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We Are A Premiership Club Says Ledesma

This season has not been a good second season at Boro for Emmanuel Ledesma. The 25 year old from Argentina made more of an impact in his first season after signing from Walsall. A 90th minute red card at Nottingham Forest was a blow for his current campaign but the former QPR player was back on the pitch as a late sub v Birmingham on Saturday. Could he have a first team future over the hectic Christmas period? This interview was conducted after Ledesma had signed gifts for fans in the Boro ....


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Stuart Parnaby - One Of The Best Moments Of My Life

Three Boro players will have their pens poised in MFC Retail this afternoon but will any of them go on to score on a World Cup stage? Last week’s trio included Stuart Parnaby. The likeable Durham lad might no longer be first choice right back but he certainly knows all about achieving the heights. And as Boro’s least likely scorer he will be forever linked to our European adventure. He also has grown the best Boro Movember tache. Q: Have you enjoyed meeting the fans? SP: Yes it is ....


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Our Spike

I thought you might like a second chance to read this interveiw with a Boro great and also thanks to the generosity of the publishers have a chance to win his new biography, The Bald Facts. David “Spike” Armstrong, Charlton’s Champion, an Ayresome Angel that never missed a match, he played some 356 league and cup games consecutively for Boro making the left side of midfield his own. Won an England cap, granted a testimonial at just 25. Went on to play in the Harlem ....


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Boro Will Have No Fears From Battle With Hastings

Although Boro's ranks have been vastly reduced through injuries there were only positives uttered from the mouth of Tony Mowbray. There is no fear factor for the Boro boss but ruthless professionalism as he looked ahead with excitement to Boro's 3rd Round Cup tie against Hastings at the Riverside, Saturday Kick off 3pm. Be there and support the Boro and get up for the cup. At yesterday's press conference I asked Tony Mowbray how he guarded against any possible fear factor within his team. ....


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Mendieta On Boro

Claire Bloomfield, Boro Season Tickets holder and sports writer for Sky and fmttm has kindly provided us with this video interview with former Boro midfielder, Gaizka Mendieta. There are excerpts from the interview in today’s fanzine but here is the full length version of the interview with the man who twice inspired his team to the Champions League final and was once one of the world’s most expensive footballers - all before helping Boro end their 128-year wait for silverware. ....


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Boro Ticking Along Nicely Mowbray's Progress Report

Tony Mowbray was playing it cool yesterday as he fielded questions at the Hurworth press conference. He isn’t one to get carried away in defeat so he cerrainly isn’t now as we look to go top of the league. Hopefully the calm head will stear us to victory tonight and onwards and upwards. Q : Tony this is a fantastic run you are on, what’s the difference now from the start of the season, when it was win one lose one? TM: Well I think every team strives for consistency, I ....


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Mowbray Won't Be Derailed By Injuries

  On the verge of an important home game against Derby, Boro boss Tony Mowbray must be dismayed at the depth of his injury problems but he won't let it affect his focus and determination to get 3 points. After the late defeat on Saturday to Leicester it is imperative Boro make the most of tonight's game v Derby by getting a win. But we'll have to do this without many key players at the front and at the back. “I think what has been frustrating is that a lot of those (injuries) have ....


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Mowbray Looking To Play Football At Blackburn

  Boro boss Tony Mowbray is expecting another difficult game tonight. Well, you wouldn't get anything else from the in-form league leaders. Yet he believes that we may face a different form of threat than provided by the in your face Blackpool side on Tuesday. It could be a case of both teams being able to play a bit, rather than Boro being given no inch or quarter. Can we make possession count tonight? Or do we need to revert to a more tried and tested formula from last season's very ....


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Mowbray Talks Tough In Tough Week For Boro

Boro go to Blackburn tonight, the final instalment of a really tough assignment, playing second and first in the league away from home within four days. It would be bad enough but Boro have of course yet to register a point on our travels so this is a very testing time indeed for us. Just how will the squad be feeling after what was quite frankly a bit of a mauling at Blackpool on Tuesday night? Can we feel any positive thoughts to bouncing back against the team that looks the strongest on ....


