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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. 12 points
  3. 11 points
  4. 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"
  5. 9 points
  6. 9 points
    Best RB in the league if we sign him. League 2 standard if we don’t
  7. 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
  8. 8 points
    The 'spend more money' thing is weaponized by people like Vickers and the club it's just a popular generalization used by alot of Boro fans the past 5 years that they love to face imo, going forward the best way to voice the dissent needs to be done without giving them that particular straw man we watched Karanka build a decent side on a 5 million a summer budget Woodgate got 3 league 1 players he himself identified as crucial to his project Karanka piecemealed a side with Chelsea loans, couple of frees and a couple of 1-2 mill signings that spend more stuff is almost irrelevant they use that as a get out 'well we spent money on Saville last summer' it's a merry-go-round with them there's 10s of other issues of mismanagement from Woodgate/Gibson I can point to before we get to finances. Bare in mind the club made conscious deliberate decisions in the summer to keep Britt/McNair/Randolph we'll be lucky to get 5-7 million for Britt now and these reckless financial decisions will get a throwaway 'things are easier with hindsight' in the Gazette apologia piece when this debacle's over it's infuriating.
  9. 8 points
    im in the same camp as BD . ive gone through plenty of bad times in the past as well as wonderful times . ive seen players ranging from absolute top quality down to rank bad . right now what i see is arguably the worst its been since i started following the club i love. its not an over reaction as ive thought it through , many will point to the years immediately prior to our lowest ebb in 1986 as the worst time , but i was around and witnessed it , it was very low but i still felt a tinge of optomism that with each managerial change or incoming player we might turn things round , admittedly in that era pre social media and internet forums we had less access to the bigger issue of the state of finances other than reading gazette reports about problems with Amer and other higher associates, but player and management wise there was always a degree of hope. Then some will point to the Strachan days , but my main discontent about that era was the terrible signings from north of the border that we made. dispise him as much as you like but Strachan was a guy that at least had some experience to fall back on . Right now where are we ? We have a owner that is now dividing opinion and thats being kind. Sothgate was a huge mistake, Agnew was a similar mistake and still he follwed suit with this appointment. Gibson strikes me as someone who likes and is too used to getting his own way in life. maybe sorry and i was wrong are not in his reprtoire but unless he has an epithany and makes his own adjustments in the first place , youve got to worry for our immediate future. Then theres the already lambasted Merry Melodies recruitment team and grinmeister himself ,Bauser whose most positive aspect on his MFC cv is that hes managed to make Keith Lamb look effective. another stick to beat the decision maker with. The Manager, hes obviously not ready or experienced enough to deal with the issues which lie in front of him and too naive to see those behind him, its not his fault , he means well and had the best intentions but wont be able to carry them out for many reasons and now is starting to doubt and dabble with the intentions that won the percentage of fans willing to give him the benefit of doubt , over. Finally the players, ive read numerous times how they cant adjust to this new style of play. WHY? . These are the ones deemed to be the players that stood out from the many thousands of young lads dreaming of making a living of playing professional football . Surely theyre capable of adapting having reached this level . hate to say it but were horribly broken at this point in time and a lot of parts need fixing.
  10. 8 points
    He got 4 goals last season from a defensive team, and only joined us a few games in and didnt play every game (I think 28 starts and 6 sub appearances) - he still finished out top scoring midfielder. Not sure what people expect tbh.
  11. 8 points
    Clayton is your issue with that game?! Clayton played well! Pinged some beautiful balls around, sits deeper let's wing and mcnair push high. Even managed to push high himself. Think that would be incredibly harsh to pick him out, especially when shotton played in this game.
  12. 7 points
    Middlesbrough vs Millwall (H) *Crash* *Bang* *Whallop* Woody has burst through his first hurdle with a thoroughly convincing *cough* win against Wigan Athletic! Now can he crash through the Mill-Wall and get a real head of steam going for the season? Match Information: 3pm at the riverside, Middlesbrough take on Millwall… in the battle of the cartoon lions who will take the spoils? After a run of mediocre and downright bad results Boro recorded their first win of the season and will be looking to pull a run of results together, could we see the confidence return and a reappearance of the exciting play on show for the first 135 minutes of the campaign? Millwall started the season in the opposite manner with some decent results at first but come to this fixture on the back of a 4-0 trouncing by Fulham. This Fixture Last Time Out: The last time we welcomed Millwall to the Riverside we stole a 1-1 draw in the most unconvincing fashion. Injury News: Coulson is still out for a couple of weeks at least. Friend failed to make the bench at Wigan after rumblings of an injury. This could be the first fixture of the season for Fry, there’s a lot of anticipation but he will need to be given time and patience as he’s not had a full preseason. Millwall have Wallace unavailable due to suspension and lost Jiri Skalak to injury against Fulham. View From The Opposition: Nothing up on the Boro game as of yet. But if you visit: https://millwall-forum.vitalfootball.co.uk/forums/north-stand-banter.6/ you can find some angry people slagging their team and manager off, just like any forum I suppose… Questions: Was dropping Dijksteel harsh? What’s the most impressive wall you’ve ever seen? Will Millwall’s direct style make us come unstuck? Would you make any changes? Score predictions?
