Brian Robinson RIP
By fmttm
Monday 30 Mar 2020 13:58:00
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I would like to publish a short tribute to Boro fan Brian Robinson who passed away from cancer yesterday. A mutual friend Mick Hydes contacted me when Brian was very ill towards the end of 2018 and Yvonne Ferguson kindly arranged for him to be guest for a match at the Riverside. Brian was blessed with a year of extra time, including enjoying a birthday pint with his mates at Christmas time. After the game at the Riverside Brian penned this article about his day as guest at the Riverside last season. He makes light of all his ailments and refelcts on the experience that day. Something he treasued. And so in memory of the Boro fan from Ashington I would like to share it with you once again.

Brian Robinson RIP


A Big Thank You From Ashington…

Middlesbrough v Ipswich 29/12/2018

What can I say about my haunt down to the Riverside? Well, firstly I should say how it came about and that was purely my friend Mick Hydes' doing, although the lad lives in Paisley, near Glasgow, he has a connection with Boro through friendship with Rob Nichols editor of this very fanzine.

Mick had heard about my continued ill health with Gastric Cancer for which I have now started a second lot of Chemotherapy since my operation a year ago. Mick contacted Rob to arrange a visit as guest of the Club to take in the Ipswich game and because I don’t drive roped in two of my other friends as company for the day. It was all arranged to meet up with Rob and Yvonne Ferguson of Supporter Liaison at the club reception on the day then have some pitchside photos taken and free seats for the game and a signed Club pennant.

After a journey fraught with crack and jokey banter with my companions Mick Moffat, designated driver for the day, and my other lifelong friend Alfredo Marchetti (both which I have to say have no affinity to Boro, so just me the Boro fan really) we arrived in good time and were very politely shown to an excellent parking spot by the car park attendant.

We had a walk around the outside of the Riverside for some photos for a while and a good rummage around the Club Shop. I was impressed it was quite reasonable in prices and bought a club zip up fleece top just £25, a bargain. It seems to me you can judge the calibre of a club by its pricing structure and Boro haven’t lost touch with their fans in that respect. I feel they give them something back certainly the cost of a match day pint of Fosters at £3.70 is not exorbitant by any means, neither was the cost of a match pie at a reasonable £3.

The stadium is very tidy with good views from all seating. There were a load of families in attendance at the game and they kept Roary the Mascot busy at the hoardings pitchside. Now, it was clear to me that the club had that welcoming family feel to it, certainly during the game the “Boot Boy” image didn’t appear to be there, neither was there any offensive language. It seems to me Middlesbrough are in touch with their fans and don’t appear to act as a club that thinks they are much bigger than them and don’t need them and price them out of their seats, which is very nice to see.

However, the game was certainly a game of two halves with Ipswich definitely looking like relegation fodder but they made Randolph pull off two classy saves. Boro’s shooting boots must have been left in the dressing room despite the early possession. Jordan Hugill’s first half penalty never really looked a clear cut penalty but redressed the balance.

The game came to life second half with the substitute Marcus Tavernier coming on. His goal was class and so was the Boro work rate after the break. Nice to see ex Northern League lads in the side such as Lewis Wing whose link up play with Howson was impressive.

All in all a very entertaining day and as Yvonne said to me before the game she hoped I brought good luck and 3 points, which is exactly what I did I think. So, good luck to Tony Pulis and the lads and hopefully a promotion is on the cards.

After the game we had a little chat with Rob Nichols and he asked me my reason for being a Boro fan whilst living up in Ashington. Well, that stems back to 1976 when I watched good old ‘Shoot’ on the tv on a Sunday. I followed the Boro purely because they had never won anything major and were always classed as the underdogs. That was my incentive and the 70”s brought a team that was full of talent David Mills/Alan Foggon/Stuart Boam/Mark Proctor.

But the 90”s produced some exciting players and my favourites were Juninho and Ravanelli and the sublime Gaizka Mendieta.

And that’s why I continue to be a Boro Fan and always will be.

Brian Robinson


Brian holding the Boro pennant

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