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  1. 28 points
    Well here we are looking forward to the new season of 2019/2020 where upon we will all collectively follow the fortunes of the only football club that matters to us, Middlesbrough FC and we have been fortunate enough to have been able to do so for many a season now with their ups and their downs thanks to the fact that we have and are members of the oneBoro forum, a forum that has become a part of life to so many people over the years. This forum has given me an outlet and a way to share my love of MFC and to chat to like minded people from all over the world. It has allowed me to become friends with so many other forum members, to get together with them at so many games and grounds just to able to see the Boro but in a much better way than being alone (ok have my son). Irrespective of the minor fall outs regularly seen personally I am just so glad that I have had the chance to participate on a forum which has always maintained it's values and respected everyone's opinions be they good or bad as much as possible. The number of participating members increases all the time and over the years the forum has allowed thousands of folks to share with others their thoughts about MFC. Technology and social media certainly has changed over my time on the forum allowing instant information and news, the ability to watch a match live, depending on streams, of so many Boro games but at onetime this forum was a vital part to so many, especially oversees to know what was going on during a game and the reason why our match day threads were so popular. I recall many folks stating that the match day threads and transfer window threads were the main reason for them joining in the first place and happily many are still active and contributing members. There are other Boro forums that people can use but we have kept going we have had good and bad times but we are still here and growing in popularity it would seem from recent increases in membership. Certainly I would hope that we see the return of members who have stopped posting during the Pulis period and that they can feel the forum is a good place to visit. But during all of that and always ensuring that the forum is possible is the fact that we have Mister oneBoro himself (Rob) who without fanfare and to be honest not much thanks or recognition silently gets on making sure the forum costs are covered and updating the forum resulting in what we have available to us all. He never asks for financial assistance, though members can aid him should they wish, he sorts out forum issues as quickly as possible and well he has always been there for us. So publicly I want to thank Rob for all he has done for us, your efforts and time are very much appreciated and I know that so many other members recognise that fact. We have a like button now and the man who started this and has always maintained this forum deserves far more recognition and appreciation so please even if you see a post from him which is short and sweet and probably forum maintenance related give the man a "like" Or simply just say thanks Rob on a reply, I know the forum means a lot to so many, tell the man why. On behalf of everyone Rob both old and new past and present a massive thank you for everything you have done, this forum would not have been possible had it not been for your efforts.
  2. 18 points
  3. 17 points
    Settle down children and I'll begin... Twas the night before Luton, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a Mejias. A blank kit was packed by the kit man with care, In the hopes that Anfernee Dijksteel would soon be there. The players were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of promotion danced in their heads. And Woody in his suit, instead of Pulis in his cap, Had given us hope that we wouldn't play crap. But out on the pitch surrounded by noise, Woody sprang from the dugout to encourage the boys. Away to the Hatters was a tricky beginning, If we wanna go up, this is one we should be winning. Now Howson! Now Wing! Now Britt and McNair, On Brown, On Bola, not you Rudy, you just sit there. The fans sprang to their feet, as the ref blew his whistle, Wing had just scored with a shot like a missile. Wouldn't that be such a wonderful sight, Happy new season to all, and to all a good-night.
  4. 17 points
    SDS, it’s Dijksteel at Rockliffe
  5. 17 points
    For all those asking about these 4 players at rockcliffe just before weekend. I have done some digging appears it was bola Browne and 2 premiership loan players, sketchy with details but I believe they have agreed everything just awaiting sanction from club when back from overseas. Also don't believe everything you here from Charlton watch this space.
  6. 16 points
    Window hasn't been bad at all. Got in 2 fullbacks and a winger. I agree we could've done with more but we've kept our most important players and hopefully got the wage bill down to a sustainable amount. Got good money for the players we sold. Plenty of big earners out Willing to give youth a chance. We knew the craic with finances early doors and I think we've come out of it alright. Better than throwing money at daft loans and wages.
