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Ill_Be_There Posted on 07/12/2018 15:54
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when you heard he had passed
I got woken up off nights by the gf and when it sank in , I cried great memories listening to MR MIDDLESBROUGH
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CheshireBoro Posted on 07/12/2018 16:14

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I was at work in Wilmslow, and from memory Boro were playing at Leeds that night.

I got more upset about Ali passing than i did about anyone for many years - in terms of people passing away, other than family or friends, it is only Ali Brownlee and Stuart Adamson that genuinely upset me.
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coluka Posted on 07/12/2018 16:19

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Yeah I was really sad and shed a tear. It was like losing a true friend. I listened to many away matches through his eyes and voice, and on the journies home during the boro hour.

A gentle giant and irreplaceable human being. A true legend
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Nosmo-King Posted on 07/12/2018 16:20

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I was really upset for him, his family and all fans who enjoyed the way he promoted his Beloved Boro.

Is it me or is his memory somewhat diminished? Hope I am wrong......
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Ill_Be_There Posted on 07/12/2018 16:21

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still missed to this day
we forget how much he was a legend on the radio
him and Bernie were the good old days
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FullTiltTraore Posted on 07/12/2018 16:21

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Didn't really register with me, until the evening when we were in the car going to the Leeds game. BBC Tees were discussing what a great man he was, obviously the tone on the station that night was very somber. But then they played a montage of his past commentaries and that's when it hit me hard, every time I now hear his Cup lifting speech I have tears in my eyes.
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Trug Posted on 07/12/2018 16:31

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I shed a tear for him. A wonderful man, kind and generous with a really good sense of humour. I miss him and commentaries are not in the same class as he made them. RIP Ali.
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rob_fmttm Posted on 07/12/2018 16:33

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Remember to look up at his words written on the wall of Shepherdson Way bridge as you go to the match tomorrow and take Alastair with you to the game.
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Ill_Be_There Posted on 07/12/2018 16:48

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never ever forgotten its not the same down by the riverside these days without him
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271266 Posted on 07/12/2018 16:49

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Was driving back from Newcastle had to stop the car at Washington services for a man I didn't know who I only
met once briefly in Stuttgart.
Think it was the enthusiasm and love for the team and the town that matched mine.
Sadly missed.
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r00fie1 Posted on 07/12/2018 16:51

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He had no pretense of being neutral and didnt care. He painted a picture of football in words. I remember in typical fashion he overtook on one of those Teesside 10ks saying "in training you know"...smashing fella. [^]
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KingOfTheTribes Posted on 07/12/2018 16:57

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It's desperately sad for family and friends when someone passes away and I feel for them but apart from that it didn't effect me really.

I never knew him but did enjoy listening to him on the radio.
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Fabios_porkpie_provider Posted on 07/12/2018 18:25

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I shed a tear then went online and listened to his greatest bits of commentary and properly cried. First time in many many years that I'd cried, and haven't cried through sadness since.
As said above, never met him but felt like I knew him. Living away from the area, listening to him and Bernie weekly for so many years, and going through the same emotions with them, win or lose, it bizarrely felt like losing a friend.

The amount of grown men who openly talk about how they shed a tear for a stranger passing is testament to what a great man he was.
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FireFrost Posted on 07/12/2018 18:35

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Although I knew he was ill, I just never considered the thought that he would not be back on the radio one day. Think that is where the shock came from.
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Smoggiebry70 Posted on 07/12/2018 20:42

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XXXXXX hell am sat here with tear in my eye reading these msgs such was then man yes i for one will read his mural on the wall tomorow and probly shed another tear
RIP MR BORO
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Bigjohnspens Posted on 07/12/2018 20:54

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Went straight down to the gates and laid flowers. Really sad news.
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markusbent Posted on 07/12/2018 20:55

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It's the only time I've been genuinely shaken by a celebrity (albeit a local one) passing away. It felt like losing a friend.
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Funky_Chicken Posted on 07/12/2018 21:09

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Absolute legend - he did the commentaries from when he was not much more than a lad, and if you can hear him from his early days at radio Cleveland his voice is several octaves higher than his rich tones of later years. It’s a cliche but there’ll never be another like him on the radio who loved the club and whole area so much



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TeessideTinpot Posted on 07/12/2018 21:19

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Same here FireFrost, never thought he would pass. First and only time I’ve got proper upset about someone I never knew dying. A truly wonderful man
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sheriff_john_bunnell Posted on 07/12/2018 21:22

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I was shocked. Had just assumed he would get better. For as long as I'd supported the Boro brownlee had been the voice.
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MonkeyTrousers Posted on 07/12/2018 21:39

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I grew up listening to Ali. My first season ticket I was around ten year old in 1998
He was all I ever knew on the radio listening to the away games and I still find it weird listening to Dreary now. For me he isn't great. Or it could be that he has some very big shoes to fill.
The last time I saw Ali I was buying tickets for a cup game and he came bursting through the doors, large as life, big red cheeks and massive grin greeting the girls behind the counter offering out his Fruit Pastilles. I wasn't allowed to leave without taking one off him!
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borojim57 Posted on 07/12/2018 22:01
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Rise from the ashes with some great clips from 86 and lots of Ali's comments and classic commentary moments about the players and managers since 86 ,worth a watch

Link: Rise From the ashes
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zorro_mfc Posted on 07/12/2018 22:15

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The greatest fan this club will ever have. There was only one Ali.

“That is it. It’s Eindhoven. It’s Eindhoven. Boro have made it one of the most glorious nights in the history of football. We go back to 1876, the Infant Hercules, fathomed out of the foundries of Teesside, mined out of the Eston Hills, we’re roaring all the way to Eindhoven and the UEFA Cup final. It’s party, party, party! Everybody round my house for a parmo!”

Nothing else to say - he was Mr Middlesbrough.

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Paytonsmullet Posted on 07/12/2018 23:24

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Complete disaster, match days have never been the same. A absolute legend who brought so much enthusiasm to the area, and Middlesbrough fc a void that will never be filled. So so glad I got to enjoy so many commentary’s, interviews and phone ins that Ali was involved in. RIP Ali never forgotten UTB
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Smoggie86 Posted on 07/12/2018 23:34

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Absolute hero. Gone but never ever forgotten.

“There have been many great Middlesbrough captains, George Hardwick, Stuart Boam, Gordon Jones, Tony Mowbray, but none of them have been able to do what Gareth Southgate is about to do, and that’s put his hands around a cup......and after the words Middlesbrough Football Club......add an extra word.....and that word is......WINNERS! WE’VE DONE IT!”
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parmoboy Posted on 07/12/2018 23:36

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I remember being close to tears listening to BBC Tees closing tribute to him after the Leeds game. It started with Ali talking about his favourite Boro memories, and was followed by 'Steel River'.

I wrote this poem and was so pleased we actually managed to achieve promotion that season. Everyone singing his name as the players and fans celebrated on the pitch was something I'll never forget.

One Club, One Town, One Teesside.
Passionate and true.
One Voice, One Man, One Legend.
Boro through and through.
His passion undeniable,
His love for Boro strong.
Dreaming of the next goalscorer,
Or a new promotion song.
And when we seal promotion,
You'll hear an angel cry.
A shout of "Up the Boro"
From the holgate in the sky.
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Jostler Posted on 08/12/2018 00:23

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Was absolutely gutted, a true gent.

Memories of Saturday afternoons being dragged around whatever retail park my parents fancied as a kid, to then get back in the car and me ask “can I have the boro match on” and listen to him and Bernie in Centiru.

Great times
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