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Tuesday 07 Apr 2020 12:16:00
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A brand new book coming out later this month tells the full story of Middlesbrough's season of a lifetime, the Unforgettable 1996/97. First time author and now USA based Boro fan Tom Flight was a young lad watching some of his first ever football and like us all so bowled over by the massive stories that unfolded in the epic, and ultimately tragic epic of the season.

Here is the press release for Yer Joking Aren't Ya? a new book that I am sure will be a must read for all Boro fans. A long overdue homeage to a season like no others in our clubs history.

Yer Jokin' Aren't Ya? is the bizarre and gripping story behind Middlesbrough's epic 1996/97 season. When the Premier League ushered in a bright new era of English Football, a Middlesbrough businessman named Steve Gibson asked a daring question. Why couldn't an untrendy team from a bleak North-East town join the elite of world football?

With Bryan Robson at the helm, Gibson set out to prove it could be done. Gibson built a state-of-the-art stadium on the banks of the River Tees, and spent millions so the pitch would be graced by superstars. Robson helped attract Fabrizio Ravanelli, Emerson and the Brazilian maestro Juninho. For an ephemeral moment Boro's breathtaking football captured the nation's imagination. But chaos followed as Boro's season spiralled out of control.

The book begins in the summer of 1996 and traces month by month how Boro's season unravelled due to the egos and excesses of this crazy team. It ended in tragedy, but for those who took part - and for the fans who witnessed it - it was a truly unforgettable time.

Read Yer Joking Aren't Ya?: The Story of Middlesbrough's Unforgettable 1996/97 Season and you will find out about:

·      The transfer that shocked the world when Champions League winner Fabrizio Ravanelli signed for Middlesbrough

·      The dream of Bryan Robson and Steve Gibson to build Middlesbrough into one of England’s elite sides

·      All the drama of two breathtaking cup runs and two historic Wembley appearances

·      The nail-biting final-day relegation battle

·      The truth behind Middlesbrough's devastating three-point deduction in January

·      How Juninho won the Premier League Player of the Year award

·      The eye-catching talent of Brazilian Emerson, who dazzled the league with skills never seen before in English football.

Tom Flight is a British sportswriter based in Texas. He was a credentialed reporter for FC Dallas during the 2018 MLS season for Prost Amerika. He covered England during the 2018 World Cup for Prost Amerika and has been featured in the Football Pink. He has been a regular contributor to Everything MFC writing historical and opinion pieces on Middlesbrough FC. He is married with two children, Arlo and Lila. This is his debut book.


Hardcover: 224 pages     Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd (13 April 2020)

ISBN-10: 1785316311     ISBN-13: 978-1785316319 RRP: £16.99

Yer Joking

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