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  1. 11 minutes ago, Uwe said:

    I 100% agree that many things constitutes a big club. However 5 years ago they were league 1. But now with the stadium rebuild and investment in their academy which is considerable (I know this as my son was there for 7 years and saw it transform into a development centre into a cat1 academy)   The recent success of academy products joe Bryant and Bobby Reid would class as a success in my book. An average attendance of 21,000 which is well up year on year they are a club in the ascendancy. So that agrees with your potential remark. 

    I would argue that they are pretty much on a par with us, but as you alluded too heading in a better direction than us. 

    My main reason for the initial response was that we are a bigger club than Bristol but I’m sorry but I just don’t see it  

    Agree certainly very close to being on par today with a club years ago we would all 100% agree we were much bigger than. As you said equal now to youth players, stadium, academy etc. We are passing them as we have declined while they are matching/passing us on the incline , obviously that means their camp is likely to be much more positive and rightly so. 

    All in all should be a good test on Saturday and hopefully one that doesn't show us miles apart on the pitch. 

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  2. 53 minutes ago, Uwe said:

    Bristol City are by no means a smaller club than us. And premier league pedigree counts for nothing outside the premier league. They have a billionaire owner that laid down a clear plan about 6/7 years ago of what they want to achieve. They’ve stuck with a good young manager even when it looked bad and they were facing the relegation places. Their recruitment is light years ahead of ours and when they do reach the promised land of which I have no doubt they will in the next 3/4 years  they will be set up much better than we were to deal with it. 

    We could learn a lot off the field from Bristol City and come Saturday I think they’ll teach us a little bit on it too 

    Depends what defines a 'small' or 'big club'? Crowds, player total value, positions in league, recent history? Based on majority of that I wouldn't say they are a bigger club than us as things stand today. Possibly could say they stand with higher potential than us today. 

    As for the Billionaire owner, they still have to fall under FFP rules, and if he put this plan in-place 6-7 years ago and yet they are still only seen as a play-off/mid-table team, I'd argue how successful that has been (granted its during the time they got promoted in 2015/2016 season) 

    I must also state I do feel they are in a positive position, often play attractive football and certainly generate/pay the right amount for players so generally a club who see themselves as in a decent and stable position. 

  3. I think we will see a very similar game here than our opening fixture against Luton. I can see BTTS but optimistic it will be a closer game than people are feeling and don't see a 3/4-0 against us result. 

    I'll go for a bias view of 3-2 to Boro with a Britt double (1st being a penalty he finally gets the confidence to score) and Johnson netting the 3rd. 

    Who says we cant keep positive ? 

  4. 2 minutes ago, Randy Sandwich said:

    Remember - he's judged for everything he doesn't do, scoring the goal to give us our first win won't cut the mustard with the critics he has. 

    A player can have a poor game and still score a goal......

    I did think Britt had a decent game against Wigan though, had a couple of decent chances, runs and seemed to have a higher work rate than he has been guilty of in the past. 

    He 100% is the best we have and there should be no question he starts as the main striker every week due to this. 

  5. On 7/8/2019 at 9:04 AM, Borodane said:

    Started watching "When the see us" last night. After two episodes I was equally *** off and sad. Imagine what kind of hell those boys went through and how corrupt the law enforcers were. Absolutely despicable.

    Brilliant 3 episodes that and you can't help but really get drawn into the story, feel anger/emotion for them. Did you watch the Oprah Winfrey show afterwards with the real men on it.... it's heartbreaking about half way through.

  6. 37 minutes ago, Brunners said:

    I thought he was supposed to be a free flowing attacking manager? Isn't he the guy they poached from luton, and they've always played that way haven't they?

    He is yeah, left Luton to join Stoke and played high press, fast pace, attacking full backs style last season. 

    I watched his interview and tbf I first thought the dig was at the media questions annoying him about Butland rather than Butland himself. 

  7. Great OP! 

    Was dropping Dijksteel harsh?

    I think so yeah, he is still getting up to speed and I thought he has had some decent game time, minus obv the penalty challenge. 

    What’s the most impressive wall you’ve ever seen?

    Belfast peace line wall was impressive more importantly the art-work. 

    Will Millwall’s direct style make us come unstuck?

    I don't think so, I think similar to us they lack a bit of quality and they are without the suspended Wallace. 

    Would you make any changes?

    Yes. I'd still be tempted to bring Dijksteel back in and if Fry is fit enough he starts for me. I also would still like to see Friend start alongside Ayala or Fry as a L sided CB. Think him and the LB could alternate going forward, bringing the ball out and covering. Think Bola is likely to start though with us being without Coulson and I imagine Friend will be benched for cover. Johnson or Browne for me as they have both had good and poor spells. 

    Score predictions?

    2-0 Boro and start building the confidence

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  8. Not like I want to get involved in another Boo debate.... But it was just embarrassing the amount of booing when Gestede came off in the Crewe game. I don't boo myself but equally don't  hate it when it's been aimed at the full team if it's been a very poor display. 

    As for the OP, I sit in the SW stand and can understand the opinion a little. When we started there was a nervous tension that grew as the players more and more gave the ball away through sloppy passes probably the biggest grown coming from when Shotton booted it out wide instead of playing a simple pass. You could argue that the growns created the nervousness and thus the mistakes but I feel it was just simply a poor start from us. 

    The atmosphere from the South stand soon got much better once they actually had something a bit more to cheer for i.e. stringing some decent passes together just before the goal and obv the goal itself. 

