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  1. It was a quality top without a doubt
  2. Boro flashback - 42 years ago today, 20th August 1977 Boro sporting a new, quality, iconic strip that season took to the field for the start of a brand new season, along with the change of strip we had a new manager in the dug out John Neal left Wrexham to become our 18th manager, taking over from big Jack & what a man to follow1 JN's 1st league game in charge & against the might of Liverpool at Ayresome Park, included in the line ups were 2 debutees & two transfer record signings in each team, John Mahoneys our £90k record signing Stoke & Kenny Dalglish £440k signing from Celtic Dalglish scored 1st to open his account & put Liverpool ahead, our own superstar, Davey Armstrong equalised to make it 1-1 in front of 30,800 Great times been a Boro fan John Neals team Jim Platt John Craggs Terry Cooper Graeme Souness Stuey Boam Willie Maddren John Mahoney David Milks Billy Woif Tony McAndrew David Armstrong Sub John Hickton
  3. Boro flashback - 18th August 1989 Boro 4 Wolves 2 Boro started the season back in the 2nd division after a brief spell in the 1st & after, IMHO, unlucky to be relegated Boro gave debuts to Alan Comfort from Orient & Trevor Putney from Norwich, 2 very exciting signing to hopefully help us achieve a swift return to the top flight With goals from Slaven 2, Proctor & a rare Davenport strike, with us playing exciting football with a new exciting winger in Comfort the aggressive Putney in midfield it looked good for the Boro, fingers crossed we can maintain it Boro team Kevin Poole Gary Parkinson Nicky Mohan Tony Mowbray Trevor Putney Gary Paalster, his final home game before his transfer to Man Utd Bernie Slaven Mark Proctor Peter Davenport Paul Kerr Alan Comfort Sub Stuart Ripley Attendance - 21,727
  4. 19th August 1978 John Neal had seen both Dave Brown & Pat Cuff during season 77-78 to convince him neither keeper were in his plans going forward as the keeper to challenge Jim Platt for the No1 Jersey, both keepers were given 10 games each to stake their claim Ironically Pat Cuffs final game for the Boro was the same game as Souness's final Boro game In the summer of 78 John Neal signed Jim Stewart from Kilmarnock for approx £200k as the cover for the No1 shirt Jim Stewart made his Boro debut in goal at home to Coventry, replacing Jim Platt as John Neals 1st choice keeper, fortunately normal service was resumed, Jim Platt Platt was loaned out to both Hartlepool & Cardiff that season, then early March regained his No1 slot & kept it Graham Hedley was named as sub for his one & only appearance that season Billy Woof opened the scoring but Coventry hit back to score 2 goal & run out 2-1 winners at Ayresome Park John Neal chose the following Jim Stewart John Craggs Ian Bailey John Mahoney Stuart Boam Alan Ramage David Mills Tony McAndrew Billy Ashcroft Billy Woof Davey Armstrong Sub Graham Hedley
  5. Boro flashback - 18th August 1979 Spurs 1 Boro 3 Armstrong, Bosco, Burns Jim Platt John Craggs Ian Bailey Craig Johnston Billy Ashcroft Tony McAndrew David Hodgson Mark Proctor Bosco Jankovic Micky Burns David Armstrong Sub Peter Johnson
  6. Slightly improved when Festa & Schwarzer were signed late in the season
  7. Boro flashback - This day 17th August 1996 Boro 3 Liverpool 3 Ravenelli scoring the 1st Boro hat trick at the Riverside
  8. Without a doubt, best Boro team ever, IMHO
  9. Boro flashback - This day August 17th 1985 away to Wimbledon Willie maddren starting his 2nd full season as Boro manager was busy in the summer tranfer market, hoping to put a team together to finally drag the team out of the slump we've been in since releagtion in 82 & move forward & challenge the right end of the 2nd division table (now championship) Summer signings included, Don O'Riordan from Carlisle Utd, Gary Rowell from Norwich City, Gary Pallister from Billingham Town & Steve Corden was given his Boro debut from the reserves Boro lost the game 3-0, Steve Corden suffered a broken leg during the game, was stretchered off an injury that ended his pro career Fortunately he had a successful spell at Whitby where he won the title then switched to Guisborough where he helped Town reach the 1997 FA Vase semi-final & later became manager Willie Maddren picked the following team Stephen Pears - 2nd spell at the Boro a loanee, now a permanent Boro player Brian Laws - 1st full season, signed March Steve Corden Gary Pallister - Boro debut Tony Mowbray Irvine Nattrass Alan Roberts Don O'Riordan - Boro debut Archie Stephens - 1st full season, signed March Gary MacDonald Gary Rowell - Boro debut Sub - Dave Currie
