Rhys Is The Word For Battling Boro

A FANTASTIC trip home: buzzing after a battling display and a precious point against Pompey that shrivelled the distance of the drive back, there was an animated debate on who deserved the other stars after Rhys Williams had been ceremonially presented by Eric Paylor with the big three on a red silk cushion.
This is radically different to previous long, bleak trips home – Reading for instance – when there were groans at having to present anyone at all with such plaudits and impassioned pleas to scrap a system that gave that bunch of wasters such tainted praise and instead award anti-matter black stars to denote the worst performances.

Pompey were everything that Boro should have been scared of – in form after six wins in a row at home, physical, direct, fast, six foot four – but the unchanged team (for the first time in an increidible 46 games and just short of a year) coped well.
They worked hard to close down, they crashed into tackles, fought for first and second and third balls and showed a real fighting spirit, especially in the second half as it got tetchy and threatened to boil over. It threatened to kick off big style between fiesty Barry Robson and aggressive Hermann Hriedarsson as the pair snapped and snarled and hand-bagged and seemed to enjoy every minute.
In the first half Pompey had the bulk of the possession and pumped the ball into the box but Williams was a one man defensive whirlwind that blocked everything. He went sliding into perfectly timed blocking tackles, nipped in to head away from Kitson and Nugent, charged down shots and generally got in the way of whatever Pompey thre into the box. He cleared off the line before Kitson could pounce as Nugent’s header bounced down off the bar and blocked another effort at the near post.
Seb Hines did his share too, clearing another goalbound Nugent effort and matching the aggression and aerial power of Kitson and Nugent to repeatedly clear balls into the box. In midfield Robson and Nicky Bailey were in the forefront of an industrious collective effort to chase and snap and break up Pompey’s shape and intent.
It was never pretty and in the first half Boro had to work very hard just to stay in the game but after the break the balance of play shifted. Pompey’s attacks fizzled out, Boro pushed the scene of the action first into a harmless midfield quarantined zone and then as the game wore on, increasingly into the home side’s half.#
Again it wasn’t pretty. far from it. Boro struggled to keep the ball and struggled to get any kind of passing rhythm going and runs into the channels by Lita and McDonald were fruitless and carried very little threat. Boro scrapped for the ball, knocked it forward where the front two were hustled away and then it came straight back. The only real threat for the first hour was from free-kicks.
Boro’s only real chance came when Emnes wriggled into the box onto a Bennett ball 10 minutes from time but with time and space to cut inside to find a more generous angle he drifted wide and fired in a shot that was blocked at the near post. That said, the header against the post aside, Pompey had few real chances and new keeper Smith barely had anything to do bar a few routine catches and punches from corners.
So scrappy but spirited, but solid and confident too. It was a world away from the collapse at Reading. And in Williams it offered a shaft of sunlight. If he can steady the backlne until McManus, Davies and Bates return to add experience and power then we may be over the worse (although now with Lita limping out with a hamstring the focus of the exposed fragility has moved up front).
And in a double rollover result, the bonus point came on a day when the three teams below us lost and a few immediately above slipped as well. The safety cushion is now seven points and with just ten games left the teams below need to suddenly find a dramatic improvement to catch us. If we can maintain that work-rate and spirit and the current points return then we’ll be fine.


133 thoughts on “Rhys Is The Word For Battling Boro

  1. Hello AV, just want to report than I have not missed a post during the past two week at least. And I have had quite a few (too many?) posted in that time.
    Up the Boro!

  2. Like Ian, I wasn’t in favour of Tony Mowbray being appointed manager. Like Ian, I have been impressed with the way he has gone about his job and am enjoying the improvement, although noting that the improvement is marginal in terms of points gained.
    Whilst I am happy to revise my views and support the new manager, I do get concerned about the ongoing beatification of “Saint Tony”. It seems in some persons eyes Tony can do no wrong. If it keeps going this way we’ll all believe Andrew Taylor is a midfielder rather than a square peg.
    The reaction to some of his comments at the Supporters Club meeting are amusing. We have no sports scientist…shock, horror. I seem to remember when McClaren was investing in this form of assistance it was dismissed as mumbo-jumbo. The sadly-missed Tony Black was one of the few who spoke out in defence of this as one of a number of important components in conditioning players.
    As for the reaction to the lack of a scouting network, that is also interesting. Do we read into this that GS2 “didn’t believe” in scouting systems, or that he “didn’t believe” in the scouting system we had in place. If it was the latter, then that would be a good call by Strachan. Certainly whatever scouting system we have had in place over the years has delivered precious little. A decision to stop paying money to scouts that deliver nowt would be, in my book, a good call.
    Of course, this interpretation wouldn’t fit with our convenient and simplistic view that everything Strachan did was bad, just as we seem to be developing a simplistic ‘everything Tony does is good’ cult of personality.

