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Danny Gone But Not Forgotten

Boro Head Coach talked fondly of his time working with striker Danny Graham but knows that he might have to look elsewhere for striking options this season. Just as with right back target Juanfran we can’t afford to wait around for these players and instead have to push the net out wider for potential transfer targets. Aitor Karanka told the media this week just how much he valued the contribution of Sunderland loan player Danny Graham in our revival in the second half of the season. The ....


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Opportunity Knocks For Boro Squad And Consistency The Key

  Aitor Karanka is looking forward to a more consistent Boro this season and he revealed that for players loaned out last season and Under 21s the door is open this pre season to challenge for a first team start. Marvin Emnes has departed but other players loaned out have been welcomed back with open arms and now have a chance to grab the eye of the Boro head coach. The same applies to Middlesbrough’s Under 21s, several of which are presently training with the first team. Aitor ....


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Aitor Is Excited To Be Back

  Boro head coach Aitor Karanka welcomed the media to the Hurworth training ground today with a handshake and a beaming smile that said he was excited to be back and looking forward to aiming high this season. The players had finished training out on the green, green pitches below the press room. The first player I saw on this pre-season visit was Rhys Williams who was cycling out of the Rockcliffe Park complex in his Boro training top and wearing his cycling helmet. It was a reminder ....


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Boro Back In Business

It was back to pre season training for the Boro players yesterday. Under the watchful eye of boss Aitor Karanka the squad started their build up to the new season. Let’s hope this can be a breakthrough season in our push to get out of the Championship. It was bright sunshine and warm t-shirt weather in the late afternoon on the training pitches down by the River Tees. The fitness coaches were delivering their instructions putting the first team squad through its paces at Hurworth. At the ....


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Last Day To Save Your Seats

Last year’s Season Card Holders have until the end of Friday to guarantee their usual places for 2014-15 as Friday’s Save Your Seats deadline approaches. The vast majority of existing Season Card holders have already renewed and the club is delighted to report an increase in year-on-year sales as supporters look forward to Aitor Karanka’s first full season in charge. Season Cards offer substantial savings on matchday ticket prices and fans are also able to take advantage of ....


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Villarreal To Visit The Riverside

  Leading Spanish Primera Liga side Villarreal will be Boro’s final pre-season opponents when they visit the Riverside for a friendly on Saturday August 2 (ko 3pm). The former Champions League semi-finalists and Intertoto Cup winners last played Boro in the UEFA Cup group stages in November 2004 when they inflicted the first defeat on Steve McClaren’s side with a 2-0 victory at their El Madrigal Stadium. Villarreal went on to reach the semi-finals of the competition that ....


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Boro Loan Star Omeruo Makes His Mark On The Word Cup

I don’t think many of us were surprised at Kenneth Omeruo impressive display for Nigeria in the World Cup at the weekend. The Chelsea player quickly became a Boro favourite last season for his towering displays. He always looked capable of showing the same form on a far bigger stage. Of all the young loan players that have pulled on a Boro shirt in recent years he has always looked the most likely to succeed at the very highest level. He was always likely to draw the spotlight even in ....


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Boro's Brum Start

  Middlesbrough will start next season with a home game against Lee Clark's Birmingham side at the Riverside Sat 9th August. So it will be a home start for Boro against Birmingham who only just escaped the drop in the final moments of the last game of last season. Hopefully, it should be an easier challenge than last season's curtain raiser at home to Leicester City. Boro then get a big Yorkshire derby immediately with an away visit to Elland Road on August 16th, followed by a tricky ....


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Oldham And Ooh Albert Adomah

Middlesbrough will play away at Oldham Athletic in the First Round of the League Cup. Games to be played in the week commencing Monday August 11th. The football season seems that bit closer with the draw for the first round of the League Cup. Middlesbrough will make a first trip over the Pennines to Boundary Park Oldham this century. It was the first tie to be drawn in this morning’s draw. Viv Anderson was lining up in the defence last time we played there. Back in November 1992 was ....


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Specsavers Staff Sign Up For Three Peaks Challenge

Kind-hearted staff at a Teesside opticians have committed to take on a challenging trek to raise money for a charity set up by Boro legend and Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper. Nine members of staff at the Specsavers store in Hartlepool have signed up for the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge as part of the Finlay Cooper Fund’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Specsavers staff Stephanie Armitage, Avril Hall, Andrea Cottnam, Allyson Todd, Chris Colbeck, Hollie White, Emily ....


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Dj Tees Comes To Town

John Nicholson is coming to Teesside this weekend. Having just released his fourth in a series of Teesside crime novels, Boro fan, John is coming to meet his people. A Boro fan who launched a successful t-shirt empire as DJ Tees John Nicholson has been writing a highly successful football column for football365.com for absolutely years and years. Since 2000 to be precise. Now John is celebrating Teesside and Boro as a backdrop to a series of gritty crime novels. John will be in WHSmiths, ....


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Cooper’s Call For Three Peaks Challenge

Boro legend and Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper has issued a late call for football fans and keen walkers to join him on his next charity event for the Finlay Cooper Fund. Having last year raised in excess of £100,000 when leading a group of 15 fundraisers to the 5,895m summit of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, the Fund is now taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge as their next big event. The Fund’s organisers originally set themselves an ambitious ....


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Legends Aim To Give Parky A World Cup Boost

Bernie Slaven and Mark Proctor aim to give former Boro team-mate Gary Parkinson a World Cup boost when they hold a Riverside Stadium dinner. Places remain available at The Three Legends World Cup Dinner when Slaven and Proctor will be joined by Newcastle legend Malcolm Macdonald to mark England’s opening World Cup match against Italy on the night of Saturday, June 14. Taking place in Middlesbrough FC’s Legends Lounge, the event includes a three-course meal, Three Legends ....


