Iron-Bru.net - mission statement
Feature by Iron-Bru
Updated Sunday, 27th July 2008
A brief history of Iron-Bru.net, who we are and what our aim is.
Iron-Bru.net is firmly established as the No.1 independent Scunthorpe United site on the internet. We are in a position where our stories, and posts by fans on our messageboard influence the news agenda and are read by important people at the club.
This site was launched on January 1 2000, as a bid to fill the void left by the sad departure of ScunthorpeFC.com (formerly Iron Net). Within months we had our first revamp, and launched a paper fanzine. A small amount of money was donated to SUFC as a result of this, but we only produced three issues due to time and financial constraints.
We decided to concentrate on the website instead, and secured sponsorship from Total Football magazine. After Future Publishing closed the magazine we joined the FootyMAD network, in the autumn of 2001, to keep costs low and focus on the quality of the site.
Even though we carry adverts, Iron-Bru.net is not run a commercial site. It is run solely by volunteers. We have previously sponsored shirts at SUFC, and have contributed money to the Official Supporters Club, Irish Iron, Iron Union and Iron Trust.
Since joining the FootyMAD network, which is now part of the Digital Sports Group, the site has gone from strength to strength. Many of our volunteers have gone on to work for several high-profile media organisations - Luke Thornhill at the Press Association and The National, Patrick Hill at the Cumberland News and Press Association and Chris Mumby who went on to become Scunthorpe United's media manager.
At the end of December 2007, Iron-Bru.net merged with Claret-bluearmy.co.uk, another unofficial site which was founded by Matt Blanchard and Josh Devan, creating the strongest team yet behind the site.
The CastIron Podcast joined the site in the summer of 2012, at the same time the site made a pledge to use all operating profit from the site to help Iron-related causes. The site joined the Iron Trust as a corporate partner, donating a three-figure sum and providing website hosting and design services, and continued its sponsorship of Connor Jennings' away kit.