After a 72-year stay in the football league Scunthorpe United have finally returned to Non-League. After a torrid season, today was the inevitable day that their relegation fears became a reality. They faced Leyton Orient away and had to win to have a shot at survival.
Leyton Orient finished the game off in the first half an hour as they went 3-0 up after 30 minutes. This was the final score and this also saw Scunthorpe relegated from League Two. Heartbreak for Scunthorpe and a season in the National League awaits them. They have been dire this season to say the least and have only picked up 4 league wins all season. They have been poor going forwards as they have only scored 26 league goals this season which is the lowest in the division.
They have had a few decent moments this season though, but the highlight must have been coming from behind against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park and winning 1-3. The Iron have been on a really big tumble in the past few years and it wasn't so long ago since they finished 20th in the Championship and surviving. They were however relegated from the Championship in the 10/11 season and that is when things started to get a bit rough. They had a bad first season in League One finishing 18th and it got worse next season as they were relegated in 21st place. They instantly came back into League One and were promoted in 2nd. They spent 4 consecutive seasons in League One but were relegated in the 18/19 season in 23rd. They finished 20th in their first season in League Two and things got bleak fast after the pandemic struck. They survived by 3 points last season and were lucky to see another season in the football league. Then we come to the present day and the day in question is the one feared by all Scunthorpe fans.
Relegation isn't always the end of the world as you have time to rebuild and hopefully make your return. They will get to play rivals Grimsby Town again unless they go up via play-offs which looks a possibility. Will they recover and make their return or will they keep slipping and fall into the the National League North?