  7. 16 points
    Our impending Dutch destroyer is in the building.
  8. 16 points
    Just had a text to say we have made a second bid for Djiksteel
  9. 14 points
    You do understand Britt has so many chances in games because he has an innate ability to be in the right place at the right time. Not something you can teach and certainly not something Fletcher has. With 2 days to go we're not going to get a striker capable of 20+ goals out of thin air.
  10. 13 points
    Just so you know my gaffer isn't happy I have been on my phone during all today's meetings.. Well worth it.
  11. 13 points
    I think people need to remember that @Smoggydownsouth is a Boro fan, as well as being someone who is given bits of info. He is allowed to have theories and predictions about signings without it being some new piece of intel that his source has given him!
  12. 13 points
    Dijksteel done. Announcement this afternoon.
  13. 13 points
    Looks like me when watching flint defend
  14. 13 points
    How about some transfer talk from summer 2019 as the title says instead of boring *** from years ago??
  15. 12 points
    We missed a trick with Dijksteel , we should have given him shirt number 02 and asked a major telecoms provider to chip in with his wages. Or maybe Mr Whippy could sponsor our new striker if we give him the 99 shirt
  16. 12 points
    I don't get this forum, I really don't. For years, people cry out for that traditional No. 9. A box finisher. Someone who will put away chances. We get one, one of the best at this level, possibly a play who could do it anywhere (yes, I think he could hit the same in the Prem) and as soon as we get one, we slate him because he only scores goals 😂
  17. 12 points
  18. 12 points
    2 permanent 3 loans That's what I have been told today.
  19. 12 points
    On behalf of everyone on the forum can I say thanks to those members who have provided some fascinating information over the last day or so, it really has allowed the forum to be excited, keen and interested in what is going on around the Boro and clearly indicates that we could be on the right track and that "it's not over yet" I must admit that departures are now of massive interest, just who and where and the possible impact of them leaving. Ok not everything will fall into place and as much as others want him to leave I think that Gestede will throw a spanner in the works. Nothing has been right with him since he arrived here and think this will continue. However exciting times and once again thanks guys for posting your information
  20. 12 points
    Remember don't believe everything Charlton say. He has been there all day.
  21. 12 points
    At the meet and greet. We get to ask questions soon. But so far Woody says promotion is the aim this season , definatley more signings, the coaching team have a real connection and you can sense everything and everyone is moving on the same page. Woodgate says he won't be one of these managers who plays for a point he will attack every team. His standout player from pre season is Hayeden Coulson again reiterated he can play Lb, lw, rw. He mentioned he suggested to Pulis last year that Hayden could play but Pulis wasn't interested so sent him on loan which Woody admitted Hayden didn't do well on loan.
  22. 11 points
    Introduction. Welcome to BearSmog's first matchday thread of the 2019/2020 Championship season. I must warn you, if you are not a fan of GIFs I recommend you look away now, the opening post of this thread is not for you. Our first home game of the season sees the visit of Brentford, a side who's recruitment policy we are eagerly trying to replicate/shamelessly steal. In our last/first match Woodgate's boys certainly put on a show, giving us Boro fans more excitement in 90 minutes than we had experienced in the entire 18 months (or was it 18 years) of *shudders* Pulis-ball. Some fans just couldn't handle it. In Brentford's first/last match they suffered a shock home defeat to Birmingham City I don't think that will mean much going into this match though as things are always pretty much up in the air at this time of the season which takes me nicely into the first segment of BearNews. BearNews. First sighting of the ball from Britt Assombalonga's penalty appears in a grinning Neil Bausor's back garden. Tony Pulis is out on the golf course when he hears about Boro's new free flowing attacking football. He's not happy/confused. Ryan Shotton feels a bit guilty after his shakey performance and hits the training field immediately to try and improve. And finally Darren Randolph gives an insight into the secrets of his shot stopping prowess on the training pitches of Rockliffe. The big questions. We will undoubtedly see some transfer activity before the kick off but how many will we bring in? Who are they? Should we continue with Shotton at centre back? Or should we try something/anything else? What is your starting XI? Is it staying the same or will there be changes? How many goals will Lewis Wing score from outside the area this season? BearPrediction. I think we are going to see goals again this week as we continue plundering forward with little regard for defensive stability. I'm going to go for Boro 3-2 Brentford with goals from Britt x2 and Marcus Browne. What is your prediction? UTB.
