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Can Boro Make It Unhappy Returns For Mcclaren?

Steve McClaren returns to the ground here he made his name as a manager and took Boro to trophy winning and heights and beyond. Boro can put a spanner in the works of Schteve’s Derby County side’s promotion hopes tomorrow at the Riverside kick off 3pm. Be there and support your local club. It is fourth place versus 13th and 20 points is the difference between automatic promotion hunting and play off bagged Derby and ourselves. Boro will be aiming to shorten that points gaps and ....


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Can Boro Rock Brighton?

Boro’s hardy away travellers will get in their cars, trains and buses to make the second 5 hour plus trek to the south coast this month when we take on Brighton at the Amex Saturday 3pm kick off. Boro have not won away from the Riverside since that splendid victory at another famous seaside resort, Blackpool in mid January. In fact we haven’t won at home too many times since and until very recent times struggled to get any goals at all in games. It is a chance to build on a 2-2 ....


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Dimi Last Line In Boro Defence At Huddersfield

It was raining in Huddersfield earlier in the afternoon but hopefully not cats and bottletops. Boro keeper Dimi Konstantopolous has been handed the goalkeeping gloves again and given the chance to get over that appalling bad luck when QPR took an injury time lead thanks to the intervention of a bottle top on the field of play. Can Boro also bounce back with a victory? Boro play away at Huddersfield tonight, 7.45pm kick off. Little over a year ago on a foggy night in Huddersfield Boro’s ....


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Boro Can Add Final Blow To Rangers Nightmare Week

Boro’s faint play off hopes might have finally flickered out but we can play our part in the promotion stakes by blowing QPR further off course. I know it seems petty and normally it would seem scant consolation but defeating spend spend spend Rangers and dear old Uncle Harry would put a smile across most chops this side of the Thirsk-Tontine divide. Rangers were hammered 3-0 midweek by Sheffield Wednesday it is only right that we prolong their agony at the Riverside. Without their ....


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Can Boro Pop The Cherries?

It will be my very first trip to Bournemouth this weekend. Boro’s hardy awayday travellers are facing up to the first of two long hauls to the south coast in three weeks. Let’s hope we are rewarded with a victory. Boro take on Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth this weekend. Just one place and one point above us in the table (but with a game in hand) it has been a successful transition for the Cherries after promotion. The home side are on an impressive run at the moment, keeping ....


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Can Boro Clinch Back To Back Wins V Forest?

Boro and Danny Graham finally got their goal on Saturday in that 2-0 win over Ipswich but can we build on that result tonight v Nottingham Forest? Kick off 7.45pm at the Riverside and if the away game, earlier in the season at the City Ground is anything to go by it could be a memorable night beneath the Riverside floodlights. The 2-2 draw at Nottingham Forest was one of the outstanding games of this season so far. George Friend almost took the back of the net off with his 25 yard screamer ....


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Can Boro End The Drought And Take Down The Tractor Boys?

Boro bid to end a seven game scoring drought by striking gold against the Tractor Boys at the Riverside tomorrow. This drought has been going on for so long now that Boro fans might be forgiven for still remembering what one looks like. At the Leeds game someone unwittingly set off the goal celebration music for a couple of seconds mid match. A Freudian slip perhaps but it frightened the life out of many who had completely forgotten how the tune sounded. Whilst Boro have been shooting off ....


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Can Boro Finally Break Their Duck At Wednesday?

Record breaking Boro take their no goals for credentials to a test at Hillsborough tomorrow v Sheffield Wednesday. Will we finally stop firing blanks and get scoring again? Danny Graham looks sharper with every game. Lee Tomlin might be closer to being fit to partner the loan ranger and hopefully find the formula to crack our alarming goal drought. But it will not be an easy game against a much revived Wednesday. Could we feel the backlash after the shock cup exit that denied them a cup derby ....


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Can Boro Be Victors At Vicarage Road?

