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Sustain The Game

  Supporters’ groups from across the country have joined forces with politicians and pundits to launch “Sustain The Game!” - a new campaign which calls for urgent action from the authorities to protect the existence of clubs throughout the game. Fmttm has added its name along with recently formed Boro Supporters Club 2020 to a plea for urgent action to sustain the game when faced with the massive financial threat caused by Covid-19. The financial strains caused by ....


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No Brainer For Grant Hall To Join Boro

Neil Warnock is the main man as far as his first signing for Boro is concerned. The main man with the track record to realise new signing Grant Hall\'s Premier ambitions. And it is no coincidence that Neil Warnock started his team building with a player that lists leadership at the top of his skill set. Joining Neil Warnock and Boro was an easy decision. The new signing told his tv interviewer at the signing press conference what had convinced him to come to Boro. “To be honest ....


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Art Of Ayresome

  Art of Ayresome has been an awesome virtual exhibition pulled together by Boro fan and historian, Dr Tosh Warwick. Compiled initially to mark the 25th anniversary of Middlesbrough\'s final season at Ayresome Park Tosh has brought the many artists inspired by our former ground to the 21st century audience. It was a colourful slice of Middlesbrough nostalgia that lit up lockdown and brought the Boro into our homes at a time when we were being driven up the four walls. I had to ask ....


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Phil Meadows Boro Art At Heritage Gallery

  Phil Meadows captures the essence of Ayresome Park. His paintings recreate the Boro characters, the redbrick townscape, the gadgies, a lost Teesside backlit by the four Ayresome floodlights. They are conversation starters, trigger points, half forgotten memories springing back into the 21st century. Featured in the Art of Ayresome virtual exhibition Phil Meadows paintings are available to but originals and prints at Art House, Linthorpe Road. But please go and view them together ....


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Grant Hall Signs

  Neil Warnock has wasted no time in making his first signing. QPR skipper Grant Hall was barely out of contract before the Boro boss pounced. The 28 year old centre back is the start of Warnock\'s rebuilding from the back. “Everyone knows I’m looking at the spine of the team, and he’s the right fit for what we need,” Neil Warnock told mfc website. Boro\'s experienced manager wanted knowhow at the back and someone that is an out and out defender and with ....


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Fit For Kick Off

  Right now the England and Wales European Championship squads would have been gathering, fresh from a long hard season to prepare for European Championships across Europe. Due to the Coronavirus it has been postponed until 2021. Stourbidge FC club physio Gavin Blackwell is a member of the FA Medical Society, and has attended many post World Cup or Euros talk by England medical staff. So he thought he would give us some insight into the life of the medical staff at a major tournament. ....


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June 20th Possible Date For Restart

  That was the strong hint today from two teams hoping to leap frog Boro towards Championship survival in Charlton and Luton Town. The remaining 9 fixtures would be played out in order. All subject to a vote by Championship clubs next Monday. A Championship restart on the weekend of June 20th would mean 4 weeks of training after the lengthy enforced break. This week was non contact and the real stuff starts next week. Charlton have revealed they have already pencilled in a couple ....


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Football Shorts

  Chances are we need you and your friends’ help! So starts an appeal from a new football website that aims to be a one stop shop for football films of all finds and club colours. What Boro material is there out there that we should send them? Footballshorts.org is a new platform which is collecting football-related documentaries, short films and feature films, all in one place. Our aim? To highlight and promote football stories which should be valued and told. To do this, ....


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Boro Mag

  This week the very first edition of Boro Mag was published. Excellent articles covered aspects of Boro, subjects ranging from nostalgia to very recent. Something for everyone and all explored in depth, engaging clarity. The publication is a fund raiser for Teesside Hospice. This being lockdown the magazine was distributed completely online. The Boro public lapped it up. I needed to chat with editor Rob Fletcher to find out more about Boro.Mag. How did you come up with the idea? ....


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Tees Life Boro Backtrack Interviews

Get to meet the most successful backroom team in Boro\'s history - most probably. Cup winning manager Steve McClaren has been reunited with sports psychologist Bill Beswick and coach Steve Harrison in a series of interviews by former Boro media manager, Dave Allan. Boro Backtrack is the name of this youtube game, weekly interviews with former Boro greats. The interviews with the trio clearly show the chemistry between this winning backroom team that launched Boro at our only ever trophy and ....


