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THE IRON ALPHABET

Posted on: Fri 22 Jun 2007

Paul Hayes

PAUL HAYES (68 apps + 31 subs. 28 goals)
A former Norwich Junior, Paul was given regular outings during the latter part of 2002-03 and finished with eight goals from eighteen appearances. He made twelve starts in his 35 games the following term, but netted only twice. Paul hit top form during 2004-05, playing in every game, and was the Iron's leading scorer with 18 goals. Having attracted attention from bigger clubs, he left United to join Barnsley. However, he is now back at Glanford Park on a three-year deal.

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MICHAEL HEATH (1 app + 1 sub)
Michael was a Hull-born goalkeeper who was previously a junior with Tottenham. He was still only 19 when joining United in December 1993, making his debut as substitute in April 1994 at Chesterfield when Mark Samways was sent off. He started his only game three weeks later at Wycombe when an excellent display helped earn a 2-2 draw. These were the only Football League appearances of his career.

TERRY HEATH (174 apps + 2 subs. 49 goals)
Terry signed in March 1968 from Hull and became a huge favourite for his surging runs from deep positions and an explosive shot. Scoring on his debut in the 5-1 rout of Colchester, he top-scored the following season with 15 goals despite missing 13 games. Terry was the club's top scorer again in 1970-71, but with a mere 10 goals in a struggling team. A bad injury put him out of action for the second half of the 1971-72 campaign. In February 1973, aged 29, he was transferred to Lincoln, but in the opening game of the next term, against United, he suffered a knee injury which brought about his premature retirement.

HelliwellIAN HELLIWELL (78 apps + 2 subs, 22 goals)
A big target man signed in August 1991 from York City to form a `Little and Large' strike force with Tony Daws, Ian missed only four games during his two seasons with the club, top scoring during 1992-93 with 13 goals. He then joined his home-town club, Rotherham.

JEFF HEMMERMAN (4 apps + 1 sub. 1 goal)
The 20 year old forward was on loan from Hull City in September 1975 but although he scored on his debut, Jeff wasn't the answer to United's lack of goal power.

DEREK HEMSTEAD (248 apps, 2 goals)
Derek was a long-serving fullback who rose from the junior ranks to make his debut in the final game of the 1960-61 season, 23 days short of his 18th birthday. It took him three seasons to become a regular first-teamer, but from 1965-66 to 1968-69 Derek missed only eight games and established himself as one of United's best-ever fullbacks. He was good with both feet and capable of playing on either flank. Derek left his hometown club to join Carlisle in July 1969.

DAMIAN HENDERSON (31 apps + 6 subs. 4 goals)
Damian was a former Leeds junior who joined the Iron in December 1993 after four months with Scarborough. The young striker was a regular in the side until going on loan to Hereford in January 1995. Two months later he was transferred to Hartlepool.

BRIAN HERON (20 apps + 5 subs. 1 goal)
Aged 29 when joining Scunthorpe from Oxford United in July 1977, the former Dumbarton left-winger was a regular for the first part of the season but fell out of favour following the Christmas period. Brian quit professional football the following summer.

BRIAN HEWARD (137 apps. No goals)
Brian progressed from Junior level to make his Iron debut as an 18-year old against Barrow in March 1954. He didn't get another chance until November 1955, when he retained his place at centre-half following White's transfer to Liverpool. Brian never really established himself as first-choice, but proved a first-class deputy. His best season was during 1959-60 with 36 appearances. Brian joined his hometown club, Lincoln, in July 1961.

DARREN HEYES (3 apps)
Darren was a Swansea-born goalkeeper who played for England Youth whilst on Nottingham Forest's books. He joined United in July 1987, but the 20 year old couldn't force his way into the senior side.

Stuart Hicks

STUART HICKS (67 apps, no goals)
A young centre-half signed from Colchester in August 1990, Stuart was an ever-present throughout the campaign and earned himself the fans' "Player of the Season" award. In and out of the side the following term, he missed the late-season surge as United reached the Play-off Final. He moved on to Doncaster during the summer.

