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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
    Sorry I just needed to see kids as off to London tomorrow until saturday. Randolph - West Ham tried to renegotiate with us and wanted a loa as they couldn't be sure with injury... woody said buy or do one basically. Ayala - Injury doesn't look great, ankle still swollen but heads south with squad on Monday. Spence - Negotiations moving forward , all looks positive. 4 prem teams have asked to kept informed of any changes. Howson - pretty much all agreed ... 3yr deal. Britt - lots of loan interest but everyone told the same 10mil or not interested. Robert's - Boro keen to do perm , city open to it , Roberts open to it , prem I test kn summer could be an issue. Transfers in.. Woody and club desperate to get Ben back , player keen even looking at a buy Swiss keeper all agreed apart from medical if Randz goes. Woody wants 2 on top of that if we can do it.
  3. 18 points
  4. 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.
  5. 17 points
    SDS, it’s Dijksteel at Rockliffe
  6. 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.
  7. 16 points
    @Lurker, @diggerlad07 @Smoggydownsouth and all the other ITK posters. Thank you for all the ITK info you guys share. Think i speak for everyone when i say it is much appreciated. Without it the level of discussion and excitement on the forum would not be anywhere near what it is.
  8. 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.
  9. 16 points
    Our impending Dutch destroyer is in the building.
  10. 16 points
    Just had a text to say we have made a second bid for Djiksteel
  11. 14 points
    Its mad how everything seems rosier when your club is riding a good wave. I've just said hello to the wife for the first time in months
  12. 14 points
    Woodgate deserves a massive amount of credit for the last couple of months, and this game especially! To do west Brom like this at their own ground with a pack of kids is exceptional.
  13. 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.
  14. 13 points
    Roberts is done. As someone has said, Ayala is on £25k a week. Don’t know what he’s been offered but I can’t believe it would be £5k. Randolph is gone, assume it’s West Ham. 5 more in. Woody thinks we’re ahead of where he wanted us to be at this stage. Gibson is fully behind him and hasn’t shirked at all.
  15. 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.
  16. 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!
  17. 13 points
    Dijksteel done. Announcement this afternoon.
  18. 13 points
    Looks like me when watching flint defend
  19. 13 points
    How about some transfer talk from summer 2019 as the title says instead of boring *** from years ago??
  20. 12 points
    49.2k attendance. Decent. Well played, you were the better team in the second half. No arguments there. A win is a win and in our current form I will take it. The difference between your support and Liverpool's on Sat was like chalk and cheese. Top effort on your part. Good luck for the rest of the season.
  21. 12 points
    Well played fellas. Draw a fair result. No complaints. See you at our place. Any one need any advice give me a shout.
  22. 12 points
    Clarke has agreed to join and has visited training ground over the past few days. Problem I have heard is we were haggling over the loan period because spurs want a 18month loan deal with fee and wages but we only want a 6month loan deal and to review it in the summer. Not quite sure if any party had changed there stance from Thursday when I last heard information. Randolph hasn't asked to leave contrary to reports in papers today - Boro are wanting to move him on as we need the money desperately and we are happy with Pears performance of late. I then believe we will finish off with a centre half and our business will be complete. Gibson has said he would come back on loan providing a financial package can be agree but we are way off on that until someone leaves
  23. 12 points
    Gonna throw this out there... Howson is an absolute must to tie down if we are continuing with the youth policy... he is the consummate professional in my opinion. I know he isn't everyone's cup of tea but he is the sort of bloke you would take into war with you.
  24. 12 points
    Quote fro Reading fans' website: I'd also like to make a shout out to Middlesbrough as a much better than expected away day. Its consistently voted the worst place to live in the UK, but it's a nice walk from the station to the ground. There was also a great pub next to the station showing the cricket and early and late kick offs. Boro fans and punters very friendly and good chat. Also saw Middlesbrough were giving free advertising to Zoe's Place, a children's hospice in the area which is due to close because of funding. I'll happily be contributing a bit.
  25. 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
  26. 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 ?
