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Jose A Spur To Boro - In Big Week For Football Fans

  In a week where Boro landed one of the plum draws in the FA Cup at home to Spurs there were several other significant announcements for our football fans. Boro will play Mourinho\'s Spurs at the Riverside in the 3rd Round around 4th January. Another stand out draw was the Merseyside derby a repeat of last night\'s game screened for the first time on Amazon Prime. Will a third major player in televised football be a good thing for fans? Last month saw UEFA actually ratify a game ....


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Fmttm Issue 600

The season has been a real struggle, no two ways about that and maybe we can provide a little light relief with the fanzine clocking up 600 editions this weekend. It has taken 31 years to amass so many issues and I wonder just how many people have penned articles, or drawings over that time. I say penned and of course back in the early days many of the contributions were written in biro. How times have changed. Think back to 1988 and the idea that everyone would have their on home computers ....


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Gary O\'neil Backing Woodgate

  Former Boro midfielder Gary O\'Neil gave his backing for present head coach Jonathan Woodgate to be able to turn around Boro\'s nose dive towards relegation. Gary O\'Neil was speaking exclusively to 888sport about Boro, Woodgate and looking back to Gareth Southgate\'s first managerial role. Sadly it all ended in relegation, something the midfielder knows only too well.   O\'Neil knows what it is like to experience relegation at Boro but feels we must stick behind the coach ....


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Phil Meadows - Middlesbrough Lad Fine Art

  The wonderful Boro artist, Philip Meadows, is exhibiting at Palace Arts on Redcar seafront until 15th November. In The Middlesbrough Lads, Phil captures the spirit and atmosphere of old Ayresome, from the redness of the lines of brick terrace street houses to three of the individual stand roofs. The vivid green of the pitch, every child\'s first impression of our former ground. All caught in the four tractor beams of the corner floodlights. He contrasts that to the bucolic scenes ....


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Bury Fans Appeal To Boro Fans

As our thoughts turn to playing Cardiff in Wales spare a few moments for the fans of one club with no game to go to this weekend, or next weekend. The fans of Bury FC, an old club with so much tradition have been expelled from the League. It could so easily have been us in 1986. They would like our help now in their quest to return next season lower down the EFL pyramid. Here is the letter sent for Boro fans.   A plea from your fellow members of the football family at Bury Dear ....


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Fmttm Issue 598 Out!

  Boro fanzine issue 598 v Reading – for the 500th Boro game at the Riverside. It will be on sale at the match. Features a whole lot of discussion about Boro, Bury (well, having almost gone to the all ourselves in 1986 it feels almost too close to home). There is an interview with captain George Friend, he might be injured at the moment but he is playing a captain\'s innings for the MFC Foundation as they out reach to Loftus and East Cleveland. An interview also with Helena ....


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Fine Margins

Six games into the league season and already the vultures have been circling the wagons. Boro have only won one league match yet some have predicted relegation to league one or a mid-table finish! Get a grip. Smell the coffee and take a good look across the football moonscape: Football is littered with former managers, owners, chairmen and players who have tried and failed. There are many who have persevered against all odds and achieved relative success: Lee Bowyer, Charlton Athletic`s 18th ....


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Mbro Supporters Forum Aug Minutes 2019

  Middlesbrough Supporters Forum……Meeting 31. Held at Middlesbrough FC. Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough. Monday 12th. August, 2019 at 6.30pm. In attendance were: Christopher Joseph Chair / President – M.S.F. Peter Hodgson Secretary – M.S.F. Caroline Walker Diversity & Equality. ....


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Love Writing? Love The Boro? We Want To Hear Your Stories! 

Storytelling is at the heart of every community and at the start of this new football season Sixth Element Publishing is looking for the best Boro stories to publish in a new anthology. The We Are Boro Short Story Competition is free to enter and will be judged by three ardent Boro supporters: Dave Brown – Manager of WH Smith Teesside Park, Rob Nichols – editor of Boro Fanzine Fly Me To The Moon, and Yvonne Ferguson – Head of Supporter Services at Middlesbrough ....


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Fly Me To The Moon - Boro Fanzine

Fly Me To The Moon Issue 597 v Brentford on sale now around the Riverside. Only £1.50 - a steal! Or a Steel!! Features interview with the great LEO. Boro PRIDE - one of our most important articles - a personal view from the writer on why it is important for players to feel they can come out as Gay. Unpleasant Feelings get hot and bothered about new rule changes. Donkeywatch lays into the Bees. European Super League.. and loads of stuff about Woodgate\'s Boro - a new era and ROOFUS is ....


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Bees Fan Billy Waxes Lyrical About Boro V Brentford

Brentford will be Jonathan Woodgate\'s first home opponents at the Riverside on Saturday. The Bees have been plucky but ultimately BEEten opponents for Boro so many times in recent campaigns that was until it all came crashing down last season when the side from west London turned the tables on us here coming back from a goal down to win. I asked Billy the Bee Grant (@BillyTheBee99) for his thoughts leading into the big opening fixture at the Riverside. This was also a case of turning tables ....


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Luton Vs Middlesbrough – Ups And Downs

  It was an incredible start to the new season with that 3-3 draw away at Luton. But with so many goals, and thrills and spills at both ends there were a lot of mixed messages. Should we take more positives from the game or be down about the goals shipped and that penalty miss. Mathew Fish delves into his match notes as he weighs up the pluses and minuses to see which side the scales are tipping for him. Do you agree with his assessment? UPS: Backing of Woodgate The sheer ....


