Looking back: Scunthorpe’s greatest players

Over the last 15 seasons, Iron fans have been on a roller coaster with promotions and relegations following one after the other. It has been rare for the team not to be fighting a battle at one end of the table or other, and this season’s campaign continues that trend.

Scunthorpe are in the thick of another promotion fight, and if they can return to their best form, they can finish the season with at least a play-off place. One of the keys to their success will be top scorer Josh Morris, who has found the net 11 times this season and is one of the reasons why the team is rated highly by punters who play the League One betting markets. Morris was on target 19 times last season and has the potential to be a goal-scoring stalwart for the side for many seasons to come.

Of course, Morris is following in the footsteps of some legendary Scunthorpe players who have made a significant contribution to the club’s history. Here are three of the best.

Steve Cammack

The club’s all-time leading scorer, Cammack came from Chesterfield in 1979 and scored his first goal in his second appearance, the 6-1 thrashing of York City. It was the first of an incredible 121 goals for the Iron, scored during two spells at the club. His first stint ended in the summer of 1981, but he was back the following March and played a leading role in the 1982/83 promotion campaign, scoring 25 times in 41 appearances in the league. He scored 18 goals in 1983/84 and 24 in the following season. He finished as the club’s top scorer five times, and by the time he left to join Scarborough, he had written his name into Scunthorpe history.

Jack Brownsword

A colliery worker, Brownsword joined Scunthorpe while they were still in the Midland League, shortly before they were elected to join the Football League. Between 1950 and 1965, Brownsword made 597 league appearances for the club – a figure that rises to 791 if you include cup and non-league games. Although he played predominantly at left-back, he scored 50 league goals for the Iron, and all but one of them were penalties. Sadly, he passed away in 2009 at the age of 86, but he was immortalised by the renaming of the approach road to Glanford Park as Jack Brownsword Way in July 2010.

Andy Flounders

In the post-Cammack era, the club was in need of a new goalscoring hero and they found him in the person of Andy Flounders. He joined the Iron in March 1987 and was on target in his third game, against Torquay. He scored six goals in 15 appearances that season and continued in the same vein the following campaign, finding the net 24 times in all. He played a big part in two promotion battles, and in four seasons at the club he scored 100 goals, making him Scunthorpe’s second-highest goalscorer of all time.

Morris may not quite be up there with these Iron legends yet, but he has many seasons ahead of him. Together with other young players such as Luke Williams and Kyle Wootton, he can play a major role in writing the next chapter of Scunthorpe’s football history.

Written by Max Bell

Scunthorpe United Fan and match summariser for BBC Radio Humberside.

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