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  1. Funny how the football results become a diary of your life. Exactly 49 years ago this evening I watched Match of the Day for the first time. 20 November 1971 - Arsenal 5 Wolves 1 and West Ham 0 Man City 2. I couldn't sleep and my dad let me get out bed and watch it with him. I didn't realise at the time that I could stay in bed, go back to sleep and watch the games on Youtube 49 years later. (Sorry for the spoilers above if anyone wants to do so - the Wolves game is a cracking game, played in a blizzard). Earlier in the day we'd been at Ayresome Park watching Boro beat Or
  2. Sorry, dodgy maths in my last post - it was the 137th anniversary.
  3. Boro's First Foray into the FA Cup. This week saw the 117th anniversary of Boro's first ever FA Cup match as Staveley travelled from Derbyshire to Teesside on 10 November 1883. The visitors were a physically strong side and were expected to win, with Boro's task made harder by the absence of Cochrane, who had been kicked in the groin in a Sheffield Association Cup game a few days earlier. The Sheffield trophy was Boro's premier competition in their pre-FA Cup days and clearly wasn't just for Yorkshire tams as the opponent who had applied his boot to Cochrane's bol---ks was pla
  4. Hi Erimus. I trust you are well. In the photo you've posted on the other forum (I'm not a member there, hence my reply here!) the date on the sign is correct except that the sign writer has got the year wrong. He's presumably forgotten that January is the start of a new year. It's one of a series of photos that were taken at Ayresome Park by a freelance photographer working for the Daily Mirror on Sunday 16 January 1972. The supporters are queueing for tickets for the FA Cup Third Round Replay against Manchester City, Boro having drawn at Maine Road the previous day. The happy days w
  5. August 16th 1969 Boro 2 Leicester City 1 An impressive win for Boro against a Leicester City side that was widely expected to challenge for promotion. Boro took the initiative early on and never allowed the visitors to get a foothold in the game until some late jitters. John Hickton was particularly prominent, scoring one and denied a hat trick by two superb saves by Peter Shilton. The first came after 6 minutes when he tipped a header over the bar. Boro got the breakthrough on 24 minutes, when Laidlaw steered the ball just inside the post and Hickton fired just wide shortly bef
  6. I hadn't realised until I was researching some of these reports that Harry Charlton was actually at Boro for 8 years.
  7. August 8th 1970 Mansfield Town 3 Middlesbrough 0 A 3-0 defeat to Third Division opposition might not sound like the ideal result a week before the start of the new season but this is a classic case of the scoreline only telling part of the story. This was actually Boro's second pre-season friendly within 24 hours and Friday evening had brought a wholly more encouraging 3-1 home win against Bill Shankley's First Division Liverpool. The star of the show under the Friday night lights was18 year old David Mills. Selected ahead of Derrick Downing he contributed two goals and an all r
  8. August 7th 1976 Boro 2 Hull City 0 A comfortable start to Boro's defence of the Anglo Scottish Cup, despite this being their fourth game in five days after playing three friendlies in Finland during the week. Two 19 year olds starred for Boro. Ian Bailey looked composed at left back, while former Peterlee Grammar School boy Graeme Hedley created both goals and came close to scoring twice himself on his debut. Less encouraging was the news that Graham Souness had handed in a transfer request. Although it had been immediately turned down he was quoted as saying that he intended to
  9. In the newspaper report for this game the Boro team is given as: Williams, Woodham, Jones, Stiles. Spraggon, Boam, Downing, Mills, Hickton, Vincent, Laidlaw. Subs - Gates, McMordie, Stone. Williams and Woodham mean nothing to me. I assume that Williams is a misprint and that it was actually Whigham (especially as David Mills is also referred to as Hills) but does anyone remember Woodham? Hibs' team was - Price, Brownlie, McKewan, Stanton, Black. Blackley, Stevenson, Hamilton, Baker, Cropley, Duncan. Subs - Pringle, O'Rourke, Graham. A future Boro player in
  10. (Apologies to Erimus for referencing matches he's previously referred to - we haven't played on 7 August very often!) August 7th 1971 Boro 4 Hibernian 2 (Yes, Erimus - Hibs again!) Boro looked in fine fettle a week ahead of the 1971/72 season as they swept aside Hibernian more comfortably than the scoreline suggests. New signings Stuart Boam and Nobby Stiles appeared to be settling in well. Boam bought more presence to the defence, albeit looking hesitant at times, while Stiles used his experience to control the game from the middle of the park before coming off at half time. H
  11. August 6th 1977 Wrexham 3 Boro 0 A pre-season friendly defeat at the Racecourse Ground against manager John Neal's previous club. In an evenly contested first half the best player on the pitch appeared to be a Wrexham striker by the name of Billy Ashcroft, who Neal was keen should follow him to Ayresome Park. Ashcroft had refused to sign a new contract with Wrexham, saying that he was determined to play in the First Division and a move to Boro appeared to be imminent. He said before this friendly, though, that if selected he'd give 100%, not least in the hope of attracting inter
  12. Morning Erimus. I have wondered about the Hibs thing myself and I've no idea why we always seemed to play them. Maybe just because it was a good base for a mini tour of Scotland - we had a number of games against Hearts too. We were playing friendlies against Hibs as long ago as 1903 and one of them led to us signing Bobby Atherton, who became the first Boro player to play international football (for Wales) before dying in 1917 when his ship sank while serving in the Merchant Navy during the First World War.
  13. It did occur to me that Boro's defence might have been guarding the snake. I confess that I'd forgotten about Kinnell before reading the report on the match. I'm sure his surname was a gift for headline writers.
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