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August 2nd 1969 Burnley  1 Boro  1   Boro made the shortish trip to Turf Moor on this day 51 years ago to take on 1st Division Burnley in their final friendly ahead of the 1969/70 seaso

Agree with you and now much stronger a thread. Thanks both Erimus and McMordie I will slightly alter the thread title

don't see Willie Maddren's name....fairly sure he was in the team though

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2 minutes ago, Old Codger said:

Dave Sunley was from this neck of the woods if I remember right.....another decent player in his day


2 minutes ago, Old Codger said:

Dave Sunley was from this neck of the woods if I remember right.....another decent player in his day

Alf Woods, RIP, also in the opposing team, signed for the Boro 3 months later

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This day back in time, one of earlier season kick offs & our last season of the 60's, which wasn't a good one for us, as 3,000 Boro fans made the jouney across South Yorkshire to Brammel Lane on an opening day stuffing

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Thought I would re-pot again as it was a game on the way to our 1st trophy win

Boro flashback 9th August 1975 

ASC Qualifying round

Newcastle 2 Boro 2

Boro needed to avoid to defeat to finish top of the group to progress to the K/O stages, the group consisted of Boro, Carlisle, Sunderland & Newcastle 

IIRC a male Newcastle streaker ran on the pitch with the scores still at nil all, he looked like he'd been to Benidorm for his holidays with having white parts where his shorts once were, think he was wearing his socks ??

With the distraction over Newcastle scored 1st, Boro equalised through Alan Willey, took the lead through David Armstrong only for Newcastle to equalise, Boro had secured the point needed & progressed to the knock out stage, were we would play Aberdeen in the ASC QF 

Boro team
Pat Cuff
John Craggs
Ian Bailey
Graeme Souness
Stuart Boam
Tony McAndrew
Peter Brine
David Mills - Sub Malcolm Smith
Alan Willey
Harry Charlton

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This day 1980 Boro 4 Olimpiji Ljubljana 1


Boro goals Armstrong, Jankovic, Johnston & Hodgson

Attendance - 2,339














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10th August 1985 Willie Maddren's, starting his 2nd seasonas Boro manager, took his team Boro away to Scarborough for their 4th pre season friendly, recent signing Don O'Riordon scoring his 1st Boro goal in a 1-1

Willie Maddren fielded a strong 1st team which would be close to the team that could start the season, along with new signing O'Riordon were new recruits Gary Pallister & Gary Rowell

Boro team

Stephen Pears

Brian Laws

Gary Gill

Tony McAndrew

Tony Mowbray

Gary Pallister

Stuart Ripley

Don O'Riordon

Archie Stephens

Gary Rowell

Dave Currie

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This day 10th August 1979 John Neal took his Boro team to play their 3rd pre season friendly, after 2 previous victories away to Crook winning 4-1 & the Chinese republic 2-0 we travelled to Gateshead with a strong 1st team & it showed with a convincing 9-1 win with a Micky Burns hattrick, a barce each from Bosco Jankovic & Craig Johnston with Dave Hodgson & Dave Armstrong completing the scoring

John Neals team

Jim Platt

John Craggs

Ian Bailey

Irving Nattrrass - Craig Johnston

Billy Ashcroft

Stuey Boam

Tony McAndrew

Mark Proctor

Bosco Jankovic 

Micky Burns - Billy Woof

Dave Armstrong

Attendance - 450

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Boro flashback summer of 1978, as the Boro build up to John Neals 2nd season as manager & having lost 2 out of the 3 pre season friendlies played so far, the 4th pre-season friendly match, v Ajax, was to be our 1st home friendly

Boro won the game 1-0 courtecy of a Billy Woof goal, infront of 9,527 fans at Ayresome Park

John Neals team

Jim Stewart - New signing & playing his 4th pre-season friendly is to be established as the teams No1 keeper 

John Craggs - Starting his 8th season at the Boro, sub, Peter Johnson who had played 4 games the back end of the previous season

Ian Bailey - Made his debut away to WBA 1977

John Mahoney starting his 2nd season at the Boro & our one time record signing, sub, Craig Johnston who made a hugh impact the previous season

Stuey Boam - starting his 8th & sadly final season at the Boro

Alan Ramage - starting his 3rd season at the club, sub, Mark Proctor yet to make his debut or start a friendly game

Graham Hedley - starting his 3rd season at the club

Tony McAndrew - Youngest ever Boro player to score a hattrick, scoring his 3 goals on his 13th senior appearence

Billy Ashcroft - Boro's 1st £100k signing & present record signing, sub, Dave Shearer, explosive debut the previous season scoring 2 goals in a 2-0 home win v Chelsea

Billy Woof - 3 starts & 5 as sub to date over 2 seasons

David Armstrong - ever present in all compatitions since the 24th March 1973 


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Friendly flashback, Boro's 1st pre-season friendly with Bobby Murdoch as manager, replacing the departure of John Neal who resigned the previous season

An attendance of 4,200 watched the goaless draw at Ayresome Park v a Japan XI

Joe Bolton new signing from Sunderland made his debut

Bobby Murdochs 1st picked team

Jim Platt

John Craggs

Joe Bolton

Graham Hedley

Irving Nattrass

Tony McAndrew

Billy Woof

Mick Angus, sub, Colin Ross

Billy Ashcroft

Gary Macdonald

Ian Bailey, sub, Billy Askew


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This day 12th August 1972, Malscolm Smith made his full league debut for the mighty Boro, after been named as a playing sub in the final game of the previous season he was given the No9 shirt 

From my viewpoint in the boysned I watched as Sunderland took the lead but not long after Smith levelled the score & in the 2nd half won the day with the winning goal to secure the two points & fantatsic debut againts our local rivals, it doesnt get any better

My 1st full seson going to games


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