These Championship games are coming thick & fast, next up are high flying Swansea City
With not much resting time between games NW won’t allow his players to feel sorry for themselves after Saturdays away defeat to Huddersfield, when we were totally in control then just fell away, he will tell the player’s to dust themselves down & hopefully, a repeat performance of our last home game & make amends for Saturdays defeat
With 2 defeats in the last 3 games the Swansea fixture is certainly a really tough fixture to try & get things up & running & go on another unbeaten run, Neil Warnock will certainly have his players pumped up for this game
There are a few headaches, a possible concern injury with the player of the season for me, Dijksteel, while he has as striker options upfront to consider with Assombalonga, Akpom or Watmore???
It's Swansea 23rd visit on Teesside, with Boro winning 12, drawing 5 & losing 5, scoring 57 & conceding 31
Our 1st home win against Swansea was a 7-1 thrashing, we’ve had a couple of 6-2 wins & in 2 games, both George Camsell & Brian Clough scored 4 goals in one game past them
Our last home victory against Swansea was a 3-0 win in our PL relegation season & Jonathan Woodgate final game in charge before the introduction of the messiah, Neil Warnock
Selected players who have represented both teams
Bill Harris Swansea born he signed for his hometown club but didn’t start a game, he later went to Hull & in 1954 signed for the Boro for £15k where he went on to play 378 games, scoring 72 goals, he became our main penalty taker at one time, he scored twice against his home town club, one from the spot
At one time Phil Boersma was our record signing £72k, playing 47 games between 1975 -77, scoring 3 goals. Later for Swansea in season 78-79 playing 18 games, scoring 1 goal
Another one of our record signings, John Mahoney costing £90k played 77 league games between 1977 -79, scoring 1 league goal, at Swansea he played 110 games, again scoring league 1 goal
Dimi Konstantopoulos Boro 2013-2019 98 games, Swansea on loan from Coventry in 2008 4 games
Marvin Emnes played 141 games for Boro, scoring 24 goals between 2008-14, he had 2 loan spells at Swansea 2010 & 20140 11 games 3 goals, signed 2014-17 where he played 19 games, zero goals
Danny Graham 21 goals in 62 appearances for Swansea. Boro 2 spells, he broke through in to the 1st team in 2004-2007 scoring 1 goals v Coventry in 15 appearances & came back on loan in 2014 playing 18 games scoring 6 goals
Connor Roberts 4 games for the Boro, Swansea to date, 101 games, one goal
Kyle Naughton played 15 games for the Boro, at Swansea to date, 177 games, 5 goalsF
Facts of the day
Dave Currie made Boro debut away to Swansea, when coming on as sub, replacing Dave Thomas for our final 1st division (now PL), away game in our 81-82 relegated season
Swansea were our last FAC opponents at Ayresome Park when they dumped us out of the FAC 3rd round in January1995
Blast from the past
Regarding Valdes. Are we really discussing the ability of a goalkeeper who has literally won every trophy possible and clocked up nearly 400 appearances for a team that was probably the best club side seen by an entire generation?
The regular and quite ridiculous argument directed at Valdes was he had little to do for Barca such was they dominance. Do people genuinely think to be a keeper at the best club on the planet for as long as he was, that all you need to do is be able stand between two posts? Do people know how hard it is to even become a professional footballer at a half decent level never mind do it at the very elite level for as long as he did and we are discussing if he was a good keeper?
Was he as good for as he was Barca? Well obviously not. But no player is going to be as good as for Boro as they would for Barca. You look better with better players around you. That is a simple fact.
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