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The top 20 most remarkable seasons of League matches in the History of Middlesbrough FC

 

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Following the death of Jack Charlton I thought I would pick out the 20 most remarkable seasons in the history of Middlesbrough FC. These seasons have already been reviewed by me in the past but this time all I’m going to do is record the statistics of each League match in promotion seasons and near misses starting with Season 1901/02 and Boro’s first promotion after only 3 years in existence:-

1901/02 OLD SECOND DIVISION 

7th Sep Away Stockport 3-1 Wardrope, Cassidy, Tennant

14 Sep Home Newton Heath 5-0 Davidson, Brearley 2, Cassidy, Turner

21 Sep Away Glossop North End 0-1

28 Sep Home Doncaster 6-0 Jones, Wardrope, Brearley 2, Turner, Tennant

 5 Oct Away Lincoln 1-2 Tennant

12 Oct Home West Brom 1-2 Turner

19 Oct Away Woolwich Arsenal 3-0 Smith, Brearley, Cassidy 

26 Oct Home Barnsley 2-1 Brearley 2

2 Nov Away Leicester 2-0 Tennant, Brearley 

9 Nov Home Preston 2-1 Brearley, Turner

16 Nov Away Burnley 2-2 Brearley, Tennant

23 Nov Home Port Vale 3-0 Turner, Cassidy, Tennant

30 Nov Away Chesterfield 0-0

7 Dec Home Gainsborough 3-1 Smith, Brearley, Tennant

14 Dec Away West Brom 0-2

21 Dec Away Bristol City 0-1

28 Dec Home Blackpool 2-1 Thompson 2

1 Jan Home Burton Utd 5-1 Jones, Cassidy 3, Turner

4 Jan Home Stockport 6-0 Jones, Turner, Wardrope, Brearley, Cassidy, Smith 

18 Jan Home Glossop North End 5-0 Smith, Jones, Wardrope 2, Cassidy 

1 Feb Home Lincoln 0-0

15 Feb Home Woolwich Arsenal 1-0 Cassidy 

22 Feb Away Barnsley 7-2 Davidson, Wardrope, Brearley 4, Leslie

1 Mar Home Leicester 5-0 Smith, Cassidy 2, Leslie, Crawford 

8 Mar Away Preston 3-0 Jones, Brearley, Leslie 

15 Mar Home Burnley 3-0 Cassidy, Brearley 2

22 Mar Away Port Vale 1-1 Ramsay

28 Mar Away Doncaster 0-0

29 Mar Home Chesterfield 7-1 Wardrope, Cassidy 2, Robertson 3, Watson

5 Apr Away Gainsborough 4-1 Wardrope, Brearley, Robertson 2

7 Apr Away Newton Heath 2-1 Jones, Robertson

12 Apr Away Burton Utd 2-3 Brearley 2

19 Apr Home Bristol City 2-0 Wardrope 2

26 Apr Away Blackpool 2-0 Robertson 2

Final League Position 2nd and promoted to First Division, Boro reached 2nd place in match 9, briefly headed the table for 3 matches, then 2nd from match 21 until the rest of the season. 
Home Played 17, Won 15, Drew 1, Lost 1, Goals for 58, Goals against 7  Away Played 17, Won 8, Drew 4, Lost 5, Goals for 32, Goals against 17

Top goalscorers:- Jack Brearley 22, Joseph Cassidy 15, Alex Wardrope 10


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Ken, I would certainly look forward to a season where Boro scored 90 goals, which is more than double this term's tally in 12 fewer games.


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The next season I’m reviewing is 1913/14. This was the penultimate season before the First World War.