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Gary Pallister Will Join Fans At Kit Launch

  Gary Pallister will be star guest at the stadium store on Friday June 6 as Boro fans enjoy an early opportunity to buy the exciting new 2014-15 kits.   The former Boro, Manchester United and England defender will drop in around 10am to view the latest strips, which have been kept a closely-guarded secret.   Season Card holders get first chance to purchase the kit on Thursday June 6, when they can also collect pre-orders. The following day, Friday June 6, will ....


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Fun In The Sun At Riverside Run

Record numbers enjoyed a run in the sun at Middlesbrough’s 5k Riverside Run and 2k Fun Run and an Olympic finish in Boro's stadium. In total 1,503 people took part in the 5k and 817 in the 2k, making the total entry number 2,320 - around 600 higher than 2013. The event – organised by Middlesbrough Council in association with NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – also saw money raised for a host of charities with at least 22 good causes officially registered. ....


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Roy Chatto Remembers - 80 Today

Roy Chatto Boro season ticket holder is 80 years old today. We can help get the celebrations rolling by sharing some of the memories of one of Boro's greatest living fans. You might have seen Roy Chatto at Boro games, until recently he used to sport a ponytail and at the slightest hint of sunshine he will be wearing his shorts. One of the elder statesmen amongst our home and away crowd and yet he still enjoys quaffing a real ale of two at the closest CAMRA pub before kick off. I sit next to ....


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Dolan To Join Bradford In Permanent Deal

Matty Dolan is ready to join Bradford City in a permanent transfer after a successful loan spell with the League One side in the second half of the season. Midfielder Dolan, 21, impressed at the Coral Windows Stadium and made 11 appearances for a squad containing fellow Boro loanee Adam Reach and ex-Riverside players Andrew Davies, Matthew Bates and Mark Yeates. Earlier in the season he made 20 appearances, scoring two goals, on loan to his hometown club, Hartlepool. An Academy graduate, ....


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Ayresome Park Revisited

For nearly a century it was Middlesbrough's theatre of so often broken dreams. Join Fly Me To The Moon fanzine editor Robert Nichols in uncovering Ayresome Park, the former home of the Boro on a special FA Cup Final day tour around the former ground. The walk around Ayresome Park will be one of the sporting highlights of Middlesbrough Local History Month. As Bryan Robson's Boro moved across town to the brand new gleaming white Riverside Stadium, Ayresome Park was replaced by a housing estate. ....


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Luke And Kenneth Visit Teesside Retail Park

Luke Williams and Kenneth Omeruo recently visited Teesside Retail Park to support their successful partnership with MFC Foundation. Backing from Teesside Retail Park has enabled Boro’s official charity to expand its education programme, providing nationally recognised qualifications for more young people. Park manager Mike Clarke gave Luke and Kenneth a tour of the retail area, where they enjoyed the chance to serve customers. The Foundation has six major themes focused on ....


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Boro Backing Campaign To Protect River Tees

Boro are backing a campaign to rid the banks of the River Tees of vegetation that is threatening the local environment. Groundstaff at Rockliffe Park met Tees Rivers Trust official John Musham to view the spread of giant hogweed and Himalayan balsam on an area adjoining the training ground at Hurworth Place. Both plants are classed as Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) and are threatening sensitive ecosystems and habitats in large parts of the UK. As well as posing dangers to the ....


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Help Make Smoking History At Run Middlesbrough 5k

  Teessiders are being asked to help run smoking out of town by claiming one of 100 free places in the Run Middlesbrough 5k. Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland Councils’ Smokefree Alliance are offering 100 runners a paid for place in the race in return for them wearing a ‘Make Smoking History’ t-shirt round the Riverside route. The offer is to mark World No Tobacco Day on Saturday, May 31 – the day before the 5k on Sunday, June 1 – and the launch of ....


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Tackle The Three Peaks For Finlay Cooper Fund

Walkers, football fans and adventurous north easterners have been answering the call of Boro Legend Colin Cooper to sign up for the Yorkshire Three Peaks but there is still time to join them in the latest Finlay Cooper charity challenge. In this summer all eyes will be on Yorkshire with the Tour de France riders taking on climbs in the Yorkshire Dales. You can take part in your very own Yorkshire grand depart adventure by tackling the three Pennine peaks. Having last year raised in excess of ....


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Riverside Stadium Charity Match Raises £8k

Move over Aitor Karanka! Jason Steele came out on top in the battle of the Boro stars when the goalkeeper went head-to-head with team-mate George Friend in a charity match that raised £8,000 for Teesside good causes. In The Keys Yarm Charity Match at the Riverside Stadium, Steele was manager of a team sponsored by Stockton firm Active Chartered Financial Consultants, while Friend was in charge of a line-up sponsored by Stockton Machine Company. The teams were made up of generous ....


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Boro Pick Up More Family Awards

Boro picked up three more prestigious accolades recognising the club’s outstanding provision for their young fans at the Football League Family Excellence Seminar this week. The club won the Entertainment Award and Best Family Area in Stadia Award for the hugely-popular Generation Red Family Zone, opened in the East Stand last season. Chief Operating Officer Mark Ellis gave a presentation at the seminar about the journey to winning the overall honour of Family Club of the Year at the ....


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Boro's Reading Friend

There’s nothing like starting them young! George Friend and his wife Kerry have introduced their three-month-old baby, Isobel, to the joys of reading. George is working closely with MFC Foundation’s literacy project, which is showing encouraging results in local schools. "I loved books as a child and I’m really enjoying going through picture books with baby Isobel,” he says. “At the moment our favourite is Giraffe’s Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae, and ....


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