2009/10 Championship Preview: Scunthorpe United

Last updated : 17 July 2009 By @blades_mad1889

Flying into the Championship - Matt Sparrow scores the first in a 3-2 win over Millwall in the play-off final.

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The Iron became the unlikeliest of promotion winners when they stormed into the Championship via the Play-Offs; it was something that would only happen in a 'Roy of the Rovers' comic strip. They narrowly beat Tranmere Rovers on the final day of the League One season to pip their opponents to that last play-off place.

As outsiders to win the mini-tournament they cam up against the mighty Milton Keynes Dons whom they eventually dispatched went through on penalties; whilst they beat Millwall 3-2 in the grand finale at Wembley.

With Nigel Adkins they have become a useful outlet since he became their boss, taking over from Brian Laws in November 2006 and has made steady progress in the clubs history! They have become a yoyo club in recent years after dropping out of the Championship during the 2007/08 season after just one year butI'm sure this time will be different.

The Glanford Park club have allowed Michael Lea, Joe Wilcox and Ian Morris to leave the club whilst Michael O'Connor (Crewe Alexander), Rob Jones (Hibernian) and Adam Boyes (York City) have joined the club; Jones became the clubs' highest transfer paid when they shelled out £350,000 for the Hibs captain.

The North Lincolnshire club have begun their pre-season with a 12-0 hammering of Brigg Town, with Ben May netting five. This season is going to be a long hard campaign and may need Championship survival on the final day of the season, but after past experience in the league I'm sure that they will scrape it.

Blades-Mad Predicted Finish: 20th (just stay up)

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2008-09 Players Statistics

Player NamePositionDoB#AppsGoals
Murphy, Joe
Goal21 Aug 19811530
Milne, Kenny
Defence26 Aug 1979220
Williams, Marcus
Defence08 Apr 19863340
Crosby, Andy
Defence03 Mar 197348 (+1)0
Byrne, Cliff
Defence27 Apr 19826572
Sparrow, Matthew
Midfield03 Oct 1981738 (+12)6
Thompson, Garry
Midfield24 Nov 1980821 (+11)3
Hayes, Paul
Forward20 Sep 1983951 (+6)20
Hooper, Gary
Forward26 Jan 19881055 (+1)30
Baraclough, Ian
Midfield04 Dec 19701100
Lea, Michael
Defence04 Nov 1987142 (+1)0
Mirfin, David
Defence18 Apr 19851543 (+1)1
Woolford, Martyn
Midfield13 Oct 19851644 (+8)7
McCann, Grant
Midfield14 Apr 1980175410
Togwell, Sam
Midfield14 Oct 19841843 (+8)4
Forte, Jonathan
Forward25 Jul 1986193 (+13)0
Slocombe, Sam
Goal05 Jun 19882000
Picton, Jake
Defence06 Jan 19912100
Lillis, Josh
Goal24 Jun 1987227 (+2)0
Hurst, Kevan
Midfield27 Aug 19852315 (+11)3
Wright, Andrew
Midfield15 Jan 19852421 (+13)0
Winn, Peter
Forward19 Dec 19882500
Morris, Ian
Midfield27 Feb 19872711 (+21)2
Wilcox, Joe
Midfield18 Apr 19892900
May, Ben
Forward10 Mar 1984307 (+22)4
Pressman, Kevin
Goal06 Nov 19674000

* Statistics up to and including 26 May 2009