    To note I actually thought the RF were brilliant in the final minutes of the game especially in stoppage time to help spur on the team to hang onto the win. Probably only negative in the 2nd half was the amount of grief for Randolph kicking it out while Wigan had a player down to the extent that he even held his hand to appologise to the stand. 

    Like others I'm of the belief that hopefully as expectations lower a little, as we start to look more like a team that knows what we are doing etc. etc. the atmosphere will very much return, it doesn't take much positivity from the pitch for the RF to start raising their voices but understandably they still need something to be happening.  

  9. Woodgate Press conference decent today... I feel still doing with the media:



    Crewe - First half was negative, 2nd half was a lot better when Britt, Fletcher, McNair came on and that's the positive he took from it. The game didn't give him much to think about for Blackburn selection. He expected the 'different' starting 11 to be knocking his door down to get a place in the League team and thinks that didn't happen at all. The team is simple to pick now. 

    Blackburn - Still got beliefs how he want's us to play, it's a working progress and plans to keep going. Praises Friend and Howson massively and says these are the go to players how they are like everyday - Others should be following these leaders. 

    Booing - Not bothered/not worried, understands why and laughed it off. Happy that people were cheering more at the end of the game and expects it due to a small section of the fans not wanting him at the start, and wont give him much time. 

    Fans - appreciates how good the majority have been so far.


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  10. 24 minutes ago, velocitractor said:

    I'm not sure Woodgate knew what he was doing with the formation tbh. At one point in the first half we had the two full backs and the three forward players literally in a line at the top of the pitch. Tav and Sav were stood together just behind them. George had the ball in his own half. Clayton just behind him. Where does he pass? The midfield was none existent. In the second half it was much the same, five players in a straight line up front. Luckily, McNair was the one dropping deep, someone with actual quality. It's an incredibly dangerous game though. McNair makes a bad pass, that's five players out of the game, we're gonna take some absolute batterings if we keep doing that.

    At one point we had Tav and Browne up front with Fletcher and Britt deep in midfield. Honestly, it was a mess. 


    Also, FWIW:

    Pears 6, Dijksteel 5, Wood 6, George 7, Bola 4, Saville 4, Tav 4, Clayton 5, Browne 5, Walker 5, Gestede 3, Fletcher 7, McNair 8, Britt 6.

    100% this. I was at the game and constantly all game you would have Friend or Clayton trying to bring the ball out of defense with all our players stood in a line right at the top of the pitch it was so clear to see. They put men in midfield and we resorted to constant long balls that we didn't win. When either of the FB showed themselves, we opted to go inside and again more often than not chose a long ball. It was far to easy for them but I just couldn't understand why they weren't being told.  

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  11. 43 minutes ago, mendieta420 said:

    There's no one else in the world that would be willing to finance the huge pit of burning cash known as Middlesbrough football club. 

    Everyone wants to point the finger and say someone is to blame, when in reality we're at the level we should be.

    You've only got to look down the road at our neighbours Newcastle and Sunderland for much worse owners.

    The biggest contrast to Sunderland is Short just decided that he wasn't putting anymore funds in and the club were *** straight away with no possible survival due to who they had on their books etc. 

    If indeed Gibson is planning on selling, I at least appreciate he is still putting day-to-day money into the club to allows us to compete in the Championship, while also transitioning us to a more sustainable/attractive prospect  from a selling pov. 

  12. 23 minutes ago, Borodane said:

    Could just make it a QR scanner and every ticket has a QR code. Shouldn't be a problem. My season ticket here in Denmark on my phone has a QR code and that's what I use. Mind you we have volounteers with handheld scanners instead of automatic turnstiles, but it should be the same.

    The tickets at the weekend were using a QR code I believe rather than a barcode like last year. So the scanners must be capable now just simply can't fit the phone in the slot...


    *Edit - Yep just checked the one I got for my Uncle and it was a QR Code. 


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  13. Just now, Brunners said:

    *** hell you have to argue everything don't you. Yes they knew there would be loan fees. No they didn't know they'd be so much. They've been priced out of players, *** happens.

    You would have thought loan fees to some extent would have been initially discussed prior to any serious interest/showing around the club. I think we had the funds for 1 decent loan singing it's just our first choices have gone elsewhere and we aren't (for once & good reason) prepared to panic and get someone else in. 

  14. 2 minutes ago, Dan1234 said:

    How on earth people can say its been a good window when for the next 4 months we are likely to be starting with Marvin fecking Johnson as one our front three is beyond me. 

    Dont think we will see him starting.... Browne and Fletcher will probably be the starters either side of Britt ...... Leaving Gestede as the sub ?

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  15. I think it's been a decent/positive window with the players we have got out the door, youth bought and brought through, and essentially not selling any of our key players...... I just can't help but feel disappointed that we are likely 1 attacking winger and 1 CB away from a strong side that could have finished anywhere decent (Top 6). 

    Yes ano, the target for this season is a 'transition one', but as Woody said in his Manger evening, you don't set out to finish mid table, got to aim to win it! With the couple of players we are short, it's looking less likely imo. 

  16. 4 minutes ago, Jamie-H said:

    I keep thinking of this story and whether it's true or not.


    If we only went for Browne because of a late phone call from Rio then we'd have 0 attacking players in?

    It's teamtalk so it's possibly BS but jfc if that's how our recruitments happening.

    Thought read a few pages ago that Woodgate had Browne's name in his presentation?

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