  13. 7 points
    Rudy's a good egg but he's on far too much money for us. I hope we can shift him and then wish him all the best. If not and he's still here, I'm pretty sure he'll at least want to try and contribute to any success we have so the less of the 'donkey' quotes, the better.
  14. 7 points
    These are bold appointments in my opinion not just the "cheap" option some of the keyboard warriors would have us believe. As for fan divisions I really do think that these will evaporate once we hear from the new team. The divisions were purely down to Boolis as he was firmly ion charge so it is unfair to say that Woody was his stooge previously. In fairness this has all the hallmarks of a fresh start that might well take a few years to get right , as opposed to smashing the league , but I would rather have a young , hungry team trying to play decent football than some of the garbage we have seen in recent seasons. If this is to be the the start of playing the youth / bringing in lower league players I am quite happy to see mid table and above as success next year. Lets give Woody and the gang a fair crack before we go all "typical" on them.
  15. 6 points
    i mean if u look at our form i think we have turned a corner some what. 1 defeat in 5 and it was away to top of the league leeds. weve won 2 games after no win in 10 , were scoring goals and were now 4 points clear of the drop. and to top it off weve done this while half the squad has been out injured or ill. a bare bones boro squad has show the fight and determination thats been lacking all season, for me thats grounds for optimism
  16. 6 points
    Hi, Apologies for the intrusion. I covered an U23 match of yours against Newcastle back in November, and planned to do so next time you played down south and I was nearby. I went to the match against Crystal Palace today, which 'Boro absolutely dominated, and put together this match report with photos. https://thegrassrootstourist.com/2019/12/02/crystal-palace-u23/ Hope it's of interest to some. Regards, GRTourist
  17. 6 points
    For me, I've watched us play a fair few games this year and theres been a sprinkling of us looking good. It's not constant and it's in flashes. However, what worries me the most is that we just didnt even muster any real chances throughout the game. That's a worry as its typical of most of our games this season, as shown with the low shots and conversion stats. I still cant quite fathom what type of team we are. Do we defend deep and hit them on the break? Do we play with the infamous Woodgate high press? What exactly is our approach to games? We dont keep the ball well. That's a worry. Even in periods today where Leeds were at us and even the Hull game, *** me, just pass the ball around and make Leeds work for it. We gave them the ball back so many times but for no purpose? I just dont get it. Its amateurish, it really is. It's going to get worse before it gets better, that's for sure. Randolph will leave and if you're a Boro player now, why on earth would you sign an extended contract to stay? I hate it. I honestly hate it so much. It's like watching your house burn down and being powerless to stop it whilst Woodgate tries to blunder about and put it out whilst Gibson controls the water. No game plan, no tactics, no possession, no shots and no enjoyment. We currently win 1 game in 6. Have the 5th worst goal difference in the league. It's amazing we're not in the bottom 3.
  18. 6 points
    We should have been out of sight in that game had it not been for Barnsleys keeper pulling off heroics, what are you talking about "undeserved" and Barnsley should feel "robbed". We were far better that 2nd half.
  19. 6 points
    Most sensible post I have read regarding Saville, hes not the awful player hes made out to be. We paid too much and it hasn't worked out as of yet but he doesn't deserve abuse and he isn't a bad player
  20. 6 points
    Right see what tomorrow brings. Adamant Fry will still be a boro player on Thursday after 5pm
  21. 6 points
    Guess I'm one of those 4! Thanks for having me, am enjoying reading the latest transfer gossip for the Boro. Reason I've only just joined - I only found out about the site last week, I was a regular visitor on FMTTM (but a rare poster) and saw this forum mentioned.
  22. 6 points
    https://wp.me/p4i04N-4YD Here's my report from today's friendly between Middlesbrough and Saint-Étienne where the two sides played out a 1-1 draw.
  23. 6 points
  24. 6 points
    Also woody told Stewy he wasn’t being offered a new deal... he really is determined to stamp his own mark on how the club moves forward.
