Warm reception for Byrne

Warm reception for Byrne

Cliff Byrne was praised after becoming the first member of the Iron Trust to score a competitive goal at Glanford Park.

Cliff’s spell as a Scunthorpe United player sadly came to an end when he was released this summer, but was quick to continue his association with the club by becoming an honorary member of the Trust when it launched in July.

He returned to the ground on New Year’s Day as an Oldham Athletic player, and inevitably scored as the Latics fought back from two goals down to earn a point.

Byrne did not celebrate the goal, and his captain Dean Furman revealed the Irishman did not get to leave the stadium for some time as he remained popular with Iron fans.

“He didn’t leave the ground until about midnight. He went and shook every single person’s hand in the ground,” he said.

“The boys have been giving him a bit of stick but it was great for Cliff. It was a great moment for him to hear the ovation he got when they read out his name. It really shows you what a legend he was at the club.”