Carling Cup: Scunthorpe and the wider draw considered

The Cup gods smiled on City this lunchtime, granting us a home tie against Championship side Scunthorpe in the fourth round of the Carling Cup. The game will take place on the week beginning 26th October.

City did well to avoid any of the 12 other Premier League sides left in the compeition, and Mark Hughes will doubtless be confident of progressing to the quarter finals.

The Iron are holding their own in the Championship after getting promoted via the play-offs last season. At Wembley, they beat a Millwall side managed by former City coach Kenny Jackett. It’s often been noted how Sven’s side went downhill after Jackett left, and it’s interesting to wonder what might have been had he not been tempted by the delights of the New Den.

Given their recent promotion and respectable start in the Championship, City will be facing a confident Iron team, and we’ll need to be mindful of that. The prospect of a trip to Eastlands should excite them and I’d expect a few more in the away end than the 91 from Fulham. With all due respect, it’s hardly a glamour tie for us, and hopefully City will price tickets accordingly.

With Mark Hughes rightly looking to win the Carling Cup this season, it’s interesting to look at how the draw panned out for our potential rivals. With the ‘big four’ all fielding weaker teams in this competition, it’s hard to say where the biggest threats lie.

Sunderland and Villa both fielded strong sides in the last round and are now playing each other, so one of them will be out of the way.

I was surprised to see Everton field a strong side last time, given they’re having to cope with the Europa League as well, and it will be good to see either them or Spurs go out at White Hart Lane.

Arsenal always use this competition for their conveyor belt of youngsters, so it will be interesting to see how they fare against a Liverpool side that scraped past Leeds.

United have landed themselves an easier tie against struggling Barnsley. If City are going to be doing better in cup competitions, then it’s likely we’ll start seeing more of United. At the moment I’m quite happy to avoid them.

Stat facts: City have only played Scunthorpe 4 times competitively but have won them all scoring 21 times! Last time, Robbie Fowler bagged a hat-trick in the FA Cup in 2006. The only League Cup tie finished 6-0 in the 1974/75 season.

Check out video of Scunthorpe’s latest exploits on their BBC page here if you wish. (At the time of writing it’s showing their victory in the previous round against Port Vale).

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  1. hi.
    i’m pretty sure i remember City beating Scunthorpe one christmas in the mid sixties. If i’m right it would be the christmas when we played Rotherham twice in a few days and Scunthorpe was the other team. We scored a six, a four, and either another four or possibly an eight. Derek Kevan ex england centre foreward and Jimmy Murrey were the strikers at that time. I’d be more than happy if you or anyone can confirm my memory. lol
    regards fellow blues

    • Hi Dave,

      I’m afraid I was only born in 1969, but a quick check on Soccerbase (which is great for these things) says in the 63/64 season that we beat Rotherham 6-1 on 21st December before playing a double header against Scunthorpe. Boxing Day saw us win 8-1, then on the 28th Dec it was 4-2 at their place.

      A very merry Christmas indeed that year! Sadly it doesn’t list the scorers, so we’ll have to rely on your memory for now.

  2. thekippaxismymum
    27 September 2009 - 3:48 pm

    Hey Dave, Blue Days,

    Check out –

    It is an unofficial website and has quite a lot of information on there, but is not yet complete so I could not find out about Rotherham. They did however have info on Scunthorpe.

    Dec 26 1963, 8-1, Gray 3, Murray 3, Kevan 2.
    Dec 28 1963, 4-2, Murray 2, Kevan, Wagstaffe.

    Cumon you Blues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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