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By Robert Nichols
Thursday 12 Jul 2018 18:41:00
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Fly Me To The Moon fanzine is returning again for what will be a 30th year – 1988 to 2018. Bruce Rioch to Tony Pulis. Old First Division to hopefully promotion back to the top flight in our first full season (fingers crossed) under the old campaigner. If you will kindly give us your backing then we will be your “by the fans for the fans” guide in 10 monthly instalments through the season ahead. Just £24 for ten monthly issues via paypal.

The very first photocopied issue of Fly Me To The Moon was sold to the public for Boro v Sheffield Wednesday on the 25th November 1988. A different century, a different stadium but we lost 1-0... so same old, typical Boro.

Yet, there has been nothing typical about the 30 years that have followed. Promotions and relegations were nothing new but we built a super new stadium, we stepped out for Wembley cup finals, we experienced European adventures and finally, at long last lifted our first ever national silver wear.

We even had two managers that went on to become England bosses. Our first cup final winning captain, Gareth Southgate, took waistcoat wearing to a national fashion statement this summer. Gareth came as close as anyone has since Sir Alf and good old Mr Middlesbrough, Harold Shepherdson to lifting the World Cup.

It is a great source of pride that through three decades the paper fanzine has become as embedded in a matchday tradition at the Riverside as it once was in TS5 at Ayresome Park. From the joint presidency of Gillandi and Robbie Boal through to the present day, Fly Me To The Moon has sought to continue to entertain and occasionally campaign. Last season we were at the forefront of the safe standing campaign which saw me taking a train to parliament. That could be another bridge between 1988 and 2018, are we on the brink of seeing standing return for Boro fans?

Since becoming a monthly fanzine fmttm tries to take a more considered view, though Paddy's covers and Roofus cartoon strips remain as bang on the money as always.

We unashamedly bask in nostalgia because the collective act of looking back is such a big part of being a football fan. To truly appreciate the highs you have to relive the lows.

Fly Me To The Moon fanzine might have long ago become Fmttm to many but has nonetheless managed to remain as relevant. That is because as always it is still “by the fans, for the fans.” A catch phrase that has been well and truly shared around but it remains absolutely true to life at Fly Me where all the contributions are from genuine Boro supporters.

And what a talented lot we are. Over the three decades it has been our absolute privilege to publish the work of many a creative genius. We need to continue that platform of giving a bit more space to develop, expand and engage than offered by 140 characters of twitter or the cut and thrust (or cut throat) of a message board.

Postage prices have increased as have envelopes but we have frozen the subscription price again. Please subscribe and help us go again on our journey of three decades, together we are shooting for the moon.  

Subscribe through the post by cheque made out to Fly Me To The Moon for £22 - address Fmttm, Unit 7, Brentnall Centre, Middlesbrough TS1 5AP.

Or click here to do it the easy way pay by paypal - £24 (because of paypal charges)

Please note these rates are for UK subscribers only. If you are from abroad then please do email for a price. email fmttm



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