Wilcox relishing League 1 challenge

Last Updated: Mon, 05 May 2014 16:09
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Scunthorpe boss Russ Wilcox said he cannot wait to see next season's fixture list after dedicating promotion to the club's fans.

The Iron missed out on the Sky Bet League Two title on the final day after being held 2-2 by play-off hopefuls York, but had already secured automatic promotion the week before.

Wilcox has lost only one game in charge since stepping up from assistant to replace Brian Laws in November and led his side to a new club record 28-game unbeaten run.

The 50-year-old also set a new Football League record of 28 games unbeaten at the start of a managerial reign.

"It's great, and that's why I said 'that's for you' (the fans) because it is," he told the club's official website.

"They are the life and soul of the club, and put their hard-earned money in every week.

"Times are difficult at the moment; there's not many jobs about, and people are putting money into the club that they perhaps can't afford."

Wilcox, whose side will face relegated Doncaster in League One next season, added: "It's going to be exciting and I can't wait for the fixtures to come out on June 18.

"You can throw Bradford in there too, who are another big side, and an ex-Premiership team. It's great for the football club and great for the supporters too.

"They are the main people. They support this club through thick and thin.

"Players and staff move on, but supporters are always there, so it's a special day for them after three difficult seasons.

"To see the smiling faces at the end of the game makes me a very proud man."

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