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Alan Keen Rip

Very sad news today that a friend of MFC and of this particular Boro fan, Alan Keen MP for Feltham and Heston, west London has passed away from lung cancer aged 73. Alan was scout for the Boro for many years and then continued as a big fan home and away. Such a nice man. He will be much missed. Alan served Boro for an amazing 20 year stint between 1966 and 1986 as a scout. He was the dossier man running the rule over the opposition in the south and Midlands, Harold Shepherdson took ....


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England Delivers

England fans always expect but last night the national team delivered and with two former Boro players on the flanks. England defeated World and European champions Spain at (new) Wembley last night, a fantastic victory in anyone's book and with Stewart Downing and Adam Johnson finishing the game on opposing wings a great evening for the Boro academy production line. What a tragedy the Premier League's enforced rule changes threaten that future supply. It was the first time an England side has ....


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In Praise Of Buddha And The Boro!

  A family of Middlesbrough Football Club fans is to be wined and dined at the Riverside stadium this weekend (Nov 13th) after winning the latest ‘Take Boro into Europe’ photo competition, run by shirt sponsor Ramsdens.   As their winning entry illustrates, Jane and Kevin Healy – season ticket holders for 21 years – and their 12-year-old daughter Niamh took their team shirts way beyond Europe when they left their Middleton St George home to go on their ....


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Mowbray Praises Ssi Move To Save Teesside Steel Industry

Tony Mowbray has pledged his support for the saviours of Teesside’s steel industry.   Thai steel giants SSI, which is creating hundreds of new jobs by breathing new life into the former Teesside Cast Products plants, has struck up an excellent relationship with Middlesbrough Football Club.   SSI is currently using the Riverside Stadium for a series of induction days for new employees as it prepares to fire up the mothballed blast furnaces and restart production in the near ....


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Mcmahon Opens School For Special Needs Children

Tony McMahon this week cut the ribbon at a school in Hurworth for children with complex learning difficulties. Priory School Hurworth House is a former independent boys’ school that has enjoyed a £1m investment from a leading independent provider of education and care for young people with special needs. Around 20 jobs will be created for the local economy. Boro defender McMahon met staff and the school’s first pupils during his visit. “The facilities are ....


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Armistice Day Tribute At The Riverside Stadium

A special Armistice Day commemoration will take place at the Riverside Stadium on Friday in honour of the servicemen and women who have died serving their country. † Samantha Terry, sister of Middlesbrough-born Warrant Officer Class 2 Sergeant-Major Charlie Woods, a devoted Boro fan who died in Afghanistan in December 2010, will lay a wreath of poppies. † The wreath will be laid on the permanent memorial placed within the Boro Brick Road in memory of Andy Jackson, Henry Cook, Don McLeod, ....


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Meet The Stars At Boro Signing Sessions

Fans have a chance to meet the stars and grab a host of Christmas bargains at the first of a series of festive signing sessions on Monday November 21.   Kevin Thomson, Tony McMahon and Richard Smallwood will be at the town-centre store between 5-6pm to sign items of official merchandise and have their photos taken with supporters.   Then on Tuesday November 22, Jason Steele, Matthew Bates and Rhys Williams will be at the town-centre store between the same times to sign items. ....


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Boro Will Display Poppy Shirt Tribute Against Watford

Boro’s players will wear a poppy emblem on their shirts in the home match against Watford on Saturday in honour of British servicemen and women who have died in the service of their country.   The tribute comes in the build-up to Armistice Day on November 11, and all monies from the sale or auction of the shirts will be donated to the Royal British Legion.   A special commemoration will take place at the Riverside Stadium on Armistice Day itself when Samantha Terry, sister ....


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Slavenís Boro Memorabilia Call

Boro legend Bernie Slaven is backing a call for the club’s supporters to come forward with memorabilia for a forthcoming exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of the club’s rebirth. The former fans’ favourite was one of the stars of a Boro team that bounced back from the brink of disaster with successive promotions after the club went bust and almost ceased to exist during the dramatic summer of 1986. Now Slaven wants supporters to back the exhibition that will be ....


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Charity Kicks Off Goal-den Tribute To Transporter

Teesside Hospice has helped Ramsdens to kick off its own celebrations to mark the 100th birthday of the Transporter Bridge.   The Teesside-based family-owned pawnbroking business asked a representative of the charity to assist in the launch of Ramsdens’ tribute to the town’s iconic landmark – a specially commissioned series of one hundred 9ct gold hallmarked commemorative coins – at the top of the table clash against Derby County.   Martin Taylor, a ....


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Holgate Wall Work Begins

Work to preserve a piece of Middlesbrough’s footballing heritage is set to start today. Restoration work on the Holgate Wall in Linthorpe will begin on Tuesday, November 1.   The wall in Linthorpe is the last remaining remnant of Ayresome Park – Middlesbrough FC’s home for almost 100 years.   The future of the wall has been in doubt ever since Ayresome Park was demolished and replaced by a housing estate.   Residents, local ward councillors and Boro fans ....


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Boro Sponsors Charity Winner

Boro Sponsors Ramsdens have produced LIMITED edition gold commemorative coins produced to celebrate the centenary of the Tees Transporter Bridge will go under the hammer for charity tomorrow night (Friday).   The Teesside-based pawnbroking business has specially commissioned just 100 of the hallmarked 9ct gold mementos as part of the ongoing centenary celebrations.   And Boro’s sponsors have generously donated five to be auctioned in aid of the Middlesbrough and Teesside ....


