Curse of the Boro Calendar 2019
By NeilInFrance
Monday 19 Aug 2019 12:11:00
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Every Christmas, my Mum buys me the Boro Calendar. It gets hung on our kitchen door and it’s used to note all our important dates and appointments. Traditionally the calendar had one player a month, but more recently they have been featuring 2 or 3. Must be inflation.

You can’t miss whoever is on that calendar for the month in our house and normally you’d expect a Boro player to take pride of place. But in 2019 there’s been some sort of curse. Every month has featured a player that is no longer deserving of pride nor place.

It started when I unwrapped the calendar on Christmas Day: The front cover and January feature Martin Braithwaite (boo). Already at Christmas he was pestering the club to get away and at the start of January he was off to Leganes in Spain.

Turning to February: oh no Rudy Gestede. At the start of the month “Bambi-legs” was back in contention after a long layoff from injury. But then we lost at Newport and he was accused of insulting fans. Saying I was not happy looking at him for the rest of the month is an understatement. Luckily, it’s the shortest month of the year.

All the photos in the calendar are action shots of players taken during a match – one in the foreground and another in the background. Except for March where there is a posed photo of Danny Batth badly photoshopped in front of Aden Flint. Batth had already left for Stoke by this time. So not a great face to look at for 31 days.

The transfer window scuppered April too. Grant Leadbitter may be magic, but he had already left for Sunderland by the time he featured. A twinge of sadness seeing him every day.

May and still a slim chance of making the playoffs. Who will inspire us from the pages of the Boro Calendar? Sam McQueen!? How did someone decide that he would be a good choice for May 2019? And when? Hardly a star-player he had already gone back to Southampton after snapping his cruciate ligament in November.

June featured 3 keepers. But sadly, the timing meant that Dimi had just learned that he wasn’t getting a new contract. Lonergan left too. I let out a sigh of relief at the end of June turning over to July. Randolph was still a Boro player.

July was a Blackburn Rovers special. Stewart Downing and Harry Chapman – luckily also “Holidays” written in red.

So far, seven months in a row of disappointment from a Boro calendar. You could say that it’s just bad luck, but what if the calendar is really cursed? What does it mean for the players featuring until the end of year?

Turning to August with some trepidation now. Assombalonga and Fletcher. Does that mean the Britt is off? What about the coming months?

  • August – Assombalonga and Fletcher

  • September – Clayton and McNair

  • October – Wing and Howson

  • November – Shotton and Fry

  • December – Ayala and Wood

Hang on. Add Randolph. Is that not our entire squad for 2019 / 20? With the curse of the Boro Calendar 2019 we may well be doomed! Doomed I say!


Ps Mum, I’d still like a calendar for Chrismas

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