Monthly Archives: August 2009

Second Best Boro Beaten

WITH Boro’s Berlin Wall removed the clean sheet record and unbeaten start followed. They had the edge in the first half but failed to make the possession and chances count then were second best after the break and were deservedly beaten by a functional Bristol City.
For the second time in a week, when the opposition stepped up the tempo and intensity of the game, the defence struggled to cope. And for the second time in a week Boro had a golden chance to seal the game but Jeremie Aliadiere blew it big time.
What will worry fans more is the confession after the game that gaffer Gareth Southgate doesn’t have a penny to spend – and may not even be able to afford free transfers.

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Transfer Window Watch: It’s Warming Up

THE TRANSFER merry-go-round is creaking into action as we go into a watershed few days that could have a massive impact on the immediate future of the club.
Our counterparts at the Stoke Sentinel insist Robert Huth’s arrival at the club to talk personal terms on a £6m move and take a medical is imminent – and that Tuncay may be arriving with him. They have their snappers staking out the training ground.
Stoke hope to push their Huth move through today and make significant progress over the weekend in their talks with Boro’s Turkish talisman, who was “not in a fit state to play ” at Forest because of all the distractions. Bless.
The Potters appear to be Tuncay’s Plan B after a mooted move to Birmingham fell foul of Hong Kong Stock Exchange rules that prevented their new owners making substantial asset acquisition before the red tape is finalised. We understand his agents are also still working on Plans C, D and E.
Meanwhile Blackburn are weighing up a £2m move for Andrew Taylor if, as expected, their first choice left back Stephen Warnock completes a £6m move to Aston Villa.

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Felled By Forest: A Wake-Up Call

IF BORO needed a timely wake-up call this was it.
And it was far better the reality check came with a cup defeat than losing in the league.
The league – and promotion – is the only thing that matters this season. Politically, culturally and economically a swift return to Premiership status must be the only focus.
In that sense the defeat at Forest and avoiding the potential distraction of three of four more games before going out to the first of the Big Four we meet is “a good thing.”

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Would Boro Win Pinstripe Fantasy League?

WE ARE used to plaudits about Steve Gibson being “the best chairman in football.” Along with the academy, Gibson is Boro’s USP, a handy media short-hand for club pen pictures and it is a default weapon for fans who come under banter attack from rivals.
Indeed, the presence of “one of us” in the boardroom, his loyalty and massive personal investment with no chance of a return is widely credited with a golden age that has provided a new stadium, new horizons, League Cup victory and a European adventure.
But how would Gibson’s actual running of the club – his investment, long term planning and much vaunted determination to maintain Boro as a community asset – stand up when measured against the rest of the big club boardrooms?

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Rock Solid Boro Machine Keeps Rolling

TWO away wins in a row, three clean sheets on the bounce, small grounds with standing and atmospheres like cup ties, an impressive team that oozes spirit and commitment and work rate… I’m getting to like this Championship lark.
Boro put in another thoroughly professional performance to grind out a well deserved 2-0 win against a tricky Scunthorpe side. They have found their feet quickly.
More later…

Away Day Horror Hurdle Cleared

YES, it was only Swansea, a team missing last season’s 30 goal strike force, reeling after the departure of an inspirational manager and with most of the first choice midfield on the treatment table.
But they were a seasoned Championship side that were well organised, worked hard in midfield and created their fair share of chances so Boro’s win at the Liberty Stadium is worthy of some celebration. It may not be time to cut the top of the Ellerman Beeline for a parade down Linthorpe Road but let us not be churlish: it was an away day win and we barely remember them.

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Catts Black Mark For Boro, An Alien And Songs of Praise For Big David Wheater

SO STOCKTON-born tackle machine Lee Cattermole has joined his local team… they’ll love him there as the take no prisoners midfield terminator has already knacked two Geordies (including Barton) and Didier Digard while playing for Mrs Doubtfire at the JJB.
But the move will rankle with Boro fans. Pick a stick, any stick: doubled in value in just 12 months since leaving Boro… no sell on clause… another academy graduate joins the dias-boro in order to get a regular game… can’t manage headstrong players… powder-puff Boro have been crying out for a midfield ball winner and enforcer all year… he was never replaced… he was a player who showed pride and passion in the shirt when some who stayed appear not to give a monkey’s … he’s joined the Mackems… in the Prem.

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Southgate’s Struggle With Boro Boos Culture

GARETH Southgate must start winning games – and fast – if he is to beat the boo boys.
The jeering at the end of Boro’s Championship curtain-raiser with Sheffield United was a political hand-grenade rolled under the dug-out. It is a taste of things to come in what may be a tetchy season of uncivil war in the stands. Tensions have reached critical mass. Very critical mass.

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