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Mystery Of The Middlesbrough Mermaids

The first time I saw somebody larking around in water was at Berwick Hills baths. A group of young lads were bearing their lily white arses to a posse of parents who had lined up to watch their own children during a swimming gala. Unfortunately, said Mams and dads were facing the portholes, fastened tight in the opposite wall and had to endure the full mooning session for nearly an hour. That seemed ok to me though, because the location was a swimming pool and the young delinquents were wearing ....


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Woodgate Arrives

  Jonathan Woodgate is new Head Coach at the Boro. That news became official today as he was formerly introduced to the press at Hurworth this lunch time. But today was not just about a new Boro boss but also about unveiling a new direction, ideology or philosophy for the club. And also heralding in an era of shared responsibilities. As beginnings go it was impressive. Obviously we have all been here before but this feels right. Steve Gibson said as much. It could be something to believe ....


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Woodgate To Be Announced?

  Everyone is waiting with bated breath on an announcement from the club, confirmation of Jonathan Woodgate\'s appointment as boss. Be that head coach or manager, it looks like the former England centre back will slot into a new structure at the club. A structure that will hopefully hold the keys to promotion to the Premier promised land. That is the aim. Speculation has whirled around the Boro all this month since Tony Pulis got the hand shake and thanks but no thanks for his 18 ....


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Why Are We Always On Last?

  Boro fan and former Match of the Day editor Paul Armstrong has written a superb book about his years at the BBC. The voice in the ear of MoTD presenters Des Lynam and Gary Lineker, Paul spans the years from when the Beeb was the national tv window on all sport through Grandstand, Sportsnight, Match of the Day and so, so much more. He reveals how before the advent of multi channels and red buttons, someone would have to make the decision to switch between the Test Match and the ....


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Black Boots And Football Pinks

  What a gem of a book this is. Daniel Gray delves back into a lost or disappearing world of football as we once knew it. From goalkeepers in trousers, to all night queues down Warwick Street for cup tickets, to hot off the press football pink uns, Sports Geeeezzzette, anyone? Black Boots and Football Pinks - 50 Lost Wonders of the Beautiful Game - By Daniel Gray - Reviewed The author reminds us of when cup ties could go to replay after replay after replay. Remember Everton ....


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Stewart Downing Boro Marmite Man

  Last week Middlesbrough confirmed that Stewart Downing, Dimi Konstantopoulos, Andy Lonergan and John Obi Mikel are almost certain to leave before next season. That would mean that we have enjoyed the final appearance of Academy star graduate, Stewart Downing in a red Boro shirt. In his long career he has often polarised opinion at Boro, especially so in his second spell. It is these differing opinions that have inspired Boro poet Jimmy Flynn to write a tribute to the winger. Stewy ....


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Boro Interview Week

  Following the dismissal of Boro\'s coaching staff (great sympathy for Curtis Fleming) the grand interrogation has begun. Will it be Jonathan Woodgate, the local lad who went to Madrid and back. Will it be Slaviša Jokanović, twice promoted only to once be sacked then second time around to have his side replaced wholesale from the European wholesale mart. Or will it be John Terry, a Bryan Robson type outside bet but without the north eastern sense or indeed sensibility. ....


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Pulis Departs

The expected happened today as it was announced that Tony Pulis had left the building. The manager has gone and the hunt is now on for a successor. But before that hunt hots up chairman, Steve Gibson, paused to offer his thanks for the work completed by the man in the cap. Also underlining that thanks to the former Stoke and West Brom the new manager will have firm foundations to work from. The club issued the following statement today. Chairman Steve Gibson said: “I’d like to ....


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Steel And Iron

  I recently read about a preview for a musical project at Arc called Iron and Steel. Produced by Steve Gibson\'s daughter, Victoria, those involved included Cattle and Cane, Alistair Griffin and playwright, Ishy Din. I had to find out more, so I sent a tweet to Victoria and here is the reply. A few constant things have always inspired me when I look at my home town, both positive and negative – but that’s healthy, I think. The water, the heritage, and the possibilities. ....


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The Making Of Don Revie

Ever since I was a boy I have been fascinated by Don Revie – a product of the North East, he would become a celebrated Footballer of Year, master tactician and legendary league-winning manager. Undoubtedly one of the greats of the game, I am in the process of researching a new book exploring his life. Every football fan knows about Revie’s great Leeds United side and of his trials and tribulations as England manager, what’s often overlooked is how he got there and where he ....


