10 Nov 2016

Scunthorpe United visits British Steel to see how we will make steel for their new stadium

The Iron are set to move from their current Glanford Park base into a new 12,000 seat stadium, which will be built as part of the Lincolnshire Lakes housing development to the west of the town.

This summer, British Steel and the League One leaders agreed a new partnership which will see our steel go into the state-of-the-art ground, our name appear on the club’s shirts and us work together on a number of community projects.

And Iron manager Graham Alexander said he was delighted to visit the Scunthorpe steel plant with members of the first team.

Graham said: “The steel industry is at the heart of Scunthorpe so we are proud to wear the British Steel name on our shirts and we’re excited by the fact steel from the town will be used in our new stadium. And while our focus is firmly on the playing field, it was fascinating to see behind the scenes at the steelworks.

“We know we have hundreds of supporters who work for British Steel in Scunthorpe so it was great to be able to meet some of them today and show our support for them.”

British Steel director Peter Hogg said: “When we launched our partnership we said we shared the core values of pride, passion and performance and that has been evident throughout the last few months.

“It is fantastic to see Scunthorpe United at the top of the league, and I know many of our employees are doubly proud because they have British Steel emblazoned across their chests.

“Our steel has gone into football stadiums across the world and it was a major boost to our employees when we announced it would also be going into Scunthorpe United’s new ground.

“It was a privilege to have Graham and the players visit us today and on behalf of British Steel, I’d like to wish the team every success as they battle for promotion.”

Scunthorpe United Chief Executive Jim Rodwell, who was also on the visit, said: “We have had an excellent start to the season and I know British Steel has made a good start to life under new ownership. Our partnership is working very well and I look forward to it developing further over the coming months.”

Among the Iron players visiting was Neal Bishop, who hails from Teesside where British Steel has two major operations – the Teesside Beam Mill at Lackenby and our Special Profiles business at Skinningrove. Steel for the new stadium will be made in Scunthorpe and rolled at the Beam Mill.