Scunthorpe United close in on ground purchase

Glanford Park, home of Scunthorpe United

Scunthorpe United has today confirmed that contracts have been exchanged with its former owner Peter Swann for the ongoing purchase of the club’s home – Glanford Park.

Former board member and local businesswoman Michelle Harness took over the National League North side last month after David Hilton, who had bought the club from Swann in January, withdrew all funding.

There was uncertainty over where the Iron would be able to play their home matches before a deal was agreed with Swann.

The club now anticipates completion of the deal for the ground will be towards the end of this month.

A statement from its board of directors said: “We are ecstatic to announce that we have exchanged contracts for the purchase of Glanford Park.

“The monumental effort from all involved, both in this process, and to keep the club running on a day-to-day basis, has not gone unnoticed, and we express our unwavering gratitude for the support which has been a driving force behind these positive outcomes.

“As said previously though, this is when the hard work truly does start.

“The club has overcome a number of obstacles, bumps in the road, and issues surrounding our future, but we now need the ongoing support of all of our supporters, local businesses and the community to make this a success and get this great club firmly back on track.”

The board added that it will be engaging with local businesses, as it wants as many of these firms as possible to be part of the club’s plans.

And it noted: “Our focus is to continue to tackle our extreme levels of debt that have been inherited.

“Good progress has been made to conquer a number of these, but we need support from everyone to continue moving in the right direction.”