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Boro In Spotland

Boro fans are heading west to Spotland, Rochdale today as the club welcomes another top-flight addition to the squad. Irish international stopper Darren Randolph has finally been secured from West Ham. Meanwhile, Stuani has gone the other way as Garry Monk’s new look Boro really starts to shape up for the Premier promotion push ahead. Darren Randolph represents excellent business for Boro. The Irish international forced his way into first team for the Hammers last season but now has his ....


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Boro V The Stags

Boro begin their UK friendly games v Mansfield Town away tonight at Field Mill, kick off 7.30pm kick-off. You can pay at the gate, £12 adult/£6 concessions. It feels like the season is a whole lot closer now as new manager Garry Monk follows up after the two Portugal games against Oxford United and Chesterfield and with a game in the East Midlands. Mansfield Town play three home games this week, having lost narrowly on Saturday to a Boro promotion rival, Sheff Wed 3-2. ....


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Boro Play For Tees Pride At Liverpool

  Boro play out one final Premier fixture away at Anfield on Sunday. We have nothing to play for but pride whereas a Liverpool win guarantees Championship football next season. Have we got anything more to give or will it be a final damp squib to match the Stamford Bridge too far? Kick off Sunday 3pm. There will be a great deal of attention on Anfield this Sunday. The only thing left to be settled in the top flight is which team grabs that final Champions League place. Liverpool hold ....


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Boro Looking To Take Points From The Bridge

Boro now face a near mission impossible as our Premier survival is taken to the Bridge against title chasing Chelsea. Monday night 8pm kick off in a game that Boro simply cannot afford to lose. It was all going better than could reasonably be expected on Saturday. Catching Crystal Palace may not be feasible for Boro but it is always pleasant watching Fat Sam getting turn over and Man City certainly took his not so super Eagles to the cleaners. Then for the games that really mattered and quite ....


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Can Boro Shock City?

  Can Middlesbrough somehow bring down City and record back to back wins for the first time this season? It is a big, big ask but with matches rapidly running out in our top flight campaign it is a chance to leave some kind of mark behind. Middesbrough take on Pep\'s Man City kick off at the unusual time of 2.05pm at the Riverside Sunday. Boro will be again without the injured Victor Valdez and skipper Grant Leadbitter. Centre back Daniel Ayala\'s twisted ankle makes him another ....


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Preview: Middlesbrough V Sunderland

Well a lot has changed since my last post in mid-January. Boro are 19th, 4 months without a win and our manager has left by mutual consent. To be honest I was gutted when Karanka left, he’s provided some fantastic moments for our club and I’ll always respect him for getting Boro promoted in his second full season. But I can also see how his time was finally up, we were struggling to score goals and weren’t winning any games. Ey, getting rid of Karanka has proper helped ....


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A Long Way To Bournemouth

  Boro fans make the long trek down to the south coast to play our former Championship adversaries AFC Bournemouth. Can we possibly pull something out of the relegation fires and record a first league win of 2017 and under Steve Agnew\'s stewardship? We will have to do it without injured skipper Grant Leadbitter and goalkeeper Victor Valdez. Yet you wonder if we feel encouraged by the much improved performances of late. We certainly competed well against Arsenal. Can we summon the ....


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Boro V Burnley: This Time It\'s Personal

  Boro take on Burnley today at the Riverside. Whatever the consequences of the last week of matches it would gives us all so much pleasure to beat Sean Dyche and Joey Barton and all that. Kick off 3pm at the Riverside. We have built up a real rivalry with Sean Dyche and Burnley over the last couple of years. So many “choice” comments have been made in our direction by Dyche and his rambling, gambling man, Barton. Now we have to concentrate on finishing the season aligned ....


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Must Win: Can Win: Will Win

As Boro’s season reaches a crunch game I have immersed myself in a sea of positivity and am setting out to Hull with my sights firmly set on a Boro victory. My way of psyching myself up for one last big effort to bring us that victory that could yet change our destiny. Kick Off 7.45pm. It is maybe a slim chance right now but what a difference a win would make in Hull. A difference to both us and obviously to our opponents too. It gives us just a little hope. For Hull it cracks their home ....


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Boro Can Shock Swansea

  Nerves are a jangling this weekend, as Boro face the acid test for top flight safety. Can Boro defeat relegation rivals Swansea to set Steve Agnew\'s Premier escape plan rolling? It could well be that nothing less than a victory in South Wales will be good enough to set us on a path away from destruction. Be there, live at the Liberty, if you can stand it. Sunday, 1.30pm kick off. Steve Agnew has had a little time now to work with his troops ahead of the first of two MASSIVE games ....


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Agnew\'s United Opportunity

  Can Boro record a big result and significant performance v Man United on Sunday? It will be high noon for new caretaker boss Steve Agnew when we go head to head with Jose Mourinho\'s Man United at the Riverside. Yet with several high profile absentees in the United ranks there could be a glimmer of an opportunity for the man in the hot seat to make an immediate mark. Points against Man U could be the start of a Premier survival plan. As unlikely as survival now seems the very least ....


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Up For The Cup Quarter Final

Time to pack up all our Premier troubles and throw ourselves into the great adventure that is the FA Cup. Tomorrow it is one of the traditional big occasions in the football calendar, the FA Cup Quarter Finals and Boro are just one match away from Wembley. We have formidable opponents in Man City but anything can happen on the day. Can we be their nemesis yet again? Boro have made a habit of giant killing Man City. You might say that this season is different as we are playing so badly and ....


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Can We Pot Some Points At The Potters?

  Boro\'s need is great now we need to get a result this weekend. A draw would be a foundation but really results elsewhere mean that a victory is what is called for now. No easy task anywhere in the Premier but we need to fight tooth and nail now to start in the top flight. It is a long time since Boro last played in Stoke and it has never proved to be an easy destination. A loud, hostile crowd, makes the stadium on the top of the hill something of a cauldron of noise. Yet Stoke have ....