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My First, My Last, My Everything

    This afternoon at 3pm many of us will be tuning in together to watch together the final league game at Ayresome Park. That was a day of real emotion. The end of an era but also a vitally important promotion decider (or pretty much so). It was saying goodbye to our home of nearly a century but also we could not forget a must-win game for the Robson Revolution to take us onwards and upwards into the Premier League in our brand new Riverside home. Chris Bartley has written ....


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Ugo Ehiogu Remembered

It was a dark day on 21 April 2017 when news broke that Ugo Ehiogu had collapsed at the Spurs training ground and died at the age of just 44. But now lets celebrate the career of one of our very finest defenders, forever remembered as one half of the silver shield that brought us home for the Carling Cup victory at Wembley in 2004. That last ditch lunge of throwing his body on the line was as big a moment as Job\'s early strike, Zenden\'s double hit penalty or Schwarzer\'s recovery save in ....


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Yer Joking Aren\'t Ya? Review

  It was Boro\'s epic season. To borrow the old cliché it was the best of times and it was the worst of times. A season of a lifetime. Ultimate drama. Exceptional excitement but ending in disaster. Yer Joking Aren\'t Ya? The Story of Middlesbrough FC\'s 1996/1997 Season by Tom Flight First we were in dream land, next we were passing through nightmares. Then we were bouncing between the two states as we defeated all comers in the cups but lost points for fun (no fun) in the ....


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Watch Boro Supporters Forum Live

    The independent Middlesbrough Supporters Forum (MSF) is holding its monthly meeting using video conferencing call Zoom.  The meeting will also be live streamed on the Red Army TV Facebook page. Kick off will be 6.30pm next Tuesday 14th April 2020 https://www.facebook.com/bororedarmy/ In addition to the usual varied agenda, the meeting will include video contributions from Soroush of the Middlesbrough Food Bank, Iain Finch of Boots2Africa and former Boro players ....


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Jonathan Greening Leaving United For Boro Was The Best Decision I Ever Made.

  Former Middlesbrough midfielder Jonathan Greening, speaking exclusively to 888sport gave us these answers to our specific Boro questions. Greening was a first teamer at Boro after arriving with Mark Wilson from Man U in an unusual deal on a joint fee of £3million. During his time at Boro, 2001 to 2004, Greening would be acclaimed as Player of the Year, establish himself as a bedrock of the midfield before falling through injury and losing favour and finding himself ....


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February 29th: The Day Boro Won The Carling Cup

  Today is the anniversary of our greatest triumph, victory in the Carling Cup (League Cup) Final securing the first major silverware in Boro\'s history. Sky have denied us the opportunity to celebrate together with a much-needed win at the Riverside. So, we turn to memories and here is long time fmttm fanzine contributor Chris Bartley recounted the big day. Hopefully his experience can help impart the full meaning of events to a younger generation who have still to taste success. Keep ....


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Boro:shut That Window

  Just a day from the end of the January transfer window and a couple of days from Boro\'s home match with Blackburn Rovers and Boro fans are wondering whether there will be a late flurry of activity. But fortunately we are no longer desperate to see new faces arriving. One of the saving graces of mid table Middlesbrough. Think back to 12 months ago and when that window slammed shut without any signings to add to the loan of Jon Obi Mikkel Boro fand ranged from furious to gutted. Tony ....


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Derby County; In The Red?

  Fmttm fanzine columnist Mike Kelly uses his accountancy skills to take a forensic look through the books of our Championship opponents. The columns are always titled, In the Red? This article is taken from the last fanzine, Boro v Derby County. Given the bad blood between the chairmen, it wouldn’t be surprising if lamb is on the menu in the boardroom at the Riverside this afternoon. Steve Gibson feels Derby’s Mel Morris broke the Football League’s Financial Fair ....


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Boro Boy Bari Xmas Wishes

Boro Boy Bari gives his views on the current state of Boro. How will we shape up over the important festive fixtures and what does the future hold for the fans? Will we get presents in the form of many points? Bari normally writes for the fanzine but being many thousands of miles away at present he was just unable to hit the deadline for the Boxing Day edition. My last fanzine article although with a very clear message was, more of hope from the series of games leading up to the vital ....


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The Little Book Of Boro

  This is a book of football stories penned by Boro fans - it was a competition and the top three head the volume of fiction and non fiction all with a strong Boro connection. Published by local Billingham publishing house 6th Element, the idea is to coax people into writing and reading stories through a subject we all love and loathe, the Boro. I helped judge and the top prize went to octogenarian Jack Bolton for a beautifully written article about his time watching Boro. I love the ....


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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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