  10. Boro flashback this day 17th August 1974 Boro played their 1st top flight game since losing 3-1 away to arsenal on the 24th April 1954, Linda Delapenha scoring our last top flight goal Boro started their 1st game back in the top flight with a game away to Birmingham City, managed by Freddie Goodwin, who finished 19th previous seson 73-74 Boro won the game 3-0, with John Hickton scoring our 1st top flight goal after 20 seasons, Alan Foggon scoring two to cap a fantatsic return to the 1st division & set the tone for the season ahead, we had carried on from our magnificent 73-74 season Boro team Jim Platt John Craggs Frank Spraggon Willie Maddren Stuart Boam Brian Taylor Bobby Murdoch David Mills John Hickton Alan Foggon David Armstrong
  11. Boro blast from the past on this day 16th August 1969 - Boro won 2-1 with goals from Joe Laidlaw & John Hickton Attendance - 22,159
  12. This day, 32 years ago today 15th August 1987 seen us play our 1st game of the season, just 12 short months after been relegated, going in to voluntary liquidation we now start the season in a league higher with a group of local, hungry, run through a brick wall for the club players who have performed a minor miracle to get this far & who could imagine what we all had in store for the 1987-88 season, truly an amazing season indeed, seasons that dreams are made of Middlesbrough v Millwall was the opening fixture of that memorable season & as he did the 1st game after liquidation v Port Vale, Archie Stephens got our goal, at the holgate end, a lovely diving header to bring the score level at 1-1, which was how the score finished Bruce Rioch picked the following team Stephen Pears Dean Glover Colin Cooper Tony Mowbray Gary Parkinson Gary Pallister Bernie Slaven Archie Stephens Gary Hamilton Paul Kerr - our 1st cash signing after liquidation Stuart Ripley Attendance - 11,471 Ironically Millwall were our final opponents at Ayresome Park in our relegation season 1985-86 from the 2nd division, we won 3-0 with Brian Laws scoring our final goal at AP before liquidation & our 1st on our return to the 2nd division
  13. Blast from the past - 15th March 2006 The night we conquered Roma After last night's defeat to Crewe I thought I would post the total opposite of what it is to be a Boro fan, the highs, as well as the lows, we've seen it all Boro went to Roma for the 2nd leg of UEFA, holding a, slender one goal advantage courtesy of a Yakubu 12th minute penalty, will one goal be enough in the Stadio Olimpico & see Boro in the Quarter finals The game was hectic, Boro done the unthinkable & took the lead on 32 minutes through a JFH powerful header & 2-0 on the night, with away goal ruling Roma now needed 3 Roma were dangerous throughout & after hitting the bar before our goal Roma drew level on the night with a 43 minutes via Amantino Mancini, in the 66th minute Ray Parlour gave away a penalty & Mancini converted, 2-1 to Roma, Boro were now on the back foot, but through experience, hard work & the brilliance of Mark Schwarzer the Boro pulled one of the greatest upsets against the cup favourites & night we Boro fans will never forget 8 bookings & a sending off on the night Boro were now in the QF's of the UEFA same round as the previous season Boro team Schwarzer Pogatetz Davies - Sub Queudrue Riggott Southgate Boateng Cattermole Downing Mendietta JFH Yakubu - Parlour UTMB
  14. Yep the 70's & 80's were great times to follow football & the Boro, money wasn't as big an issue as it is today & the abyss between, not only the PL & championship, but between the elite clubs & the rest fighting to get enough points to stay up or content with finishing midtabke & sacrificing the cups with weaker teams Loved my time back then following the Boro, loads of household names as you mentioned Old Codger
  15. Boro flashback - This day 14th August 1971 Both Stuart Boam signed from Mansfield Town & Nobby Stiles, signed from Man Utd, mid summer, made their Boro debuts away to Portsmouth in a 2-1 defeat Manager Stan Anderson picked the following Boro team W. Whigham W. Maddren G. Jones N. Stiles S. Boam F. Spraggon D. Downing D. Mills J. Hickton J. Vincent J. Laidlaw - Sub M. Allen
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