“On iron horse he flies, on iron horse he gladly dies”
- Iron Horse/Born to Lose, Motorhead (1977)
Merry Christmas, everyone! Our penultimate game of the decade sees the Saddlers travel to Glandford Park to face a resurgent Scunthorpe United…
Following a very poor start to the season manager Paul Hurst has certainly turned it around for Scunthorpe, who currently boast the 3rd best form in the division. As a result, they sit four points and five places above the Saddlers in the League 2 standings, currently occupying 12th place.
The Iron have lost just once in their last 10 league games, and only once in their last 10 home league games, so today certainly promises to be a tough festive test. Dutch forward Kevin van Veen leads the scoring charts for the hosts with seven this season, with Alex Gilliead and our old adversary Lee Novak chipping in with four a piece.
Recent League Form
Nov 16 Leyton Orient (A) Won 2-0
Nov 23 Port Vale (H) Won 2-1
Dec 07 Forest Green (A) Won 2-0
Dec 14 Colchester (H) Drew 2-2
Dec 21 Grimsby Town (A) Won 1-0
Our last away game at Scunthorpe came on 11th August 2018, a 1-1 draw between two sides who would ultimately end the season relegated. Lee Novak (surprise, surprise) scored the opener for the hosts just after the break before Zeli Ismail won then scored an equalising penalty on 64 minutes.
Played for Both
Scunthorpe captain Andy Butler played more than 150 games for the Saddlers and will always be fondly remembered for putting the ball in the Dingle net. He is likely to feature as a substitute today following a spell out of the first team.
Some of our older readers will remember winger John Davies. He scored 10 in 67 games for Scunthorpe between 1955 and 1958 before moving to Walsall. At Fellows Park he managed 16 in 65 and was a member of the 1959/60 team that finished as Champions of the Fourth Division.
Scott Laird, Sam Mantom, Isaiah Osbourne, Nicky Featherstone and Peter Till are amongst those to have featured for both sides in the past decade or so, whilst former Saddlers’ boss Richard Money started both his playing and managerial career at Scunthorpe.
Though we ourselves are 8th in the League 2 form guide, Scunthorpe’s excellent recent record is hard to overlook. Stumping for a 1-1 draw, unless we manage to build and preserve an early 4-0 lead…
- Walsall Win
- Scunthorpe Win