Season 2009-10 Result
Scunthorpe United 2-1 Newcastle United
 Woolford 53,
 Woolford 71.
 Jones.
 K.Nolan 65.
 A.Smith.
Date: 20/10/2009  Venue: Glanford Park  Competition: Championship
Crowd: 8,921
Match Report Submitted on 26/10/2009 by ?
The Size of The Club Is Irrelevant!
A journey into the unknown: our only previous visit to Glanford Park was for a pre-season friendly in 1993. The general agreement was that we desperately needed the three points tonight after going 3 games without a win. Personally I wasn't convinced we would gain maximum points after recent results and the pathetic performance at Blackpool.
This was yet another trip that had a 'League Cup, 2nd round' feel to it and was once again spoilt by an inept performance. Yes, we were worthy of a point and, indeed could have won.....but we didn't. It was a classic case of being punished for not scoring while on top as we dominated the opening 20 mins.

Scunny took the lead after 53 mins. After a mistake by Smith, Khizanishvili was out-muscled...1-0 to them. Similar to the first half we dominated the opening period of the second and this time we managed to score when Nolan netted a pass from Guthrie on 65 mins. However the celebrations were short lived as Scunny scored what was to be the winner on 71 mins.
This passage from the match programme typifies the feelings of most of the clubs in the Championship. The problem is our over-paid superstars don't seem to be able to deal with the passion, excitement & enthusiasm of these smaller clubs....indeed, the record attendance for Glanford Park was set tonight; 8,921.

'The most eagerly anticipated league home game of the season is upon us - Scunthorpe United and Newcastle United. A couple of years ago, the prospect of Newcastle United and the renowned Toon Army, paying a visit to Glanford Park was a concept which, if I'm going to be completely honest, was resigned to dreams.

Even then, they were still 'maybe we'll draw them in the cup' style dreams, found in the depths of imagination. Suggest that they'd be paying a league visit to Glanford Park in the near future, and you'd probably have been sent to some kind of asylum.

The Magpies have been toppled from their pedestal in the past few years, yet, I don't think anyone quite believed that they would actually fall through the trapdoor.

Hindsight tells us that the turning point was undoubtedly in August 2004, when Sir Bobby Robson was sacked as manager of the club. That was the beginning of the end. The contrast - before and after, could not be more marked. Robson's Newcastle qualified for the Champions League in 2002 under him. They also finished in the top 5 of the Premier League for three consecutive years. After Robson, each season has seemed to bring nothing other than decent down the league to Tyneside.

Up on the Tyne, football is nothing short of a religion - proven by the fact that even now, in the Championship, Newcastle filter more fans through their turnstiles than many Premier League sides. But that doesn't matter. The size of the club is irrelevant, it hasn't stopped Newcastle playing the likes of Scunthorpe. Six permanent managers in the space of six seasons after Sir Bobby tells its own story.

Encouragingly for the Iron, both Blackpool and Peterborough have managed to secure victories over Newcastle this season. They came at Bloomfield Road and London Road respectively, and both are grounds which are comparable to Glanford Park - small, compact and very atmospheric when a big team visits. Or maybe it was just due to complacency on the Newcastle part?'


Thirteen years ago to the day we beat Manure 5-0!