fmttm Articles- Boro Views

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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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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