Boro flashback - This day back in 87 Cup action at Ayresome Park
After knocking out Sunderland in the 1st round of the league cup we were drawn against our 2nd division opponents & rivals that season in Aston Villa, on this day 23rd September, we faced Villa in the 1st leg at home, a good crowd of 11,400 were tret to a cracking cup tie, Boro going down 1-0, but missed many chances to have taken a 1st leg lead to Villa Park, including a missed penalty
We faced Villa 4 times that season, losing boyth cup games & winning both league games, even the final day of the league season couldnt have been any closer
Brucy Riochs red & white team that night
If it's true, I'd ask everyone what I've said before; is the £20m we receive from Fry alone going to solve our problems? A question for the club is how much is just to keep us going and not to actually begin moving the club as a whole in the other direction? Is a big transfer fee on its own good for us or is it just going to be burnt on other players' wages? Would accepting a lower fee on a player like Britt, Saville, Shotton or otherwise be better for the finances as they actually reduce our wage bill by a significant amount?
Also bear in mind that Fry represents everything that's potentially good about the way we move forward, bringing in high potential youngsters, giving them first team football and building a side around them. He's one of those that has already shown in probably the most significant way (vs. other young players) what he's capable of at this level. At such an early stage of the transition process, I'd ask if there is significant value right now for us to let a player go for a good value. I'm not convinced. The wage bill will still be high from players who don't represent what we are now trying to achieve so we'll still have a problem without removing them from the squad.
Recent history has also taught me not to trust the club to spend any significant amount of money well. We have a good player right now in Fry, bringing in £20m on its own does not represent a good decision, it's what we do with that money that will ultimately represent whether or not a deal of that ilk would be good for us.
Stoke v N.Forest. H
QPR v WBA. A
Blackburn v Luton. H
Charlton v Leeds. A
Derby v Birmingham. H
Huddersfield v Millwall. D
Hull v Cardiff. D
Middlesbrough v Sheff Wed:. D (No Boro Scorer)
PNE v Bristol Cty. D
Swansea v Reading. H
I couldn't watch the game (sounds like I was lucky with that). Just watched the highlights and it looked like a fair result. We created one and half chance the entire game and thats just not good enough. Awful. Briliant header by Fletcher though 🙂
Yeah I agree with that, he's absolutely miles away from that level. I think Fry has looked good in the Championship but I don't think he's set the world alight either.
If I was a Premier league scout I'd be happy to buy him but I'd ideally want to see him develop at Championship level on loan for another couple of seasons.