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Rotherham dispose of Scunthorpe to seal Wembley play-off final date

Rotherham’s hopes of bouncing straight back to the Championship remain alive after they booked their place in the League One play-off final with a 2-0 win over Scunthorpe in the semi-final second leg. The Millers, relegated from the second tier last ye…

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Scunthorpe scramble late 2-2 draw with Rotherham in League One play-off

• Iron twice come from behind in semi-final first leg• Cameron McGeehan denies Millers at Glanford ParkCameron McGeehan chose a good time to score his first Scunthorpe goal as his late leveller forced a 2-2 draw with Rotherham in their League One play-…

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Paul Hurst’s new Shrewsbury side are riding the crest of a wave | Jeremy Alexander

Shropshire’s only league club are the Football League’s only unbeaten side, beating Scunthorpe 2-0 to stay top of League One by four points

Ten years ago, as Shrewsbury moved out of town after 97 years at Gay Meadow, they changed their crest too, losing two of its three loggerheads as well as the inscription “Floreat Salopia”. This season they restored them. Evidently three dunces are better than one. The crest is of a wave and Shrewsbury are flourishing, the Football League’s only unbeaten club and top of League One by four points after beating Scunthorpe United 2-0 at home on Saturday.

“It was a big win,” said Paul Hurst, their manager, not because it was their first by more than a goal but because The Iron had conceded only three before and not lost away. Hurst cuts the season into months and, after 10 points out of 12 in August, he said “to take 19 out of 21 is ridiculous”. Last season they did not reach 29 points until the end of January.

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League One and League Two: a fan from each club previews the 2017–18 season

If the fans who spoke to us are right, Bradford City, Bristol Rovers, Bury, Charlton and Southend United – and a few other clubs – will be in the play-offs

• Championship: fans preview the season

It would be nice to stay clear of relegation and have a comfortable season with a few big wins to keep us going. I’d like a number of our younger players to establish themselves here rather than being bought by Premier League clubs.

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League One play-offs roundup: Rory McArdle gives Bradford the edge

• Bradford City 1-0 Fleetwood Town
• Millwall 0-0 Scunthorpe United

League One play-offs

Rory McArdle’s second-half header gave Bradford City a slender advantage as they beat Fleetwood Town 1-0 in the first leg of their League One play-off semi-final.

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Scunthorpe show their mettle in steel city as League One battle intensifies | Jeremy Alexander

The League One clash of Blades and The Iron, two resurgent sides, at Bramall Lane ended in a vibrant, heavy-metal 1-1 draw

Scunthorpe could take a leaf out of Lincoln City’s book. At Burnley the Imps had the nous to score in the 89th minute. At Bramall Lane The Iron, the county’s only League club for five seasons before Grimsby’s return, had the cheek in League One’s top-of-the-table match to take the lead straight after an interval they had reached in ragged relief at level terms. Two minutes later Sheffield United equalised and so it stayed, with each side hitting a post in the closing minutes, Scunthorpe again first, and honours even from a contest fit for a fine old stadium and 27,980 crowd, way above anything in the Championship’s limited programme.

The clubs left that division six years ago together and are resurgent under managers forging their names. Chris Wilder, born and bred a Blade, is back where he belongs. A modest career as a full-back began there and, though he said he would never manage them, he fell at the first invitation last May and has invigorated them in a way that the Nigels, Clough and Adkins, had not, even reliving his ballboy days from the dugout. His CV proclaims quick results, taking up Oxford United from the Conference in his first full season with them and Northampton from League Two in his second. He failed to take Oxford further, which Michael Appleton has done, but looks well set for his hat-trick here.

