Local businesswoman completes takeover of Scunthorpe United

The Attis Arena, home of Scunthorpe United

Troubled North Lincolnshire football club Scunthorpe United has been saved.

The National League North side will be hoping to put a tumultuous few months behind it after being bought by local businesswoman Michelle Harness.

A current director of the club, former commercial manager of over 15 years at the Iron and director at North Lincs Structures Harness has acquired the club from the outgoing David Hilton.

She said: “I would like to thank everyone who assisted in the transaction, especially David Hilton.

“There are a lot of challenges and problems to overcome, but David has taken no fee for the club, and wiped all monies that he personally invested to enable this deal to happen. I wish him and his family all the best for the future, and I hope he finds some peace away from football.

“I’d also like to acknowledge the efforts of Simon Elliott, who has massively assisted in getting this deal over the line. There is now a lot of work to do behind the scenes to get our great football club back on track, and that work starts immediately with the fantastic team we have working for us, starting with the appointment of a new board.”

The move comes after Hilton effectively abandoned the club last week, saying he was withdrawing all funding.