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Nice one, lads. It almost certainly says 'Speedw' in the top right. I'll pass on this discovery! Cheers!

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The return of Tony McAandrew & the 1st game without the talented youngster Darren Wood following his transfer to Chelsea

Chelsea wanted to sign Darren Wood from the Boro, Willie Maddren was reluctant to sell the talented youngster, who was a main part of the managers plans, Boro needed the money so WM said he wanted Tony Mac as part of the transfer deal,  a transfer was agreed of £72k & the return of one of our best utility players was pushed through 

29th September 1984 seen the mighty Boro, without a win in the 1st 6 games of the season at home to Cardiff, with new signing Tony McAndrew, wearing the No6 shirt & a Boro player for the 1st time since his 18th May 1982, making his 2nd Boro debut

His presence made an immediate impact as the Boro, playing in front of 4,259, IIRC, our lowest crowd at Ayresome Park, ran out 3-2 winners with Dave Currie scoring a brace, taking his tally to the season to 4 & a David Mills strike with his 4th goal of the season too

Willie Maddrens team

Kelham O'Hanlon

Gary Gill

Paul Ward

Mick Buckley

Tony Mowbray

Tony McAndrew

Alan Roberts

David Mills

Heine Otto

Dave Currie

Stephen Bell

Sub

Gary Hamilton

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This day 1981

Bobby Murdoch signed Bobby Thomson from Greenock Morton in September 1971, started his 1st game this day 3rd October away to WBA, wearing the No4 shirt replacing Colin Ross 

Unfortunately we lost the game 2-0 on a poor season that seen us basically struggle from the season kickoff 

Bobby Thomson went on to make history later on in the season! 

Bobby Murdochs team 

Jim Platt 

John Craggs 

Joe Bolton

Bobby Thomson 

Mick Baxter

Tony McAndrew 

Terry Cochrane

Heine Otto

Billy Woof

Dave Shearer

Billy Askew

Sub

Billy Ashcroft

 

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This day 1970

Boro flashback when 2nd divison mighty Boro travelled away to 1st division London giants Chelsea in the league 3rd round fixture

With goals scored by John Hickton, his 6th league Cup goal & Gordon Joneswith his 1st league Cup goal, unfortunately Chelsea scored 3 & we were out 

Stan Andersons team

Willie Whigham 

Willie Maddren 

Gordon Jones 

George Smith 

Bill Gates 

Frank Spraggon 

Derek Downing 

Eric McMordie 

Hugh Mcllmoyle 

John Hickton 

Joe Laidlaw 

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Boro flashback 26th October 1994

Our final season at Ayresome Park when Robbo was driving us towards promotion to the PL on this day we travelled to Villa Park for a league cup 3rd round fixture, after disposing of Scarborough 8-2 over two legs with both games finishing 4-1 in the previous round we travelled to Villa Park full of confidence to spring a suprise against  a Villa side who were struggling at home with only one home win to date

19,254 were at the game to see a future Boro player, Andy Townsend, score the only goal of the game in the 30th minute as Boro huffed & puffed but fell short of causing an upset against our PL opponents & our league cup adventure dispearered for another season 

 

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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 playing for Surrey at the time.

10 November saw bright sunshine on Teesside but it felt bitterly cold in a very strong wind and the game would be dominated by the elements.

Boro won the toss and chose to play with the benefit of the wind and the son in the first half. They duly pinned Staveley back but couldn't put the ball in the net (some things never change). They duly went behind against the run of play when Potter scrambled the ball home after a goalmouth scramble. Boro responded well, however, and drew level before the interval. Ewbank won possession and passed to Borrie, whose shot hit the bottom of the post and Pringle netted the rebound for Boro's first ever FA Cup goal.

The home side's dominance was mainly down to the elements and although the wind dropped over half time Boro found themselves on the back foot without the benefit of the conditions after the break. Solid defending kept them in it until the later stages, as Boro tired and Staveley hit them with 4 late goals to run out 5-1 winners (I get the impression that the writer who composed the newspaper report from which this is taken left early to file his copy as the details of the late goals are non-existant).

