It started with a 1-1 draw against Wigan Athletic on 2nd January, and ended with a 3-0 victory over Millwall at the weekend in their final outing of 2016 at Glanford Park.Scunthorpe’s unbeaten home record now stretches 23 league matches.
But, what’s more impressive, is the fact that those 23 outings include all of their matches at Glanford Park in the calendar year of 2016 (22), which is a new club record.
An unbeaten 2016 at Glanford Park
14 wins, 8 draws: DWWDDWDWWWWWWWDDDWWWDW
2nd Jan: 1-1 Wigan Athletic
23rd Jan: 3-0 Colchester United
13th Feb: 1-0 Southend United
27th Feb: 1-1 Oldham Athletic
5th Mar: 0-0 Gillingham
8th Mar: 2-0 Doncaster Rovers
19th Mar: 1-1 Chesterfield
28th Mar: 6-0 Swindon Town
9th Apr: 1-0 Burton Albion
19th Apr: 2-1 Bury
30th Apr: 1-0 Port Vale
6th Aug: 3-1 Bristol Rovers
20th Aug: 5-0 Gillingham
10th Sep: 4-0 Southend United
20th Sep: 0-0 Charlton Athletic
24th Sep: 2-2 Sheffield United
8th Oct: 1-1 Northampton Town
15th Oct: 2-1 Milton Keynes Dons
29th Oct: 4-1 Swindon Town
19th Nov: 1-0 Oldham Athletic
26th Nov: 1-1 Oxford United
17th Dec: 3-0 Millwall
“To have gone the whole year without a home league defeat just shows that a lot of tough work has been done by a lot of people,” Iron manager Graham Alexander said after his side’s comfortable win over the Lions.
“I’ve only been here since March but everyone who has been involved in that 12 months, including the supporters because they’ve played their part, deserves a pat on the back."
That scintillating home form has given Alexander’s men the platform for a stunning season so far in Sky Bet League One, and they sit top of the pile going into Christmas.
They’re three points clear of second-placed Sheffield United and are now eyeing a return to the Sky Bet Championship, a division they were relegated from in 2010/11.
“To go through a calendar year unbeaten in the league is a tough task in today’s competitive game so every credit but that’s not what we’re here for,” Alexander - a former Iron player - added.
“We’re here to be successful at the end of the season and we have to focus on what’s important.”