Following on from the Sunday League mini feature in their latest print issue, Soccer Bible asked me to head down to my beloved Glanford Park. Amongst other tasks, one of the things I shot there was a residence project for an online feature of the stadium.
Soccer Bible regularly run 'Residence' pieces, exploring the nooks and crannies of football stadiums across the globe, both old and new. The timing of this seemed quite apt as the club are looking to build a new stadium in the not so distant future, so it's days of hosting matches appear to be numbered.
Believe it or not, but Glanford Park was part of a new breed of football stadiums when it opened its gates in 1988. It's certainly not pretty, but then it's hardly the worst ground that the lower leagues has to offer. 28 years on and despite a lick of paint here and there, the stadium is showing the signs of wear and tear that you'd expect. It's small, cramped and desperately lacking in imagination, yet it's held a place in my heart ever since my Dad and Grandad took me to see my first ever football match in 1992.
Most of you won't know anything about Scunthorpe United, or even like football for that matter. But for those who do and for my own personal enjoyment, here's just a few of my top Glanford Park memories ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous:
Cliff Byrne nodding home in injury time against Tranmere to squeeze us in to the play-offs
Madman Mick Dewer standing on the wall to hurl abuse at a linesman, only to never be seen in that stand again.
Big John Gayle clearing the stadium with a cross
Darryn Stamp rounding the keeper and still managing to miss an open goal in the FA cup
Jermain Beckford's audacious showboating before curling an absolute worldy in to the top corner
You can see the Soccer Bible feature here.