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Leeds Is Looming

It is another of those games that is not supposed to be a derby game but don’t say that too loudly around Elland Road on Sunday when there will be a red and white-hot atmosphere as the Leeds and Boro meet head to head. What a showdown it will be. So much at stake, for both managers as well as teams. But can Boro win and keep the surge going up the table? Boro play at Leeds and Leeds and Leeds on Sunday aiming to keep the recent upturn of fortunes going and so consigning the team from ....


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Stewart Downing Inspired By Alastair Brownlee

One Boro player spans the years between Ali Brownlee’s famous Boro victory speech and the present promotion hunting side. I chatted with winger Stewart Downing as we stood beneath the new mural on the side of Shepherdson Way. Like everyone else present we were somewhat in awe of the hand painted words of wisdom. What a wonderful tribute it is to the Voice of the Boro. Stewart shared his thoughts on the mural and pondered on whether Ali’s speech could inspire players and fans v ....


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Can Boro Crack Cardiff?

It could be a good time to play Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City as the Bluebirds are experiencing a wobble. Can Boro stay disciplined tomorrow, finally score the first goal and turn the Warnock wobble into a Bluebird state of unhappiness? We chew the cud about this and more on fmttm podcast. Issue 579 is flying out and about as we communicate delivering a message of Boro solidarity and hoping against hope for signs of hope of a Monk Middlesbrough salvation this week against our Welsh ....


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Boro Fan Tv

BoroFanTV is an exciting, independent online channel ‘for the fans delivered by the fans’. With over 4.7 million passionate Boro fans spread around the world we provide a much needed platform that helps them connect, stay updated and gives them a voice. BoroFanTV will feature lots of great content across multiple social media channels including: ·        Live debate shows featuring special guests, including Boro ....


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Boro At Bournemouth

Boro’s “reward” for the victory at Aston Villa is a long, long mid week away trip to the south coast to play AFC Bournemouth in the 4th round of the Carabao Cup. Ties to be played in the week beginning Monday 23rd October. This tie gives Boro a chance to go head to head with Premier opposition and a team that are really struggling to hold it together this season. It will be really interesting to see the squad and team Garry Monk selects. Will he continue the education of ....


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Boro Can Push On V Qpr

Boro will be hoping to channel the frustrations at Traore’s failed red card appeal into defeating QPR tomorrow. Two superb performances in two games can be turned into the best of eight day weeks by victory at the Riverside tomorrow 3pm kick off. And don’t forget there is a new fanzine out and about and on sale. Boro are forced into a change tomorrow for the visit of QPR ma lord, after Adama Traore’s red card appeal was dismissed, unlike Henri Lansbury. It was a shocking ....


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Maximo Middlesbrough - Paul Smith Interview

Maximo Park play Middlesbrough this Sunday, their first gig in the town for many years. The band is fronted by Boro fan Paul Smith. So it will be a real homecoming for him. It is all set to be an exciting affair with support from Teesside’s own dynamic duo Mouses. I asked singer, Billingham lad and Boro fan, Paul Smith a few questions as a pre gig warm up about Maximo and Middlesbrough FC. Maximo Park open the newly revamped Middlesbrough Events Centre on Linthorpe Road this Sunday 17th ....


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Boro And Mirrors – Cattle And Cane

Cattle and Cane continue to go from strength to strength. Their second album charted earlier in the year and their national tour was a runaway success. Now the happening band from Thornaby is poised to embark on a run of more intimate gigs to promote a new acoustic feel EP. They stop in to Middlesbrough on the tour, on the day of a Boro game. Let’s hope it is a cause for celebration and a triumph all round. This week Cattle and Cane announced that both matinee and evening show at ....


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Boro Transfer Window Cleaning

Boro avoided the eleventh-hour scramble by getting their men over the line the day before deadline crashes down in signing centre back Ryan Shotton and winger Marvin Johnson. Well, almost, the Marvin Johnson business still has to be finalised. In other news, 3 games have changed kick off times for tv. Ryan Shotton’s £3 million move from Birmingham was finally rubber stamped yesterday. This has been a long drawn out saga, as anything is involving Harry Redknapp and his car window, ....


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Boro Drawn Away At Villa

Boro were drawn away at Aston Villa in the Third Round of the League Cup, sorry the EFL Cup, no wrong again, the Carabao Cup. A cup draw made at 4.35am (it was delayed from 4.15am) our time in China. Don’t accuse the Football League of knowing what they are doing? Ties will be played in the week commencing 20th September. This means two midweek trips to Villa Park in as many weeks for Boro fans as we play Villa away in the League on Wednesday September 12th. Two teams that had turns as ....


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Bernie Says Boro Have Made A Statement Of Intent.

Garry Monk hasn’t exactly messed about in the transfer market. As we prepare for the first of this Championship campaign there look like being more comings and goings. Does this signify that Boro are deadly serious about bouncing back at the first attempt? Bernie Slaven certainly thinks so. Boro have blown apart their transfer record to land Britt Assombalonga. It is a whole different universe away from when Bernie Slaven joined Boro for just £30 000. Yet, if Britt enjoys even a ....


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Saving Garry Monk

I like all most Boro fans, staff and generally anyone associated with the club. But I save a special, almost maternal bond for our managers, for one single reason: they\'re the only ones who don\'t believe we\'re doomed to fail. You can see it in their eyes: they actually believe we\'ll overcome. \"By far the greatest team the world has ever seen,\" us faithful often sing. But we don\'t actually mean it. The gaffer however, does. He really does think that with him at the wheel, we\'ve ....


