NOT MORE bloody repeats! Well everyone else is doing lazy schedule filling repeats, flash-backs and reviews of the year so I may as well join in.
Here’s my contractual obligation, calendar based compilation clip-show of soap-box scribblings, post-match impressions and alliteration heavy free-style jazz riffs. Nice. I’m sure there is something in there to engage you. Or enrage you. And don’t forget to read the comments. They’re usually the best bits.
Hope you have enjoyed reading the blog over the past 12 months. If you have joined the discussion and made comments on my posts over the year, thank you. Your knowledgeable, passionate and witty contributions are valued (and sometimes stolen, resprayed and back on the streets within hours). And if you don’t comment, why not? Come on, make it your mission to have your say from now on. We don’t bite.
I hope you all stay aboard for the looming promotion push.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
January: Stand Up To Big Match Passion Killers – strident soap-boxing against the Sunderland safety committee, Boro’s tiny ticket allocation for the FA Cup clash and what it says about the beigification of football and a pernicious attitude to fans.
February: Untypical Boro Is Fantastic: Official – shameless solo trumpet blowing in celebration of the blog winning a prestigious gong. I owe it all to you, dear readers.
March: A Tunnel Vision View Of Reality – in which the Gazette gives away a free supporters’ telescope, designed to exaggerate your own one-eyed perspective and block out reality.
April: Boro Stung In Fitting Finale – the team fell just short at Watford, which was a cypher for the season. This is my end of term report.
May: Boro’s Dream Academy – on how Boro’s biggest summer success was ticking the boxes to get Elite grading in the new national set-up.
June: Big Game Sofa Squad Falls Short – England’s biggest Euro flop wasn’t the players, it was the pundits. Again.
July: Gael Force: Boro’s Tongue Twisting Culture Shock – Boro win trophy in televised Euro silverware showdown shocker… the surreal sonic landscape of watching McFootball on BBC Alba.
August: Bennett’s Exit: This Year’s Model – on how the shrewd business in flogging our fledgling full-back shows the new economic landscape Boro exist in, and how the model is working.
September: Crush! Ayresome’s Near Miss – as the shameful Hillsborough cover-up collapsed, a look back at how fans being treated as cattle was routine, and how close we came to tragedy on Teesside.
October: Boro Must Bite The Bullet On Tickets – a polemic on pricing, falling gates and the need for creative ticket initiatives that generated a massive reader/media clamour for change and prompted Boro to act. Read the comments. Some of them are fantastic.
November: A Right Racket In The Cheap Seats – and how the ticket offer paid off with the perfect PR of a bumper crowd, cracking atmosphere and thrilling win. Now to get those people on board the Mogganaut full time.
December: Leeds: Derby Daze And Retro Rivalry – it hardly seems flashing back to stuff from this month, especially from barely a week ago, but here’s some nostalgic retro-cultural naval gazing about our historic relationship with our cousins from the South.