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Boro V Everton 1988 - Remembered

Boro\'s distressing and divisive defeat at Forest yesterday re-opened wounds again in another dark chapter in a season studded by damaging defeats. It was hard to take, embarrassing said one longtime fan, as we passed in the street. I thought you might like to read an article written of better times or more heroic times. Bruce Rioch\'s battling Boro taking on the cream of the top flight in Champions, Everton. Mick Richardson shares with us what it was like for a young boy taking in his first ....


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Boro V Hull City Fanzine

  We are back but what on earth has happened since the last Fly Me To The Moon, Boro v Brentford? No wonder the Boro hierarchy are studying the table with alarm on the cover. We were all but coasting to the play offs when we last published, we have fallen off a cliff and all but submerged. Be thankful for small mercies and Bolton Wanderers. Inside this month\'s issue, you can guess the temperature emanating from these Boro fans. It isn\'t all varying shades of heat because within ....


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Red Faction Social For Hospice

  Red Faction are inviting everyone down to their annual charity at the Nops after the Hull City game on Saturday evening. It is all in aid of Teesside Hospice Patient Comfort Appeal. Tickets are £7. All details below. Teesside Hospice is aiming to raise £49000 to buy 10 new beds for their inpatient unit where they care for their most seriously ill patients who are too poorly to be at home. The new beds will provide the best comfort possible for patients who are often ....


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Twelfth Man Tonight At Arc

  No, not that Twelfth Man but this... a show starting at 7pm tonight at ARC, Stockton and it is Pay What You Decide. According to statistics, 25% of all fans who attend men’s football matches are women. Andrea Scrimshaw goes to see Newcastle play nearly every week. There are 52,000 fans that go with her. This should mean a quarter of them are women. As far as Andrea can see, this is definitely not the case. Part sketch comedy, part Andrea sharing her personal matchday ....


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Top 5 Academy Grads

  Who would be your top 5 graduates from the Boro Academy? As we are presently in an international break we thought we would pause and reflect on a youth system that has unearthed and nurtured so much young talent over the years. So many that have gone on to wear international colours at all levels. Boro fan and Staffordshire University student Jack Cochrane has made his top 5 Boro Academy selections do you agree with his picks? 5. Dael Fry- Making his debut at 17 years old against ....


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Avalanche Party And The Boro

N Yorks band Avalanche Party are the most intense thing ever to come roaring out of the moors? Rated in the NME Top 100 picks for 2019 they are flying off to Texas at this moment for the incredible SXSW Festival, wher we have not one but two acts performing. But what are the Boro links and credentials for this hotter than a Texan ranch act? What position did one of them once aspire to filling at Boro? They were crowned in the the NME’s Top 100 picks for 2019. After a year that saw ....


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Fly Me To The Moon February Fanzine Out V Qpr

Just finished off a new fanzine – on sale on Saturday for Boro v QPR – Issue 593. Waiting to pick it up from the printers and then will be posting out to all subscribers. This issue features an interview with Paul Smith of Maximo Park, telling is about how proud he felt to the be the main attraction at Middlesbrough Town Hall 130 year birthday party. He also gives us a run down of his favourite Boro moments. Former Match of the Day editor, Paul Armstrong writes for us in the month ....


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Pull Together For The Boro

A stern faced Tony Pulis faced the press this morning and was honest enough to admit his disappointment at another failed transfer window. Though Boro brought in Van La Parra and John Obi Mikel, we did not get width, pace or forward power that we have craved for two seasons. The pressure is on now but Pulis is appealing to the fans to understand and back the team and the club as we try to fight our way out of a financial corner as well as the division. Tony Pulis had only good words to say ....


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Boro Transfer Window Deadline Jitters

  With the clock now ticking down to deadline on this crucial transfer window Boro fans are sweating on Boro pulling in eleventh hour signings that might transform our promotion challenge. We missed out on bringing in the pace and width that manager Tony Pulis insisted we needed in the last window. It is surely now or never if we are to plug these critical gaps and keep up our promotion challenge. Having already signed up the experience of John Obi Mikel, converted a loan to a ....


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Fans Fare Petition

Every week away fans are stung when fixtures are rescheduled, forcing them to miss out on the cheapest train tickets. Last week, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP (Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) called upon the Government to get behind a Fans\' Fare scheme that would give supporters the flexibility and ticket prices they deserve. The Premier League, the English Football League and the Rail Delivery Group are all behind it, and the Transport Minister has agreed to meet to ....


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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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