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Irons fans in 'wall of light' protest at steel job losses

Scunthorpe United fans are to stage a show of support for hundreds of steelworkers set to lose their jobs amid the crisis gripping the industry.

Fans will create a "wall of light" by holding up smartphones on torch setting during the match against Southend on Saturday.

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The move is aimed at showing solidarity with the 900 workers at the Tata steel plant in Scunthorpe who face redundancy.

Players and coaching staff will wear special t-shirts which will be auctioned in aid of the workers.

Tony Gosling, a steelworker who faces losing his job, who chairs the club's supporters society, the Iron Trust, said:

The steelworks is intrinsically linked with Scunthorpe and its football club, many of our members and fans will be affected by the proposed job losses.

We really appreciate the effort the football club are putting in to show solidarity with steelworkers, and are pleased to stand alongside them in urging support to Save Our Steel.

We've already been told, via the Shrimpers Trust, that visiting fans may wish to join in our show of support at the second half so we could yet see all four stands of the ground joining in which would be a fantastic sight and display of unity.

– Tony Gosling, The Iron Trust

The Save Our Steel protests will continue next week, with a march planned for Tuesday November 10.

Fans of Middlesbrough football club recently staged a similar show of support for steelworkers at Redcar also facing redundancy.

Thousands of job losses have been announced in recent weeks, with the steel industry blaming high energy costs and business rates as well as cheap Chinese imports.