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Football League your thoughts: Norwich are floored by Rotherham revival

The pressure on Alex Neil grows, Newcastle go top as Brighton slip up, Callum Connolly makes an instant impact and League One gets turned upside down Continue reading…

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West Ham, Arsenal and lessons for football clubs who move grounds

English clubs have gone through an unprecedented period of change since the Taylor Report was published in 1990. This is what they (should) have learned

By Richard Foster for The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Guardian Sport Network

With West Ham hosting Arsenal at the London Stadium this weekend, it is an appropriate time to consider how clubs perform when they up sticks for a new stadium. Ten years ago Arsenal proved that changing grounds is not so straightforward. When West Ham resettled this summer they became the 32nd club to move to a new ground in the last 28 years, since Scunthorpe United left The Old Show Ground for the relatively palatial surroundings of Glanford Park back in 1988.

Scunthorpe’s move to a purpose-built stadium was the first by an English club since 1955 (when Southend United moved to Roots Hall) and marked the start of a plethora of moves following the Taylor Report of 1990, which recommended the introduction of all-seater stadia in the top two divisions of the Football League. Things have almost come full circle after 28 years, as Scunthorpe are on the move again to a new stadium, possibly as early as next season. Scunthorpe will want to avoid the pitfalls experienced by many clubs over the intervening years.

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Charlton hit five at Bristol Rovers to make it two out of two for Nugent

• Scunthorpe and Sheffield United continue to lead way in League One
• Plymouth slump to second home defeat in four days, Barnet winning 2-0

Charlton, seeking an eighth manager since March 2014, cruised to a 5-1 win at Bristol Rovers to climb into the top half of the League One table. Kevin Nugent was put in caretaker charge following the sacking of Russell Slade and has won both of his games.

Nugent’s team, who had beaten Port Vale 2-0 on Saturday, were ahead after 26 minutes on Tuesday through Ademola Lookman, with Josh Magennis doubling the lead just before half-time.

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Merstham and Westfields rewarded with home ties in FA Cup first round

• Surrey-based Merstham host Oxford United at tiny Moatside ground
• Ninth-tier Westfields will face fellow non-league side Curzon Ashton

The Isthmian League Premier Division side Merstham will host Oxford United in their debut appearance in the first round of the FA Cup. The seventh-tier club beat Ebbsfleet United in the final qualifying round and have been rewarded with a home tie against League One opponents.

The lowest-ranked side, Westfields of the Midland League Premier Division, will host the National League North side Curzon Ashton, who defeated York City in a replay after the draw was held.

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Football League your thoughts: Norwich and Newcastle on track for quick return

The Canaries and Magpies are in good shape to soar straight back to the Premier League, Fulham won a six-goal thriller at Oakwell, and Carlisle are the Football League’s only unbeaten team after Bradford lost at Oxford

• With leaders Huddersfield hosting Sheffield Wednesday in Sunday’s Yorkshire derby, relegated Norwich and Newcastle both had the chance to climb into the automatic promotion places, and both obliged with comfortable home victories. Wes Hoolahan led the Canaries to top spot, scoring a crafty solo opener and setting up Cameron Jerome for the second in the 3-1 win over Rotherham. Newcastle won by the same score at St. James’ Park, Dwight Gayle’s double against Brentford taking his goal tally to nine for the division’s top scorers.

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Josh Morris’s strike of beauty keeps Iron at boiling point | Alan Smith

Football League Weekly: Josh Morris was injured and out of the goals last season but his dozen this term are keeping Scunthorpe top of League One

When Graham Alexander took control at Scunthorpe United nine games from the end of last season one eye was already trained on how to improve a stagnant team during the summer. Simultaneously, though, the former right-back guided The Iron, in 13th when he was named as Mark Robins’s replacement, to seven wins and a draw, leaving them with a decent shout of what had, a few weeks earlier, seemed an unlikely play-off place, going into the final game.

It did not quite work out pipped by the eventually-promoted Barnsley, but their impressive form has continued and a team who have too often specialised in the mundane sit pretty on top of League One. The tempestuous 2-1 triumph on Saturday at Bury, who were second before kick-off and won every fixture last month, may have been the sweetest yet.

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Martin Thorpe dies at the age of 62

• 16 years a Guardian sports-desk journalist
Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich, 1999 European Cup final

Martin Thorpe, who worked on the Guardian sports desk from 1986 until 2002, has died after a brief illness. He was rediagnosed with cancer earlier this year and passed away at home in Rottingdean, Sussex, on Tuesday. He was 62.