DAVE HILL (202 apps + 3 subs. 16 goals)
Dave joined United on the YTS and his determination earned him a call-up to the senior side when still only 17. Unfortunately it was the home game against Southend in September 1983, when a dispirited Iron team lost 6-1. However, the left-sided midfielder became established in the team by the end of the following season. His competitive nature often had him in trouble with referees. In July 1988 he was transferred to Ipswich but injury problems hampered his progress. He was loaned back to United in March 1991 and completed the return transfer the following season, when he helped the team reach the Play-off Final. In September 1992 he broke his leg at Northampton and was out until early March and he joined Lincoln the following summer.

MARK HINE (19 apps + 3 subs. 2 goals)
Mark spent just over a year at Glanford Park after leaving Peterborough in March 1991. He never really established himself in the senior side and moved on to Doncaster in June 1992 as part of the deal that brought goalkeeper Mark Samways to Scunthorpe.

LEE HODGES (97 apps + 16 subs. 20 goals)
Signed as a 21 year old from West Ham in July 1999, Lee was a regular, rather than prolific scorer, but his displays brought him the Player of the Season award for 1999-2000. He spent three years at Glanford Park before heading off for the bright lights of Rochdale. The former England Schoolboy international is one of two footballing Lee Hodges' and, adding to the confusion, both have the same middle name - Leslie. They also had spells with Plymouth, though not together, and the other Hodges (born five years earlier) also played for England Youth.

KEN HODGSON (88 apps. 30 goals)
Ken signed from his hometown club Newcastle in December 1961, a month short of his 20th birthday. A versatile forward, playing on either wing or inside, he quickly established a first-team place and top-scored with 11 goals in 1963-64 as the Iron were relegated from the second flight. This tally included a hat-trick against Portsmouth in the February, as United came from behind to win 4-3. He moved on to Bournemouth during the summer.

RICHARD HODGSON (1 app, no goals)
Richard was a former Nottingham Forest youngster who joined United on trial in March 2000 and was surprisingly given an immediate debut against Cambridge. The 20 year old left-sided player was replaced at half-time and his trial spell was not continued.

ANDY HODKINSON (59 apps + 3 subs. 8 goals)
Andy signed for the Iron from Stockport in August 1988. The nippy little winger missed only five games during his first season, scoring eight goals, but was in and out of the side the following term. He retired from professional football in 1990.

ROBBIE HOLDEN (6 apps + 1 sub. 1 goal)
A former Sunderland apprentice who made his full United debut at Newport in September 1983, a month short of his 18th birthday, Andy already had early season substitute appearances in the League and League Cup. His only goal was from the penalty spot in the 6-1 humiliation against Southend.

DARREN HOLLOWAY (5 apps. 1 goal)
A midfielder on loan from Wimbledon in February 2004, Darren scored on his debut in the 3-0 home win over Yeovil. He played for England Under-21 whilst with Sunderland.

RAY HOLT (50 apps. no goals)
Ray was an old-fashioned centre-half who played for Huddersfield, Oldham and Halifax before joining United in July 1968. He was a first-team regular throughout his first season, but out of favour from November 1969 and eventually retired, aged 30, in the summer of 1970.

PHIL HOLYOAK (1 app. no goals)
An 18 year old centre-back on loan from Tottenham in February 1978, Phil played only 55 minutes before injury caused his substitution.

Chris Hope

CHRIS HOPE (278 apps + 9 subs. 19 goals)
Rejected by United as a 15 year old after trials in 1988, when Richard Money was in charge of the Youth Team. He was taken on by Nottingham Forest, but in July 1993 was given another chance by United, with Money now manager. The defender missed just one game during his first season and was ever-present for three successive seasons from 1996-97 to 1998-99, picking up the Player of the Season award for 1997-98. He appeared in 175 consecutive league games from March 1996 to December 1999, still a club record. After seven years with United, he decided on a fresh challenge and joined Gillingham.