  3. gt: A couple of points on your post at 5:14PM
    Firstly, it’s clear that Gibson has been reducing his financial support (i.e. the total amount he has exposed) for Boro for a few years now. It was his decision to seek to reduce that exposure that initiated the events of the last four, going on five years. So it’s quite evident the direction Gibson’s moving in financial terms.
    That in itself isn’t what’s at issue though. He’s perfectly entitled to do that as it’s his money. He’s just been very inept at managing the downsizing. THAT’s what’s at issue: That and his “treatment of” or “failure to engage effectively with” the football-interested public of Teesside, a part of which are the “25,000 bandwagon dreamers” to whom you refer with such a Gibsonesque attitude.
    Secondly, it is some of these “25,000 bandwagon dreamers” that will probably constitute the front echelons of a recovering market, if and when Gibson’s, or anybody’s new Boro emerges. So, like it or not, accept it or not, it will be those people who’s identities, preferences and values you have just intrinsically rubbished, by referring to them as “bandwagon dreamers” , as though they were second-class citizens, that will be the main hope of Boro becoming a greater force once again. Who else is going to fill the stadium?
    Therefore, wouldn’t it be a much better idea at least not to disparage them for having the temerity not to buy your disintegrating product? Wouldn’t it be more sensible and “business savvy” to cultivate them by whatever professional PR means you can muster and at least keep them onside for when what you hope will be better times ahead? Because without them, there are unlikely to be much better times ahead.
    The irony here is that you and Gibson apparently don’t see it that way. While your position (gt), as a “mere” supporter is, from one perspective, understandable, Gibson’s as club owner and Chairman, is ‘way more than disappointing.
    “Customer Focus” in Gibsonese should read phonetically, in a rural N Yorks accent something more like “Focus Customers”.
    And just for the record, I’m not one of your 25,000 so-called “bandwagon dreamers”. I still attend – despite my complaints.
    **AV writes: I’m not sure that it is clear Gibson has been reducing his financial support. It is more that he has been forced to direct that support into underwriting a bloated wage bill and reduce the debts rather than pile a huge wodge of cash on the manager’s table for transfers in the way that we grew used to in the glory years. There is a major recalibration going on, that’s for sure. Boro have had to bridge the gap between a Prem League wage bill and Championship income (and a failure to challenge for promotion.) But who is funding that?

  4. Richard –
    I applaud your support,may it continue forever,but please dont be so pedantic,
    My main point being the massive loss of the fan base. All I’ve heard recently is what Gibson and the club should do for these so called BIG BORO FANS,(all about me,Im the victim here)
    What do they want from the guy? Ok mistakes were made and Im as sick as you,
    I think you might see some movement on pricing next season and I know for sure, if Tony can do some dealing as far as players in and out are concerned ,he will be backed ONCE AGAIN by the chairman
    My term Bandwagon Dreamers, they’re the ones who keep telling everyone how they stood in line at Ayresome Park for tickets, 40 years theyve been supporters, yet they went to four games a season.
    I’m sorry but this club is at the crossroads and anyone with true Boro blood inside them are needed more than ever

  5. Richard –
    I agree with many of your points relating to Steve Gibson.
    The downsizing was Gibson’s plan, he is (along with others) culpable for it’s mismanagement, and the PR from the top has been appalling, and even misleading, at times.
    What I would like to ask (and this is a genuine question) is what you want from him now?

  6. We might not not have all the necessary equipment at Rockcliffe either because we are downsizing or GS2 did not need them.
    But also the bigger teams have similar injury problems as The Guardian report: “Renowned fitness expert Raymond Verheijen, who is now Wales’s assistant manager, has tweeted to claim that Manchester United’s fitness staff have “messed up”, given they have 11 players out injured.”
    I think is too easy to say how a football club should be run from a distance. But of course this is a reason why Gibbo must come our and talk to the supporters.
    Up the Boro!

