Scunthorpe United supporters put in another polished performance at an action-packed Flag Day.
The venue, Cafe Indiependent on the high street, had sold out early and looked resplendent after early work from the ground staff – led by head groundsman John Needham – ensured the event lived up to its eponymous name.
The pre-match build-up went well, with Paddy Madden’s header at Glanford Park and Colchester United’s late equaliser at Oakwell ensuring confidence was high from the off.
That resulted in a quick start, with an attacking formation ensuring plenty of early goalmouth activity at the bar.
The selection of drinks ensured everyone remained well hydrated. The pies were handed out in a slick operation which the catering points at Glanford Park could learn from – the queue for food was headed by George Kerr who showed the kind of pace he always insisted he had, but no one believed him, as he made straight for the food on arrival.
After a slower period while pies were consumed and tactics discussed for a play-off push, singer-songwriter Nick Akester upped the tempo with the first live music of the evening.
Los Reciclordores were handed the challenge of following on from this with an eclectic set which invoked the spirit of Britney Spears, Johnny Cash and the White Stripes as the crowd filled the dance floor.
The raffle was eagerly-anticipated, with a better haul of prizes handed out than your average 50/50 draw, before Twisted Revolution showed the future of the Scunthorpe music scene is bright by headlining the evening with their original work.
All that was left was for those attending to give their thanks to all the performers and those who had organised the evening, with particular appreciation to the largely volunteer-workforce from Cafe Indiependent whose professionalism and enthusiasm really added to the evening.
A donation of more than £550 will be made to MacMillan Cancer Support from the evening’s profits, while the auction of a signed pair of Alex Calvo-Garcia boots donated by the former Iron midfielder ensured a further £100 to the Save Our Steel fund.
Head coach Buzzer Dent received handshakes and congratulations from a number of the crowd as they exited the venue.
Although the coach he is keen to hand over some responsibilities as Flag Day has grown, the team are already planning Flag Day 2017 back at its now established home at Cafe Indie.