Thorpe, a Scunthorpe United fan who maintained links with the supporters’ club in London, began his career with National RockStar in the mid-70s and found his way to The Times as a casual sub-editor and then Eddy Shah’s Today, where he worked on the launch until moving on to the Guardian soon after. He began as a casual sub, finished up as chief sub and ended his Guardian days as a football reporter, his high-water mark being providing the match coverage of Manchester United’s injury-time European Cup win against Bayern Munich at Camp Nou in 1999.

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Football League your thoughts: 31-match unbeaten run ends for Northampton

Huddersfield stay on top spot in the Championship, Blackburn register first win, Plymouth Argyle take Devon bragging rights and a rogue drone at Valley Parade Continue reading…

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Burton looking back nervously after Bishop’s winner for Scunthorpe

Nigel Clough’s side suffered a blow to their promotion push after Neal Bishop scored the goal that gave Scunthorpe a 1-0 home win

The Brewers are wobbling if not reeling. Four games ago Burton Albion were six points clear of Wigan Athletic on top of League One. Now, after a 1-0 defeat by Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park, they are four behind. Not since September 2013 have they had a worse four-match haul than two points. Instead of cantering to a second promotion running they are looking anxiously over their shoulders at a galloping pack who thought they were competing only for the play-offs.

Nigel Clough, their manager, called the first half “nice and solid, so we’re quite happy at half-time”. He was quite unhappy at the end. “You can dominate games for 90 minutes or whatever but one corner, if you don’t concentrate, you lose two balls as we did and concede. That’s what costs you the game.” The Iron centre-back David Mirfin won the heads-up and the midfielder Neal Bishop hooked the ball in on the hour.

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Nick Daws named Scunthorpe United manager until end of the season

• Daws won four of five games as caretaker manager
• Club sit 13th in League One, eight points off play-offs

Scunthorpe United have confirmed the appointment of Nick Daws as manager until the end of the season after an impressive spell in caretaker charge.

Andy Dawson has been named as Daws’ assistant after the pair’s joint temporary spell together saw the club register four straight victories and just one defeat after taking over from Mark Robins and Ned Kelly in mid-January.

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Managerial casualties in England on course to be highest ever this season

• 34 managers have already left their posts since 1 June
• Previous record of 53 dismissals in 2001-02 could be beaten

English football is on course for its highest ever number of managerial casualties after a bleak end to 2015 for the men in charge of its clubs.

The League Managers Association’s Mid-Season Manager Statistics report, which was released on Monday as Scunthorpe boss Mark Robins and Orient’s Ian Hendon became the latest to be shown the door, makes grim reading with the figures suggesting the all-time high of 53 dismissals in 2001-02 could be exceeded by the end of the current campaign.

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Scunthorpe United sack manager Mark Robins after just over year in charge

• Robins was handed three-year contract in 2014
• Club lies 16th in League One, six points clear of relegation

Scunthorpe United have sacked their manager Mark Robins

The former Rotherham, Coventry and Barnsley manager was appointed in October 2014 succeeding the sacked Russ Wilcox.

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Scunthorpe United sack manager Mark Robins after just over year in charge

• Robins was handed three-year contract in 2014
• Club lies 16th in League One, six points clear of relegation

Scunthorpe United have sacked their manager Mark Robins

The former Rotherham, Coventry and Barnsley manager was appointed in October 2014 succeeding the sacked Russ Wilcox.

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FA Cup roundup: Scunthorpe earn trip to Chelsea but Salford City exit

• Scunthorpe defeat Orient 3-0 and Salford go down 2-0 at Hartlepool
• Shrewsbury beat Grimsby 1-0; Walsall see off Chesterfield on penalties

Scunthorpe will travel to Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup after easing to a 3-0 home victory over Leyton Orient in a replay while Salford City went down 2-0 to Hartlepool.

The Iron last played at Stamford Bridge in 2005 when they took a surprise lead before going on to lose 3-1.

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