Supporters side review their season

Last updated : 05 May 2003 By Mark Bodie
It's been a funny old season as far as Internet football goes, ranging from nights out in Henry's with crazy scottish footballers, to playing water football in torrential rain in Grimsby.

The season started as it will end; a match against local rivals York City. To show my dedication to the Filings I decided to go off sunning myself on holiday rather than watch the team run out 4-0 winners.

The game itself marked the start of an incredible scoring run for new debutant John Bailey, which has seen him net 28 times in 13 outfield games this season. Not bad for a goalkeeper!

Our season has in some ways mirrored that of Scunthorpe United, with home and away wins against Hull City being the highlight. Shortly before Jacko placed a beautiful freekick past Musslewhite, Ryan Parkinson was banging in a 25 yard effort against an impressive Tiger Chat keeper.

With new players coming and going every few weeks, it's difficult to select a settled side. With the frustration of only having eight players to take down to Luton (we lost 4-1) also comes the delight when a new player scores on his debut.

I've had to think long and hard this season about why exactly I choose to do this job. Booking pitches, finding opposition, organising transport, washing kit, bribing my own players to travel to a distant away game - all part of the managers' role.

But we're a close squad, and the rewards far outweigh the hassles. There really is no greater feeling than pulling on a Scunthorpe United kit and scoring a 30 yard left foot curler against Hull City (it gets further out every time I tell the story).

All in all I think it's been a fantastic year for the Filings. We've come a long way since I took over, and we're getting better every week.

There's even a little rumour that a couple of Scunthorpe United first teamers are looking to join us, eh Wayne!

The Iron Filings are the club's official supporters side, and compete in the TFG Sports IFA League. is pleased to back them, and you can find more information on the side on their official website at