  23. 11 points
    Well talk about a day that had so much mixed emotions for a 6 year old lad attending his first Boro game. Whilst his dad waited to pay for the tickets I took Teddy into the club shop coming out £72.00 poorer for the experience but talk about a kid in a sweet shop he would have been happy with half the shop I believe. Then we went to the fans bar and he got interviewed by BBC Tees along with both of us (don't know if anyone heard me plugging the forum) he got a Football Manager 2019 game presented by MFC and of course cock a hoop. Inside things got better in his eyes because Ryan Shotton spoke to him had his picture taken with him and got his autograph along with a few others to boot and high fived him saying "I won't let you down" actually he was really good with Teddy. Dael Fry told him he would be back in about 10 days. Then the game and he found out first hand just what it is like to be a Boro supporter he was really very cross at two seemingly good goals not being allowed but as I said to him maybe the third goal would be the lucky goal an so it proved to be for Brentfords benefit! I thought we were pretty good first half but then we lost all drive and determination to get back into the game once they had scored. Not as coherent as last week for certain but boy we had a lot of bad luck today. Outcome of the day...…………………….he wants to come back!
  24. 11 points
    Britt stays... nothing on incomings
  25. 11 points
  26. 11 points
    Did their scout find him whilst sailing up and down the coast of that island in Pokemon blue?
  27. 11 points
    Would you prefer to go back to 11 men behind the ball at all times? Honestly, I don’t get some fans on here. Complain game after game last season about the negativity. Play open, positive, attacking football tonight and all I’m seeing is “far too open”, “full backs too high up the pitch”, etc etc. Defensively we were naive, 100%, but we are playing with a right back as a centre back, a central midfielder at right back, and arguably a winger at left back. Get Fry, Bola and Dijksteel in that back line and we will look much more secure. At at the end of the day, if Britt concentrates more on the ball and less on imitating Paul Pogba, we win away from home on the opening day, having scored 4 goals. As it is, it’s massively frustrating but I’d take that any day over the crap we had to put up with last season. And did I see someone slating Clayton? Seriously?
  28. 11 points
    OK, so he is either liquid or gas..
  29. 11 points
    @Dan_Boro_Till_I_Die. Can I just say a bug thank you for the info you provided from the meet the coaching team event you attended. It seems some interesting stuff was said so appreciate you taking both the time and effort to post what was said on here for rest of us who did not attend.
  30. 10 points
    Would like to welcome Brunners as part of the moderation team following the resignation of Macarrone. Many of you know Brunners well as a long time forum member and a popular one at that. We are certain that he will be an asset and a good friend to all.
  31. 10 points
    I think we had 4 positions we needed to improve on and we’ve done 3 of those. From players we’ve lost I don’t think it’ll impact on us. We’ve kept our most important players whilst balancing the books. I know people want deadline day to be fun but look at the window objectively and we’ve done well.
  32. 10 points
    Hello oneboro, I feel like some people have been spoilt over the past couple of seasons and are expecting much of the same again. We all know what the situation with the club and it's finances were before woody started and we know nothing has changed. We've needed full backs for for a few seasons and while we do need wingers we just haven't been able to get them without breaking our transfer policy. That's just the state the club is in right now. This is a longer term project so we need to be patient and take it as it comes.
  33. 10 points
    Morning.. JW and the top brass all at Rockcliffe already. Bit early for the players. Keep you posted if I'm lucky enough to get anything.