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Can We Win Away At St Andrews?

Boro try to bury all memories of that massively disappointing defeat to Leeds by winning away at Birmingham tomorrow. It will not be easy to take points from Chris Hughton’s side. Once they recovered from the trauma of relegation and losing so many players Birmingham have become a real force, fighting on three fronts in two cups and the league. They are particularly strong at home.   Playing away from the Riverside holds no fears for players or fans of Middlesbrough. I asked ....


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Mowbray Looks Forward To Big Game V Reading

Boro boss Tony Mowbray is relishing the prospect of going head to head with the division’s form team, Reading. Both clubs will be bang up for Saturday’s game at the Riverside. Reading are gong great guns with Jason Roberts goal power bolstering their charge towards the top. Boro have won 2 out of 2. Something has to give. I would heartily recommend you go down to the Riverside tomorrow to see the outcome. Sparks could fly.   Tony Mowbray was on good form and really looking ....


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Captain Jones Of The Boro

Gordon Jones played for Boro for a post war record 528 games, most of them at left back and was captain for a large part of this amazing total. I met Gordon at the launch of the Boro Back from the Brink exhibition at the Dorman Museum we looked at the exhibits and reminisced and also looked ahead to the England Under 21 game at the Riverside on Wed 29th February.   Fly: What are your impressions of looking round the exhibition? Does it bring back a few memories? GJ: Yes it certainly ....


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Mowbray Not Getting Complacent About The Posh

Boro manager Tony Mowbray will not be underrating the threat posed by Peterborough tomorrow at the Riverside. Having beaten fellow promotion rivals Cardiff and Hull it might be easy to fall for the sucker punch against little Peterborough but there will be no complacency from Mowbray's Boro that was the message expounded by the Boro gaffer, loud and clear. Darren Ferguson's side have coped well with the step up following promotion and are on their own mini run having won the last two games ....


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Boro's Hull, Hell And Happiness

A fantastic goal by Barry Robson clinched a superb Boxing Day victory for Boro. A bumper 27000+ crowd enjoyed a real battle between two teams on form, full of confidence and evenly matched. It took a late piledriver by Barry Robson to separate the teams. But it is now a win that pushes Hull back to fifth and means we only trail second place West Ham on goal difference alone. While I'm writing out a match report here are a few more thoughts from Tony Mowbray from his pre-match press conference ....


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Danny's Steeley Praise

Danny Coyne is full of praise for the man keeping him out of the no.1 keeper's shirt at Boro. He doesn't reckon goalkeeping coach, Stephen Pears is doing too bad a job either for that matter. On the verge of Boro's big head to head with West Ham I spoke with Boro's experienced goalstopper about his Boro view from between the sticks. You can read further thoughts from the former Tranmere and Wales international in the fanzine out today. Fly: How is your fitness now Danny? DC: Yes my back has ....


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Mcmahon Looks For Happy Returns To Peterborough

Tony McMahon says Boro’s confidence is high going into Saturday’s game at Peterborough. He is not looking at returning with anything but 3 points and a win. The battling full back was left frustrated by the result but not the performance last weekend against Blackpool. Yet he hopes that single point will count in our favour in the final reckoning.  Fly: We didn’t manage to keep the winning run going at home but I thought it was a tremendous game v Blackpool. TM: Yes. ....


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Holloway Amazed At Premier-class Middlesbrough

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway was absolutely gushing with praise for all things Middlesbrough in the post-match press conference after the Boro v Blackpool draw. From a Boro point of view the result was disappointment but no one can dispute with the Blackpool boss that it was a great game to watch. Thanks to Eric the Red we have a transcript of the comments from the Seasiders point of view and it makes pretty good reading from where I'm sitting. I.H: “It was a really great game I ....


