthorpe United". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Garcia strike takes Iron up". BBC News. 29 May 1999. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  12. ^ a b Fletcher, Paul (24 May 2009). "Millwall 2–3 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  13. ^ Stafford, Mikey (5 April 2009). "Luton get the last laugh with victory in the 'Paint Pot final'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
    McVay, David (5 April 2009). "Defiant Luton celebrates trophy win with final protest". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
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  18. ^ "Scunthorpe: Player Appearances". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 July 2018. Select season required via dropdown menu.
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    'Filbert' (29 August 1939). "Scunthorpe stamina stumped Shrewsbury". Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph. p. 8.
    "Nuts checked by Town Reserves". Grimsby Evening Telegraph. 1 September 1939. p. 2 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
  21. ^ Rollin, Glenda & Rollin, Jack, eds. (2010). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2010–2011. Headline. p. 329. ISBN 978-0-7553-6107-6.
  22. ^ "Did you know 25: Postponed matches". Footballsite.co.uk. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
    Davies, John (3 April 1974). "Exeter match ban". Daily Express. London. p. 20.
    Lawton, James (26 April 1974). "Exeter board in £5,000 whipround". Daily Express. London. p. 22.
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  24. ^ a b c d Steve Cammack at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  25. ^ a b c d Ross, James M. (25 June 2015). "English League Leading Goalscorers". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  26. ^ Baldwin, James (28 November 2013). "Iron v Torquay: we've met before". Scunthorpe United F.C. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  27. ^ Griffiths, Mark (13 February 2013). "Wrexham's greatest semi-finals: #6–#5". Wrexham F.C. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  28. ^ a b Rollin, Jack, ed. (1990). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1990–91. London: Queen Anne Press. pp. 475–76. ISBN 0-356-17911-7.
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  30. ^ "League gets revamp". BBC Sport. 10 June 2004. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
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  33. ^ Mitchell, Brendon (16 May 2018). "Rotherham United 2–0 Scunthorpe United (Agg 4–2)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 July 2018.

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