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Happy Birthday Tony Mowbray

Today is the 55th birthday of Boro’s former defensive mainstay, captain fantastic and management rescuer in chief, Tony Mowbray. Happy Birthday Mogga from Fly Me To The Moon and I am sure that goes for Boro fans everywhere. Tony Mowbray made his debut way back in 1982, in the dark days between top flight relegation and liquidation. His first bow was in the pressure cooker atmosphere of a Tyne Tees derby. He never shirked a challenge. His defensive qualities as well as his determination ....


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Football Supporters Federation Efl Fans Group Meeting

These are the official minutes of the Football Supporters Federation Fan Group meeting held in London at the end of October. It was superbly well attended and great to be able to swap information and ideas between fans of so many clubs. Between rushing for trains. I was able to contribute several points to the agenda but with there being so many fans present it is hard to make too much noise in the meeting. I did ask on AOB that we look to have a £30 maximum away ticket as ....


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Can Boro Break Into The Winning Habit V Wigan?

Boro play Wigan this Saturday and 3 points are very much the order of the day. We last savoured a home league win at the Riverside back on September 19th, we need to put that record right and get back into the victory groove once again down by the Tees. As the Championship pack closes in those heading the promotion chase we could definitely do with converting some of these single pointers to victories. Especially at home. It is not just the shot shy attack that will come under the microscope ....


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When Middlesbrough Fell In Love With North Korea

  When Middlesbrough fell in love with North Korea: the story of a north-east town’s unlikely international connection is to feature at Korean Festival. The story of an unlikely international connection between Middlesbrough and North Korea is to feature alongside a visit by the South Korean Ambassador to the UK and an insight into life in North Korea as part of a two-day long festival later this month. University of Huddersfield academic Dr Tosh Warwick will reveal findings ....


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Thirty Years Of Fly Me To The Moon Fanzine

  On Saturday I will be launching a small display marking the 30th birthday of Fly Me To The Moon. I am giving a short talk at 10.30am in front of the exhibition, upstairs at Boro Bookworm & Sacred Alien Comix  in Wilson Street. So come along on the way to the Boro v Derby match. Fly Me To The Moon was started in November 1988 – named after Boro manager Bruce Rioch\'s quote that if he had to go to the moon he would want his captain marvel, Tony Mowbray by his side. ....


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Mind The Gap

Two weeks until another game means the shockwaves will continue to reverberate following the deeply damaging 2-0 home defeat to Nottingham Forest. Aitor Karanka returned and did a real job on us. Such was the gravity of the defeat that it has planted big seeds of doubt in Boro fans minds that will fester until we get back to action at Hillsborough. But that is not until a week on Friday. Plenty of time for those seeds to germinate and really take root. There was the growing feeling that ....


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Back To Boro

Back to Boro back to Championship reality this weekend when Boro go to Carrow Road to take on Norwich City. Can Boro keep the momentum of the good start rolling on after the international break? Boro play at Norwich 3pm Saturday. Boro finished on a high note before international interruption with a competitive and compelling 0-0 draw at Elland Road. Although we did not leapfrog the league leaders we matched them and indeed had the better of the chances. With new faces brought in on deadline ....


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Boro - Life After Leeds

  Boro can now relax and look to go onwards and upwards now after the international break. We proved we were (more than) a match for Leeds going head to head and toe to toe with the league leaders at their home. Now with loan transfer reinforcements in the pack and young players pride and almost ready we look all set to really challenge at the top over the months ahead. Perhaps unlucky not to be awarded at least one penalty Boro gave every bit as good as they got on a frantic ....


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Boro Draw Rochdale At Home

  Boro\'s reward for defeating Notts County is another home draw against lower league opponents, as Rochdale will provide opposition in the 2nd round at the Riverside. Boro played Dale at Spotland in the summer. A young side, very similar to that which defeated County on Tuesday night went down to defeat in the last kick of the game in the pre season friendly. Just how many young veterans of that encounter will feature in the 2nd round tie to be played in the week commencing Monday 27 ....


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Get Behind The Team

A clearly disappointed Tony Pulis issued an appeal to all Boro fans this morning to get behind all the players as we battle against the odds to stay at the top of the Championship pack. Pulis stark assessment was that we don\'t have the depth or quality to gain promotion. He is as disappointed as the fans with the failure to land our targets but it is really imperative now we pull together and do not get on any of the players backs as we try to take another 3 points at the Riverside tomorrow. ....


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Tony Pulis Meets The Fans

A packed Legends Lounge was informed and entertained and probably enthused about the new season after a frank and open question and answer from Boro boss Tony Pulis. He ducked no questions and apart from hiding the names of any player targets did not avoid any issues. Like him or not, and some fans said they were in the latter camp, no one left the room with any other impression that Pulis is hell bent on succeeding here and returning the club to the top division and Europe once more. Music to ....


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Philip Meadows - Boro Artist

  There is a wonderful art exhibition currently showing at Heritage Gallery, Cargo Fleet. Any Boro fan will love the Ayresome Park paintings of Philip Meadows. They drip with red and white atmosphere. You can almost taste the pies, smell the bovril and savour the excitement of the floodlit night matches. But also look at his Teesside gadgies bent into the wind riding home from their late shift. Or sense the feeling of release and freedom of scenes from the North York Moors. This is an ....


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Don’t Face Penalties Sending World Cup Items To Russia

  World Cup visitors planning to ship items to Russia must be prepared to tackle the strong defence that is Russian Customs, warns David Jinks, Head of Consumer Research at ParcelHero. ‘Boro fans planning group trips or shipping items such as sports kits and Middlesbrough flags into Russia will need to take care to avoid being caught offside by strict regulations surrounding shipping items into Russia and delivering them into stadiums. If you are part of a group planning to ....


