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  1. Spent the last hour and a half putting a fricken hamster cage together (as my little girl was sad that her pet hamster wouldn’t get anything for Christmas) Just gonna go for a walk then it’s gonna be cider and football the rest of the day 😃
    5 points
  2. @Robin Johnson i do find fans with your mindset somewhat baffling? What are you expecting Bolasie to say? I only want to go to Middlesbrough and no other team regardless if other team is PL? We are not Real or Barcelona my friend. Do you think the players currently at this club we have signed externally are here because they only wanted to come to Boro? I can say with almost some certainty that every player we signed is here because there was concrete PL offer on table for them. We got to get over this notion that every pro footballer needs to declare they love or like for this club
    4 points
  3. I'm not sure actually. Something like this perhaps? Get 3 in a row and you win a handful of Quality Street (other brands of sweet tubs are available).
    3 points
  4. It's not me disagreeing, it's just facts. You choose to ignore them, I choose to take them into account.
    3 points
  5. Gibson puts in as much as he is allowed within the rules. I wish fans would stop saying he doesn't.
    3 points
  6. Speaking for myself, its mostly going to be a combination of... Will Arteta be the next managerial casualty today?
    2 points
  7. It's he's right to speak how he wants. Your entitled to you're opinion, but it's he's prereogative.
    2 points
  8. Well he ain’t for me - in any way or shape. Time will tell I guess!
    1 point
  9. Just to fact check you. “He left Villa and headed back to Everton where he knew he would not get a game”. Not true as he went to Anderlecht straight after leaving Villa and then Lisbon so his desire to play football is greater than his desire to simply sit and pick up a cheque. Not being good enough for Everton does not mean he not good enough for us. He has still got pace. Maybe not ad much as he did have but watch clips of him at Lisbon and in pre season few months ago and he can still beat a man. i get your reservations about if he can perform. Totally get them. But i will b
    1 point
  10. Baffling? Let me help you. The guy has hardly played in English football for over 3 years. He left Villa to head back to Everton where he knew he wouldn’t get a game. He scored twice in 19 appearances for Villa in this division. He isn’t wanted by his parent club and hasn’t been awarded a squad number - so not deemed good enough. No one knows if he still possesses speed still. He certainly doesn’t offer a goal threat. So you and others are prepared to take a chance on a very ordinary player who will take up a valuable squad place with the likelihood of him costing a few Bob. Add thi
    1 point
  11. Squad harmony can be upset with any signing whether that’s a Uruguayan mercenary or a home town zero returning to a club. They don’t even have to be new signings to upset the balance of the squad you could you club captain banging your left backs wife. We also have to remember we are Middlesbrough next to no one grows up wanting to put on the boro shirt. I would suggest that for at least 30 years people have come here for pay cheques and we have largely done alright with that. I have no problem with Mersin, yak, viduka playing for us for cash. we have also had a number “of our own” b
    1 point
  12. Guess I'll be watching Villa v Palace on the beeb... thrilling.
    1 point
  13. My apologies. Having not left many posts, I forgot to take into account how literally the odd person can take things. Even with a smiley face next to it, to suggest I’m not being totally serious. A lesson learned, no doubt 😁. I just meant that we don’t have the money to compete with a Premier League club if they wanted the same player on loan as we did. If his wages are anywhere near the reported 75k per week. Let’s say we offer to pay 30k towards it and a Premier League club offers to pay the lot, then we simply can’t compete, whether we actually have the money is pretty irrelevant. It’s what
    1 point
  14. Was that ever in doubt? He's a manager who worked under Mourinho, of course he fell out with players!
    1 point
  15. ... Are we Smoggies genuinely moaning about someone's liberal and colloquial use of language? 🤣
    1 point
  16. Looks like takeover agreed for New Year at Blunderland.. think I will tell relatives in South Shields that I've heard rumours that they are interested in a player called Jack Hughes... shame Zola no longer in management 🙂
    1 point
  17. I'm more inclined to believe Stewy tbh as he's not the 1st player who we have s**t on when they have left the club and even Shwarzer says he had similar experiences in the podcast. Like him or not, but the s**t on him from a big height especially when it came to the extension clause. We all understood it and agreed we shouldn't be playing him financially, but to leave it to the last minute for a player who has given so much to the club since Academy days is extremely poor management. All this just sums up how inept we are at managing players, coaches and non playing staff. Time after
    1 point
  18. Most years I’d say. We’re usually crap over Christmas
    1 point
  19. "Could" being the operative word here. Its like the old line trotted out by smokers, about how they knew someone who never smoked but still got cancer, while old so-and-so smoked 40 a day and lived to a ripe old age. On a national level we're having more testing than ever before, but also recording record levels of infections, so it doesn't necessarily follow that more testing equals better containment. Presumably your Aunt (hope she's okay, by the way) was just one of the unlucky ones, or had a momentary lapse in following the guidance. But for every person like her, there are proba
    1 point
  20. I like that he told his Dad and his Dad went and had an argument with Gibbo, like Stewy had been dropped from the school team 🤣
    1 point
  21. With the latest alleged quotes how could anyone still want this gadge? Sounds like he would come if there isn’t a better offer. We don’t need his type coming I and potentially upsetting the squad harmony. There is plenty to be concerned about his ability to offer anything at this level- let alone the Premier. I hope we move on - and leave him stranded in Everton reserves!
    0 points

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