How Do I Get There?
Rounding off our away trips on this beautiful pre-season jaunt, we’re heading off to that unpolished gem that is North Lincolnshire. For those of you driving, take the A1 (M) out of the north east before joining the M62 towards Hull. Take the exit for the M18 towards Scunthorpe and then continue onto the M180 before exiting at junction 3 for the M181 where Glanford Park will appear on your right hand side.
Parking is available at the ground costing £3.
For you big dawgs travelling by train, you’re in for a treat. After a change at Doncaster you’ll arrive into Scunthorpe Railway Station and, naturally, it is nowhere near the ground. I’ve read that there is the potential for a free bus being laid on by the police but don’t put your house on it. Your best bet is getting a taxi from the town centre, unless you want to try and navigate Scunthorpe’s bus network.
Alternatively, there are still spaces available on the ALS buses which depart from the Stadium of Light at 2pm and are priced at £25 return. You can book a spot here.
Where Can I Get The Sesh Started?
You know what’s great about football grounds that are nowhere near anything? The selection of pubs. I mean, who doesn’t want to prop up the bar of a Frankie & Benny’s pre-match? Unfortunately this is very much the case at Glanford Park. The Old Farmhouse Pub next to the ground - complete with Wacky Warehouse - is not a bad option if you’re taking your kids to the match, I guess.
However, if you have a little time on your hands then you should seek out the Scunny jewel known as The Berkeley Hotel. Located on a roundabout opposite an Esso garage about a 15-minute walk from the stadium, it dates back to 1940 and serves a delicious drop of Sam Smiths - what more could you want?
If you’re in the town centre I challenge you to find a cheaper pint than the ones served in The Blue Bell Inn (of course it’s a Wetherspoons, you didn’t really need to ask).
I’m Staying Owa, Is There Owt To Do?
When I Googled “events in Scunthorpe” the nearest thing that came up was something called That’ll Be The Day which was described as “the UK’s No.1 Rock & Roll variety production”. I thought, “that sounds bloody right up my street” then I noticed it’s not happening until August 4th.
The only other thing listed as something to do in Scunthorpe was a Milton Jones gig in October. Wikipedia hasn’t even had the will to create a travel section for it so I’d recommend just not stopping over. So in short, to answer your question: no, there is nowt to do in Scunthorpe on a Wednesday night.
What Is The Ground Like?
If you like your football grounds next to a motorway then strap yourself in because you are going to LOVE Glanford Park. Scunthorpe’s home is pretty much what you’d expect from a stadium that holds just over 9,000 supporters.
Three smallish all-seater stands and then an end terrace to house The Iron’s ultras. Away supporters occupy the South Stand behind the goal and, on occasions, part of the brilliantly named Clugston Stand.
While we’re at it, who wants a WIKIPEDIA-AND-UNRESEARCHED-GLANFORD-PARK FACT?! You’re damn right you do! When it opened its doors in 1988 it was the first new purpose-built stadium to be built in 33 years since Southend United took up residence in 1955. BOOM! SCUNTHORPE FACTS!
Anyway, they’re supposed to be moving within the next season or summat so enjoy what will (hopefully) be our last visit.