  7. Post at around 10am listing contract expiry dates and commenting on the financial situation seems to have absented itself.
    Or was the blue pencil at work?
    **AV Writes: Certainly no blue pencil. Can you repost it?

  8. In essence, what we’re saying here is that there will be no promotion push next year because finances wont allow Mogga to build a team capable of challenging the top six.
    Difficult to accept, as is the thought of maybe selling the bright new stars from the acedemy to subsidise the wages of the likes of Boyd and Digard, but that is life I’m afraid. You have to accept the downs with the ups.
    As for the sports scientist ‘issue’, I note that Man Utd have one per player, they also currently have five defenders injured, plus Hargreaves and Park (just off the top of my head).
    The ‘Crockcliffe’ cliche is a red herring.

  9. GT the 25,000 Bandwagon Dreamers are in all probability thoroughly hacked off with the happenings of the past three years, particularly the catastrophic appointment of Southgate made by SG and his lackey KL.
    Support this dross? Sorry pal !!!. SG and KL made this mess, let them clear it up and perhaps the Dreamers will come flooding back.

  10. OK MFC has made a series of mistakes over the past few years. They include the appointment of two incompetent managers with the attendant consequences together with some PR mistakes.
    There is nobody who doesn’t make mistakes in their professional lives. It seems unfair to scapegoat individuals such as KL or even SG.
    The club has obviously identified a series of structural problems and taken steps to rectify them. It’s also fair to say that SG gambled on the club getting promoted within two seasons and lost, thus making the problems worse than they might otherwise have been.
    It seems to me that in absence of the parachute payment the most important thing that our supporters can do, if they are able, is to put their hands in their pocket, come to the matches and lend their financial and moral support. It seems unfair for the financial burden to fall on one man.
    If they fail to do so in sufficient numbers, the resulting financial problems might lead to a re-run of the early 1980s…without the fairy tale ending.

  11. What about the people such as myself that I hope are not classed as bandwagon dreamers, the ones that just cannot take it anymore?
    As I posted a few weeks ago…..After 40 years of supporting the club through thick and thin my spirit has finally been broken.
    Not so much from the present footballing situation, I mean, supporters of lower league clubs have to put up with disappointment week in week out, while still daring to dream that one day their beloved club might reach the dizzy heights of the Premier League.
    What has broken my spirit is after all those years I finally found my club being in the places i could only dare dream about in the dark years of the eighties, signing the players i never thought would ever grace a Boro shirt.
    To fall from that grace and to be arguably in a worse position than then, to have to start all over again..thats what is the most disappointing for me. I honestly think that if our rise post 1996 had never happened, the Carling cup….Europe, full houses big name players et al, and we were still hoofing it around Ayresome Park in the championship or league 1 with gates of 9000 I would be one of them, stood in the Holgate moaning to my son as my dad moaned to me that the Boro would never go anywhere. Typical Boro would forever be on my lips at 4.45 of a saturday.
    Now…I just can’t stomach it. and i doubt I will until I either get used to us being back where we started or miracles upon miracles we rise once again from the ashes of a post GS1&2 nightmare.
    More than anything though, I would cough up the price of a ticket IF I could be guaranteed some entertainment once in a while. Till then, I will use my hard earned the way I see fit. The age of blind loyalty is dead with me.

