Monthly Archives: February 2016

Post-Blip Boro Ease Past Fragile Fulham

BORO made a mockery of the pre-match pitch-fork waving with a blistering start and

“No Rhodes – no goals!”  “What’s Downing playing for? He’s rubbish!” “Aitor’s playing for a draw again.”  “All his best players have been left on the bench.” “There’s no creativity”. ” We are throwing this season away….”

But the pre-emptive angst was hurled to the floor and crushed in the jubilant early celebrations as rejuvenated Boro burst out of the blocks to grab the game – and the promotion race – by the throat.

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Final Farewell Speaks Volumes About Boro

THE LAST  time that particular route was jammed with Boro fans, it was the victory parade after the Carling Cup triumph after Cardiff.  It is fitting then that the Red Army lined the same streets to celebrate Alastair Brownlee, a presence so intricately woven into the personal and collective memories of the town.

Fitting too that the day was marked by a public display of emotion, because that is what Ali conveyed so powerfully in some of the proudest and most intense moments in the lives of many Teessiders.

Fans turned out in their thousands to show their respects at the Riverside in scarves and shirts and at Ayresome Park, along Linthorpe Road and Borough Road for the public procession of the cortege. Lifelong loyalists and the next generation joined in quiet contemplation and respect for an iconic figure woven into the fabric of the community.

It was as close as Middlesbrough can get to a state funeral.

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Spirited Show Was Fitting Tribute To A Boro Icon

ALASTAIR Brownlee: Voice of the Boro.

That was the message on the banners unveiled by the Red Faction before the game as the entire crowd – even the visiting Cardiff fans – clapped in choked, moist-eyed unison.

It was an emotionally charged evening that turned into a fitting tribute to a Boro icon as Boro stormed from behind to create glut of chances in an enterprising display before finally running out convincing 3-1 winners on a big night at the top.

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Leeds Circus Of Chaos Leaves Boro In A Spin

ONCE again Boro will come away from Elland Road nursing a sense of injustice after an entertaining and open goalless draw against lowly Leeds.

Jordan Rhodes had what looked a perfectly good goal ruled out after the linesman thought the ball was out of play before Emilio Nsue crossed in. And that was at the same end as Albert Adomah’s ruled out overhead kick last year.  The season wouldn’t be right without the annual travesty of some sort against Leeds.

And there was a the red card that has been missing for the last few clashes too. Ben Gibson joins a long list of Boro players peddled against Leeds. Nine in all now. Our most fiery fixture of them all. Aitor wasn’t happy and had a pop at the ref. 

It was a frustrating evening and naturally a very disappointing result at the end of a stuttering run of three draws and five games without a win that has somehow left Boro still in second place if flailing to stay ahead of the pack and facing a lot of flak.

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Salvage Job: Still Tense After Scrappy Show

THAT was a nervous performance and a ricketty result that will do little to settle the January jitters on Planet Boro.

Boro came from behind to salvage a precious point in a 1-1 draw with well drilled Blackburn and showed signs in the final 20 minutes that they have the ability to turn the screw on teams in this division when they play with hunger and intensity.

But the soporific first 70 minutes was a painful self-imposed tedium that invited trouble – and got it – and which flagged up the problems in the team that the transfer window was supposed to address.

And it was unconvincing and creaky display that did little to ease the bubbling cauldron of tensions among a dizzy fan-base who have been on the waltzers for weeks.

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Deadline Day: Live. Again

WELCOME to the ever popular, interactive breakfast-to-bongs Untypical Boro D-Day Speculatathon in which we all abandon the staid and balanced Gazette house-style and go full-on yellow tied Jim White Scoopbot S3000 bat shit crazy for 18 adrenaline splashed and caffeine  fuelled hours of full, frivolity and – occasionally – FACT!

Think of it as a cross between camp, full-on Eurovision spectacular with smoke and mirrors and gobsmacked moments of jaw-dropping Peter Odemwingie incredulity and Newsnight nuanced battling boffin forensic electoral analysis of every snippet of information that ripples through the rumoursphere. It’ll be a blast.

If you’re new this is the kind of thing you can expect. Here’s last January’s low key, make-your-own-entertainment effort. And here’s September’s all-action, dramatic Flight Of The Condor Transatlantic chase to get car crash victim Carlos de Pena over the line.

So where to start?

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