Middlesbrough Club Profile
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Club Background; We've Met Before; Club News; Club Statistics; Club Information; Directions To The Ground; Web Resources; Food And Drink; Local Amenities
Middlesbrough : Club Background

Middlesbrough FC had rather famously never won a major trophy, an unwanted record they finally broke after 128 years in 2004.

The club was formed in 1876 and the first match recorded dates to 1877. In 1889 the club split in two over the question of amateurism and professionalism and it was the breakaway Middlesbrough Ironopolis who joined the Football League in 1893. However they folded after a single season. Meanwhile Middlesbrough were trundling along in amateur football winning the Northern League reasonably regularly. In 1899 they took the plunge and were elected to the Football League Division Two.

In 1902 they were promoted to Division One and the following year moved to Ayresome Park. They remained in the top flight through to the First World War, with a best finish of third. They were also the first ever club to pay a four figure transfer fee for a player, 1,000 for centre forward Alf Common.

When football resumed after the War they were soon relegated to Division Two, were back up again for a single season in 1927-28, then more permanently in 1929, remaining in Division One until the next suspension of football for the Second World War. After that conflict Middlesbrough had their glory period - not that they actually won anything - and statues of England legends Wilf Mannion and George Hardwick can be seen outside the current ground.

In 1954 they suffered relegation again and, despite the legendary scoring exploits of one Brian Clough, they remained in Division Two until 1966 saw them sink to Division Three for the first time in their history. This embarrassment only lasted a single season, and in 1974 Jack Charlton cut his managerial teeth by taking them back to the First Division.

In 1982 it was back to the Second Division, and possibly the only most remote of connections between the two clubs occurred, as Malcolm Allison who had been briefly at Huish in 1981 was brought in as manager. He wasn't a success and was gone by 1984. Things were to get far worse, as the Bruce Rioch regime took them into Division Three for the second time and the club then collapsed with huge debts and went into administration, re-emerging as Middlesbrough Football and Athletic Company (1986) Ltd. The new owners kept faith with Rioch - or perhaps simply didn't have the money to replace him - and were rewarded with back-to-back promotions in 1987 and 1988. Probably flying too high too soon they were relegated back to Division Two in 1989. Three seasons and two managers later they were promoted again and thus became founder members of the Premier League, but only lasted one campaign.

The Riverside inside
Inside The Riverside - a few bob been spent.
Photo 2008 Ciderspace


Enter Bryan Robson, who took them back up to the Premier League again in 1995 as the club moved to their new stadium. Their former ground of Ayresome Park is remembered by its gates, which have been erected outside the main entrance of the Riverside. In 1997 Boro reached their first ever major cup final, the League Cup, and like buses two came along at once and they also reached the F.A. Cup Final. They lost them both and also got relegated. They were at the League Cup Final again the following season, but lost again. However, more importantly, they went straight back up to the Premier League.

In 2004, they also won their first piece of major silverware in the form of the League Cup. That took them into European football, where the success continued, as they reached the 2005-06 final of the UEFA Cup, and the FA Cup Semi-Finals - close on both, but no cigar. However, that ultimately proved to be the club's modern day peak. Despite having been a very safe mid-table Premier League side throughout, the 2008-09 season saw the wheels come off - they finished 19th and relegated, and fell down to the Championship division. Recent finishes of 11th, 12th, 7th and 16th suggest that they are making heavy work of getting back up, and with this now their fifth season of second tier football, they now no longer have parachute payments to act as an extra buffer for their playing budget.

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Middlesbrough : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Middlesbrough

20/05/1997HomeFrndL2-53092
26/08/2008AwayCC2L1-515651Tomlin 45
05/10/2013AwayCHPL1-413181Davis 4
03/05/2014HomeCHPL1-46477Hayter 38


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Middlesbrough

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Middlesbrough : Club Statistics

RECENT RESULTS

05/08/2017Wolverhampton WanderersAwayCHPL0-129692


FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 1 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 1 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 1 Games Without A Score Draw: 1
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 1 Games Without Scoring: 1
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: L Overall Results Sequence: L


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Middlesbrough : Club Information
Riverside Stadium,
Middlesbrough,
TS3 6RS
(click for map)

Telephone Number : 0844 4996789
Fax : 01642 757690
Email: enquiries@mfc.co.uk
Chairman : Steve Gibson
Club Secretary : Karen Nelson
Media & Communications Manager : Dave Allan
Manager : Tony Mowbray

Capacity : 34,998
Seated : All seater
Record Attendance : 34,836 v Norwich City, Premier League, 28/12/2004 (Ayresome Park: 53,536 v Newcastle United, Division One, 27/12/1949)

Nickname : Boro
Colours : shirt - red, white trim; shorts - red; socks - red, white trim

Tickets :

Advance tickets can be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adults: 27.00; Over-65s: 17.00; Under-18s: 14.00.