  12. Andy R:
    I want nothing from Gibson now, other than club stability. I don’t think Gibson can deliver it on his own without relinquishing control and delegating some serious management responsibilities to other senior people who know better than him how to run a football club on a daily basis.
    What I DID want from Gibson back then, when he was well into his downsizing without being explicit and bringing the fans along with him, was :
    Openness, (i.e. transparency of intent, strategy and purpose).
    Honesty and fullness of explanation of events and decisions.
    Less big talk and BS.
    More professionalism and good judgement in many things.
    More humility.
    Better PR, marketing and customer service.
    Acknowlegement of fans concerns and establishment of fans consultation forums and comms network (not just the spin that appears on the sterile MFC website).
    Admission of error and responsibility.
    A public apology to Gareth Southgate for handing him a poison chalice in the first place and for the manner and timing of his dismissal – he deserved better.
    Professional focus on recruitment and people development.
    A professionalism in management organisation and structure that covers all the bases.
    More imaginative worldview instead of being “5-mile centric” – it really is time the local boy took less of a small town view.
    Performance related pay contracts for players.
    Day-to-day management presence by a highly competent all-rounder and not one who only puts his big head above the parapet when there’s some financial wheeling and dealing to be done and he can feel important.
    The problem with dictatorships, is that those at the top aren’t accountable. So you tend to get the in-built limitations and views of the guy at the top who has the money, power influence and control. And that’s frequently not in the best interests of the many. (See Libya, North Korea and News International as cases in point!)
    I’d actually like to see a Boro with multiple shareholders, maybe partly in public ownership and ideally, run as a not-for-profit organisation, focussed on sporting growth, with a fixed term, but re-electable CEO.
    I’d like to see specialist departments with heads of functional excellence installed, overseen and held accountable for measurable results by the CEO.
    I’d like to see it able to raise it’s own money from use of its facilities for other events. I’d like it to be free to accept public money from other authorities/ organisations as part of a regional growth initiative that aimed to unite a wider support catchment area able to sustain a bigger club that could compete better with other, city-based clubs in the Premier League.
    I’d like it to be genuinely run for the people of Teesside and not as a tax foil or a fancy train set for one rich kid. And I’d like the focus to be on sporting achievement, NOT as a vehicle for making somebody richer and more individually powerful.
    Having read the excellent report by “Thepasssenger”, as linked in this blog by John Bowman at 08:28AM on 17th March, of Tony Mowbray’s disclosures to the MFC supporters group, I conclude that if Gibson had had half the nous that Tony Mowbray appears to have, I doubt we’d be in the mess we’re in.
    All of my fears about lack of professionalism in some of what has to be basics in modern football have not been in place at Boro, at least for some time, if at all. It’s been amateurish behind the scenes and possibly even worse than many thought. If Gibson had admitted all that Mowbray has disclosed and declared and shown willingness to address it, he’d have retained loyalty of many more fans than there are at present.
    And THAT is the point I’ve been banging on about for two years now and which I re-made in the earlier post which prompted Andy R’s question of me.
    Because somebody is rich and at the head of a big money magnet, it doesn’t make him clever or a great manager. It could simply be that he just got lucky having had the set to take the punt initially on the back of gaining some insider knowledge of an opportunity.
    Look at the one in charge at St James’s! He’s no genius either. But he’s rich.