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Mowbray - What A Difference A Year Makes

What a difference a year makes! One year to this day, Boro appointed Tony Mowbray as manager, probably the best signing in a while. After the ghastly Strachan era, the feeling at the Riverside was not a good one. Spirit was at an all time low and something drastic had to be done.   The arrival of Mowbray brought a new feeling into the town. Everyone was lifted, looking forward to exciting football again. Expectations were high amongst fans, eager for a turnaround.   The Tony ....


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David Mills On John Foster

Former Boro forward David Mills is John Fosterís guest on BBC Tees this afternoon after 2pm. It should provide fascinating radio from Britainís first half million pound player who came close to death after a horrific head on crash in the Tyne Tunnel. David has just brought out a book about his life which should be a compelling read.   David Mills was a star of the Boro team I watched as a boy. He came through the ranks under Stan Anderson after making a name for himself as an ....


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Unlucky 13's For Sven

After 13 months in charge, 13 games into the season, and 13th place in the league, Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has departed the club.   After his big summer spending he raised expectation but only managed a disappointing 5 wins in 13 matches, the manager has left along with his first-team coach, Derek Fazackerly. Sven signed key players, such as Kasper Schmeichel from Leeds (£1.2m) and Matthew Mills from Reading (£4m), both who he knows from his time at Manchester ....


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Mowbray Kicks Of Pharmacy Celebration

 Boro manager Tony Mowbray kicked off the festivities with a relaxing foot massage when an award-winning Middlesbrough pharmacy held its 50th anniversary celebration.   Mowbray was joined by Middlesbrough South MP Tom Blenkinsop and former Boro star Alan Peacock when Marton Pharmacy celebrated 50 years in business.   To mark the achievement, the pharmacy held a free community event featuring a signing session by Mowbray, music from top local band The Beer Pigs, BBC Tees radio ....


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Boro Fans Backing Sir Bobby And Fighting Cancer

 Generous Middlesbrough fans have raised an incredible £13,416.36 to fight cancer by playing football at the Riverside Stadium.   The charity match was the third organised in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation by Andy Clark, a national fuel manager from Billingham, bringing the total raised for the north east cancer charity to over £28,000.   Organised through the website of popular Middlesbrough fanzine Fly Me To The Moon, the game in May included ex Boro ....


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Mowbray Kicks Off Pharmacy Celebration

  Boro manager Tony Mowbray and local MP Tom Blenkinsop will kick off the festivities when an award-winning Middlesbrough pharmacy holds its 50th anniversary celebration this Sunday (October 23).   Marton Pharmacy, which boasts Middlesbrough-born Olympics hopeful Chris Tomlinson, the British long jump record holder, among its regular customers, is celebrating 50 years in business.   To mark the achievement, the pharmacy is inviting its customers and community to a free event ....


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Boro Complete Ogbeche Signing

Boro have today completed the signing of former Nigeria international striker Bart Ogbeche on a short-term contract until the end of the season.The 27-year-old has impressed enough during a trial to persuade manager Tony Mowbray to take a closer look at him over the next few months.   Ogbeche was a free agent after leaving Greek side Kavala, following four years in Spain where he had spells with Real Valladolid, Cadiz and Deportivo Alavés. He previously played for French giants ....


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Buy A Boro Brick For Christmas

Boro supporters searching for that perfect Christmas gift are being urged to sign up for the next stage of the hugely-popular Boro Brick Road – and you can now order online. However, only bricks ordered before Friday November 18 will be guaranteed to be in place in time for Christmas.   A hugely-popular feature outside the Riverside Stadium, the Boro Brick Road already features inscribed bricks dedicated to more than 7,000 supporters and more than 60 former stars and managers of ....


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Best Wishes To Gordon Mcqueen

  On behalf of everyone at fmttm can I extend our best wishes to Gordon McQueen who has been diagnosed with cancer of the larynx. Very sad news indeed and we are all behind you in your battles and road to recovery.   Gordon is a great character and has been a mate over the years to Fischer and myself and many others. We always look forward to our trips to Hutton Rudby to chat with the former Leeds, Man U and Scotland centre back. He is a legend from my school days, someone whose ....


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Double Whammy Awards For Boro

Boro’s brilliant unbeaten start to the season has been acclaimed with Tony Mowbray and Matthew Bates scooping the nPower Championship gongs for September. What an amazing and unprecedented success for the manager, his captain and recognition of an unbeaten run that has equalled a 101 year old club record.   Boro’s defence conceded no goals in the month and although we did draw three straight 0-0s no one has yet found a way to defeat us in the league. All credit to Bates and ....


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Ikeme Loan Extended To Third Month

  Boro have extended the loan of Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme to a third month.   The 25-year-old has been a league ever-present since joining Tony Mowbray’s squad in late July. He made his debut in the final pre-season friendly against PSV Eindhoven and has kept four clean sheets in eight league matches.   Signed as cover for the injured Jason Steele, Ikeme will remain with Boro until November 1. The Wolves in Boro clothing custodian has yet to finish in a ....


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Boro Champions Reunite

Boro fans can enjoy a night of nostalgia when they join Bryan Robson’s 1995 champions – and the last team to play at Ayresome Park – for a Riverside reunion dinner in November.   Middlesbrough Former Players Association are organising the event that will recall a season that saw Boro bid farewell to Ayresome with a title-winning promotion success.   Inspired by England and Manchester United legend Bryan Robson as the new player-manager, Boro laid the foundations ....


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Trophy Room Tour

Turn the clock back to Ayresome time and join me on a Saturday pre-match tour to rediscover Ayresome Park. Please join me this Saturday morning when I will be conducting a short tour round the site of Ayresome Park at 11am at the Holgate End. The ghosts of Boro past still lurk, bubbling under the surface of the modern housing estate. All you need is an expert guide to pick out the signs. We haven't got one so you'll have to make do with me. Mind you having lived there for near on 15 years ....


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