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Knockouts Guide To Boro V Luton

It has been a long, long time since Boro played Luton. A whole new century and millennium since we last darkened the doors of Kenilworth Road. They smashed FIVE past us that day. Manager Bryan Robson felt embarrassed and humiliated. A bit like the guy stood in his vest at his bathroom window in clear view of all the Boro fans filing out of the away end. Anyway, it has been so long that I thought I would ask two Lutonians, Andy (EPS) and Tim (TPK) to fill us in on what has been happening, what ....


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Boro Sign Browne

  Boro have made a first outfield signing of the summer and fans are sure to approve of it being young, promising up and coming player in Marcus Browne from West Ham. Only 21 years of age Browne can play on the wing of central in midfield. Areas where we certainly need more options. He was really successful on a season loan spell at League One Oxford logging up five assists in 44 appearances. Strange that Browne should make his name at the club where our other winger Marvin ....


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Woody’s Tactical Woes

    Upon taking charge at Middlesbrough Jonathan Woodgate has been keen to emphasise a desired change in Boro\'s tactical setup. In his first interview as head coach, the former defender stated that he wanted the men in red and white to ‘press in different areas’, and ‘know when to press and how to press’. All this comes as part of a new brand of ‘attacking, exciting football’ that the new manager hopes to implement. However, do circumstances at ....


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Fan Appeal For Away Price Cap

  Last week Middlesbrough Supporters Forum emailed MFC the following letter - an appeal for Boro to talk to other clubs to provide reciprocal pricing for travelling fans. The letter was a result of a working party of Championship fans forged by Football Supporters Association members. The idea was for fans to write to their individual clubs appealing for them to cap prices and talk to other clubs before setting those match fees. Boro fans were reeling last season at having to pay over ....


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Looking Forward

    Last week\'s fixtures announcements brought the realities of Jonathan Woodgate\'s bright new Boro era closer to home. An away fixture at newly promoted Luton Town at the start of August will herald in our hopes of a re set Boro playing pressing, pleasing football with Woodgate and his football brains trust of Robbie Keane, Leo Percovich and Danny Coyne galvanising the troops to ignite the fires of Boro passions once more. That televised Friday night kick off brings us ....


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Mystery Of The Middlesbrough Mermaids

The first time I saw somebody larking around in water was at Berwick Hills baths. A group of young lads were bearing their lily white arses to a posse of parents who had lined up to watch their own children during a swimming gala. Unfortunately, said Mams and dads were facing the portholes, fastened tight in the opposite wall and had to endure the full mooning session for nearly an hour. That seemed ok to me though, because the location was a swimming pool and the young delinquents were wearing ....


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Woodgate Arrives

  Jonathan Woodgate is new Head Coach at the Boro. That news became official today as he was formerly introduced to the press at Hurworth this lunch time. But today was not just about a new Boro boss but also about unveiling a new direction, ideology or philosophy for the club. And also heralding in an era of shared responsibilities. As beginnings go it was impressive. Obviously we have all been here before but this feels right. Steve Gibson said as much. It could be something to believe ....


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Woodgate To Be Announced?

  Everyone is waiting with bated breath on an announcement from the club, confirmation of Jonathan Woodgate\'s appointment as boss. Be that head coach or manager, it looks like the former England centre back will slot into a new structure at the club. A structure that will hopefully hold the keys to promotion to the Premier promised land. That is the aim. Speculation has whirled around the Boro all this month since Tony Pulis got the hand shake and thanks but no thanks for his 18 ....


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Why Are We Always On Last?

  Boro fan and former Match of the Day editor Paul Armstrong has written a superb book about his years at the BBC. The voice in the ear of MoTD presenters Des Lynam and Gary Lineker, Paul spans the years from when the Beeb was the national tv window on all sport through Grandstand, Sportsnight, Match of the Day and so, so much more. He reveals how before the advent of multi channels and red buttons, someone would have to make the decision to switch between the Test Match and the ....


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Black Boots And Football Pinks

  What a gem of a book this is. Daniel Gray delves back into a lost or disappearing world of football as we once knew it. From goalkeepers in trousers, to all night queues down Warwick Street for cup tickets, to hot off the press football pink uns, Sports Geeeezzzette, anyone? Black Boots and Football Pinks - 50 Lost Wonders of the Beautiful Game - By Daniel Gray - Reviewed The author reminds us of when cup ties could go to replay after replay after replay. Remember Everton ....


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Stewart Downing Boro Marmite Man

  Last week Middlesbrough confirmed that Stewart Downing, Dimi Konstantopoulos, Andy Lonergan and John Obi Mikel are almost certain to leave before next season. That would mean that we have enjoyed the final appearance of Academy star graduate, Stewart Downing in a red Boro shirt. In his long career he has often polarised opinion at Boro, especially so in his second spell. It is these differing opinions that have inspired Boro poet Jimmy Flynn to write a tribute to the winger. Stewy ....


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Boro Interview Week

  Following the dismissal of Boro\'s coaching staff (great sympathy for Curtis Fleming) the grand interrogation has begun. Will it be Jonathan Woodgate, the local lad who went to Madrid and back. Will it be Slaviša Jokanović, twice promoted only to once be sacked then second time around to have his side replaced wholesale from the European wholesale mart. Or will it be John Terry, a Bryan Robson type outside bet but without the north eastern sense or indeed sensibility. ....


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Pulis Departs

The expected happened today as it was announced that Tony Pulis had left the building. The manager has gone and the hunt is now on for a successor. But before that hunt hots up chairman, Steve Gibson, paused to offer his thanks for the work completed by the man in the cap. Also underlining that thanks to the former Stoke and West Brom the new manager will have firm foundations to work from. The club issued the following statement today. Chairman Steve Gibson said: “I’d like to ....


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