TOMMY HORSFALL (5 apps. 2 goals)
Young forward on loan from Southend. Scored twice on his debut in December 1973 in the 5-3 win over Mansfield.

BARRY HORSTEAD (316 apps + 4 subs. 3 goals)
Barry was a one-club stalwart who was the ever-present centre-half when United won the Third Division North title in 1957-58. Born in Brigg, he joined the club as an apprentice and made his debut on 29 December 1956 away at Hull. He became a regular right-back for the rest of the season due to an injury to Hubbard and was equally adept there as he was at half-back. Not one for venturing too far upfield, he nonetheless became United's first-ever goal-scoring substitute when netting the team's fourth goal in the 4-3 victory at Oldham in September 1967. His final game was in February 1968 at Colchester.

KEITH HOUCHEN (9 apps. 3 goals)
The former Hartlepool striker signed in March 1986 from York and quickly settled in alongside Cammack and United looked to have a potentially lucrative strike force for the following season. During the summer, however, Coventry made an offer cash-deficient United couldn't refuse and the new man was on his way to a future FA Cup-winners medal.

KEN HOUGHTON (33 apps. 5 goals)
Aged 32 when joining United in June 1973, Ken was a midfielder with over 400 league games to his name from time with Rotherham and Hull. It was hoped his experience would help in United's quest to escape Division Four, but it did not work out and the player retired at the end of the season.

STEVE HOUSHAM (90 apps + 25 subs. 4 goals)
Steve began as a youth trainee with the club and got his senior chance, aged 19, in the last four games of the 1994-95 season. He made regular appearances over the next two campaigns, either at fullback or in midfield, and looked to have a promising future. However, he was then in and out of the side for the next three seasons and eventually released in the summer of 2000. He is now playing locally with Brigg Town.

RON HOWELLS (69 apps. 4 goals)
Ron signed in July 1961 from Portsmouth. The left-half missed only one game in his first season and that was due to suspension after being sent off in the home game against Southampton in October along with opposing right-winger Terry Paine. The Welshman continued to be a regular the following season, but moved on to Walsall in July 1963.

JACK HUBBARD (359 apps. 12 goals)
Jack was a Club stalwart of the fifties who formed a fullback partnership with Brownsword that was rarely altered. He joined United in August 1950 from Scarborough, although he had previous League experience with Notts County. Signed as a right-half, he took over at right-back towards the end of 1951-52 after an injury to Barker. Rapidly making the position his own, he missed only 9 games over the next four seasons. In March 1955 he was switched to inside-forward for a spell of nine games and responded by scoring four goals in a 5-1 win over Hartlepool, becoming the first United player to net more than three goals in a League game. He continued to hold a senior place until the end of 1958-59, but after just one appearance the following term he retired in the summer of 1960 aged 35. (Died 2002).

DAVID HUGHES (17 apps + 4 subs, no goals)
David signed from Lincoln City in June 1981 as part of the deal that saw Cammack move to Sincil Bank. The midfielder was a regular in the side until March when he and Cammack swapped clubs again.

Ritchie Humphreys

RICHIE HUMPHREYS (6 apps. 2 goals)
On loan at Glanford Park from Sheffield Wed at the start of 1999-2000, the 21 year old striker got both of his goals in the 3-1 win over Bournemouth. He looked an exciting prospect but could not be persuaded to join fulltime.

GLENN HUMPHRIES (71 apps + 1 sub, 5 goals)
The ex-Doncaster centre-back joined United in March 1991 from Bristol City and immediately slotted in alongside Hicks, but a red card at Carlisle led to him losing his place for the final six games. Two red cards the following season saw him missing a few more games, but Glenn still played his part in helping the team reach the Wembley Play-off Final. He remained a regular for 1992-93 before leaving in the summer.

JONATHAN HUNT (1 sub app only, no goals)
Jonathan was a youth team player given his senior chance as a 19-year old against Yeovil just before Christmas 2003. He signed professional forms the following season, but failed to make progress.

