Monthly Archives: November 2012

BOGOF Boro Bounce Back With VFM

BORO’S BOGOF battering of hapless Huddersfield proved great value for money. Over the two games – three if you include the Sheffield Wednesday – the club’s initiative on tickets must be considered a success.
Two wins out of three at home, seven goals – including a couple of crackers, two electric atmospheres either side of a surreal shrouded freak fog for the Bristol blip – and most importantly three bumper crowds. Over 28,000 for Wednesday, 20,000 for Bristol and, despite atrocious weather and some mumbling about he City no-show, 21,850 for the visit of the Terriers: that has been a superb result.
Without the offers the crowds for those three games would have averaged around the 15,000 mark. Given the weather, the proximity of Christmas, a midweek game hot on the heels of a sterile Saturday defeat to basement battlers could easily have dipped below the Derby crowd and been the lowest ever league gate at the Riverside. So the ticket offers have to be viewed as a success. And a first step.
It was the first run of three successive gates over 20,000 since relegation. It shows that if the ingredients are there – if the price is right and the team is performing and winning games – then the people of Teesside will respond. It is food for thought for the club.
But what about the punters who took advantage of the deal? They have something to think about too. The win over Huddersfield – the “free” part of the two for one offer – will have restored faith and persuaded them that the deal was after all value for money. Even if it didn’t feel like that after the mist opportunity of Bristol.

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Unleash The Fogs Of War

BORO lost their way in the fog in a disappointing 3-1 home defeat to basement boys Bristol City. As the eerie b-movie wispy white shroud inched in over the East Stand roof it became harder to see the shape, the dynamic and the logic of what was happening on the pitch. There was no focus, no clarity, no sharpness.
It was like that game at Ayresome against Manchester City when the fog poured in from the floodlights like dry ice at a Spinal Tap concert raising real fears that the game would be abandoned before wierdly, suddenly dispersing . Only this time we lost.

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Welsh Raretrip: Boro ‘Defeat’ Shock & Mooted Move For Stewie

OKAY Boro lost. That’s a set-back but far from a disaster. A run of nine undefeated and seven on the road – the last away defeat at Blackpool seems like a lifetime ago – has piled up the points, pushed Boro right into a contention and has raised expectations but this is still the crazy championship and every game comes down to fine margins. We lost.
But as anyone watching on Dodgyvision will tell you, Boro totally bossed the game, had a decent team that had won eight home games in a row on the back-foot and created a string of good chances. It was a good perfromance. After a scrappy start with a lot of misplaced passes and a sloppy leaked goal from a set-play, Boro tightened up and grabbed control. set the pace, imposed the shape and asked all the questions. They just couldn’t score on the day. It happens.

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A Right Racket In The Cheap Seats

As far as marketing exercises go, you can’t get much better than that!
The financially frozen out fans of Teesside responded to the club’s cut-price ticket offer by cramming into the Riverside Stadium and were rewarded with a sizzling show of positive product placement and an electric atmosphere as Boro crushed Sheffield Wednesday.
The bumper crowd of 28,229 – on a Friday night and for a televised game that many could easily have watched from a sofa or barstool – was fantastic. I hope every single supporter who turned out as a result of the ticket initiative went away gushing with pride, energised by the display and utterly convinced they had got value for money from the team. And I hope they are back soon.

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Gritty Boro Grind Out ‘Historic’ Draw

AFTER just two wins in 40 years and half a century since a clean sheet at Forest, I think Boro can claim the goalless draw at the City Ground as a mighty moral victory.
Boro – and another superb midweek travelling support of 1,600 in a third away game in a week- may not have had the jubilation and vindication of a victory at that most barren of bogey grounds but it was a massive and deserved point after a gutsy display.

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Easy Does It: Bubbling Boro’s Stat Attack Is Building Momentum

ON THE whistle at the Valley jubilant Mark Proctor was on the pitch conducting celebrations in front of the away end – through the medium of mime!
Smiling first team coach and long time Boro icon Proc was orchestrating the ecstatic EIOing with the international recognised gesture for a taunting chorus of: ‘Easy! Easy! Easy!”
Of course, it wasn’t ‘easy.’ It never is in this league and for the best part of an hour the game at Charlton was scrappy and finely poised – but a 4-1 away win is always worth milking so you can’t blame Proc or the 1,600 noisy supporters enjoying it to the max.
It’s a great time to be a Boro fan as the stats and the momentum build.

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