We catch up with Scun­thorpe United’s 1982-83 pro­mo­tion-win­ners

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Neil Fissler

STEVE BAINES be­came best known as a Foot­ball League ref­eree but he could have ended up as a man­ager if things had taken a dif­fer­ent course.

It was with an eye on a ca­reer in man­age­ment when he joined Scun­thorpe af­ter fall­ing out of favour with Wal­sall.

The Iron were almost as low as you can get in the League as only Crewe Alexan­dra had fin­ished be­low them in the ta­ble the sea­son be­fore.

Baines ad­mits that he was more than up for the chal­lenge of be­ing player-coach and helped man­ager John Dun­can trans­form the club.

Within a few short months, the Iron were in the thick of the pro­mo­tion battle but Dun­can was sacked af­ter fall­ing out with chair­man David Wraith.

“I had a lean spell at Wal­sall and the chair­man at the time wanted to get his pound of flesh, and John was player-man­ager of Scun­thorpe at the time,” re­called Baines.

“They had con­ceded a hat­ful of goals the sea­son be­fore and we had a mu­tual friend in Lam­mie Robert­son who wanted me to go some­where on loan.

“But I wanted to do some- thing more mean­ing­ful. And I had al­ways wanted to go into man­age­ment. I was 28 at the time, which was fairly early

“So he put me in touch with John, who gave me the op­por­tu­nity to go Scun­thorpe as play­er­coach, which was the only role I was in­ter­ested in.

“I was the link be­tween the play­ers and the man­age­ment.

“John was more for or­gan­i­sa­tion whereas my strengths were in man-man­age­ment, work­ing with peo­ple and get­ting the best out of them.

“But I had to also play with them so it was no easy task. We were a solid unit that worked very hard, we weren’t the best team in the world but had some use­ful boys.

“We didn’t give much away and we could al­ways nick a goal. Neil Poin­ton was like a game boy – he could run up and down the left wing all day.

“Steve Cam­mack, who was our lead­ing scorer, could score for fun. He was one of them – you just needed to make the chance.

“Then three-quar­ters of the way through the sea­son, John fell out with the chair­man. They had a bit of a spat, it was more a clash of per­son­al­i­ties than any­thing else.

“We hadn’t been out of the top part of the ta­ble all sea­son.

“I thought I had got the job for a sec­ond or two un­til Al­lan Clarke walked around the cor­ner.”

Clarke led the Iron to pro­mo­tion, fin­ish­ing fourth be­hind Wim­ble­don, Hull and Port Vale. Baines moved on to Chester­field be­fore tak­ing up the whis­tle.

1. Alan Box­all: Cen­tral de­fender who was a PE teacher in Grimsby and then be­come a lorry driver in the lo­cal area. 2. Martin Fowler: Mid­fielder, set­tled in the Scun­thorpe area and be­came an art and de­sign teacher at the John Leg­gott Col­lege in the town.

3. Paul John­son: Goal­keeper, born lo­cally. Went to work in a steel­works and was play­ing foot­ball lo­cally for many years.

4. Joe Neenan: Goal­keeper, set­tled in the York area where he worked for a con­fec­tionery com­pany and is now a care­taker for City of York Coun­cil. 5. Les Hunter: Cen­tral de­fender, af­ter re­tir­ing from play­ing he be­came a po­lice­man with the Der­byshire Con­stab­u­lary in Chester­field. 6. Chris Cowl­ing: Cen­tre-for­ward, be­came stu­dent progress leader at the St Lawrence Academy in Scun­thorpe. His son Zac was a Scun­thorpe ap­pren­tice.

7. Andy Kee­ley: Cen­tral de­fender. Is back liv­ing in his na­tive Es­sex where he is work­ing as a driv­ing in­struc­tor. His el­der brother Glenn played for Black­burn. 8. Si­mon Snow: For­ward, is now based in Woodthorpe, Nottingham, and is di­rec­tor of a re­cy­cling firm Beecher Tex­tiles Springs. Has man­aged in Non-League. 9. Neil Poin­ton: The left-back went on to have a suc­cess­ful ca­reer with the likes of Ever­ton, Manch­ester City and Old­ham. Tried his hand at Non-League man­age­ment be­fore join­ing Bolton as an academy coach. 10. Ge­orge Telfer: For­ward, be­came a se­nior man­ager for the Mersey­side Youth As­so­ci­a­tion for 29 years and is a church war­den in Farn­worth, Cheshire. 11. Vince Grimes: Mid­fielder, be­came a post­man be­fore tak­ing a job work­ing for Scun­thorpe So­cial Ser­vices. 12. Steve Cam­mack: For­ward, the club’s record goalscorer was a lorry driver in his na­tive Sh­effield then be­came a sales rep for a beer and spirit whole­saler. 13. Den­nis Le­man: Mid­fielder, is work­ing for the PFA as a com­mu­nity lia­sion ex­ec­u­tive af­ter spend­ing 21 years as a foot­ball in the com­mu­nity ad­min­is­tra­tor. 14. Steve Baines: De­fender who be­came a Foot­ball League ref­eree. Has had busi­ness in­ter­ests that in­clude in­sur­ance, prop­erty broking and a com­modi­ties net­work. 15. John Dun­can: Man­aged Hartle­pool, Chester­field (twice), Ip­swich and Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity. He was also tech­ni­cal man­ager for the League Man­agers As­so­ci­a­tion. 16. Phil McLough­lin: Spent 13 years as Scun­thorpe physio and later be­came academy physio at Nottingham For­est be­fore re­turn­ing to Scun­thorpe. 17. Noel Parkin­son: Mid­fielder, sold pho­to­copiers then be­came man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of on­line sales for Dixon Mo­tors for 18 years. Now runs a car-buy­ing com­pany. 18. Paul O’Berg: Mid­fielder, lives in Oakham, Le­ices­ter­shire and runs his own travel com­pany, Malta Choices. NOT PIC­TURED Mike An­gus: Mid­fielder, is based in his na­tive Mid­dles­brough. Peter Cartwright: Mid­fielder, be­came a school teacher on Ty­ne­side. Tommy Gra­ham: Mid­fielder, lives in Barns­ley and works as a sur­gi­cal chi­ropodist. Mike Lester: Mid­fielder, has run soc­cer schools in the Manch­ester area. Jimmy Mann: Mid­fielder, worked in se­cu­rity, as a milk­man and as a jetty master for As­so­ci­ated Bri­tish Ports. Bob Oates: Cen­tral de­fender, be­came a com­mu­nity man­ager at Burnley and Sun­der­land. Now runs com­mu­nity soc­cer in Sun­der­land. Tony Reid: Mid­fielder, worked in car fi­nance be­fore go­ing into prop­erty and is now a di­rec­tor of Radar Fi­nance in Der­byshire. Ian Web­ster: Cen­tral de­fender, be­came the man­ager of The Boyes chain in Don­caster.

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