TYPICAL Boro! That ingrained historical tendency to hit the self destruct button whenever opportunity presents itself. That fatal flaw in the club’s DNA that has gifted us institutional failure down the generations. The ability of teams and the club hierarchy to crumble and wilt at the moment of truth. We all know the script. We have been suckled on the resulting cynicism and learned by rote the mantra that “they’ll always let you down, son.”
Now I’m trying to collate the folk-lore heartaches from different eras into one damning list of shame: a comprehensive compilation album of broken dreams. It is part cultural housekeeping and part therapy. And it will help fill the long empty weeks without football stretching out before us. So I need your help in shaping the top 10 – or 20, or 30, we’ll see how far we get – sickening watershed moments when the Boro let us down.
I am ‘crowd-sourcing’. I have mentally drawn up my list of ‘typical Boro moments’ that kicked us in the collective teeth but I am bound to have missed a few. Or got the rankings wrong (like with the recent greatest transfer list). So shout up: influence me. Put up an argument for your particular painful act of historic betrayal and spurned moment of opportunity, on or off the pitch, in colour or in black and white. What was the ultimate “typical Boro” moment – the era-ending defeat to Wolves in 1981 or the collapse against Cardiff with Wembley beckoning? Man City or Orient? The fax-up in signing of Phil Whelan or that of ‘ghost’ transfer Ricardinho? You decide.
So come on, let’s have your top five or 10 ‘ typical Boro’ moments (older more battle scarred and cynical readers may think of more).