1913/1914 OLD FIRST DIVISION 

6 Sep Away Manchester City 1-1 :Nichol

10 Sep Away Derby 2-2 :Elliott 2

13 Sep Home Bradford City 1-1 :Windridge  :18,748

20 Sep Away Blackburn 0-6 

27 Sep Home Sunderland 3-4 :Elliott 3 :26,972

4 Oct Away Everton 0-2

11 Oct Home West Brom 3-0 :Stirling, Nichol, Windridge :14,197

18 Oct Away Sheffield Wed 0-2

25 Oct Home Bolton 2-3 :Eyre, J Carr :13,633

1 Nov Away Chelsea 2-3 : J Carr, Elliott  

8 Nov Home Oldham 0-0 :approx 10,000

15 Nov Away Manchester Utd 1-0 :J Carr

22 Nov Home Burnley 2-1 :Windridge, Elliott :approx 15,800

29 Nov Away Preston 1-4 :Nichol

4 Dec Home Newcastle 3-0 :Elliott 2, Stirling :approx 15,300

13 Dec Away Liverpool 1-2 :Elliott 

20 Dec Home Aston Villa 5-2 :Tinsley 3, Elliott, J Carr :13,411

25 Dec Away Sheffield Utd 1-3 :Elliott

26 Dec Away Tottenham 1-0 :Tinsley

27 Dec Home Manchester City 2-0 :Tinsley, Elliott :approx 12,000

1 Jan Home Derby 3-2 :J Carr, Tinsley, Elliott :18,341

3 Jan Away Bradford City 3-2 :Tinsley 2, Cook

17 Jan Home Blackburn 3-0 :Elliott 3 :approx 17,000

24 Jan Away Sunderland 2-4 :Elliott 2

7 Feb Home Everton 2-0 :Tinsley, Elliott :approx 13,000

14 Feb Away West Brom 1-2 :J Carr

21 Feb Home Manchester Utd 3-1 :Stirling, Elliott, Malcolm: approx 12,000

28 Feb Away Bolton 1-1 :Elliott 

7 Mar Home Chelsea 2-0 :Elliott, J Carr :approx 14,000

14 Mar Away Oldham 0-3

18 Mar Home Sheffield Wed 5-2 :J Carr, Tinsley, Elliott 3 :approx 8.000

4 Apr Home Preston 4-1 :Tinsley, Elliott 2, Healey :approx 11,000

6 Apr Away Burnley 2-1 :J Carr, Elliott 

10 Apr Home Sheffield Utd 2-3 :Elliott, Tinsley: approx 16,000

11 Apr Away Newcastle 0-1

13 Apr Home Tottenham 6-0 :Stirling, Tinsley 2, J Carr 2, Wynn :approx 22,000

18 Apr Home Liverpool 4-0 :Davidson, Tinsley 3 :approx 13,000

25 Apr Away Aston Villa 3-1 :Tinsley 2, Elliott 

 This was a season of contrasting halves. After 11 matches Boro were 19th and second from bottom, and still only 18th on Christmas Day but 14 wins and 1 draw in the last 20 matches elevated them to a final position of 3rd which is still their highest final position to this day albeit 8 points behind Champions Blackburn but only one point behind runners up Aston Villa. Boro finished with 43 points as follows:- 

Home Played 19, Won 14, Drew 2, Lost 3, Goals for 55 against 20                   Away Played 19 , Won 5, Drew 3, Lost 11, Goals for 22 against 40

The leading goalscorer was George Elliott (the first of a long line of great Boro centre forwards) with 31, Walter Tinsley with 19, and Jacky Carr (the 3rd eldest of the Carr brothers to play for Boro) with 11.

It should be noted that most of Boro’s attendances were approximate. Also that Boro played 3 matches on consecutive days at Christmas.

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The third season I wish to review in detail in chronological order was the Camsell season. 