Can Boro break the recent scoring duck and return to winning ways away at Watford Saturday, kick off 3pm. Boro aim to end their four games without goals by crashing in one or two in the Home Counties. Manager Aitor Karanka says he is confident in his team and clearly fancies our chances after another good week on the training ground. Practice makes perfect. Let’s hope we see the fruits of our labours at Vicarage Road. Boro fans will be keeping their fingers crossed that winger Muzzy ....


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Can Boro Beat Blackburn?

  A big game this afternoon for two teams looking for a win to boost their chances of a big finish in this Championship season. Twelfth place Boro aim to get back on track by shooting down eighth place Blackburn Rovers. Get yourself down to the Riverside at 3pm to roar on the Boro v Blackburn Rovers. Middlesbrough's young boss Aitor Karanka knows that it is all about goals today as his team aims to keep them out but also score with a newly configured defence and attack. The defensive ....


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Can Boro Make Fans Proud And Shoot Down Donny

A mighty Boro army over 4250 fans will be roaring on the Boro tomorrow and making the Keepmoat feel like a mini Riverside. It certainly looks like one and will sound like one too. Can the Boro team take inspiration and deliver a performance and a result to send everyone home happy up the A1? The last big awayday of the season was Bam Bam’s memorial bash when Boro reigned victorious over Blackpool. A repeat at Donny tomorrow would go down a treat. But will we have any new players in the ....


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Can Boro Get Back On The Winning Trail V Wigan?

Boro must quickly get back to winning ways tonight when cup heroes Wigan come to town. The conquerors of Premier Crystal Palace and current FA Cup holders will be formidable opponents as we aim to put the Leicester defeat behind us and march forward once again. Kick off at the Riverside 7.45pm. Boro's unbeaten run was halted when Leicester blew us out of the rain water in the second half on Saturday at the King Power Staduim. A couple of controversial refereeing decisions were important but ....


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Karanka’s Leicester Test That Boro Can Win

Boro boss Aitor Karanka views this weekend’s head to head at Leicester as a real test for our credentials and a marker for how much we have progressed. As the divisions two form teams come together Aitor is confident his players can raise their game and get a result. Leicester’s six successive wins have seen the Foxes storm clear at the top of the table by 5 points. But Boro haven’t done too badly over the last six leagues games either, with only that last minute draw at ....


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Boro Can Add Addicks Woes

Back Boro as we bid to make it six league games undefeated tomorrow at the Riverside v Charlton Athletic. Kick off 3pm. The Addicks have been on their own unbeaten run of late, although it has been a succession of draws as they made themselves tougher to beat. Hopefully Boro can shoot them down tomorrow. Charlton sit just a couple of places and 3 points off the relegation trap door. They will be desperately hoping to continue their own unbeaten run and not to succumb to a double to Boro. That ....


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Can Boro Topple Blackpool Tower?

Boro take on a Blackpool side that is crashing down the league like a lead balloon. Can we deflate them still further or will the Tangerines rediscover a taste for victory and set us off on another annual January slump? Boro v Blackpool kicks off 3pm Saturday at Bloomfield Road. Boro return to the north west ten days after drawing at Bolton on New Year’s Day. We kept our fine Christmas run going with a draw but had to be thankful to Wanderers defender Zat Knight for gift wrapping us ....


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Can Boro Bring Down Hull In The Cup?

  After our recent unbeaten run in the league we can turn our attention to the cup with some confidence tomorrow. Middlesbrough can get up for the FA Cup and bring down Premier opponents Hull City at the Riverside. Kick off 3pm. Following on from three wins and an away draw Boro are in fine shape and a good state of mind to take on Premier opponents in the FA Cup 3rd Round. In recent times we have found it hard to avoid our opponents from the other side of Yorkshire. Plenty of clashes ....


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Can Boro Finally Make It A Happy Newyear?

After winning three games in a row over Christmas hopes are high in Boro that we can make history on New Year’s Day at the Reebok. We have never won at the stadium, we have not won anywhere in Bolton since 1987 and New Year’s Day is almost always carnage for Boro, defeat wise. Here’s hoping we can change history. Kick Off 3pm. Happy New Year everyone and after that scintillating 3-0 win over Reading Boro hope to keep up the positives and banish the negatives as we hope to ....


