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      08.04.2010 12:08
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      A club going through transition but stability is the key to their long term future

      Middlesbrough FC is the club who I support (although I do have a love of football in general) but unfortunately for me things aren't going to plan for my club so what is it all about?

      Middlesbrough FC are a team based in the North-East of England alongside such clubs as Newcastle United, Darlington and Sunderland which is an area known for passionate and loyal support but with Middlesbrough itself being a town based on industry and having a large amount of unemployment and lower income the football club of recent years has seen crowds fall and many of their home games at Riverside stadium being played in front of half capacity at best.

      The club for years were struggling and about to go out of business until their current chairman Steve Gibson stepped in and managed to secure the clubs future and begin tranforming them into a modern and well run club. The introduction of Gibson has seen the club make huge steps forward with the likes of the Riverside stadium and the youth setup being impressive and some huge names have passed through the club over the years following but this is something I will go onto in a minute. Overall Gibson has put the club in a stable situation where they are not in the best of financial situations but also not in the same league as some of the ones who are at the stage of going to the wall.

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      The club over the years have become well known for their spending power as they attracted some major names to the town despite it not being a cosmopolitan area. Some of the more well known names include Ravanelli, Juninho, Emerson, Marco Branca, Gareth Southgate, Yakubu, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Mark Viduka have all played for the club over the years since Gibson took over as chairman and these players have helped the club to be well known throughout the English leagues not least due to their cup performances.
      The club realise thankfully that spending on players is not something that can be done continually without some help from a self-sustaining supply of players through the youth ranks and this has been managed brilliantly with such players as Stewart Downing, Andrew Johnson, Matthew Bates, Stuart Parnaby, Lee Catermole and even Ross Turnbull coming through the youth setup and into the first team (and for most of the better players moving onto big clubs like Aston Villa - Downing, Manchester City - Johnson, Birmingham - Parnaby & Cattermole and Chelsea - Turnbull).

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      Currently playing in the Championship and managed by Gordon Strachan the club is going through somewhat of a transitional period that has unfortunately seen many fans become dissolusioned by Strachans apparent aim to make this Celtic mark 2 thanks to his signings from his previous club which include Chris Killen, Scott McDonald, Barry Robson, Willo Flood and Stephen McManus all leading to many feeling frustration at his apparent lack of effort at looking for the best players for this club.
      The clubs recent managerial history have included Bryan Robson, Terry Venables and Gareth Southgate and it has been thanks to managerial stability that the club has managed to remain as a stable entity but hopefully things will soon move in the right direction for this club and it can begin to challenge to once again hit the heady heights of the Premier League.

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        22.09.2001 22:41
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        No one can say that supporting Middlesbrough Football Club is an easy ride. Having being a supporter for all my 24 years and a season ticket holder the past few seasons, I have seen us go through an awful lot. Who could forget the gates being locked on Ayresome Park, the glorious return to division one, the Cellnet Riverside Satdium, Ravaneli's hat-trick, three cup finals in a year and relegation! These are just a few of the memories I have of Boro. My point, well once again Middlesbrough are struggling at the foot of the Premiership and every game is a tense battle for players and supporters but I would rather have that than a boring club that finishes mid- table every season never being a talking point! At least with the Boro there is always something to talk about. However remind me about this opinion when I am swearing at Boro at the end of the season when we miss out on relegation by a few points once again and decided not to follow fottball anymore - well at least until next season!!!

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          16.09.2001 19:40

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          Middlesborough are another team who have got quite a few decent players, but they have got off to a bad start this season and new manager, Steve McClaren will need to try and get the team some points in order for them to get themselves up the table. Middlesborough have made a few good signings in the summer, including Gareth Southgate who signed from Aston Villa for 6.6 million pounds. He is a great defender and one who can help Middlesborough concede less goals than what they have been recently over the past few seasons, but he needs a bit more time to settle in with his new team mates and learn how most of them play. Other good players that Middlesborough have are Ugo Ehiogu, Paul Ince, Alen Boksic and Hamilton Ricard. These players will need to work hard this season so that Middlesborough don’t have to worry about relegation. Steve McClaren was appointed their new manager in the summer and although he has not got off to the best start with the team, I think he will turn things around and help Middlesborough have an OK season. He has had a lot of help as he used to be Man United’s No. 2 and so he would have learned a lot from Alex Ferguson which will definitely help him and the way he manages the side. I think that Middlesborough will finish about 14th this season, but they will improve as time goes on.