  13. For the club to succeed, I would suggest we need a good , well managed team/squad. To pay for that we would need two of the following three options:
    (1) Premier League football and the TV millions that come with it,
    (2) some VERY wealthy backers with preferably hundreds of millions of spare cash to fund our football excesses, or
    (3) a ground mostly full of spectators who pay for their tickets, eat and drink the matchday fare on offer and buy club merchandise.
    A bit of a cheat, really, because if we had the first two, the third would probably follow anyway. And the money from numbers one and two far outweigh the financial contribution the fans could make (unless, like a Man Utd or a Liverpool, we went “global” in our appeal).
    Finding squillionnaire investors/backers is not likely to be easy. Newcastle’s boardroom doesn’t appear to have had its doors knocked down by hoards of people willing to invest over the last couple of years, despite its “availability” being general knowledge for ages. And that is a Premier League club with history and “big support”.
    Being promoted to the Premier League is down to luck, good management and a good squad/player selection. And luck again, in good measure. Supporters can’t choose the way in which a club is managed, or by whom, and player selection isn’t within the power of the crowd (unless a player is driven out by the boo boys!).
    So, when push comes to shove, the only thing supporters can do to influence matters in any way is to make a choice. They aren’t shareholders, so they have no vote as to who should be on the Board, be Chairman or Secretary/CEO, or a say in the appointment in coaching staff. They can only decide either put their own money into the club (buying matchday tickets or a season card, or club merchandise etc), or they decide not to do this. They “buy in” or they don’t.
    The club cannot survive as anything other than a lower Championship/First Division team unless enough people put their own money over the counter, and even then the ambitions of the club would have to be seriously curtailed. We know this means a drastic reduction in staff (players’) wages, and maybe (though not necessarily, bearing in mind the money we have wasted in recent times) in quality.
    It boils down to this – are people prepared to put their money in? Would the club have a better chance if there were 25,000 people each week shouting and cheering the team on, and buying club food, drink and other merchandise, or if there were just, say, 8,000 supporters there next season?
    If I don’t like the latest Mercedes (Ho! Ho! As if there were even a chance of its being a possibility!), I can’t vote the designer or CEO out of a job – all I can do is decide not to buy the car.
    There is little point one group of supporters berating another group about this. You know the arguments:
    (a). I’ve been a supporter 38 years and I’ve finally given up…I can’t afford it any longer and anyway it’s not good entertainment any more…I only got interested when we were playing the big teams and had stars in our team and we have neither at present…or
    (b). It’s my team and I’d support it in the Northern League if necessary…I believe you can’t be a fan unless you suppport the club through thick and thin, and at the moment it is a thin period…I think people who are true supporters wouldn’t moan and anyone who does moan, or doesn’t come to games, can’t count himself a true fan etc.
    The truth is that without the squillionnaire financial backers, or miraculously finding ourselves promoted to the fincancial Shangri-La we call the Premier League, Boro needs all the supporters it can get. It doesn’t need one set of supporters challenging the right of another set of people to call themselves “true” supporters.
    Kelloggs are no doubt delighted if people buy a packet of its cereals each week. But they certainly don’t discourage others from coming along once a fortnight, or once a month or even less frequently – because on other mornings they might like a egg for a change, or a kipper, or toast and marmalade (or even some Quaker Oats Porridge). They are happy for anyone to buy the product, and as a result are a massive multi-billion dollar international company.
    So maybe the club will have to widen its net in an attempt to get SOME money from as many people as it can, rather than have an increasingly small group of “loyalists” who watch every match as season card holders.
    And maybe one group of fans will have to realise that they have to accommodate the appetite (for football) of the other group or groups, even if they don’t consume the product as voraciously.
    One of my mates says he would follow Boro into non-league football if necessary. He knows, however, that clubs in non-league football have much smaller crowds and we are then into an ever decreasing circle of quality, cost, support, relegation etc. There is no merit in being alone in Heaven. Imagine how lonely the last Neanderthal felt. Imagine how it would be for the last pocket of surviving Boro fans huddled together against the cold in that derby fixture against the New Marske Institute FC.
    So it is important for the club to formulate a strategy for attracting people into the ground to watch games, eat the parmos, drink the coffee and coke etc. and to get them into the club shops. They will have to look at pricing structures, the possibility of different types of seasoncards or discounted admission (“choose any 8 home games for £100” etc – some people may work, or study, away for part of the year).
    I am not sure whether we had a Plan B for the last few years, whether in the foobtall sense or in the sense of selling tickets to games. We couldn’t afford the downward trend in support to continue – I don’t want to be part of a dying species. The club really should devote a lot of time and thought to this because, without supporters, there really isn’t a lot of point to having a football club, is there?
    Coincidentally, we are approaching the time at which thought will be given to next season’s prices before season card renewal forms are sent out…. Oh, how I am looking forward to that happy sound of the envelope hitting the front doormat – well, maybe.

  14. Colin,I was on the same page as you a few weeks ago
    But ,blaming this guy ,that guy ,whatever,is not going to change where we are today, I BELIEVE in TONY MOWBRAY
    I think he as actually opened up the eyes of SG and KL,and I think he is the only one who could of done it, I know for a fact that he was the first guy any player or agent dealt with at his former clubs when they talked contracts,he knew what players were being paid. Im not too sure previous managers weve had new that,
    Colin this division isnt the European Championship,in fact I think it was a better league years ago.but thats not really the point. Steve Gibson surely deserves some loyallty. Get your kids back, even if its 15 out of 23 home games. Show your support, how ever you can.
    And by the way, I can be as critical as anyone but I hope I always have a team I can do that to, Lets show those up the road ,we havent abandoned OUR team

  15. “More than anything though, I would cough up the price of a ticket IF I could be guaranteed some entertainment once in a while.”
    You should try going again then. The 2nd half v Forest was one of the best performances in ages, Swansea had everything (bar a Boro win) and Derby had a dramatic late comeback. Millwall away was apparently pretty good as well. One thing Mogga has brought back is entertainment.
    I really don’t get this ‘I can’t bear our demise, I’m not going anymore’ attitude, football has ups and downs, if you love the highs you have to put up with the lows and personally there are always enough individual moments to still make it enjoyable to go.

