Boro in 1989 - Issue 16
By Robert Nichols
Wednesday 21 Aug 2019 12:38:00
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Back to 1989 – and Fly Me To The Moon Issue 16 – the last fanzine of the first season of Fly Me To The Moon on sale for Boro versus Arsenal and maybe a last chance saloon to stay in the big division. What could possibly go wrong...

Back in 1989 we were hoping against hope Bruce Rioch's Boro could arrest the slide and stay in the top flight although relegation looked more and more like a certainty. It was Wolfman against Donkey Adams. Don't horse around. Sixteen issues in the first campaign of the paper fanzine Gillandi Schmultz certainly wasn't horsing around.

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Already the fanzine was proving so popular that the editor was faced with difficult selection problems. Unlike the injury hit Boro team, there was so much material flying in to Fly Me's Saltergill mansions that Schmultz was faced with the decision to go to smaller print. “It beats printing more pages which only further lines the pockets of our hideously rich printer.” He did then apologise to Gordon from Tees Print who was doing a sterling job in keeping up with the snowballing demand – up to 2500 print runs in those early days.

Schmulz mulled over the possibility of a Brian Clough tour after eavesdropping a conversation involving George and his much missed Boro Programmes emporium.

"For say £30 a piece they could take in such sights as Marton Burn School, Acklam Steelworks ground, Rea's Cafe, Marton Grove Youth Club and the site of Garnett's sweet factory where his father worked. The Broadway, where his father boozed.. "

Not many of those landmarks are still standing in the 21st century - but it is still a good idea all the same.

There was Bernie's Bolt but also a Bernie Backlash. A Boro Drinkers 11 was piched or pitchered against a World 11. Good luck. And keeping with the subject, Richard Cranium delivered his Last of the Boos for the season. There was a 10 Moaners - including one Bryan Robson, "spends 80 minutes kicking anything that moves." And what was the reason for Boro's tumble down the table? Hair cuts. The bleached blondes led by captain Tony Mowbray are seemingly too darned soft for the First Division.

There was a shadow cast over that season run-in though and one that put everything else firmly into perspective. The Hillsborough tragedy. Isn't it incredible that thirty years on those that were in authority on that dark day are only just being put before a court of law.

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