Scunthorpe United will net £520,000 from the Gary Hooper transfer from Celtic to Norwich City, boosting the millions of benefactor Peter Swann husband of Wilkos joint chairman Karyn, who is committed to getting them back where they belong . If Scunthorpe United and the spectre of Brian Laws in the away dugout will not be motivation enough, add in the £6 and £3 entry fee, Mr Peter Swann, who allegedly took his millions North of the county in favour of joining our board, plus an Iron invasion of the ex-Home end. Sincil salivates…. a not to be missed classic encounter, for the conquerors will be favourites to be crowned County Champions.
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“It’s North Lincolnshire princes against Mid Lincolnshire paupers on paper, but football, remember is played on a pitch, by men”
Scunthorpe fell some way short of expectations last season after Laws replaced Alan Knill in the October. The Iron went down, in 21st position, with Peter Swann gaining the chairmanship over the summer, vowing to invest heavily to return them to the Championship. The cause will also be boosted to the tune of half a million pounds when Gary Hooper swaps green and white hoops for Blue and White hoops this week. Scunthorpe sold him for £2.4m to Celtic with a 20% sell on, so the Five million fee from Norwich who pipped QPR, will net that handsome £520,000 and a return, all told, of close to £3 millions.
Andy Boyce is also set to meet up with his old central defensive partner Luke Waterfall, with battles in both boxes guaranteed. Laws is clearly trying to recapture the golden era he enjoyed there between 1997 and 2006. He shifted six but has shrewdly brought in nine. He has two new defenders in Andy Dawson (Hull) & Luke Waterfall (Gainsborough). Laws has rebuilt the midfield with five new arrivals, namely, Etiënne Esajas (Swindon), winger Terry Hawkridge (Gainsborough), Sean McAllister (Cowdenbeath), Matt Sparrow (Crawley Town) and Andy Welsh (Carlisle). To boost the strike force a decent duo in Deon Burton (Gillingham) and Chris Iwelumo (Watford).
Scunthorpe beat Grimsby 3-0 in the last round of the County cup with two of the goals coming in the last 10 minutes. However the Imps are far more attack minded than The fishy foe, who are defensively minded. This is a very tough test against a side certain to be there or thereabouts in League 2 this season, but you feel it is set to be a football fiesta between two attack minded local rivals. As to whether we could see another repeat of the 5-3 game in 2003 who knows. But we can dream…hopefully this story will help inspire a big crowd and rekindle Imps spirits – HERE