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Winnall leaves Scunthorpe for Barnsley

Scunthorpe United forward Sam Winnall has signed for recently relegated Barnsley for an undisclosed fee.

The former Wolves man bagged 23 goals in 49 games for the Iron, topping the scoring charts as the team won promotion from League Two.

Promotion celebrations for Scunthorpe

We're going up! A delighted Scunthorpe United Credit: PA

Scunthorpe United are celebrating today after their promotion to League One - in spite of losing 2-0 at Exeter City. That was the Iron's first defeat in 29 games.

A crowd of 4,187 saw Scunthorpe's game with the Grecians - the Iron's 664 fans staying behind after the final whistle to join in the celebrations with United's jubilant players.

Promotion brings to an end three difficult years at Glanford Park, during which time Scunthorpe have been relegated twice. It hopefully signals the start of much better times for United.

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League Two promotion battle hotting up

There could be tears of joy and despair across the region this weekend as the season enters its penultimate round.

Scunthorpe currently top the League Two table, two points clear of second placed Chesterfield.

The Iron are currently on an incredible run of 28 games unbeaten, whereas the Spirites, who have already been to Wembley this season in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, have been consistently in or around the top three all season.

Both managers are optimistic despite the pressure:

Scunthorpe United pushing for promotion from League Two

Scunthorpe United will be promoted to League One this weekend if they win at Exeter.

Since losing to Grimsby in the FA Cup in mid November the Iron have gone an incredible twenty eight games unbeaten.

A great run of form has seen manager Russ Wilcox break a world record and catapult the club to the top of league Two.

Add the prospect of a brand new stadium in the pipeline and now is a real boom time to be a Scunthorpe United fan.

History calling for Scunthorpe United

Scunthorpe United boss Russ Wilcox will break a 125 year old record if his side can avoid defeat against Wycombe tomorrow.

Since Wilcox was appointed manager on Christmas Eve the Iron have gone 23 games without defeat, equalling the longest unbeaten run of any newly appointed manager.

The record, held by Preston North End's William Suddell, was set in 1889:

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Wilcox impressed with Hayes return

Following Saturday’s 2-0 away victory at Mansfield Town, Scunthorpe United manager Russ Wilcox praised the work of striker Paul Hayes – who made his third debut for the club.

Hayes agreed to sign for the Iron in December, but due to paperwork deadlines he could not feature until Saturday.

Hayes is in his third spell with the club Credit: Press Association

With Deon Burton out of the squad with a calf injury, which he picked up during training in the week, Hayes was given the opportunity to partner Sam Winnall up front.

The 30-year-old Hayes opening his goal scoring account with the Iron in spectacular style before he added a second late on, this left Wilcox impressed with what he had seen from the striker.

Wilcox was impressed with Hayes' return to the club Credit: Press Association

Hayes’ performance at the One Call Stadium will give Wilcox a difficult decision to make when he selects his side for this weekend’s match against AFC Wimbledon – should Burton be fit enough to feature.

Wilcox indicated that he didn’t know the extent of Burton’s injury, but they will hopefully know more later in the week.

Madden deal reportedly worth £300,000

League Two leaders Scunthorpe United - who travel to Mansfield tomorrow - have completed the signing of Yeovil's Republic of Ireland striker Paddy Madden in a deal reportedly worth £300,000.

Madden was the leading scorer in League One last season.

He joins a side that's gone eight games unbeaten since Brian Laws was sacked, and his assistant Russ Wilcox took over - although the new manager is reluctant to take all the credit.

Scunthorpe dip into transfer market

Scunthorpe United have made three signings in a bid to consolidate top spot in League Two.

The Iron have brought in Republic of Ireland striker Paddy Madden from Yeovil in a deal reportedly worth £300,000, and they've snapped up two former loanees - Dave Syers and Marcus Williams - on permanent deals from Doncaster Rovers and Sheffield United respectively.

Ahead of tomorrow's game at Mansfield, Calendar's sports correspondent John Shires has been speaking to manager Russ Wilcox, who's overseen a run of six wins and two draws since taking over from Brian Laws in November.

Wilcox nominated for Manager of the Month

Scunthorpe United boss Russ Wilcox has been nominated for the League Two Manager of the Month award for December.

Since stepping up to take over as caretaker in November when Brian Laws was sacked, Wilcox has overseen an unbeaten run of six wins and two draws - results that have taken the club to the top of the table. He's also been given the job on a permanent basis.

Meanwhile the Iron's veteran striker Deon Burton has been nominated for the League Two Player of the Month award after scoring four goals in December.

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