LES HUNTER (110 apps, 13 goals)
Les signed in July 1982 after seven years with Chesterfield, and his solid displays at centre-back were a major factor in United gaining promotion in 1983. Ever-present that term, he also weighed in with eight goals and was voted Player of the Season. In January 1984 he returned to Chesterfield, following ex-Iron boss Duncan, but two years later he came back to Scunthorpe, where he remained until the summer of 1987 when he joined Lincoln in the Conference.

MALCOLM HUSSEY (23 apps, no goals)
A centre-half signed in August 1956 from Rotherham, Malcolm had regular outings during the first and latter parts of his first season, but made just one appearance during 1957-58. He eventually moved on to Rochdale in March 1959.

DAVID HUTCHINSON (5 apps + 4 subs, no goals)
A big, raw centre forward, David was given a first chance of League football for 1971-72 at the age of 30 after playing for Brigg Town. His lack of finesse did not lend itself to manager Ashman's footballing style and he was released at the end of term.

JACK HUTTON (53 apps + 1 sub, 7 goals)
Jack signed from Hamilton Academicals in June 1963, but rarely got a look in during his first season. He established his place at outside-right for the second half of 1964-65 and remained a regular until February 1966, but did not appear again after the 2-0 defeat at Reading.

GARY HYDE (1 app + 7 subs, no goals)
Gary arrived in August 1991 from Leicester, as a tall 20 year old who could play either on the wing, up front or in midfield. He didn't get much opportunity for any role as he was a near permanent fixture on the substitutes' bench. His only start was at Burnley in December and Gary was released at the end of season.

MORTEN HYLDGAARD (5 apps)
A big Danish under-21 goalkeeper who signed on loan from Coventry in January 2000, Morten later played for Hibernian and Luton.

GUY IPOUA (50 apps + 15 subs, 24 goals)
A Cameroon-born striker signed in August 1999 after his release from Bristol Rovers, Guy made a big impression with his lively running and scored in his first two games. He netted eight times before Christmas, but then hit barren spell scoring just once. Guy returned with a bang the following season with 15 goals from 25 appearances, including four strikes in the 6-0 thrashing of Mansfield, and also hit a hat-trick in the FA Cup against Hartlepool. He moved on before the end of term to Gillingham.

ARCHIE IRVINE (22 apps + 1 sub, 1 goal)
Archie joined United in July 1975 after 228 games for Doncaster. The 29 year old Scottish midfielder was in and out of the side and didn't score his goal until April. He retired in the summer.

KIRK JACKSON (4 sub apps only, 1 goal)
Kirk signed as a 19 year old upon being released from Sheffield Wednesday in summer of 1996. The forward scored on his second appearance, at Hereford in October, but failed to make progress and joined Chesterfield in August 1997.

MARK JACKSON (127 apps + 9 subs, 4 goals)
A former Leeds defender and England Youth international, Mark signed for the Iron in March 2000. He made steady progress to become a near ever-present for three years from October 2000 and earned the Player of the Season award for 2001-02. Mark missed the second half of the 2003-04 campaign and recurring injuries meant he struggled to regain his place the following term. He joined Kidderminster in February 2005.

NIGEL JACKSON (112 apps + 6 subs, 5 goals)
Nigel came through United's apprentice ranks to make his debut as an 18 year old in January 1969. The strong tackling left-back got regular outings the following season before establishing his place for the latter part of 1970-71. Nigel missed only four games the following season when he was switched to midfield, helping the club gain promotion. His career was ended early when he suffered a bad injury at Oldham in October 1972.

NICK JARVIS (21 apps, no goals)
Nick was a left-back recruited from Grantham for the 1980-81 season. He gained a regular place for the mid part of the season but was not retained for the next term.

MIKE JEFFREY (3 apps + 3 subs, 1 goal)
The former Doncaster striker signed on loan from Grimsby at the end of the 2001-02 season, and scored on his debut against Carlisle.

KEVIN JOBLING (no league apps)
A midfield player on signed on loan from Grimsby in January 1994, Kevin's only outing was in the AutoGlass Trophy game at Stockport.

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