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League One Ground Guide: Part 5

17 July 2015

Scunthorpe, Sheff United, Shrewsbury & Southend

The penultimate instalment of our League One ground guide takes us to the largest stadium in the division, as well as the home of last season’s League Two play-off winners.

Blackpool will travel to Sheffield United in August, while trips to Scunthorpe United and Shrewsbury Town come the following month.

Glanford Park – Scunthorpe United

With nine new signings through the Glanford Park door, Scunthorpe will be looking to improve on last season’s 16th place finish. Mark Robins’ men solidified in their first season back in League One, and never looked in any real danger of the drop.


Our Last Visit
Blackpool's promotion to the Premier League began to develop from hope to a realistic possibility at Glanford Park in 2010, as Seamus Coleman and DJ Campbell starred in a 4-2 Pool win.

How They Finished
The Iron finished six points above the relegation zone last time out, with victory over Gillingham in April confirming their status in the division. 

Bramall Lane – Sheffield United

After relegation from The Championship in 2011, Sheffield United won’t have expected to still be competing in League One five seasons later. Having lost out in the play-offs in three of their last four seasons, The Blades will again be amongst the favourites for promotion.


Our Last Visit
The Seasiders were well beaten on their last trip to Bramall Lane, going down 3-0 in 2010 after a brace from Richard Cresswell and Nick Montgomery’s strike. 

How They Finished
The Blades spent the season looking certain of a play-off spot, but were beaten by Swindon Town over two legs in May.

Greenhous  Meadow – Shrewsbury Town

Shrewsbury enjoyed an immediate return to League One after claiming second spot in League Two last season. The Greenhous Meadow has been in use since 2007, when it replaced the club’s former home Gay Meadow.


Our Last Visit
Blackpool were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by The Shrews last time out, when Scott Vernon scored the only goal last August.

How They Finished
Managed by former Seasider Micky Mellon, The Shrews finished just five points adrift of champions Burton Albion last season. A 1-0 win at Cheltenham Town in April sealed promotion back to the third tier.

Roots Hall – Southend United

Southend joined Shrewsbury in League One after winning one of the most dramatic play-off finals in recent years. Managed by Phil Brown, The Shrimpers ended a five-year stint in League Two with promotion.


Our Last Visit
Blackpool’s last visit to Roots Hall came in 2006 and resulted in a 2-1 defeat after United scored four minutes from time.

How They Finished
After missing out on automatic promotion on the final day, Southend regrouped and buoyed by scoring an injury time equaliser at Wembley, beat Wycombe Wanderers on penalties to seal promotion.

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