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  1. On This Day - 14 October 1972 Cardiff City 2 Middlesbrough 0 A disappointing afternoon in South Wales for Boro, set against the background of two players moving in opposite directions and a typical Boro moment. Johnny Vincent joined Boro in March 1971, having had great success with Birmingham City over the previous 7 years, scoring 41 goals from midfield in 171 appearances. Although he scored 7 times in 40 appearances for Boro in 1971/72, however, he struggled to settle and find his best form on Teesside. Cardiff started the 1972/73 season badly and a 3-0 defeat in a televised m
  2. Haven't You Been Here Before? 13 May 1967 - Middlesbrough 2 Peterborough United 1 An afternoon of real tension at Ayresome Park as Boro clawed their way to a victory that left them one win away from clinching promotion back to the Second Division at the first attempt. If they could beat Oxford United at home in their final match on the Tuesday they would be up. As the game against Peterborough it looked increasingly as though Boro might blow their promotion chances in the Ayresome Park mud as they struggled to convert numerous chances, partly due to an inspired performance by Posh k
  3. 9 October 1971 Oxford United 0 Middlesbrough 0. Boro manager Stan Anderson declared himself to be happy with a point from the trip to the Manor Ground, declaring it to be a good springboard ahead of a run of three consecutive home games. Anderson hoped that the visits of Portsmouth, Millwall and Watford to Ayresome Park in quick succession would allow Boro to propel themselves into the promotion race. The clean sheet at Oxford was particularly pleasing after Boro had shipped seven goals in their previous two away games, a 3-2 defeat at Luton Town having been followed by a 4-0 ha
  4. 8 October 1977 Middlesbrough 2 Manchester United 1 In the week leading up to this game United had beaten League Champions Liverpool and French Cup holders St Etienne but Billy Ashcroft and Graeme Souness at Ayresome Park in October was an altogether tougher prospect. United's pre McQueen defence lacked height and struggled throughout the game to cope with Ashcroft while Souness pulled the strings. United had been forced to play their Cup Winners Cup "home" leg against St Etienne at Plymouth earlier in the week due to trouble caused by their travelling supporters at an earlier ga
  5. I didn't know he was a Londoner until today.
  6. Yep, Whatever Happened definitely. The one where they are trying to avoid the football score is like me on weekends these days when I can't get to the Boro match and I'm out on the Saturday and spend Sunday trying to avoid the result until the Full 90 minute replay appears on the MFC website. And then there's the challenge of getting to it without seeing all the references to the score on the website on the way in. It's a hard life being a football supporter.
  7. Do you have any sisters? I had to live through the first part of the 1970s with David Cassidy, Donny Osmond and the Bay City Rollers coming from my sister's bedroom on repeat. Eye Level was a catchy tune though. A bit like the Likely Lads theme tune in taking you straight back to 1973.
  8. 28 games unbeaten Blanco, get complacent at Peterborough in match 29 but then clinch promotion the following week.
  9. On This Day - October 7th 1972 Middlesbrough 1 Millwall 0 Late drama at Ayresome Park as Boro snatched the points with a goal in the 89th minute after Millwall dominated the first half. Harry Cripps in particular caused Boro problems in the first 45 minutes, twice firing narrowly over the bar and having another shot brilliantly saved by Jim Platt. Kitchener had a goal bound shot blocked and Possee also fired over when well placed, with Boro on the back foot. However, the balance of the game changed with a half time tactical switch by Boro, who took off defender Gordon Jones
  10. You mean the bit about Lumley having the shot covered is a bit far fetched?
  11. Could well have been! It was actually to thank the supporters for their understanding when the Leicester City game was abandoned due to floodlight failure a few days earlier.
  12. I know that's the reputation he's built up over many years but I'm not sure it's a fair reflection of our play at present. If you watch the Hull game, the times we are hoofing the ball forward are goal kicks or clearances when we are pinned down near our own line. Generally we are trying to play through the midfield. We made 376 passes in total compared to 304 by Hull and fewer than half of ours were forward passes. Our players with most touches were the midfield players. I know......statistics again!
  13. Boro Flashforward - 16th October 2021 Middlesbrough 2 Peterborough United 3 A dramatic day at the Riverside as Boro parted company with Neil Warnock after throwing away a two goal lead to slump to a 3-2 defeat to the other Boro. It was a particularly disappointing result given that Peterborough had to field their under 16 team after their first team coach ran out of petrol on the journey north and they couldn't find a petrol station that was open to refuel. All seemed good for Boro as they raced into a two goal lead in the opening two minutes. Joe Lumley got the first after chas
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