So Boro's hopes of a Wembley Cup Final in 1884 were thwarted, both by this defeat at the first hurdle and also the fact that Wembley wasn't built for another 40 years.

Boro - Dawkins, Booker, Wynn, Peel, McNellis, Coates, Pickstock (Captain), Pringle, Barrie, Thompson, Ewbank.

Staveley - Kay, James, Peel, S Hay, Rice, Widdowson, Mather, Crook, J Hay (Captain), Godfrey, Potter.

Umpire - F Hardisty  Referee - Mr R Williams of Loftus.

The following season did bring some FA Cup success, however, as Boro advanced to the last 16 in 1884/85 before losing out to one of the giants of the time.

They progressed to the 2nd Round for the first time by default when opponents Grimsby District withdrew. The first ever FA Cup victory came on 6 December 1884, when Newark were swept aside 4-1 on Teesside. It was another windy day in Middlesbrough, although sunny and mild, feeling more like April than December for the crowd of about 2000.

Boro lost the toss and played against the wind in the first half this time but it didn't appear to hold them back as they raced into a 3-0 interval lead with goals from Borrie, Hardwick and Pringle. Pringle added the his second and Boro's fourth after the break before Newark pulled one back late on through the finely named Reverand Saunders.

Boro - Dawkins, Wynn, Miller, Peel, Beckton, Pauls, Pickstock, Pringle, Borrie (Captain), Fox, Hardwick.

Newark - Reckett, Wilson, Trickett, Smith, Stennett, Preston, Matthews, Huskinsson, Rev Saunders, Flowers, Morley.

Umpires - F Hardisty and RC Preston    Referee - Mr J Williams of Loftus.

 

In the Third Round Boro again progressed without playing, this time with a bye, which took them into the last 16, with a trip to the Oval to take on the giants of Old Etonians on 24 January 1885. The crowd was smaller than expected, which was put down to the fact that Boro were relatively unknown in the capital (no Middlesbrough Supporters South in those days?). Conditions were difficult, with a slippery surface after early frost, with the pitch hardening again as the teperature dropped in the later stages.

The home side went ahead on ten minutes when Goodhart converted a Darbishire cross. Boro looked solid throughout the half but the game was scrappy with neither side impressing. However, Bore started the second half strongly, taking the game to their opponents and drawing level through Pringle. 

The intention before the game was that it would last for an hour because of the constraints of Boro's journey and the early dusk of January (no floodlights, or floodcandles) but with the scores level after 60 minutes it was agreed that a further 30 minutes would be played. Boro duly took the lead through Borrie and a cup shock appeared to be on the cards. However, the goal seemed to rouse the home side, who quickly drew level when Marchant set up Chevallier (good Old Etonian sounding name). 

Old Etonians were now on top and Marchant made it 3-2 after 75 minutes, scoring direct from a free kick. Ias 4-2 shortly afterwards, when Goodhart converted a Foley corner with his chest and Boro's cup hopes were well and truly over when Goodhart completed his hattrick just before the end to make the final score 5-2.

Old Etonians - Rawlinson, French, de Paraviemi, Foley, Preston, Whitfield, Bainbridge, Goodhart, Darbishire, Marchant, Chevallier.

Boro - Dawkins, Miller, Wynn, Kemp, Cochrane (Captain - presumably recovered from his sore balls), Pauls, Pringle, Thompson, Borrie, Fox, Ewbank.

Umpires - F Hardisty and the Honourable AF Kinnaird    Referee - CW Alcock (Honorary Secretary of the FA). Their umpire and referee sound more impressive than Fred Hardisty and the Williams bloke from Loftus.