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Boro Preparing For Wolves Opening

Boro kick off the new season as favourites for promotion but we face a stern test in the away opener at a much reinforced Wolves. Wolverhampton Wanderers have invested heavily this summer as the goldrush for Premier places begins again. Portugal\'s Nuno Espírito Santo has moved from mighty Porto to try and revive the old gold of Wolves. There is almost £100 million pounds at stake for even the bottom club as opposed to Championship figures that start in thousands. The most you ....


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Ashley Fletcher Signed And Sealed

Boro confirmed the signing of striker Ashley Fletcher from West Ham for £6.5 million. This is a real statement in signing a player for the future as well as the present, the 21 year old England Under 20 forward can now go on to realise his rich potential in a Boro forward line. Ashley Fletcher is the sixth permanent signing of the summer, manager Garry Monk is leaving no stone unturned as he transforms the squad from relegation-haunted to promotion seeking. He is also transforming the ....


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Dine Out On Bernie And Higgy For The Teesside Family Foundation

Calling All Boro Fans, come on down to Marton Country Club this Saturday for Teesside Family Foundation charity night dinner, Ayresome to Riverside in the company of two Boro greats, Bernie Slaven and Craig Hignett. This Saturday, 29th July, 7pm until late. The Teesside Family Foundation charity sportsmans dinner. Just £30 a ticket. To give you a flavour we asked one of the special guests, Craig Hignett, two or three questions about Boro past and present. Q: You have experienced ....


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Boro’s True Britt

Boro smashed their transfer record to sign striker Britt Assombalonga from Nottingham Forest for a staggering £15 million.  There is no doubting now the intent of the club to bounce back to the Premier at the first attempt. Exciting times ahead this season. Middlesbrough beat off all the competition by landing their man, a forward with the pedigree to spearhead the challenge back to the top flight. Still only 24, Britt Assombalonga recovered from a serious knee injury to score 14 ....


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Have Your Say On Safe Standing

There are less than a couple of weeks left now to have your say on standing or sitting down on the job at Boro games. This fan survey is designed to test the waters of opinion about whether our fans are in favour of a safe standing option. Vote Now At present it could need legislation to change to allow a Celtic style rail seating to be brought in for the top two divisions in the English game. This standing is not old style terraces but modern, up to date, technology where fans stand in a ....


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Boro’s True Britt And Friendly Fire

Could Forest sharp shooter, Britt Assombalonga be the man to fire Boro back to the top again? Or will Premier opponents hold more cards in an player auction? Boro players will be returning from their close season soon but will they be joined by new team mates to freshen things up as we bid to bounce back to the top flight? Some media are reporting that we have already made an offer to Nottingham Forest for their high scoring forward Britt Assombalonga. The big stumbling could be that it is ....


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Boro Big Kick Off At Wolves

Garry Monk\'s Boro will travel to Wolves on August 5th to start off what we hope will be a bounce back season from the EFL. The new fixture list was released today and this is where reality kicks in and the enormity of the task ahead as Boro aim to get promotion at the first attempt. Boro\'s first home game will be the second match at home to newly promoted Sheffield United. Of course fixtures are subject to date changes for satellite TV but fingers crossed we can at least get a list of dates ....


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Monk Wants To Instil A Winning Habit

Garry Monk is a very down to earth kind of guy. He believes in plain speaking and rather than looking to install any grand plans of football philosophies at Boro his first priority is to return us to the winning habit. That comes as a real relief to supporters that have suffered and endured a season of only five wins. Such a meagre total that stat alone tells you so much about one of the worst time’s ever for our football club. Yet after such a chronically disappointing season the Boro ....


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Stand Up/sit Down … And Be Counted

In the last year there has been increased debate about whether safe standing areas should be allowed in English football grounds. Middlesbrough Supporters Forum is conducting a survey to assess the thoughts and views of Boro supporters about safe standing at games involving our team. Would you prefer to stand or sit at Boro games? Vote to stand or sit Middlesbrough Supporters Forum is an independent representative forum of Boro supporters formed in 2017, with representatives of Red Faction, ....


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Monk To Give Orders At Boro

Big news for Boro fans this morning, no not the General Election results but that Garry Monk had been offered the manager hotseat at Riverside Stadium. The former Swansea and Leeds manager is expected to be confirmed this afternoon, at 4pm. Garry Monk, only 38, is a young manager, hungry to climb the league ladders and parachute-payment fuelled Boro would be an ideal platform to achieve this. In some ways then his profile is reminiscent to former manager Aitor Karanka. This time it would be ....


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Tough Call For Boro

Steve Gibson is taking his time over making one of the most important appointments since Boro were regenerated at the Riverside. Fans are waiting and wondering and message boards are buzzing with speculation… speculation… speculation. But who will get the call? Will it be Monk? Will it Pearson? Will it be Agnew? Or how about Alex Neil? Or like Karanka could it be someone totally off the betting map? There are those saying that the whole deal is being held over the need to ....


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New Boro Shirt – Instant Hit

There were hundreds of Boro season card holders in the queue to buy the new home shirt today at the Riverside. The return of the band has really captured everyone’s imagination and Boro fans were flooding down to the stadium to get hold of the new shirt. It is a flashback to the popular promotion shirt of Jack Charlton’s Champions, let’s hope it is a lucky omen wearing a shirt so similar to the last time we truly “smashed” the 2nd tier to get promotion. The white ....


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Doc Legacy On Middlesbrough Football Club

At a time when all Boro fans are pondering the appointment of a new manager we look back to a time when the club doctor played a leading role in bringing in a promotion winning manager. Dr Phillips was far more than just club doctor he had a massive impact on Middlesbrough FC as football physio and Football Medical Association member Gavin Blackwell can tell us. The word ‘Doc’ is a word often used in Football. For example: “Has the Doc had a look at him?”, “What ....


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