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Boro\'s Crunch Date At The Palace

  Boro take on Crystal Palace in a crucial relegation battle at Selhurst Park. While it won\'t decide anything if Boro could possibly inflict another defeat on the not so super Eagles it would give us massive hope and leave them floundering. Come On Boro. Kick off Saturday 3pm. Boro have still only managed the one away win on our Premier travels how timely it would be to double that this weekend. We should not forget that victory was against Sunderland and we have performed well so ....


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A Spur To Survival

  Boro travel south to London more in hope than expectation of recording a first Premier League win of 2017. Spurs were on fire when they beat us 2-1 at the Riverside last year and are now back on form sitting only behind Chelsea now in second place in the Premier table. Yet we seem to have often been at our best this season when facing the stiffest tests. It will be our last ever visit to White Hart Lane can we make it a final game to remember. Spurs didn\'t manage to break the ....


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Can We Throttle The Throstles?

  I cannot remember a more unsettling time as a Boro fan, well not since Aitor\'s lost weekend when we went down to Charlton without him a year ago. The January Transfer Window is creaking shut and causing dissent all over the shop, especially on Teesside. I would love it, just love it if we could convert all that fury and rancour into throttling the Throstles tonight. It is the best of times and it is the worst of times. After all the years of striving and failing we are competing ....


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Boro Can Get Up With The Cup

  The FA Cup 4th Round could not come at a better time for Boro. For once the distraction is very welcome indeed. It will take us away from all the Karankabanter controversy and help us settle down again ahead of important league survival battles ahead. Not that the FA Cup is not important in itself. This Saturday can be a gateway to the 5th Round and who knows where? Let\'s beat Accrington Stanley and keep the Cup Dream alive. First of all have great respect for the opposition. They ....


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Can Boro Hammers The Hammers?

Boro v West Ham – is a massive game for both clubs, particularly Boro. A win could really have a transform our position in the relegation stakes. Boro Blogger Eden Lewis previews the clash – 3pm kick off Riverside, Saturday 21st January. This week has been everything except dull for both clubs. The Hammers are dealing with diva Dimitri Payet, the French forward wants out of the London Stadium and won’t take no for an answer. He’s even gone as far as apparently feigning ....


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Can Boro Pile Pressure On The Hornets?

  Boro head south looking for a victory on what is bound to be an emotional day at Vicarage Road. Boro and Watford go head to head in a major relegation tussle on a day given added poignancy and sadness following the death of the much loved and respected former Hornets manager Graham Taylor. Kick off 3pm Saturday. Boro will be looking for a first victory of the New Year and so pile the pressure on Watford boss Walter Mazzarri. The Hornets haven\'t won in 5 league games, including a ....


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Boro V Accrington Stanley: Who Are They?

  Boro fans were celebrating last night\'s 4th round FA Cup draw by downing pints last night, not of beer but of milk. Boro were given a home draw against League Two Accrington Stanley, ties to played over the last weekend in January, 27th to 30th. That has to be a brilliant opportunity to progress to the fifth round stage for Aitor Karanka\'s team but Accrington fans will also remember with relish how they proved a major banana skin for us in the only previous meeting between the ....


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Will Boro Be Up For The Fa Cup?

Boro’s FA Cup campaign gets under way on Sunday with a juicy looking 3rd round tie at home to Sheffield Wednesday. The Championship club are flying of late, on an unbeaten run of five fixtures, most notably a 1-0 away win at St James Park. But could Boro be the team to clip the wings of The Owls? So it is top flight versus second string and on paper at least a real chance to progress for Boro. Yet it will not be an easy progress as the south Yorkshire club demonstrated on that televised ....


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Happy New Year - Almost Happy New Year At Man Utd

Happy New Year everyone. What an amazing game to finish 2016. The atmosphere was electric. The Boro corner gamely taking on and beating the 70 000 that Jose said came down on to the pitch. Two players making their first starts of the season, one of them. Espinosa making his Boro debut. What a baptism of fire but how well they played. The roars of delight when Captain Grant scored that goal were incredible. It was all too comparable to Ravanelli at Wembley. Obviously the last five minutes were ....


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Festive Cheer At Burnley

  Boro fans have donned their santa hats and parcelled up the turkey and stuffing sandwiches hoping to stuff Sean Dyche\'s Burnley and wrap up a top Boro Christmas. It is a re run of last season\'s intense rivalry. The game and manager every Boro fan most wants to win. We were pegged back at the very end of last visit to Burnley\'s old ground, revenge could be in the air this Boxing Day as we head across the Pennines scenting a festive victory. Boro fan in Manchester Alan Mason ....


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Boro Can Win Crunch Game

  Boro face a crunch match today, a real 6 pointer against relegation strugglers Swansea. We need to bury all the troubles and tribulations of the past week with a victory. A win would restore the confidence and kick us on up the table while ensuring Swansea have a very difficult Christmas time ahead. Venue: Riverside. Kick off 8pm. What a difficult week for Boro fans, the failure to respond to Southampton\'s goal at St Mary\'s was troubling, the way Liverpool pulled us apart in ....


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Can Boro Make Liverpool Relive Their Riverside Nightmares?

Boro take on Liverpool tonight in a game of huge significance at both ends of the table. Jurgen Klopp’s attack minded, free scoring side are on of the biggest draws in the Premier League. After the Boro. This game sold out a long time ago. Cannot wait for 8pm kick off under the lights. Boro have been very good under the floodlights in Aitor Karanka’s stewardship and Liverpool seemed to have hated coming to Middlesbrough ever since we moved to the Riverside. We have enjoyed so many ....


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