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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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League nominations for Scunthorpe

Scunthorpe United have received nominations for two league awards.

Scunthorpe United were unbeaten in December under Wilcox Credit: scunthorpe-united.co.uk

Manager Russ Wilcox has been nominated for the Sky Bet League Two manager of the month award for December.

Wilcox registered two wins and two draws as Scunthorpe climbed into the automatic promotion places.

He also earned the job on a full-time basis during that time following a spell as caretaker manager after the departure of Brian Laws.

Burton scored four times to move Scunthorpe into the automatic promotion places Credit: scunthorpe-united.co.uk

Striker Deon Burton has been put forward for League Two player of the month.

The veteran frontman scored four times during the club's unbeaten run.

Both will find out if they have won their awards on Friday.

Sparrow and Dawson to miss Wycombe clash for Iron

Matt Sparrow will miss Saturday's trip to Wycombe Credit: Press Association

Scunthorpe United caretaker manager, Russ Wilcox, has confirmed that midfielder Matt Sparrow will not overcome injury to make a return against Wycombe on Saturday.

Sparrow returned from an injury in the first round of the FA Cup against Grimsby Town, but suffered a hamstring injury just five minutes after his arrival as substitute, missing out ever since.

Despite Wilcox hoping that he would be fit to be in contention against the Chairboys, that will now not be the case as the United manager confirmed.

Defender, Andy Dawson, will also not be fit in time for the away trip.

Dawson picked up a hip injury in the 4-0 victory at Rochdale in mid-November and following scans it revealed the extent of his injury was inconclusive.

Wilcox stated last week that it will be given as much time as the player requires in a bid to recover.

Wilcox to stay at Scunthorpe helm until New Year

Wilcox (left) has established his credentials with two wins from two Credit: Press Association

Scunthorpe United have confirmed Russ Wilcox and Tony Daws will continue as caretaker managers into the New Year.

Following impressive back-to-back away performances at Portsmouth and Rochdale which culminated in two wins, the club will continue for a successor to Brian Laws.

50 applicants for Iron job

Laws was sacked following a 2-1 FA cup defeat to Grimsby Town Credit: Press Association

Scunthorpe United have received 50 applications for their vacant manager's job.

The club sacked Brian Laws after a 2-1 home defeat to local rivals Grimsby Town.

Caretaker boss Russ Wilcox has claimed he is capable of doing the job on a permanent basis ad consecutive wins over Portsmouth and Rochdale.

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