  25. 5 points
    I don't have a soft spot for him. I wasn't convinced when we bought him unlike most on here and I rated Bamford as the better player as I also said repeatedly on the forum, preferring to keep him and sell Assombalonga if I had a choice. But he is the best we have right now and it's not even close. We have a big problem with goal scoring within the rest of the team but he's the one taking the flak for that as well, which is just nonsense. The other players aren't missing chances because of anything he does. Wing and McNair have had almost the same number of shots as Assombalonga this season. Assombalonga's shots and chances are better (closer to the goal) than either of them of course so quite rightly he will be expected to score more goals. But as a team we have the worst goal scoring record in the league and Assombalonga is the joint 9th highest scorer in the Championship so how is that his fault? Look at the league table - West Brom's top scorer has 6 goals, Swansea's top scorer has 6 goals, Bristol City's top scorer has 6 goals, Leeds top scorer has 5 goals. There are plenty of teams who don't have a single player who has scored 6 or more goals this season, we do but it's his fault that we're struggling? I have no idea what you mean by needless runs. It's a strange thing that some people criticise the bloke for not working hard enough and now you appear to be saying he works too hard? He does make runs behind the defence, he does it repeatedly and doesn't get the ball. Because he's playing up front on his own mostly he is also having to play the role of target man as well, coming short to try and get on the ball, which clearly doesn't suit him as you say. So he's effectively trying to be two different players and I think he's caught somewhere in between. He doesn't spread the play well enough and he does dwell on the ball, I completely agree with that. These things do my head in because it really should be an easy thing to fix and it hasn't been done by now, which either means they aren't working on it or he's just not improving that aspect of his game. I don't think he's a particular intelligent footballer, which might have something to do with it. He's missed some chances he should have scored this season but then I bet every player in the league has done the same. It's standing out more for us because nobody else is contributing anything that's why he has scored as many goals as everyone else. A few more stats that are worth noting; we have the 2nd highest number of shots outside the penalty area and I believe the 3rd lowest inside the penalty area. In other words, we're taking a lot of longer shots and we aren't scoring from them. It's not Assombalonga who is doing that. I suppose what I'm saying is criticise him for the things that he is responsible for rather than placing all of the failings of the team on his shoulders. He should be doing better this season, but all of them should be, and our goal scoring issues are a team wide problem, not just his.
  26. 5 points
    I hate them excuses and cliches they come out with, ‘you can’t just pick strikers off the shelf’, ‘nobody wants to play in the north east’. well when we got relegated we had bamford already at the club, did fans demand Gibson splash another £20m on strikers? No we didn’t, even the fans knew we needed wide players and a better midfield and full backs. As for players not wanting to come here did we not have vossen, stuani, kalas, nsue, adomah? All internationals, all putting their all in for us, maybe I just imagined it. Its almost as if when you employ a good manager these players DO want to come here. Yes we might have to pay more in wages but surely there is a sensible way of doing it? Burnley have showed us how it’s done. To many excuses, we aren’t in this position due to circumstance but absolutely awful incompetence, there’s no other way of putting it.
  27. 5 points
    What more is there to say. It's absolutely miserable being a Boro fan right now. We're abject and appalling, and all the signs suggest it's going to stay that way for some time. Gibson spent so much time chasing the EFL and our opponents today over FFP matters it seeks like he's forgotten he runs a football club. Fans still sing his name, and say how much of a king he is, yet the disdain shown to the fans is miserable. As for Woodgate, what improvements are there? We don't score, we don't defend we don't do anything. We've got a back room full of inexperience, and a circus clown for good measure. We're so tactically inept it's unreal. The fans of Derby will be taking great pleasure in tonights result that's for sure. So so horrible given how far eve managed to sink from the promotion season
  28. 5 points
    Told ya I reckon our Riverside stadium is built on an Indian burial site
  29. 5 points
    I have a feeling Gestede's injury problems are down to Pulis stretching him on the rack to make him even taller and create "the perfect striker".
  30. 5 points
    Best business we done was keeping hold of Britt, fry, and Randolph this window could have been a lot worse... I am looking forward for the rest of the season
  31. 5 points
    People talk about losing Britt and Randolph. Losing Clayton would be just as big a blow. In this system he’s look back to his best and is definitely not as replaceable as some seem to think.
  32. 5 points
    Chatting with a couple from my 4 ball they think its 1 max in... currently not planning on selling.
  33. 5 points
    They’re not at all. Their dealings are awful. Pay big fees and rarely get a return. Big wages on players 30+. Probably the worst in the league. Rooney is a PR stunt. All while they’ve still got Richard Keogh at CB
  34. 5 points
    Shall we leave the ins and outs of a legal trial on here please.
  35. 5 points
    No, they're after Dunk and Ajer. They've still got Jonny Evans as well.
  36. 5 points
    I will send a text and let you Gents know.