Away supporters are generally allocated up to 4,000 seats at the west end of the South Stand, which provides a behind-the-goal view. The turnstiles are electronic which means that you have to insert your ticket in a reader, to gain entry. Try to keep it relatively pristine or the reader won't like it. For those buying on matchday the ticket outlet at the South Stand for away fans will be open from 6.30 p.m. up until kick-off. It's cash only.
If you have need of the Middlesbrough Ticket Office for any reason the number is 0844 4991234.

Disabled Provision :
There are 170 spaces in total for home and visiting supporters in the South and West stands. Presuming you wish to be close to fellow away fans, ask for the South Stand. Wheelchair users get in for the same prices (including the above concessions), but an assistant if needed will be admitted free of charge. Your club contact at The Riverside is Simon MacDonald on 0844 499 1234, or e-mail supporters@mfc.co.uk.

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Middlesbrough : Directions To The Ground
General

Middlesbrough is around 300 miles from Yeovil, and a world away in terms of history and background. A North-East industrial town of 135 thousand, Middlesbrough didn't exist until the Nineteenth Century when it developed first as the port at the end of the Darlington to Stockton Railway, and then as an iron town, at its peak producing a third of the nation's output. The decline of Britain's heavy industry has seen the area suffer some hard times as it has slowly diversified.
The Riverside
Approaching The Riverside
Photo 2008 Ciderspace



By Road :

From the West Country most of the journey can be covered by motorway - M5, M42, M1, A1(M). Expect about six hours driving time.

Quite conveniently, as it's a point the A1(M) stops being motorway standard, at Junction 49 take the A169 towards Thirsk. This then becomes the A19 as one bypasses Thirsk, and it takes one all the way into the Stockton-on-Tees/Middlesbrough conurbation. Both the A169 and A19 are dual carriageway throughout this 30 miles. As one approaches Middlesbrough exit the A19 eastwards onto the A66 (signed Middlesbrough). Keep following the A66 round (you'll be picking up signs for Riverside Stadium by now) for a couple of miles and the stadium is down a left turn (Forest Road). However there is little point driving all the way to the stadium itself (see Parking, below).

Parking :

Matchday parking at the stadium is restricted to permit holders so you need to find alternatives. In theory there is a small amount of parking at the stadium itself at Car Park E. However, Boro's club website is entirely unhelpful, saying in October 2013: "Prices and availability for the 2012-13 season will be published on this page when available" - we only hope no-one has been waiting for 14 months for that page to be updated. Suggestions elsewhere are that you'll be charged 6.00 but need to prebook via the Boro Ticket Office.

Because of the lack of parking at the ground you'll pass a number of privately set up areas (mostly on waste ground down towards the river). Pretty much all of them charged 4.00 last season. The other option, especially if you intend to go into the centre for some food and drink as there's virtually nothing around the vicinity of the stadium, is to use a long stay car park in the town. It's about a 15 to 20 minute walk from the town centre to the Riverside Stadium.

By Rail :

Most rail services for Middlesbrough from anywhere involve a change at Darlington. For those in the South-East the London station is Kings Cross, with usually three trains an hour. There is no direct service, all requiring a change at Darlington.

The best route from Yeovil is around the six and a half hour mark from Yeovil Junction via Waterloo, Kings Cross and Darlington/Northallerton. An early morning start at 06:20 or 06:53 will get into Middlesbrough at 12:57 or 13:30 respectively. The snag is that it is impossible to get back to Yeovil after the game - so you will require an overnight stay in Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough Railway Station is located on Albert Road, around ten minutes walk from the ground. Exit the station via the main entrance, and turn left onto Zetland Road. Go left again into Albert Road and proceed under the railway bridge. Turn immediately right into Bridge Street East, and then take the next right into Wynward Way. Walking along this road will take you to the stadium.

By Air :

The nearest airport is Durham Tees Valley Airport which is located just under 13 miles away, just outside Darlington, but the only internal flights from the South depart from Heathrow. Bus service No. 20 runs between the airport and Middlesbrough, but is infrequent. It may be easier to head into Darlington and take the train to Middlesbrough. A taxi from the airport to Middlesbrough which would cost around 17 - 20.

