South Stand Seating
I'm looking to go to our game against Brighton as im going to go out on a limb here and we will either be promoted or this will be the game that decides it.
Either way its time to party.
After much deliberation of what part of the ground to sit in i've decided i prefer the idea of being in the party stand as opposed to up by Ali though very tempting but i have no idea what block is best.
Would be good to be close to the singing squad and get a good view if that's possible.
Any thoughts of those who go regular or indeed are in the south stand would be great.
Fans Utd AMF
You know that day when the fixtures come out and the first thing we all do is look for our best away trip? And who the last game be will against? And sometimes it’s one of those when it all comes together and we’re going away on the last day to the seaside on a Bank Holiday jollyboys. Some of you might have looked for a Blackpool weekender in your fixtures – there isn’t a league recently we haven’t been in!
Well this season, we’re inviting you all to have one with us – except Bolton! We reckon It might be your last chance – no doubt we’re going down this year – but that’s not half the story. We’re in serious danger of dropping out of the leagues altogether. What’s been done to us in the last few seasons could happen to any club in the country – there’s nothing in the way the modern game is run to stop it. We’re organising a massive fans united protest to stand shoulder to shoulder with other fans on May 2nd at Blackpool. We’re inviting any of you that fancy a Blackpool trip on the last Saturday of the FL to come and show unity with other like-minded fans and show those that run the game that we can’t be ignored.
Most fans won’t have anything really to bother about by the last game - well you lot might– but if all done by then then come to Blackpool and get some cheap beer, a cheap B&B maybe and meet others who care about what used to be our game and our way of life.
In the words of another former club chairman, the owners of Blackpool ‘trousered the lot’ of the Premiership windfall. What you probably don’t know is that they are taking fans through court for alleged libel, extracting money and apologies from us to stay out of court, goading us on message boards, and abusing fans with disabilities in personal texts (see FA text-gate investigation). We have to watch our step and what we say. But they can’t stop us boycotting and protesting. It’s our club, we want it back. It could be your club, and you wouldn’t stand for it either!
We want the last day to be our party. We know many of you from games in recent seasons or we’ve stood with you on England duty in years gone by. We know we’re stronger together than divided. We won’t stop fighting them – we have our own independent candidate standing in the General Election on May7th – you can show your support for him by liking the http://www.facebook.com/VoteForAndy.Blackpool
<http://www.facebook.com/VoteForAndy.Blackpool> <http://www.facebook.com/VoteForAndy.Blackpool> and follow his campaign on twitter at @Vote4Andy2015 <https://twitter.com/Vote4Andy2015>
Come and join us on May 2nd and show what real fans can do together.
The Telegraph – Luke Edwards – Only Eight Players http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/blackpool/10992919/Blackpool-have-only-eight-players.html <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/blackpool/10992919/Blackpool-have-only-eight-players.html>
Daily Mail - Patrick Collins - Obnoxious Chairman - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2888709/Karl-Oyston-s-texts-revealed-true-nature-Blackpool-chairman-club-deserve-break-obnoxious-reign.html
ITV News – Blackpool fan taken to court - http://www.itv.com/news/granada/story/2015-02-05/blackpool-fan-taken-to-court-by-oyston-family/
<http://www.itv.com/news/granada/story/2015-02-05/blackpool-fan-taken-to-court-by-oyston-family/ <http://www.itv.com/news/granada/story/2015-02-05/blackpool-fan-taken-to-court-by-oyston-family/> >
BBC News - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-31451475
Boro v Wigan
Middlesbrough FC vs. Wigan Athletic
3 April 2015
Stats and figures:
Boro - Bamford 16 (14 in league), Leadbitter 13 (12), Kike 10 (8)
Wigan - McClean 6, Waghorn 3, Fortune 2 (1)
Injuries and Suspensions
Boro: Suspended - N/A
Injured - Williams, Abella
Wigan: Suspended - N/A
Injured - Holt, Huws
Well, it's pretty tight isn't it? Boro go into this match on the back of the 'Week of Destiny' which, whilst producing a satisfying number of points, ended on a rather disappointing note with the defeat at current league leaders Bournemouth. With the international break providing an opportunity to rest following a hectic calendar, the finishing posts are just within sight as Boro welcome Wigan to the Riverside in what should be the calm before the storm of Watford on Easter Monday.