  27. 12 points
  28. 12 points
    2 permanent 3 loans That's what I have been told today.
  29. 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
  30. 12 points
    Remember don't believe everything Charlton say. He has been there all day.
  31. 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.
  32. 11 points
    It's Hotspur 😉 We played well yesterday and should have had a point. They should have been down to 10 men but for some 'Liverpool' refereeing. Top tip. There are two bars in the away section. The lower concourse does get very crowded. Make your way upstairs for a better experience. Away pubs. The Elmhurst is usually the designated away pub. However, the Irish Centre by White Hart Lane station is also away friendly. Personally I would go to the Antwerp Arms or the Beehive which also allow away fans. The Beehive is halfway on the long walk from Seven Sisters underground (25 mins). Getting there. Liverpool Street to WHL is 22 mins and then a 5 min walk. Or Liverpool Street to Northumberland Park is 15 mins and a 10 min walk. If you get the tube to Seven Sisters you can get any bus ending in 9 to the ground or you can pick up the overground for the 2 stops to WHL. Our squad is so depleted the team Mourinho puts out picks itself and should be pretty strong. We need to win to keep our season alive. Good luck.
  33. 11 points
    You do realize that there is a an entire thread about Britt right. Transfers are here. Discussions about his goal scoring record, having a piece of his butt in his knee or whether he makes the team worse should go in the other thread. It’s kind of annoying to be away for hours, come on here and see 40 new posts, get excited only to see it’s the same Britt discussion.
  34. 11 points
    Sorry been away. Clarke due at rockcliffe tomorrow again. Randolph more than 5 million, looks like he’s gone. CB is priority now might have something to do with Ayala. Ben Gibson has been back over Christmas definitely wants to come back. Shotton wants out back to midlands. Marcus Maddison is very much on if we get cash for Randolph, bevington was guy saying no. 2.5 mil I was told.
  35. 11 points
    Just had another look at the table, we currently sit below teams like Preston and Charlton (who are in and around the playoffs), Brentford, Blackburn, Luton, Millwall, Wigan and Hull. I don't see many billionaire owners there and very few that have spent any real money. What it shows me is that smaller clubs with far less resources are outperforming us. Even owners like the Venkys and Allams are outperforming us. It doesn't suggest to me that Gibson can't compete financially, how many of those clubs have spent 16m on a striker? It suggests to me that he doesn't know how to run a football club properly. We can go around in circles arguing about managers and players but while Gibson is calling the shots we are going nowhere.
  36. 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.
  37. 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!
  38. 11 points
    Britt stays... nothing on incomings
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  40. 11 points
    Did their scout find him whilst sailing up and down the coast of that island in Pokemon blue?
  41. 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?
  42. 11 points
    OK, so he is either liquid or gas..
  43. 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.
  44. 11 points
    I don't know whether you've noticed this or not but you have a tendency to recommend Danish people for various things.
  45. 10 points
    This post absolutely nails it and is by far the biggest problem with the club. The Media are absolutely terrified to criticize the club and point the finger, afraid of being excluded from the club like the Gazette were for a time. I've been to a few Boro events which Maddo has attended and he is a really nice bloke but he simply should not on BBC Tees if he's working for the club. Its a conflict of interest, he's not going to criticize those at the club and in turn he has this false spin that he puts on the radio. I remember in September when he said this season is one of transition, well i'll tell you right now that the ST prices do not reflect transition and must be lowered but we know that is not the case. The problem is at the club as it seems no-one dares question Gibson, he wont allow it and I dont think thats a healthy working environment to have. Everyone right now is absolutely slaughtering Woodgate, for me personally I won't because I dont think its right. Gibson is the one who shoulders the blame and he can own this casserole of ineptitude. I dont think one person of sound mind wanted Woodgate appointed at the end of last season, the club tried to string it out as if they were extensively looking at all options. This was a ruse and Jonathan was their choice all along. Finally, its one thing appointing a rookie manager who no-one wanted, for the cheap option. But if your going to do that at least give him some proper funds to get some quality players to refresh the squad and give him a chance to succeed. So now when the inevitable does happen, Woodgate like Mogga will be the fall guy to have his reputation damaged. The fans will be convinced the next manager will be the next messiah, overlooking the upper management teams atrocious judgement and thus the cycle begins again. This ones on you Gibbo.