From the West Country Newcastle Airport is the destination, with a choice of flights from Bristol, Exeter or Southampton.

By Bus :

There are some services for the Riverside from the town centre. As is the usual problem with buses, unless one is a local (or asks one) it's likely to remain a mystery where they run from and when. The numbers to look out for are 36, 37 and 38.

By Taxi :

A selection of Middlesbrough taxi companies can be found here.

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Middlesbrough : Web Resources
Web Sites

Middlesbrough Official Website
For some reason Middlesbrough seem to be on a different design to most club websites to the extent that you wondered if they were part of the PTV network. But a closer inspection reveals it is a PTV website, with all the usual navigation and content problems.


One Boro
Independent website with a forum attached. At the time of reviewing, the news page hadn't been updated since July 2013, so not showing many signs of current activity.


Smog Chat
If you didn't know, an alternative nickname for Boro is the Smoggies - presumably a bit of humour aimed at the amount of industrial pollution in that part of the world. Looks relatively quiet.


Web Message Boards

Come On Boro
This used to be a full blown website, but is now just the message board that was once a sub-section of that website. Very busy. Register to post.



E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters

Boro Mailing List
"The ORIGINAL Middlesbrough Football Club mailing list" says the description. As we can only find one mailing list for them, possibly they should describe it as the ONLY one.




Local Press

Middlesbrough Gazette
Dedicated online section for the Middlesbrough Gazette, known online as Gazette Live.



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Middlesbrough : Food & Drink
General :

As a modern out-of-town (though not as far out as some) stadium - the Riverside opened in 1995 - there's little of anything of interest to fans in the form of pubs and eating places in the immediate vicinity of the stadium, and nothing that wouldn't be classified as 'junk'.

Some northern cities and towns are hotbeds for decent beer, and some aren't. Middlesbrough is definitely of the aren't persuasion. The Bridge pub, close by the railway station and on the way to the ground from there, is probably equal closest at under ten minutes to the stadium. It is not recommended for away fans. Doctor Browns (below) is about the same distance and a much better choice both as a pub and for away fans.

Club Bar :

Alcohol is on sale throughout the concourses, including the away area. Expect what is available in every other concourse bar, and Premier League prices. The food available in the ground as also just the predictable boring fare one gets in 95% of football stadiums, the few exceptions standing out as beacons in a sea of mediocrity and worse.

Local Pubs :

Friendly enough hostelry.
Friendly enough hostelry.
© Hugh Gleave
Doctor Browns: Pretty much the only other pub in Middlesbrough than the Wetherspoon (below) serving real ale. Home and away fans are recorded as mixing affably here. The ales are generally mainstream: the likes of Deuchars IPA and Everards Tiger. There's big and small screen TVs dotted about and a pool table. Live music some nights. Slightly closer to the stadium than The Isaac Wilson. Can get absolutely heaving from around an hour before kick-off.
Doctor Browns, 135, Corporation Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 2RR. Tel: 01642 213213. Map: Click Here.

The Isaac Wilson: In a town with the paucity of real ale that Middlesbrough has there is fortunately a Wetherspoon. There can't be many that don't know what this chain offers. This one has no outside area, so it's into the street for those who want a smoke. Opening times are 8.00a.m. midnight, although the first few hours in such pubs are usually for breakfast and coffee only. Ten to fifteen minutes walk to the stadium.
The Isaac Wilson, 61, Wilson Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 1SF. Tel: 01642 247708. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

The Resolution: One of three Wetherspoon outlets in the town (see also the Isaac Wilson which is nearby). It's a Lloyds No.1 Bar and is open from 8.00a.m. - 11.00p.m. although expect the first few hours to be for coffees and breakfasts. This venue has Sky Sports installed.
The Resolution, 19 Newport Crescent, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS1 5UA. Tel: 01642-260650. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

I find the North-East accent and dialect incomprehensible. Expect they think the same of mine.

Top-Tip :

Have low expectations of the town and the result, then there might turn out to be one or two highlights to recall and keep one going on that long long trip home.

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Middlesbrough : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

Hmmm, there's the Dorman Museum (which has a lot of fossils, it says), the Prissick Skate Plaza, or you can cross the Tees on a transporter bridge. And if those aren't the sort of things that would fill your day Middlesbrough may not be the town to move to.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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