SPORT — 24 April 2014

By Gavin Mawn.

It’s been a very promising season for one up and coming Republic of Ireland footballer. Niall Canavan has been ever present in the Scunthorpe United defence that has seen them climb to the top of League Two as well as breaking a 125-year league record. – Scunthorpe have now gone on an unbeaten run stretching back over 27 league games.

When asked what his proudest achievement is to date, Canavan replied: “If we can seal promotion over the weekend or in the next four games, then I think that will be up there to be honest.”

The Leeds-born defender portrays heaps of modesty. In Canavan’s position, many people’s replies could have been to earn a trial at Liverpool, to wear the colours of his national side at an U21 level or Scunthorpe’s record-breaking unbeaten run

But Canavan is a team player. A player that has helped Scunthorpe United break the football league’s 125 year record for the longest unbeaten run by a league club previously held by Preston North End in the 1888-89 season.

Scunthorpe stretched that run to 27 games last Saturday with a 1-1 draw away to Morecombe to remain two points clear at the top of League Two.

For more see this week’s edition of the Irish World

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