Most Bizarre Incident at a Boro Match
By Elle Brunton
Friday 19 Jun 2009 15:41:00
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What is your most bizarre memory from a Boro game? The fan throwing a season ticket at Steve McClaren stands out in recent times. Try throwing a season card at Gareth Southgate, not quite the same effect.

Going back further there was the one and only Ayresome Park streaker, you knew HE was a Boro streaker because he kept his socks on.


They say the modern game has become more sanitised and it's true to say in this age of SKY TV and undersoil heating you hardly ever see a dog loose on the pitch anymore. Only Mad Dog, when he's fit.


Will Pogatetz still be with us next season? Will fans really boycott Boro while Southgate is in charge? Or he will bring the crowds back behind him by employing a new Boro bugler and trumpet a return to winning ways? I'm sure we'll see an oddity or two in the Championship next season.

We’ve been promoting Teesside Urban Legends – Best of the Boro Message Boards again this week. To help reveal what is in this thirteen chapter (lucky for some!) monster tome we are running the rule over a few of the contents within.


Comeonboro’ Elle Brunton is kindly helping us out by doing the reading and the writing..


Chapter Eleven: Most Bizarre Incident Ever at a Boro Game

Being a Boro fan is an exhausting and often thankless task but we have had our fair share of weird and wonderful occurrences to keep us amused.

One spring afternoon, the posters of FMTTM and decided to ignore the lows and concentrate on the curious incidents which have baffled and entertained Boro fans throughout the seasons.

Over the years there have been a number of streakers but the clear favourite was the 'Save Redcar Baths' demonstration when Teesside comedian Chris McGlade ran across the pitch at the Coca Cola Cup Final in 1997 to garner publicity for the baths and to apologise to a woman he had upset.

Then there was the time Jet from 'Gladiators' warmed up the crowd at half time with a bit of keep fit and a fan in the Holgate End did a "triple back flip thing" in front of her.

A programme seller getting arrested was entertaining because "He was only a young lad and looked like he was going to burst into tears. Superb."

Technical difficulties were also discussed, such as the power cut in the North Stand which forced the managers to conduct their team talks on the pitch.

There have been inflatable sumos, chickens, dogs and witches on the pitch, and a few not so cuddly meetings between mascots and er Fjortoft and Tim Flowers kissing!

The 'season ticket thrower' - the infamous moment when a fan's frustration with the then Boro manager Steve McClaren caused him to chuck his season ticket at him in absolute disgust - was 'a good shout'.

Meanwhile, one poster thought that it "Can't get much more bizarre than a soldier from The Green Howards blowing a bugle every time we had a corner". There were some cracking contenders for the most bizarre incident. To decide for yourself, pick up a copy of Teesside Urban Legends today.


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