It's not been a particularly great season for Wigan. Uwe Rosler failed to build on his decent first season, and it's gone downhill from there. The appointment of Malky Mckay was seen in pretty much every corner as a at best 'bold' and at worst 'disturbing' choice, which could only have been followed by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan's comments which saw him band from football. Subsequently Whelan has resigned and passed chairmanship to his 23 year old grandson. However, Wigan's fortunes on the pitch have continued to disappoint, 5 points off safety with seven to play, a Hartlepool-esque escape is not out of the question but the threat of relegation looms large. Whilst their position may suggest a poor team (rightly or wrongly), they certainly have it all to play for, five points is a tangible target at this stage, and they won't be phased by coming to a team at the top of the table, as shown by their smash-and-grab 1-0 win over Norwich a few weeks ago.
With a two week break for most of our players, we should be approaching this game as a must win, a platform on which to take to Watford. Strengthened in numbers by the loan signings of Fernando Amorebieta and Dwight Tiendalli, plus the return to training of Ryan Fredericks, AK will have almost a full squad to choose from. Add into that the almost mandatory goal for Adam Forshaw against his former club, most likely from the bench, then the job should be a good'un. Or they could win. Who knows, it could be a draw.
'Interesting' facts about Wigan:
- They have a Pier, despite Wigan being completely landlocked (not an actual Pier)
- Home to the annual World Pie Eating Championship
- Home to a variety of musical talents including George Formby, The Verve and Starsailor
- The town was a Royalist stronghold during the English Civil War
- The nickname 'Latics' comes from a locally pronounced contraction of Athletic
View from the Terraces
The Wigan forums have not yet started discussion of the game, so I'll update this when discussion starts.
What about us? Team shape? A debut for Amorebieta and/or Tiendalli? Will Wildschut be given a chance on the left or will we be seeing Reach slip and slide down the wing? Will we ever see Bamford and Vossen together again?
Steve Gibson wants Karanka...
to extend his Boro stay but admits there will be a time for him to move on to bigger things.
On the back page of tomorrow's Northern Echo.
Karanka only has a year remaining on his current contract. Would be brilliant if we could keep him here for many years to come. This man has revitalised Middlesbrough Football Club. He's made the fans believe again. He's made people sit up and take notice of Middlesbrough Football Club again.
Wouldn't it be lovely if a new deal was announced before the season finale? But I suspect with the way Karanka likes to work he will want to focus on promotion and nothing else until the season is over.
What do you reckon Karanka will want to do next? Could he achieve all of his ambitions with Middlesbrough? Or is he capable of managing one of the big boys?
quick little quiz
while its quiet regarding match posts just set a little boro quiz for anyone interested
can you name as many players that you can with surnames beginning with the letter O that have played in the boro first team since 1970 (Accordin to my source theres 10 )
free boro tickets
Did anyone manage to get any of the free boro tickets skybet gave away today? Tried several times for both the wigan and Watford games but no luck
IMPOSSIBLE to renew season ticket online!!!
Every time I try to follow the renew links, to takes me to the page to buy a new season card... and obviously my seat is unavailable.
has anyone managed to do it online yet?
The Magnificent Seven
Thread title has basically absolutely no relevance. Apart from there being seven fixtures left. So, yea, where do we think that'll leave us and others in the table come the end of the season? Focusing on the eight teams realistically in the hunt for a top 6 finish.
Bournemouth (73 points);
Ipswich (a), Birmingham (h), Brighton (a), Reading (a), Wednesday (h), Bolton (h), Charlton (a).
Watford (72 points);
Derby (a), Boro (h), Millwall (a), Forest (a), Birmingham (h), Brighton (a), Wednesday (h).
Boro (72 points);
Wigan (h), Watford (a), Rotherham (h), Wolves (h), Norwich (a), Fulham (a), Brighton (h).
Norwich (70 points);
Brighton (a), Wednesday (h), Bolton (a), Leeds (a), Boro (h), Rotherham (a), Fulham (h).
Derby (67 points);
Watford (h), Wigan (a), Brentford (h), Blackpool (h), Huddersfield (a), Millwall (a), Reading (h).
Ipswich (67 points);
Bournemouth (h), Huddersfield (a), Blackpool (h), Cardiff (h), Wolves (a), Forest (h), Blackburn (a).
Brentford (66 points);
Fulham (a), Forest (h), Derby (a), Wednesday (a), Bolton (h), Reading (a), Wigan (h).
Wolves (65 points);
Forest (a), Leeds (h), Birmingham (a), Boro (a), Ipswich (h), Wigan (a), Millwall (h).