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Diary: Can anyone remember what GP looks like?

The man with the microphone Jim Coulson, pens the latest diary.

I am genuinely struggling to recall what the inside of Glanford Park looks like. It’s been a month since we last played there which nowadays is practically the length of time between the last day of the season and the start of the friendlies. By the time the next home fixture comes round, Hakeeb Adelakun will have retired from old age and Paul Hayes will have re-signed and been released from the club another four times.

Of course, there was a lot of disappointment at losing a two goal lead against Crawley, but since that cruel last-ditch home defeat to Notts County in October, the season has begun to turn around. Two victories and a draw on our travels is undoubtedly the best form that we’ve shown all season and it seems that Mark Robins and his players are developing an understanding that will hopefully bring a few old faces back to the home games to be greeted with some proper, positive football, not to mention footlong hotdogs.

I won’t be there for the FA Cup match against Worcester City – a saucy tie if ever there was one (ahem) – the move to Sunday means that I won’t be able to make it in time. Instead I’ll have to settle for watching Jason Mohammad on the BBC’s FA Cup Final Score programme work himself into a lather at the prospect of a small team beating a slightly bigger small team.

Yes, for this game Scunthorpe United are “giants” right up until the final whistle when, if we win, we will instantly become “plucky minnows” ahead of round three. Having watched the first round action in much the same way – sitting through two hours of Kevin Kilbane listing every footballer he has ever played with whilst waiting for ten seconds of footage from the game – I’m preparing to be generally angered by the sheer neediness oozing from the screen as they crave an upset.

In the first round the games generally went to form with the league sides, including us, easing through against the non-league opposition. The reaction from the pundits was cringe-inducing as they tried to pick out reasons to keep the faith with the semi-pros whilst simultaneously dismissing the league clubs’ achievements (apparently Gary McSheffery was embarrassed to celebrate one of the goals –really?).

The nadir came after Chesterfield’s fifth goal against Braintree when, after the report, the camera cut back to Mohammad who sadly uttered the word “disappointing”.  Not for a Chesterfield fan it wasn’t! I’d have been so angry if that had been aimed at Scunny.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the BBC’s football coverage in general and I have nothing against Jason Mohammad – the shots of him, over six foot tall, standing next to five foot five Juninho was the comedy highlight of the World Cup for me – it’s just this desperation is a little unseemly.

They did get their first round upset eventually courtesy of our second round opponent’s win over Coventry and, looking at the table they will surely fancy lightning to strike twice. We know, though, that Scunthorpe United are actually a lot better than 23rd in League One suggests. Either way, for the BBC, the fans who have had to use a satnav to remember how to get to home games after all these weeks and Kev who will take over my microphone duties for the day, the Worcester game will be a match to relish.


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Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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