1926/27 OLD SECOND DIVISION 

28 Aug Away Chelsea 0-3

30 Aug Away Southampton 1-2 :Birrell

4 Sep Home Preston 0-2 :13,496

11 Sep Away South Shields 0-0

18 Sep Home Hull 2-0 :Pease, O Williams :11,618

22 Sep Home Bradford City 4-3 :Pease 2, Camsell 2 :11,993

25 Sep Away Wolves 2-1 :Camsell, J Carr

29 Sep Away Bradford City 1-0 :Camsell 

2 Oct Home Notts County 4-2 :Camsell 3, Birrell :15,386

9 Oct Away Clapton Orient 3-2 :O Williams 2, Pease 

16 Oct Away Nottm Forest 3-4 :Camsell, Pease 2

23 Oct Home Barnsley 5-1 :Pease 2, J Carr 2, Camsell :12,740

30 Oct Away Darlington 4-1 :Pease 2, Camsell, O Williams 

6 Nov Home Portsmouth 7-3 :Camsell 4, Pease 2, J Carr :8,680

13 Nov Away Oldham 1-2 :Camsell 

20 Nov Home Fulham 6-1 :Camsell 4, Birrell, Pease :15,752

27 Nov Home Southampton 3-1 :O Williams, Camsell, Pease :19,520

4 Dec Home Blackpool 4-4 :Camsell 2, Pease 2 :19,456

18 Dec Home Swansea 7-1 :Pease, McClelland 2, Camsell 4 :27,805

25 Dec Away Man City 5-3 :Camsell 5

27 Dec Home Man City 2-1 :Camsell 2 :43,754 ground record 

1 Jan Home Port Vale 5-2 :Camsell 3, Pease, Smith og :26,163

15 Jan Home Chelsea 0-0 :23,964

22 Jan Away Preston 2-2 :Camsell, Pease 

5 Feb Away Hull 3-3 :Camselll 2, Pease 

8 Feb Away Grimsby 7-4:Camsell 3, Birrell 2, McClelland, J Williams

12 Feb Home Wolves 2-0 :Camsell, Birrell :26,974

23 Feb Away Notts County 2-2 :Camsell 2 

26 Feb Home Clapton Orient 6-0 :Birrell 2, Camsell 2, Pease 2 :21,761

5 Mar Home Nottm Forest 1-0 :Birrell :33,354

12 Mar Away Barnsley 1-1 :Pease

16 Mar Home South Shields 5-0 :O Williams, Birrell, Camsell 3 :25,322

19 Mar Home Darlington 4-1 :O Williams 2, Ashman, Birrell :31,982

26 Mar Away Portsmouth 1-0 :Camsell  

2 Apr Home Oldham 3-1 :McClelland, Camsell, O Williams :22,554

9 Apr Away Fulham 3-0 :Birrell 2, Camsell 

15 Apr Away Port Vale 1-3 :Birrell 

16 Apr Home Grimsby 3-0 :Camsell, McClelland, Birrell :22,503

20 Apr Away Reading 1-2 :Birrell

23 Apr Away Blackpool 2-2 :McKay, Camsell 

30 Apr Home Reading 5-0 :Camsell 3, J Carr 2 :23,786

7 May Away Swansea 1-0 :Camsell 

Boro started the season badly with 3 defeats and a draw to be bottom of the League. Enter George Camsell although he didn’t score in his first match. Progress was steadily made up the table and a run of 14 wins and only 2 defeats in the next 17 matches pushed Boro to top of the League by the end of the year. Camsell had a purple patch of 10 goals in those last 4 matches of the year, and Boro stayed top of the League right throughout the rest of the season save for the first match in February when they dropped to second place for one week only. They finished as follows:- 

Home Played 21, Won 18, Drew 2, Lost 1 (their first home match). Away Played 21, Won 9, Drew 6, Lost 6, Total goals scored 122 (still a record in the Second tier) conceded 60, total points 62 (8 ahead of Portsmouth and Manchester City). The system of goal average decided that Portsmouth 87-49 (1.775) were promoted by .005 of a goal as Man City scored 108 against 61 (1.770).  Under today’s system Man City would have been promoted as their goal difference was 47 as against Portsmouth’s 38. As far as I can ascertain this is the only occasion in all 4 Leagues that promotion places would have been reversed under the current system of goal difference as opposed to goal average. 

 

Top league goal scorer was George Camsell with 59, Willie Pease 23 and William Birrell 16, and surprisingly the manager Herbert Bamlett was dismissed at the end of the season largely because Boro had suffered their first ever relegation 3 years earlier.


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Having reviewed the promotion season of 1926/27 the following season was interesting also. Not only did Dixie Dean break George Camsell’s 59 goalscoring record of the previous season, but Boro were relegated on the last day of the season by of all teams Sunderland. Having surprisingly dismissed Herbert Bamlett following their promotion, Boro appointed Peter McWilliam, who had restored Tottenham to the First Division in 1920, as their new manager.