  46. 10 points
    Hi, Over the past couple of transfer windows, we've seen a bit of downtime during times of high traffic and as such, I feel like we're letting the community down for this. So I'm using the quiet period of the international break to look to move hosting providers to something a bit more robust, which can (hopefully) deal with the spikes in traffic. If you notice any unexpected downtime over the next couple of weeks, it'll likely be linked to the move over to the new server, with this completed by the time we host Reading on the 14th. I'll keep you posted on progress and if you have any questions, let me know ?
  47. 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.
  48. 10 points
  49. 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.
  50. 10 points
    FWIW -The Chinese discussions with Gibson were centered more towards Bulkhaul and Rockcliffe. Despite what was said in the media the talks were primary regarding club sponsorship and hotel ownership structures through a broker Alexander Jarvis. -Gibson has a very close relationship with Sir Jim Ratcliffe (INEOS) and the latter sought the former during the process of due diligence and advice on club ownership after deciding to proceed with plans for investment in OGC Nice. Peter Kenyon is linked to Ratcliffe after using him to seek advice and knowledge regarding Chelsea. - I dont know the latest regarding Jokanovic but as has been widely reported he did have discussions with club hierarchy in London. He is not supportive of a DOF model but has a close relationship with a wide network of agents and links with scouts across the world. It does not appear his apparent wage demands are the problem as mentioned by a number of people on here. His reservations are the magnitude of the task ahead transition to a more free flowing attacking philosophy. (This is evident after the WBA transition from Pulis style after Pardew came in). There was set to be another meeting with Jokanovic who was provided after the first meeting with all of our statistical records, data, player database information and coaching infrastructure. - As I mentioned earlier in this thread Phil Neville was on the list, meeting was held in London but he was looking to combine both a role with Englands women team and our club which was not something we were willing to consider. - Moyes, Rowett and Paul Clement were proposed by their respective agencies for an interview but none of these went any further.

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    • Yes I would agree with this if mid table like a month ago but as now we are heading league one we have to cut losses sack Woodgate get a Warnock in to keep us in the Championship. As if we get league one football it's a very long way back!
    • I enjoyed the game tonight tbh, despite it being freezing. I thought we went toe to toe with Leeds for the most part and could have quite easily nicked a goal or maybe even two on a different night. I'm not ready to completely write Woodgate off just yet - I think until he's had a proper chance to balance the squad to his liking over the summer & also get rid of all the various high earners (who've been pretty uninspired for several managers over several years now), it's kinda difficult to judge the poor bugger. He's clearly not doing a fantastic job, but I think a lot of managers would have struggled with us this season - espescially given the task of relying on youth and completely overhauling the playing style, but with pretty much the same core group.. All the young players will be a season better next year and hopefully the same will go for Woodgate. Assuming we make some positive moves/changes to the squad over the summer, we can start to build from there. Although I appreciate that it's fashionable to be negative on this forum, so with that said; Woodgate out!
    • The Forrest games on Monday this gives the club a long weekend of double training sessions. As honestly Gibson needs to say Woodgate will you resign if he doesn't sack him then get a Warnock in who be here 9am this morning getting them players drilled for 4 days. I reckon if this happened by Monday night the Boro will be transformed and may beat Forrest. But nope this won't happen the players will laze around for 4 days doing pre season like drills then stuffer another L on Sky. I don't actually think Boro have won a game live on Sky this year
    • Don't really want to see George  playing for us anymore, he has lost it totally. Food for thought I do not imagine for one moment that Ben Gibson will be donning a Boro shirt if we do go down
    • 352 britt and fletcher up front, howson or spence rwb, tav in the middle where he was doing well. 
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