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          14.09.2001 19:41
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          Hi there people! Just voicing my opinion on Middlesbrough FC's website - mfc.co.uk. I feel that the website of a football club reflects their league position / performance / ambition. Ok, stay with me here I know it sounds far out. Just take a look at Liverpool’s (for example) website with its intro video, enhanced graphics, detailed club history, player profiles, excellent navigation and news updates etc . . . then take a look at boro's. Fair enough the website is well arranged and it is easy to find what you are looking for. Plus the information it contains is updated regularly. However, it lacks a touch of finese and appears to be just plain and ordinary. There is a facility to enter competitions and also buy boro goods online. Also you can subscribe to the site and receive regular emails about club progess on and off the pitch, which is good. The site is painfully slow and I tend to close down my browser and check unoffical football sites if I want to read news updates. Well, that's it all really. Fortunately it's what happens on the pitch and not on the net (Internet not goal net!) that effects matters. It'd be nice though to have a more spectacular website just to bring a bit of hope. However if you are a die-hard boro fan then keep logging on! Never know we might just win something this season! Bye for now. * UPDATE * It would appear that the web designers (at mfc.co.uk) have read this opinion. When I logged on a few days ago I was prompted with a questionnaire about what I think of the site and how it could be improved! Nothing has changed yet but time will tell.

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            30.08.2001 01:18

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            Middlesborough are another team who have got quite a few decent players, but they have got off to a bad start this season and new manager, Steve McClaren will need to try and get the team some points in order for them to get themselves up the table. Middlesborough have made a few good signings in the summer, including Gareth Southgate who signed from Aston Villa for 6.6 million pounds. He is a great defender and one who can help Middlesborough concede less goals than what they have been recently over the past few seasons, but he needs a bit more time to settle in with his new team mates and learn how most of them play. Other good players that Middlesborough have are Ugo Ehiogu, Paul Ince, Alen Boksic and Hamilton Ricard. These players will need to work hard this season so that Middlesborough don’t have to worry about relegation. Steve McClaren was appointed their new manager in the summer and although he has not got off to the best start with the team, I think he will turn things around and help Middlesborough have an OK season. He has had a lot of help as he used to be Man United’s No. 2 and so he would have learned a lot from Alex Ferguson which will definitely help him and the way he manages the side. I think that Middlesborough will finish about 16th this season, but they will improve as time goes on.

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              25.06.2001 21:34
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              I have supported Boro for about twenty years now and after that long I think I have become resigned to the fact that we will never be the big team we are trying to be. After all the money that has been spent on players and the wages they are payed it is about time that the money was invested in bringing young players through the ranks, like Leeds. How many of the youth team actually made it through last year? Not many at all. Robbo did help raise the profile of the club but never learnt his lesson. He would just through the money away on uncommited foriegners who wanted the high wages Boro were prepared to pay, but when things went wrong they quickly left. Boro fans have had their fair share of ups and downs, three cup finals and endless relagation battles but now it's time for a new start. McClaren should be given a chance to prove what he can do and what he has learnt at United. At least we are not Man City and have Keegan as manager, that would be a disaster!

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                23.06.2001 17:41
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                I have supported Middlesbrough since our first year in the Premiership under Lennie Lawrence, and have seen both good (taking the lead against Leicester at Wembley) and bad times (losing the replay against Leicester at Hillsborough). When it was announced that Robbo was leaving "by mutual consent", or in other words, jumping before he was pushed, I was both relieved and sad. I feel it is time for the club to move on from the Robson revolution era and start again, hopefully with a more youthful look to the squad a la Leeds. However, I also felt some sympathy for Robbo. After the excitement of the two cup finals, the fans quickly turned on Robbo when we didn't achieve success in the following seasons-perhaps too quickly. The memories of Robbo leading out the team in an FA Cup Final for the first time in our history was forgotten after just 42 seconds of the game, when Di Matteo put Chelsea ahead. After that, Robbo never really recovered or regained the fan's support, and he must have known when he turned to Terry Venables for help he was coming to the end of his first managerial posting. So, on we go to the McClaren years. His background is worryingly similar to Robson's-a United old boy with no full-time managerial experience whatsoever. However, he has worked as the number 2 to the country's most successful manager for a number of years, and perhaps has greater tacticl awareness than Robson did. Whether he can attract the big names given his is a relatively small one compared to Robbo's, we will have to wait to learn. Hopefully he will get rid of a lot of the deadwood at the club, who, despite their loyalty, just aren't good enough for the Premiership anymore (although with Curtis Fleming signing a new contract yesterday the signs aren't promising). These include players like Robbie Mustoe, Gary Pallister, etc, etc. Rather than buying potential quick-fix players that eventually fail
                to change anything eg Boksic, Job, Karembeu, Whelan, we should be investing in young talent now, and producing our own, in the hope that we can begin to achieve things in 3, 4 or 5 years time. However, to do this, the ever-patient Boro fans (we've been waiting for over 100 years, for god's sake!) will have to be patient for just that little bit longer.

