Scunthorpe United Football Club is an English association football team based in the town of Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, who play in the Football League One.
Nicknamed "The Iron", the club played in the Football League Championship until its relegation in 2011 and was the highest-placed league club located in Lincolnshire. The Club has undergone a major transition over the last 5 years; after nearly being relegated in 2003–04, the club has since had three promotions, one relegation, a Johnstones Paint Trophy final appearance in 2009, and numerous broken records including its highest transfer fees paid and received, its highest capacity in the current ground, and its longest period without defeat (19 games).
The club has a formidable reputation for producing good quality strikers, with the majority being purchased for a small amount of money and sold on to bigger clubs for a large profit. The most notable of these in recent times was the partnership of Andy Keogh and Billy Sharp who were sold on to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United respectively. Other notable strikers to have moved on from Scunthorpe in recent years are Martin Paterson, Jermaine Beckford and Gary Hooper, the latter moving to Scottish giants Celtic for a fee of £2.4 million.
They were the bookies' odds on favourite to be relegated in 2009–10 along with Blackpool (who achieved promotion that year). After the departures of some of the club's better players (more noticeably the strike partnership of Paul Hayes and Gary Hooper), the club made a positive start to the 2010–11 season with a 2–1 victory away at promotion favourites Reading, but was relegated back down to League One on 30 April 2011 after a 5-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest.
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