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Beat The Lions

  Boro\'s season is going right down to the final home match, a head to head with Millwall could settle which of the clubs will march on into the play offs. The club from London have to win there are no two ways about it. Boro are ahead of the chasing pack kin fifth place but thanks to Derby\'s shock win at home v Cardiff on Tuesday there is no longer a real buffer. It needs to be a win for Boro also. The final fanzine of the season goes on sale tomorrow. Issue 586 and we will be ....


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Can Boro Raid The Rams?

  Can Boro make a giant stride towards a play off finish by getting a positive result away at Derby County tomorrow? Is this a case of classic good timing of Boro meeting Derby just as their major crisis of confidence is kicking in? If we could get off to a good start then the bad memories of past season failures might well turn the atmosphere toxic and then Boro could cash in. Boro play the team one point behind but having one match in hand. But Derby County lost their last ....


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Awesome Ayresome - The Football Art Of Matthew Ji Wood

A truly awesome illustration of the old Ayresome Park main stand grabbed my attention from twitter.  Sheffield based artist Matthew J I Wood has produced truly iconic images of so many English football grounds past and present. I came across your striking images of football grounds on Twitter. Living at Ayresome Park, I was immediately drawn to the illustration of the old main grandstand, the North Stand, still remembered fondly by many of us more seasoned supporters. Fly: Matthew ....


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The Battle For The Play-offs: Will Boro Make It?

  After a strange and inconsistent season, it feels surreal that three more wins and two draws should be enough to propel Middlesbrough into a top-six place in this season’s Championship. Joshua Healy wrote this for the fanzine before Saturday\'s win v Nottingham Forest. Can we keep on track with his plan after tonight\'s game at Sheff Utd? So remember this assessment was written before Saturday\'s game. With six games remaining Boro have accrued 63 points. Over the ....


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Boro V Birmingham Pen Pics

I produced these pen pics for today\'s match day programme, Boro v Birmingham. Actually it was my error, I ended up answering some questions instead. Some of which were superseded by Garry Monk taking over at Brum. But I thought you might be interested to read what I knocked together for the Birmingham fans as an intro to Boro. Written just before setting out for Boro v Leeds. Darren Randolph – if you can\'t beat him sign him... |Birmingham fans know all about Darren. The Irish ....


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Garry Monk\'s Boro Reunion

In an amazing twist former Boro boss, Garry Monk has been appointed manager of Birmingham City just in time for our visit tomorrow night. Monk, dismissed hours just after a pre-Christmas Boro away win at Sheff Wed is returning to League management with a three and a half year deal at St Andrews. It is bound to add extra spice to our game tomorrow night. Kick off. 7.45pm. Birmingham City have appointed Garry Monk as new manager on a three-and-a-half-year deal. Still just 38 but already ....


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Traore Repeal - Can Boro Now Play Up For Play Offs?

What a result for Boro yesterday as news filtered through that Adama Traore’s red card in Saturday’s clash with Sunderland had been overturned. Now the second reversal we have seen in recent weeks, following Rudy Gestede\'s wrongful dismissal at Norwich City. Boro fans must feel as if the world has turned upside down. Can we now capitalise and go on and clinch a play off place? Adama Traore was tearing Sunderland apart on Saturday in the derby that wasn\'t a derby. The only ....


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Not Just A “small Town In Europe”, But A City In The Top 10

Middlesbrough\'s major economic ambitions have been boosted with it being named one of the Top 10 Small Cities in Europe by the Financial Times. The high profile listing comes in a report entitled European Cities and Regions of the Future 2018-19 which asks the question “With Europe in flux, which locations have investment potential for the long haul?” The report has been compiled by an FT’s supplement – fDi magazine - which looks at potential for foreign direct ....


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Wilton Walter’s Boro Armchair

I know what’s gone wrong with our home form. Pulis is wearing that silly baseball cap again! Seasoned Boro fan Walter from Wilton gives the benefit of his long years of Boro watching in the fanzine every month. They certainly didn\'t wear baseball caps or white trainers back in his days, what\'s wrong with a flat cap and boiled boots? Anyway this fanzine he is sitting it out (gettit?) and instead getting all new fangled and contributing to the website. It will never catch on ....


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Forshaw For Leeds

SKY SPORTS are reporting that Adam Forshaw has left Boro for Leeds for a fee of around £2 million. Promising academy graduate Marcus Tavernier has joined MK Dons on loan until the end of the season. This is the start of Tony Pulis wheeling and dealing in the Transfer Window. Adam Forshaw, joined Boro from Wigan for roughly the same fee of approximately £2m in 2015 and of course really made his mark in the early games in the Premier League last season. He looked really at home and ....


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Pulis Ponders Fulham Challenge

Tony Pulis today pondered the challenge posed by a \"tough\" Fulham team, who will test Boro\'s rest promotion credentials at the Riverside tomorrow. Can Boro keep the Pulis revival going? Kick off 3pm. Boro face an attack minded Fulham side that will pose plenty of questions tomorrow. We escaped with a late Cyrus Christe goal down at Craven Cottage after the Londoners had tortured us with their speedy attack. It will be interesting to see what plan Tony Pulis puts in place to counter their ....


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Pulis – Standing On Ceremony

Tony Pulis signalled his intent as he took his first Boro pre match press conference today, cap on head, standing for questions before a packed press room. TV, radio and national as well as local papers were represented in the Media Room at Boro’s Rockcliffe Park training conference. Tony Pulis set out his intent for the season ahead but more specifically was focused on tomorrow’s match. A strict 9am start signalled immediate organisation and discipline from the off. There was a ....


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