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                  17.06.2001 01:10
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                  Tottenham 0 Middlesbrough 0 - What can I say about this game, I know, Tottenham were very disappointing. All I can say is that the fans of White Hart Lane will be glad that Alan Sugar is soon not going to be the chairman anymore. Anyway, back to the game, the reason why Tottenham were very disappointing was because they were playing against a team that were in the relegation zone, and they were playing them at the incredible stadium of White Hart Lane. So obviously, a win was expected of Tottenham. But, once again they just could not seem to score. They were playing in Middlesbrough's half for most of the match, but they just couldn't find a way through to score the vital goal that would have given them their 8th win of the season, at White Hart Lane. Instead, it remains at 7 wins and 3 draws. During the match, Sergei Rebrov hit the bar when really he should have scored. As for Chris Armstrong, well...he scored 2 goals during the match, but they were both disallowed for offside. As a Tottenham fan, you might think that I am being a bit bias, but I know for a fact that one of his goals was not offside and the other could have gone either way. But that shouldn’t be an excuse for Tottenham. They created enough chances to win the game, but they didn’t score.

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                    06.06.2001 21:15
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                    So - should he have stayed or was he right in going? Personally, I think it was about time he decided to move on. After seven years not a great deal has been achieved. I have had a great many arguments with people about this. Some say that Brian Robson has done amazing things for the club. I say not enough!! OK, so we gained promotion and our reputation has increased. Yes, we did reach two Coca Cola Cup Finals and the FA Cup Final. This was indeed fantastic for the fans and the club but, when we lost all three (2 consecutive years) and got relegated as well I can't say that I was out painting the town red! Brian Robson has been too keen on playing pally pally and not concentrated on discipline. He has brought many big names to the club but none have had the burning passion for the club that is necessary to ensure success. El Tel came in and introduced the concept of a tactics board to Robbo and yes, we stayed up after a heart-stopping season. But did anyone seriously think that if El Tel decided not to go that Robson would be able to carry on as normal? Having already proved that he could not manage the team successfully on his own and bringing in the big guns there was no way that he was going to be allowed to go back to being the sole manager. I have no idea what the future holds - it is rumoured that Steve McClaren will be holding the reins from now on but even he is someone with only assistant managerial experience. will he be able to cope with the step up? I hope so!! With a good manager behind us and a tighter, younger team we would be capable of greater things - let's hope it happens!!

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                      09.05.2001 04:16

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                      Middlesborough have survived the drop. It was looking very bad for Boro but then along came Terry Venables and the team has taken a dramatic change. Boro have now climbed and hung on to stay out of the relegation zone. I think that Boro now have the quality to stay out of the drop zone for years to come, but some of the players may leave or retire due to some of their ages. Player of the season has to be the Croatian Alen Boksic. He was signed on a free transfer from Lazio at the start of the season and many were questioning the purchase due to his age. He has proved many people wrong. He may not be able to play a full game week in week out but when he does play he is critical to the Boro set-up. Another player who has lead with example has been Paul Ince. He has been the true Captain Marvel he is and has ran the midfield for Boro. If a few players are bought in over the summer then Boro will definitely stay up. Hopefully Venables will sign a new contract and lead Boro to great things. Has Bryan Robson been replaced well he is still known as manager, but for how long???