  34. 10 points
    No problem mate. Happy to share what I can..yes exhausted and going offline until the morning.
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  36. 10 points
    First of all I’d like to caveat this post by saying I would prefer for Britt &Fry to stay. But am I the only one that’s a bit meh if they leave? Most fans including me think we’ll finish top half. Certainly not expecting promotion even with those two. Without them will we get relegated? I think that is very unlikely. We are in a rebuilding/transitional phase and 25-30million would go a long way to help us next season and the following ones. Personally I think Woody needs 3 seasons to show that we are on the right trajectory (obviously we need to see the correct progress each year) Also if it is premier league teams coming in for those players we pretty much have to let them go if they so desire. We saw with Braithwaite what happens if a player is unhappy or unwilling to stay if a bigger club/league comes in for them. All we know for sure is the next 36 hours or so is gonna be a nervous/exciting/bum twitching period of time so let’s not get too upset and see what happens
  37. 10 points
    Its defo an option. I wanted to make sure my info was same as Lurker. Keen to play under woody if it can be sorted.
  38. 10 points
    Personal terms are done. Medical in next 24hrs... announced wed latest
  39. 10 points
    Dijksteel is still on, club was annoyed that he played as thought the deal with Charlton was agreed. Hutton to come in if Dijksteel falls through. Still worried that Fry will go. He wants to stay but might not be up to him. Lets just hope Tarkowski doesn't leave. Can't see any chance of Gibson coming back here.
  40. 10 points
    Incoming..... within next 48hrs. Get name as soon as I can.
  41. 10 points
    One for the season. If we are struggling to score and a camera shot of Robbie Keane "They could do with someone like him in their team now"
  42. 9 points
  43. 9 points
    Can I just add... just because I'm told it from someone I trust doesn't mean its 100% gonna happen.. deals will be up and down more than my wife over the next 48hrs. Rumours will come out and false names will be put out there. We cant Influence it from here so chill and see what comes.
  44. 9 points
    @Smoggydownsouth Any news you can share with us mate? Not about transfers, I'm just interested in how your finance meeting is progressing.
  45. 9 points
    100% agree Tom. SDS,Lurker and RAF have contributed magnificentlyall during this window, giving this Forum the edge over any others. Thanks guys brilliant updates
  46. 9 points
    We are pushing to sign Ryan Kent... 4Mil but with promotion related addons. Dijksteel is still on as far as boro are concerned.
  47. 9 points
    Best RB in the league if we sign him. League 2 standard if we don’t
  48. 9 points
    Morning Chaps, Thought I would finally make the jump and sign up after following the forum for the last few years. It’s refreshing to see the majority of the fan base getting behind this new regime in wanting it to succeed, hopefully it doesn’t turn sour if we don’t hit the ground running. I’m under no illusion Woodgate was the cheap option and has his hands tied with transfers etc.. the main thing is though that the right type of players are being targeted and signed to suit the new Direction which the club and fans alike have been crying out for. The business we have done up to now I think has been very shrewd with cutting the wage budget massively while keeping the optimism amongst the fans here’s to hoping we can manage to keep hold of the big 4(Wing,Randolph,Fry,Assombalonga) while adding some more depth to the squad and I think that is the best we could have asked for particularly when Woodgate was announced and everybody was already writing the season off as a disaster. Anyway ill rambling on now just thought I’d give an overview of my thoughts on the current situation, I’ll look forward to the conversations to come and here’s hoping to a few more signings and a solid performance Friday with 3 points in the bag!
  49. 9 points
    hi folks , hammers fan here , i come in peace ! , i tried to comment on here before marcus browne played a game for the Boro , so its a bit late now i suppose as you probably all now know you've got a potential top player on your hands in that boy , good luck for the season , and good luck to marcus
  50. 9 points
    Well, king boro did say that we were selling him for £10m and he seems to know his stuff 👍
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