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Scotty Mac Will Earn His Stripes V Blackpool

  It was a rejuvenated Scott McDonald that I spoke to this week. I won’t say fresh faced because his face was painted as a tiger. He was looking forward to hunting down Blackpool at the Riverside.   I met Scott at the Butterwick Children’s Hospice in Stockton this week where he and team mates Danny Coyne and Nicky Bailey were helping to spread a little pre Christmas cheer and paving the way for Santa Claus to make an early visit.   The children showed the players ....


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Boro Great Start: Now Push On

Boro boss Tony Mowbray doesn’t put too much stock in statistics but he wants to see his team keep on keeping on at Reading tomorrow. It is a strong start but start is all it is and Mowbray knows it is a platform that gives us a chance this season. But we need to keep it going.   If we go unbeaten at Reading then Mowbray’s Boro will enter the record books again, equalling our best ever start to a season. What an achievement and what a contrast to Strachan’s failing team ....


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Mowbray Looks Towards Leicester And The Promised Land

It is another massive game tonight. The sun is shining and September is imitating June can Boro put the heat on Leicester City? Kick off 7.45pm at the Riverside. At yesterdays' pre-match press conference Boro boss Tony Mowbray was licking in lips in anticipation before tonight's game, one he ranks as potentially even more difficult than Saturday's draw with Ipswich. But he does not go into the game with fear. He believes the corner will be turned any time now as far as dropping points at home ....


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Mowbray Looks To Topple The Tractor Boys

There will be no room for sentiment as Boro boss Tony Mowbray looks to bulldoze the Tractor Boys on Saturday. The former Ipswich player/coach was upbeat at yesterday's pre-match press conference, determined that the cup defeat at Palace would not put us out of our winning stride. There was an amazing turn out from the media, with national papers and even SKY tv present. Going top of the league has obviously meant we are back on the radar again. Now can we live with the hype and return to grab ....


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Matthew Bates On Boro’s Great Start

  I was chatting with Boro skipper, Matthew Bates this week as he relaunched the KICKZ scheme at its new base, Acklam Green centre. Kickz is a football-based project funded by the Premier League Charitable Fund and open to young people, both male and female, aged between 12 and 18. It aims to engage with young people by encouraging positive and healthy activities and also build stronger community and police links.   I stole a few minutes of Matthew Bates time between sparring with ....


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Pally And The Middlesbrough Symphony

I met up with former Boro star Gary Pallister at the launch of the Middlesbrough Symphony down by the 100 year old Transporter Bridge. Gary donned a new Boro shirt and picked up a flute to get in tune with David Golightly’s classical tribute to Middlesbrough FC. The symphony will be played for the first time at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Thursday 15th September. Do go along.   Fly: So, are you a bit of a classical music fan yourself? GP: (smiles) I’ve got a bit partial to a ....


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Away Away Away - Keep It Going At Oakwell

I spoke with Tony Mowbray still glowing with pride after his team's victory at Elland Road. Can we now keep the away form going back into Yorkshire at Barnsley? And could he believe all the red cards at Leeds. Fly: You talked last week about all the red cards at Leeds United in the past. TM: I did yes. Fly: It was like a real throw back game in some ways. TM: I think that ground brings something out. That stadium almost brings a pressure on the players and team. If anything if you look at ....


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Mowbray Praises Selfish Emnes And Looks Forward To Intensity At Leeds

Tony Mowbray was pleased to talk in glowing terms about Tuesday’s 3-0 win at Walsall. He was not getting carried away though looking forward to two testing trips into West Yorkshire. First things first, can we defeat one of our oldest rivals in Leeds United on Saturday?   Fly: You threw down the gauntlet to Marvin Emnes before the Walsall game. You said that one of our problems in avoiding a potential banana skin repeat of Burton would be our lack of a recognised goalscorer. Marvin ....


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