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                      20.02.2001 07:38

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                      Terry Venables does not bear grudges or waste time on things he cannot change. As the new England supremo Sven Goran Eriksson applied the pearl-handled pistol to his Lazio career, the man who should have been appointed his country's coach again refused to dwell on what might have been. Behind the raised eyebrows and ready smile, beneath the infectious sense of humour that is never far away, Venables remains the realist. Life must go on. The apparent refusal of the Football Association even to talk to Venables about succeeding Kevin Keegan is something that will always be laid at chief executive Adam Crozier's door - especially as most of the England players wanted Venables reappointed and the majority of Premiership managers agreed. If results under Eriksson are not instantly successful, siren voices will be raised. Giving the FA a new identity and an updated image preoccupied Crozier to such an extent that he was blinded to the realities of football, namely results. Would he really be in such a hurry to appoint Eriksson now? Venables was not so much hurt at being overlooked as frustrated and disappointed that the FA did not offer him the courtesy of an interview or a chance to reinvent himself for a job he would have taken with pride. As it is, every victory achieved by Middlesbrough under Venables will act as a reminder that his credentials to operate at the highest level remain very much intact. And he knows it. The reason why Venables was not considered has never been satisfactorily explained. Crozier is supposed to be a publicist but has shown little enthusiasm for sharing his thoughts on the subject with those who seek an explanation. Meanwhile, Venables' tactical ability, organisational and communication skills have helped Boro into an encouraging revival. By taking over at The Riverside, Venables has been given a chance to cause Crozier and his cronies to shift uncomfo
                      rtably in their seats of power. Venables himself could now be excused for luxuriating in his own position. How he would have loved restoring the respect so evident under his command at Euro 96. For the first time since 1970, England had a team to be proud of and destroyed the mighty Dutch 4-1 at Wembley. What is hardest for Venables to live with is that he was overlooked despite having the players solidly behind him. That he was denied the opportunity to work with them was a blatant waste of proven ability. He makes light of it now and insists he will not allow himself to look back. Only the future occupies his attention. But surely he will privately wonder how a foreign coach carrying the label of failure could walk into the greatest job of all.

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                      11.02.2001 01:46

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                      Earlier this season Middlesbrough had no hope, they looked like they were going to go down. The team couldn't get a victory from anywhere even when they played well, and went on a terrible run of consecutive losses. But then former England manager Terry Venables was appointed to try to save the club from the drop down to the first Division. Boro looked like a new side as soon as Venables arrived. They won several games, drew games against big clubs, and they no longer lost. The big difference is not a new style, not new players, but that Venables has a rare ability of being able to get the best out of his players. A fine example is Christian Karembou. He didn't look to be playing very well earlier in the season, but when Venables came in the frenchman hit good form and grabbed a couple of goals as well. It appears Venables has succeeded in saving Boro, and in my opinion they are definitely safe.

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                      Middlesbrough did not have the best of starts to this season. They couldn’t seem to win any games at the start of the season and they were rooted to the bottom of the premiership. So many people thought that Robson would be sacked and that the Middlesbrough fans would see a new manager. Well, part of that didn’t happen and part of that did. Middlesbrough saw a new person in charge of the team in Terry Venables, although Bryan Robson is still the manager. Anyway, at the moment, Middlesbrough are out of the relegation zone and they are actually unbeaten in their last 10 premier league games, although most of them are draws. The players that Middlesbrough need 100% from every week form now on are as follows: Allan Boksic Hamilton Ricard Ehgiogu O’Neil They also need to keep Venebles as he is the man that will keep Middlesbrough from falling apart. In my opinion, Middlesbrough will not be relegated at the end of the season, although I feel that they will just escape the relegation zone.

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                      05.02.2001 03:54

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                      Middlesbourgh were in big trouble under Bryan Robsons undisciplined regime and what ever talk there is of a partnership by chairman Steve Gibson, El Tel is in control and boy does it show. England have made a big mistake not employing Venables over Ericsson, the Swede will, be off like a shot if he fails to qualify for the World Cup which could be sooner rather than later with two games coming up. Venables class is so clear to see as Middlesbrough have been unbeaten in his first nine games with some very average to poor players. Boksich is eons above the rest of the team and Tel probably only went there because of him and perhaps Gibson’s wallet. I think they will still struggle with what they have to escape the bottom reaches ot the table but will just have enough to park up in the middle by April if their star man is not injured or on the p***s with Robbo. The club is too big to be where it is and will need to buy well in the summer to keep their status. I reckon 45-50 points should give them enough safety and El Tel wont be around next season as he use the North East to get a biggggg job abroad.

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                    Middlesbrough Football Club are an English football club, commonly known as The Boro, that currently plays in the FA Premier League. The team plays at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough, North-East England. The current manager is Gareth Southgate who was appointed on June 7, 2006 by current chairman of the club Steve Gibson. The official mascot is Roary the Lion. Middlesbrough won the League Cup in 2004, the club's first major trophy since its formation in 1876.