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Transfer Window Cleaning

  Arsene Wenger spoke out this week of his dislike of the January Transfer Window and there is no doubt that while it can be a lifeline it is also a massive distraction and can be so disruptive. At Boro we had the positives of an early signing of Rudy Gestede to bolster the forward line. This was quickly followed by the club closing in on former loan hero Patrick Bamford. But all too soon we are having to cope with the negative attentions as first Leicester and now Chelsea are linked ....


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Boro Hanging On Above Drop Zone

  A dour 0-0 draw was hardly the most dazzling way to ring in the New Year at the Riverside on Monday but 2017 results confirm a buffer zone for Boro above the relegation trap door. Now with Hull have sacked manager Mike Phelan and Fat Sam having so far failed to bring any magic to Selhurst it could be all panic stations below. Boro might well have ample opportunity to blast away in January. Sunderland\'s draw against Liverpool and a first win for new boss Paul Clement at Swansea have ....


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Remembering Ayresome – Stadium Portraits

There is a guy in Bradford that is bringing old football grounds back to life. You can dive back into the 20th century with the stadium portraits of Paul Town. I first met up with Paul Town the artist behind the brush of stadium portraits while I was on an archaeological dig at his home town club, Bradford Park Avenue. That was in the summer of 2015. Here was me trying to rediscover the lost stand of a now long abandoned ground with my trowel while Paul was doing exactly the same thing on ....


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A Good Time To Play Liverpool?

It was good to read Rob Nichols’ report on the Southampton game, and my heart goes out to the proper fans who go everywhere to support us . I’ve personally seen us at 20 away grounds in different leagues, so I guess I’m somewhere in the middle.  At Southampton,  Boro’s simple (but probably  complex) inability to score goals was once again our bugbear , but when star man Ramirez is out, we really seem to be  looking round in vain.  So we move on ....


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Twenty’s Plenty For Boro Fans Visiting St Mary’s

This weekend Boro fans visiting Southampton’s St Mary’s will only pay £20 for tickets, thanks to the Saint’s sponsor Virgin Media. That’s a great thing – but how did it happen? How is the average away ticket price in the Premier League now lower than the EFL? For years the Football Supporters Federation have campaigned with affiliated fan groups across the country on the “Twenty’s Plenty for Away Fans” campaign. Fmttm has supported this ....


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Great Greek Food Is Dimi’s Goal

Boro keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos has opened a Greek restaurant in Middlesbrough. GREAT, serves modern Greek food in a comfortable, relaxed environment. Sited on the Clifton Street corner of Linthorpe Road it is right, bang in the heart of the restaurant and night life sector of Middlesbrough’s main drag. Nestled beneath student halls and just over the road from the big Weatherspoons pub, Swatters Carr, Dimi Konstantopoulos could not have picked on a better location for his new ....


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Football Supporters Meeting And London Stadium Problems

Last week I travelled down to London to address a meeting of Premier League Club Fan representatives about the horrendous experiences of Boro fans at West Ham’s London Stadium. The Football Supporters Federation were holding a meeting with several other important points on the agenda but when I asked if I could add London Stadium agenda there was a widespread support for a situation that is clearly on the mind of travelling fans throughout the Premier League and also West Ham home fans ....


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Football Fans Body Meets With Sky Sports

  On Wednesday 2nd November a number of top-flight fan representatives met with members of the team at Sky Sports who work across football coverage and fixture scheduling. It is hoped that this is the first of many meetings between match-going fans and broadcasters. The group are building on the discussions at the Premier League Structured Dialogue meeting with fans, which took place in July, organised by the Football Supporters’ Federation. At that meeting fans debated the ....


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Alan Johnson Boro Fine Artist

Fine artist and Boro fan Alan Johnson has combined two of his loves to give us affordable Boro art. You can buy Alan’s depiction of our arrival at the Premier stage on ebay for a sum that will not break the bank. What a fabulous way to remember Boro first footing back in the top flight with a painting of the fans gathering before the Ayresome gates for the big Premier Riverside kick off v Stoke City in August 2016. Alan gave me a glimpse of his evolving artwork as he bought a fanzine ....


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The Gazette Boro Social

  There were parmo\'s and free drinks on the menu as The Gazette hosted its first ever football fans Boro Social in the Function Room of The Dickens Inn, Middlesbrough last night. Last night at the Dickens Inn The Gazette gathered together a group of Premier football fans for a night focussed on our Boro. There were journalist discussions with plenty of insight and even a rock hard Aitor\'s Boro quiz to attempt. There was opportunity to put your questions to the Gazette Sports ....


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Fly Me To Marton Library

Join me tonight at marton Library - for a short talk about the history of this fanzine, a talk about fanzines in general and I dare say Boro coud well crop up in conversation as well. Please do come along 7pm - 9pm, Marton Library, The Willows, Marton (behind Marton Shops). Mr Robert Nichols presents Fly Me to the Moon at Marton Library. Come and listen to me chat on about the history of the fanzine and no doubt we will all be in an upbeat mood after that tremendous performance yesterday ....


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Can Boro Strike While The Irons Are Cold?

London-based author and blogger Paul Breen gives his view on Boro’s chances of striking gold in their clash with West Ham at the Olympic Stadium. Next weekend Middlesbrough are making their first London league visit of the season with a trip to West Ham. Last time they met, in the spring before the London Olympics, the game was drawn in the historic surrounds of the old Upton Park. This time around, that grand old ground is closed up and probably on its way to a fate that has echoes of ....