  37. 5 points
  38. 5 points
    So like my missus when she’s hammered
  39. 5 points
    Fry might have no interest in leaving but he might not have a choice if we accept a bid. Might reconsider then. As for Howson at RB. This might not be view shared by my fellow boro fans but i liked Howson at RB. He got up and down that flank very wel, his delivery was better than Shottons from there. He scored and got assists from that position. And i think he said he enjoyed playing there and will getter better more he plays there. Would prefer someone specialist there but if needs must am happy with him there.
  40. 5 points
    Got more assists than anyone else though and is still probably out best and most consistent CM ?‍♂️
  41. 5 points
    One person said they'd rather live in the UK, that was me. My point wasn't that i'd rather live in the UK than travel around, it was that i'd rather live here than in a place where you can be sentenced to death for being attracted to a member of the same sex, or merely being a woman.
  42. 5 points
    In what world has anyone ever seen a manager unveiled at a club with anything other than "He was always our man". I know some people think that Gibbo is paying Woody £100's of thousands because he is "cheap" but i dont think the multi millionaire businessman is that daft , after all now the FFP is upon us he will be spending a lot more every month keeping us going. Could it just be that he actually does want to see a new Boro , because he actually does care what is served up for the fans. Could it be that he accepts that the pragmatic Pulis approach didn't work , could it be he just wanted to keep Duvel out of the ground I am being flippant but what good does raking over past misery do. Football is all about hope and even if that hope evaporates after the season kicks off why not let us at least have hope now. I am happy to be deluded enough to think that this is a brave new world because it is already a dam site more hopeful than the last one. Now where did I put those foam hands?
  43. 5 points
    No you cant!! You cant go by what one person did to predict what another completely different person will do. What is so hard about that point to understand for so many people? I'll say it again - I'm not woodgates biggest supporter to get the job - I think hes about middle of the pack but I'm sure as hell going to give the man a chance before I make my judgement on him. There are so many people not willing to do that and it's a shame.
  44. 5 points
    'Worse than non-league' is not even close to accurate, but even putting that to one side, Neville has also coached at Valencia, Man United and England U-21. He's more experienced than Woodgate, definitely more than Southgate was and arguably more than McClaren or Robson were.
  45. 4 points
    You should have let him travel up tonight and get even more radged when he realised the game was tomorrow, it would be hilarious 😀 - I've done the travelling all over watching Boro, you don't get a medal for it, you just do it because you want to do it. It also doesn't make you any different to any other Boro fan. - We do have an inexperienced management team although some might suggest the word that you're really looking for is cheap. There's not a great deal of evidence to suggest that they are learning as they go, which is probably why we've only won 2 out of 17 games this season, haven't won in the last 10 games and haven't won since the middle of September. - Gibson was putting whatever money he was into his own business. That's what you do when you run it at a massive loss, you have to fund the shortfall. The entire reason there were financial issues was because he allowed the club to overspend and did so in such a way as to create long term problems. If you keep making *** poor decisions then it's right that it costs you rather than other people although as it happens it did cost us other people as well. - Hardly any of our players are making a step up from our youth set up or from lower leagues. Randolph, Johnson, Fry, Ayala, Howson, Dijksteel, Wing, McNair, Tavernier, Fletcher (Clayton 45), Assombalonga. That was our team on Sunday. It's not inexperienced or full of lower league players and people need to stop using this as an excuse. - I'm a Boro fan and that means I'll be a Boro fan next season regardless of which division we're in but I'm buggered if I'm going to be happy with a team that can barely win a game. Just like you I've seen that before and it usually ends in relegation and there's no reason to just go along with that as though it's ok.
  46. 4 points
    Just to let everyone know that the meeting went well and a vote will be taking place. They will let us know in due course. The voting comes from groups that are already members of the fans forum. The contents of the meeting will be published when I receive the minutes and I'll certainly share that with everyone. I think we contribute a lot the Boro community at large and there is more still we can be involved with. I argued for this passionately. However, I don't think we need to demand a place. Let our actions do the talking for us and lets continue to focus on being an great community for Boro fans.
  47. 4 points
    DS - I was a daily visitor to FMTTM for many years. I owed a personal debt of gratitude to their Rob, and stayed long after the lack of mobile support and posters 'playing the man not the ball' became wearying. It's also quite politicised, which is often intrusive. This forum is light years ahead, both technically and in terms of the calibre of debate. It's good to see increased user levels, too, because the only thing that's held OB back (in my opinion) has been the comparative lack of activity on non-match days. I really think OB should be represented on fan forums, since the level of debate on here is far superior to FMTTM, or COB in particular. I know fans of other clubs check out Boro forums periodically (I do it for various clubs), and I shudder to think what they'd make of our fans if OB wasn't at the top of their Google results...
  48. 4 points
  49. 4 points
    No worries at all, it certainly created some great debate and provided some new info for you all to read ?.
  50. 4 points
    Or in Woody's case, A1 paper and crayons.

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