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This day 1896 our penultimate away game in 1986 when we travelled to Brentford for a 3rd division fixture 

IIRC our 1st away say Sunday fixture seen Bernie Slaven score his 7th of the season to enable the mighty Boro secure the three points & keep us tucked in the top two teams in the division

Paul Proudlock was named as a sub for his 1st Boro away game 

With 2 games remaining till 1987 we have only lost 3 third division games this  calander year & when you take in to account the non practise matches we had during the summer that is quite remarkable in itself

Bruces team 

Stephen Pears 

Brian Laws 

Colin Cooper 

Tony Mowbray 

Gary Parkinson 

Gary Pallister 

Bernie Slaven 

Archie Stephens 

Gary Hamilton 

Gary Gill

Stuart Ripley 

Sub

Paul Proudlock 

 

 

 

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Boro flashback - 5th January 1970

FAC 3rd round replay 

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For the 2nd year running the Boro & Man Utd came out of the hat paired together

After earning a credible 0-0 draw at OT 3 days previous the mighty Boro had a bumper crowd of 40,040 for the 3rd round replay at Ayresome Road to witness a massive giant killing cup tie

Boro gained revenge for the previous season when Man Utd knocked out the Boro at the 5th round replay stage with goals from Hughie Mcllmoyle & Derek Downing seen the Boro through to the 4th round

Stan Andersons heroes

Willie Whigham 

Alex Smith

Gordon Jones

Alan Moody

Bill Gates

Frank Spraggon

Derek Downing 

Eric McMordie

Hughie Mcllmoyle 

John Hickton

Joe Laidlaw

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Remember that game well...  thought if I could get dropped off at the ground by 7am, I would be near front of queue for ticket..  got that wrong...  must have started lining up straight after game on Saturday and there were already thousands there..  Real brass monkey morning and think I finally got ticket after twelve. Only one team in it for most of game and if I remember correctly we hit the woodwork several times and McMordie had one of his best games   

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Boro flash back 25th January 1975 

My favourite FAC match, certainly at Ayresome Park, when Boro cruised past Sunderland in to the 5th round

Both team wearing away strips, my favourite away strip & the MOTD cameras present at a full house AP

After struggling to beat non league Wycombe Wanderers in the 3rd round over 2 games to progress, we were drawn at home to our 2nd tier neighbours Sunderland

The game started at a frantic pace & after just 10 minutes a misplaced pass from Graeme Souness gifted Sunderland a goal start, Souness soon made amends for his mistake & created the equaliser for Bobby Murdoch to bring the score level, to his 6th Boro career goal & his 1st FAC goal, the holgate erupted, normal service was now resumed, no further goals in the 1st half as the ref blew the whistle for HT at 1-1

2nd half, Boro took the game to their opponents with David Mills causing havoc, he was the main player when brought down twice in the Sunderland penalty area, resulting in Boro legend King John Hickton scoring 2 penalties, which was the 11th time in our history this has happened, putting the game to bed, Boro through, Sunderland out

We showed our superiority progressed through to the next round & TBH, we made the game easier than the Wycombe game

In front of 39,400 two big John penalties & a Bobby Murdoch goal seen the mighty Boro through

Boro team

Jim Platt 
John Craggs 
Frank Spraggon - Boro 1st FAC sub & 22nd FAC game
Graeme Souness 
Stuey Boam 
Willie Maddren
Bobby Murdoch
John Hickton
David Mills
Alan Foggon
Davey Armstrong

 

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Boro flashback 

 

9th February 1974

Boro drew 0-0 at home to Blackpool & with that score Blackpool were the only team we failed to score against in that amazing, unforgettable season 

 

Following on from the cup exit at Wrexham, the 5-1 thrashing at Forest & 0-0 at home to Blackpool, three winless games on the bounce, have we been sussed out? 

Future Boro striker Micky Burns was leading their line back, if only we'd have bought him the following season, he proved a great signing when we eventually bought him 4 years laterh

The following monday some of the players knicked Cliff Mitchell's (our sports writer back then) new trilby & burntvut saying we've not won in 3 games since you bought it 

Normal service was resumed after this game, maybe it was Cliffs, trilby after all 

Jacks team

Jim Platt 

John Craggs 

Frank Spraggon 

Graeme Souness 

Stuey Boam 

Willie Maddren 

Bobby Murdoch 

David Mills 

John Hickton 

Alan Foggon 

David Armstrong 

Sub 

Malcolm Smith 

 

 

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