  16. Danny Graham has 25 goals this season. This total has not been bettered for Watford since the heady days of the eighties. So in a nod to former Chairman Elton John, Danny plans a Ravenelli-esque celebration after every goal, revealing a song title from Elton’s extensive back catalogue on his vest.
    Should he net tomorrow the bookies have ‘Rocket man’ and ‘I’m Still standing’ as the early favourites although, ‘Grimsby’ and ‘You’re so static’ are said to be in with a shout.
    Watford have one of the divisions best away records, their manager puts this down to team togetherness. ‘The Malkie’ states ‘we nae use poncey hotels fae awae dae’s. Nae laddie, we will be on tha bus to Boro a’ 5am on Satdae’
    Watford is the home to UK Retail giant Mothercare.

  17. Interesting that my comment about not being able to get my comments posted gets posted but the comments about the Boro dont.
    I wonder if it is time thing, how long you take to type it affecting the post but that doesnt explain how they have been received by the blogmeister never to appear again.
    Are there sinister forces at work? Have those geeks wearing ill fitting suits and MFC ties and stewards jackets been providing ‘assistance’ again.
    **AV writes: I would tend towards cock-up rather than conspiracy. The network is throwing a wobbly again. There’s no rhyme or reason to it. I’ve done all kinds of test posts and there is no logic to what gets through. I’d recomment cutting and pasting and saving long posts though. Not ideal.
    If you can’t get through send it by e-mail to:

  18. Last night’s Europa Cup results showed just what an incredible achievement it was for us to get to Eindhoven.
    Not had much time to respond recently, but have kept up with the blog. Hope Mogga can keep on working wonders.

  19. Dormo…shivers, a derby against New Marske, I’m sure it was meant jokingly, but even so!
    Back to the current day, difficult to see us get anything from the game tomorrow, and Scunthorpe have a winnable game. Back to squeaky-bum time.
    Look on the bright side, Vic will get heaps of posts, and I’m not entirely convinced when he says he doesn’t get paid piece rates.

  20. Good post Dormo and far too long to quote!
    I resent fuelling the organisation, even though I periodically still do, until Mr Lamb leaves, pure and simple, if I do go to matches it will be purely to serve my own selfish arrogant needs, I dont need to explain myself as I manage a budget far smaller than he does, I however do know my limitations.

  21. Richard –
    Thanks for your response. I hope writing it was as cathartic a process for you as it was interesting for me to read!

  22. Middlesbrough and Watford have each won 11 of the 27 previous matches between these clubs. Even.
    A win for Watford would complete the club’s first league ‘double’ over Boro since the 1989/90 season.
    A draw would be Middlesbrough’s 400th in the second tier. Landmark
    No Championship side has played fewer games this season than Boro, who have played 39 times in all competitions. Early Exit
    Watford have scored in each of their last nine Championship games – a feat matched only by second-placed Norwich. Clockwork
    They have conceded 52 league goals this season – only one fewer than Middlesbrough. Clockwork
    The Hornets and Boro have committed fewer fouls this term than any other teams in the division. Nice

  23. I think a few people are missing my point here.
    I have witnessed the lows…many of them. I will go back….but at the moment…no thank you.
    I have nothing against Tony Mowbray…He is a legend in my eyes and the right man for the job. I am having a sabbatical….I deserve one.
    That doesn’t mean i will come back when we are sitting at the top of the championship, or having a good cup run. I will be back when I can get my head round it. Call it a trial separation.

  24. But Colin, the Club loves you….
    There may have been some misunderstandings in the past, as there might be in many relationships, but love is love and can’t be denied. I’m not saying it was your fault. Sometimes the people at the club might say things that are not wise or tactful, and they certainly make mistakes. Like many, they find it difficult to admit mistakes or say “sorry”. This is the macho north east, after all.
    Come back….

  25. I’m taking Mrs Reevelinho to the Ideal Home show today, no doubt by the time I get home Boro will have won 4-0………..

  26. Boro 2 Watford (Danny Graham) 1. But, Reevelinho, I’d take the 4-0 you’ve predicted.
    Of course if we will 4-0, you’ll have to take your wife to similar events every weekend: Ideal Homes, Gardening Today, Modern Cookery, Interior Decorating Extravanganza, Fashion for Today, Hair & Beauty Exhibition, Knitting & Crocheting Weekend….
    You’ll love them all…..

  27. GHw: Concourse bookies were offering 50-1 on Danny Graham scoring 1st and Boro winning 2-1.
    Boro to win 2-1 was 7-1.

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