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Can Boro Make It Three In A Row V Reading?

Boro could finish the year on a high today if we can make it three victories in a row by beating Reading at the Riverside kick off 3pm. Three in a row would have been unthinkable before that win away at Millwall and it would mean a promising end to what has otherwise been a truly horrible year. Reading will be no pushovers, a Premier League Club last season and bolstered by parachute payments they have a track record of coming good in the second half of the season. Managed by the astute Nigel ....


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Box It Up - Boro V Burnley

A bumper crowd is expected today as Boro aim to serve up a Boxing Day treat and bring down league leaders, Burnley, at the Riverside. Kick off 3pm. Can Boro build on that pre-Christmas 2-0 victory at Millwall and kick start the Karanka re-tune? Come on Boro. Last Christmas Boro blitzed their way to two home wins, we certainly will have it all to do to hit repeat this time round. Sean Dyche’s Burnley have been the surprise package in the Championship so far. The former Chesterfield ....


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Can Middlesbrough Tame The Lions?

Hopefully the Lions of Millwall are not roaring tomorrow, all weighed down by concerns about Christmas shopping. Boro could desperately do with the boost of a pre-festive win and definitely need to avoid any last minute slip ups. Boro fans will have to sit back and watch the relegation pack snapping at our heels tomorrow as we wait for the 5.30pm evening kick off. The only saving grace is that Millwall have only more point and are one more place above us in the table. With them playing at ....


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Boro Blown Away

  Boro's long undefeated home run was blown away by Brighton at a blustery Riverside on Saturday. Boro won an unbelievable amount of corners but Brighton showed us how to make a set-piece count. With only a few minutes remaining we fell to a corner ourselves converted by Matthew Upson. A sucker punch and almost a carbon copy of the late goal conceded at Birmingham last week which leaves us tottering only 3 points above the drop zone. This is not going to be a comfortable Christmas time on ....


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Can Boro Shoot Down The Seagulls?

  They have no forwards and are struggling to find a fit keeper yet Oscar's Brighton and Hove Albion are moving on up. Can Boro be the team to stop them in their tracks? Fresh off the back of a storming 3-1 victory over high flying Leicester City, Brighton and Hove Albion will fancy their chances today but they should be warned we might not be good travellers but these days Boro are no push overs at home. Actually keep it quiet, lets catch them out and shoot down the Seagulls.   In ....


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Can Boro Bounce Back V Birmingham?

It is out of the frying pan and into the fire for Aitor Karanka’s Birmingham City. Robbed of points at Derby by an incredibly harsh sending off and a late, late heartbreaking winner Boro must now try and beat the jinx and bring back points at St Andrews. Boro fans have precious few positive memories of encounters away at Birmingham City’s ground. Tomorrow we will be hoping to end this harsh week with some pre-Christmas cheer by adding to Lee Clarke’s misery in the West ....


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Can Boro Ram Raid The Rams To Spoil Mcclaren’s Party?

Boro go to in form Derby County tonight in desperate need of a change of form and fortune on the road. Placed six places but just 4 points above the relegation zone this Boro really could do with getting some points on the board. With another tricky away trip to Birmingham to come at the weekend we need a couple of good performances to stop us looking nervously over our shoulders. Boro come up against a Derby team that have blasted up the table into a play off position under Steve McClaren. ....


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Can Karanka Bring The House Down V Bolton?

Karanka-Chiefs at the ready, it is the start of a new era tomorrow when Boro’s first foreign manager presides over his first game at the Riverside. It is also fmttm fanzine’s 25 year birthday issue. And a reunion for the two clubs linked forever in that memorable Carling Cup day in Cardiff, almost a decade ago. For Aitor Karanka it is a case of jumping from the frying pan of the Leeds defeat into the fire of a Bolton team re-born. Bottom of the table in September they have now ....


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