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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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Curtis Fleming Supporting Justice First 5-aside Goals

  Former Boro star and now QPR coach, Curtis Fleming is back on Teesside supporting Justice First’s Annual five a side football tournament this Saturday. Justice First\'s annual five a side tournament returns for its sixth year, tomorrow and this year the event commemorates a well loved and respected Radio Tees journalist, presenter and sports commentator, Ali Brownlee. The competition will take place at Goals Soccer Centre in Middlesbrough, and those taking part could be on ....


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Final Fly Me To The Moon

Of the season.. or maybe for good. We’ll see… Issue 576 v Southampton has arrived back from the printers ready to go on sale tomorrow before the last Premier game at the Riverside. Again let’s hope that is a temporary thing and that after one season break we are back watching top flight football again soon. Our last “by the fans, for the fans” production features the final instalment of our season long Holmes and the Riverside Thriller. You finally get to find ....


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End Of Premier Days

Saturday will be a day of hiding behind the furniture and hoping against hope for a ridiculous series of results to keep Boro in the game on Monday. The fact we have to get a result at title chasing Chelsea pretty much completes the mission impossible. Mind you after winning play off promotion at the old Stamford Bridge 30 years ago could we possibly take a giant step forward and knock them back on Monday night? The first result that would be nice to see would be Man City making Fat Sam and ....


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Running For Mfc Foundation

Michael Gair is running the Great North Run on September 10th for the MFC foundation which is a charity close to his heart. He is appealing for your help is raise money for the Boro based charity. MFC Foundation was set up by Chairman Steve Gibson as the independent charitable arm of Middlesbrough FC. Though it uses the official Boro brand to engage with various members of the community, MFC Foundation exists as a separate entity from the football club. Based in the Willie Maddren Centre ....


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Twenty’s Plenty At Bournemouth For Boro Fans.

Away fans from all Premier League clubs will see their tickets capped to £20 for the first time, in a pioneering move by Virgin Media and the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF). That will include Boro fans making the long haul down to Bournemouth as the initiative will be for matches taking place that weekend. As part of the ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ campaign, Virgin Media through its partnership with the FSF, is reimbursing the costs of supporters’ tickets ....


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A Win Changes Everything

  Boro boss Steve Agnew is hoping that win comes tomorrow night at Hull City. He knows it is absolutely essential. We drew the must win game at Swansea on Sunday but now absolutely have to win at the KC Stadium if we are to stand even a glimmer of a chance of success in this desperate scramble for Premier safety. Three points at Hull could light the blue touch paper for the team and of course massively disrupt the safety plans of the Tigers who are counting on their home record to see ....


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View From The Swans

On Sunday we travel to Swansea City in what most Boro fans would feel is the game of the season so far. It could be absolutely all or nothing for us as far as our Premier survival hopes. But I wondered what was the view from the other side. Swansea look like our relegation rivals right now. So just how do their fans view this massive head to head? I swapped questions and answers with Steven Carroll editor of independent Swansea City fanzine Swansea Oh Swansea Q: Back in mid December we ....


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Ayala Back For Agnew

Daniel Ayala is back and available for selection for Boro’s massive relegation head to head at Swansea. The big centre half has had an injury blighted season but his heading prowess could be invaluable against the Swans in form centre forward Llorente. There was more good news in that Calum Chambers and George Friend are also back running in training and although they look unlikely to be risked for the three big games next week they should be available after that and so can make a big ....


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Woody Is Back

  Jonathan Woodback is back at the Boro as new First Team Coach. Quite a turn around for the player that officially retired at the end from playing at the end of our Championship promotion campaign. It is quite a turn around all round as Woody joins the highly experienced Joe Jordan and the upwardly mobile former youth coach, Paul Jenkins on caretaker boss Steve Agnew\'s coaching staff. Karanka\'s Spanish armada has almost all departed these shores now with only Leo Percovich ....


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In Support Of Aitor And Steve Gibson

There is life in the old Boro dog yet, and once we get George Friend rampaging down the left wing again and Calum Chambers back in defence,  things could change round.  Steve Agnew gave a great impression on  MOTD2 on Sunday, coming over as a confident motivator who could see a light at the end of what has appeared since Xmas to be a long dark tunnel.  I just wish we had a bit more pace in midfield, someone who could carry at speed as well as pass - Adama Traore is just part ....


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