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Remembering The Boro Class Of 1926

In season 1926/27 Boro smashed the record books wide open, not only winning promotion back to the top flight but blowing the opposition away in a goal storm of 122 league goals. In his first full season since signing from Durham City, centre forward George Camsell hammered in an incredible 59 league goals. You can now relive this fantastic season in a brand new mini exhibition at the Bob End of Dorman Museum with all the stats, action photos, mementoes and memories from that momentous ....


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Boro Fan Tony Is A Hero

  One of the big-hearted leaders of a Boro fans group dedicated to bringing cheer to less fortunate Teesside children has received a Teesside Hero award in recognition of his charity work. Marton dad-of-two Tony Wedlake is one of three organisers of charity group Boro Real Fans Believe in Dreams, who have helped a thousand Tees kids since setting up little more than a year ago, providing match tickets, stadium tours and other outings for them and their families. Hundreds of ....


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The Boro Phallacy

Crime has a new enemy… and it never saw him coming. “When Robert Jones awoke with yet another monster hangover in his house in Teesside, he could never have imagined that within just a few hours his life would change forever.” This is The Boro Phallacy, the debut novel by Boro fan and indeed scout, Michael Richardson. It is launched this Friday through locally based publishers, Sixth Element. I had to ask Michael a few questions to let us get to know more about the author ....


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Let Battle Recommence

  Boro return to the Riverside on Saturday to recommence top flight hostilities against Crystal Palace. Can we remain unbeaten and kick on from our solid start? Can we record our first home win and get the Riverside rocking to a Premier beat? It seems like an age since the last home game for Boro. Of course that was the age before we cut our squad to 25 and concluded the transfer window with our hand for the remainder of 2016. We can no longer look to a wing and a player from Albert ....


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Three Boro Writers In Yarm

Harry Pearson, Bob Fischer and Daniel Gray - Three of Teesside\'s favourite football writers talk about Teesside football, sci fi and even compiling a Marxist dictionary.Harry Pearson’s book The Far Corner has been named as one of the 50 Greatest Sports Books of All Time. Daniel Gray’s most recent book Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters is a journey through the towns and teams of England\'s nether regions. Popular BBC radio presenter and Yarm lad, Bob Fischer set off in his Toyota ....


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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town…

J49. A1(M) Thirsk. Teesside. A168 (A19). For the weary away fan, there are few sights more welcoming than this beaming blue beacon on the A1 (M).  For decades, travelling home from work or yet another fruitless away trip, nothing would make me smile wider than the Tees than knowing I was just 37 miles from home. However, following our upcoming 1st first visit to the newly renamed ‘London Stadium’ (that’s the Olympic Stadium to you and I), I fear not even my old friend ....


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Fmttm To Eaglescliffe

Liam James Barbers selling Fly Me To The Moon today in the Eaglescliffe barber shop, or should that be Preston on Tees, I never know where you pass from one into the other. This neck of the woods was once the abode of many a Boro player. Travelling back by time machine thirty years and Pennypot Lane was the address of a towering centre half or two. Now the fanzine is on sale for the first time ever at this Boro shrine of a barbers. A brilliant display of Boro scarves assails you as soon as ....


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Great Expectations At Boro

There are just days until the new Premier League season kicks off and an overwhelming sense of excitement is brewing in Middlesbrough. Fuelled by the outrageous signings of several high profile players, the overall feeling in Teesside is one of expectation. Armed with a seemingly unlimited cheque book belonging to a determined and fearless Steve Gibson, the Boro are back in the big time and they have a point to prove. The ambitious supporters also dig deep, wildly rushing to the bookies to ....


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Excitement Grows As Premier Grows Closer

Only half a week now until Middlesbrough re-enter the Premier spotlight and just how excited is everyone about that? Walking around the town this afternoon, there are crooked white banded Boro shirts everywhere. All the chatter on every corner seems to be Boro fuelled. The day is almost dawning when Boro return to the Premier promised land. Meanwhile the hunt for defensive reinforcements continue. You have to feel for the injured James Husband, will he ever get a chance to be even an ....


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Holmes And The Riverside Thriller

Really, really delighted to announce that your Boro fanzine Fly Me To The Moon has made a big, big signing this season - from the author of Boro’s greatest detective, (Sherlock ) Holmes, a brand new Holmes story is being serialised, Holmes and the Riverside Thriller. Through the course of the 2016/17 football season, subscribers to FMTTM will be able to follow the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his one time therapist, Doctor John Watson, as they wend their way through the story of ....


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See Julio Arca’s At Marske In The Cup

Former Boro player Julio Arca is in FA Cup action this coming weekend but Sea Seas seasiders Marske United aim to spoil his day. This Saturday it is the start of the FA Cup trail and Marske United start on the road to Wembley with a plum home draw against high flying Northern League South Shields. That means Julio Arca will be playing by the sea and driving on the team pressing to win the Northern League. Marske United invite you all to join them at GER Stadium. 3pm Kick off. Marske are a ....


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Boro Matchday Prices Announced

  Boro announced matchday ticket prices this morning with a starting price of £30 for an adult in eleven of the nineteen Premier League fixtures at the Riverside. The games have been split into two bands. Category A starts at £35 for the eight bigger names. Top price being £39 in the posh seats of the West Upper. Stoke tickets are going on sale on Monday suddenly it seems like game on for the top flight. I expected walk up prices to be higher than this when the last ....


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Middlesbrough And The 1966 World Cup Exhibition Open

A new exhibition at Dorman Museum celebrates the 50 year anniversary of footballing history made right here in Middlesbrough. The day in July 1966 when the town had a starring role in the 1966 World Cup. The 1966 World Cup final was England’s only home finals and of course even now half a century later the final victory remains our greatest football triumph. But there was a second big story from the 1966 World Cup and it was played out in Middlesbrough. One of the greatest giant ....


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