1927/28 OLD FIRST DIVISION 

27 Aug Away Manchester Utd 0-3

31 Aug Home Tottenham 3-1 :McKay, O Williams, Camsell :29,113

3 Sep Home Everton 4-2 :Camsell 3 :30,299

10 Sep Away Cardiff 1-1 :Pease 

12 Sep Away Tottenham 2-4 :J Carr, Camsell 

17 Sep Home Blackburn 2-0 :Ashman, Camsell :28,300

24 Sep Away Bolton 0-0

1 Oct Home Sheffield Wed 3-3 :Camsell 2, McKay :22,230

8 Oct Away Aston Villa 1-5 :Birrell 

15 Oct Away Birmingham 2-3 :Camsell, Pease 

22 Oct Home Burnley 2-3 :.Pease 2 :17,803

29 Oct Away Bury 4-1 :Pease 3, J Carr

5 Nov Home Sheffield Utd 3-0 :McKay, Camsell 2 :22,061

12 Nov Away Arsenal 1-3 :Camsell 

19 Nov Home Liverpool 1-1 :Pease :18,741

26 Nov Away West Ham 5-4 :O Williams 3, Camsell, Pease

3 Dec Home Portsmouth 5-1 :McClelland, Camsell 2, O Williams, J Carr :18,163

10 Dec Away Leicester 3-3 :Pease, Camsell 2

17 Dec Home Derby 3-3 :Camsell, McClelland :Ferguson :15,235

24 Dec Away Sunderland 0-1

25 Dec Home Newcastle 1-1 :Pease :37,478

26 Dec Away Newcastle 3-3 :Pease 2, Camsell 

31 Dec Home Manchester Utd 1-2 :McClelland :19,652

2 Jan Home Huddersfield 3-1 :Camsell 2, Pease :26,032

7 Jan Away Everton 1-3 :Peacock 

21 Jan Home Cardiff 1-2 :Camsell :21,728

4 Feb Home Bolton 2-5 :Camsell 2 :21,109

11 Feb Away Sheffield Wed 3-2 :Camsell, J Carr, Bruce

23 Feb Away Blackburn 0-3

25 Feb Home Birmingham 1-1 :McClelland :18,329

3 Mar Away Burnley 1-1 :Camsell 

10 Mar Home Bury 6-1 : Camsell 4, Pease 2 :13,922

17 Mar Away Sheffield Utd 1-4 :Pease

21 Mar Home Aston Villa 0-0 :15,698

31 Mar Away Liverpool 1-1 :Millar

7 Apr Home West Ham 2-2 :J Carr, Ferguson :21,860

10 Apr Away Huddersfield 4-2 :Millar, Pease, Hall, Bruce

14 Apr Away Portsmouth 1-4 :Bruce

18 Apr Home Arsenal 2-2 :Bruce, Camsell :16,731

21 Apr Home Leicester 1-1 :Pease :18,854

28 Apr Away Derby 1-2 :J Carr

5 May Home Sunderland 0-3 :41,997

 

Boro were 8th going into the 3 Christmas fixtures played in 3 consecutive days, and were still 11th with 8 matches remaining. However going into the last match of the season Boro needing a draw at home to Sunderland to stave off relegation and sending the Mackems down lost 0-3 before their biggest crowd of the season to finish with 37 points made up of 11 wins, 15 draws and 16 defeats with 81 goals scored and 88 conceded. Along with Spurs on 38 points these were the highest number of points ever accumulated by two relegated clubs. In fact Derby County who finished 4th only accumulated 44 points. Top scorer for Boro was again George Camsell with 33 goals whilst Willie Pease scored 19 goals.

 

 

 

 

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Having been relegated after only one season in the First Division I guess it was imperative that Boro regained their rightful place in the top tier, and here is how they did it, number 5 in my selected 20 seasons as the most memorable in the history of our great club.

1928/29 OLD FIRST DIVISION 

25 Aug Away Reading 3-2 :Camsell 2, Peacock 

27 Aug Away Tottenham 5-2 :Camsell, Pease 2, O Williams, Kennedy 

1 Sep Home Preston 2-3 :Camsell 2 :25,280

8 Sep Away Chelsea 0-2

12 Sep Home Hull 1-1 :Camsell :15,998

15 Sep Away Oldham 3-1 :Camsell, Millar 2

22 Sep Home Southampton 1-2 :Pease :15,525

29 Sep Away Wolves 3-3 :Camsell, O Williams, Pease 

6 Oct Home Notts County 3-1 :Pease 3 :16,984

13 Oct Away Millwall 3-2 :Kennedy, Camsell, Hill og

20 Oct Home Blackpool 4-1 :Camsell, Pease, Kennedy, O Williams :15,727

27 Oct Away Swansea  0-2

3 Nov Home Bradford PA 5-3 :O Williams, Bruce, Kennedy 2,Pease :18,783

10 Nov Away Barnsley 2-2 :Millar, Pease 

17 Nov Home Stoke 1-0 : Camsell :15,620

24 Nov Away Clapton Orient 0-3

1 Dec Home West Brom 1-1 :Millar :15,075

8 Dec Away Nottm Forrest 1-1 :Pease

15 Dec Home Bristol City 3-1 :Camsell 2, Pease :9,547

22 Dec Away Grimsby 4-1 :Pease, Bruce 2, Camsell 

25 Dec Home Port Vale 5-1 :O Williams 2,Bruce, Camsell, Pease :23,977

26 Dec Away Port Vale 3-2 :Camsell 2, Pease

29 Dec Home Reading 0-0 :16,963

1 Jan Home Tottenham 3-0 :Bruce 2, Camsell :25,145

5 Jan Away Preston 0-0

19 Jan Home Chelsea 4-5 :O Williams, Pease 2, Camsell :24,768

2 Feb Away Southampton 1-1 :Pease 

9 Feb Home Wolves 8-3 :Bruce, Pease 4, Camsell 3 :14,636

16 Feb Away Notts County 3-0 :Camsell, Pease, Bruce

20 Feb Home Oldham 1-0 :Bruce :11,754

23 Feb Home Millwall 3-0 :Emmerson 3 :21,082

2 Mar Away Blackpool 0-3

9 Mar Home Swansea 0-0 :18,430

16 Mar Away Bradford PA 2-3 :Camsell, Bruce

23 Mar Home Barnsley 1-0 :Pease :17,050

30 Mar Away Stoke 2-3 :O Williams, Pease 

1 Apr Away Hull 1-1 :Camsell 

6 Apr Home Clapton Orient 4-0 :Camsell 3, J Carr :16,140

13 Apr Away West Brom 1-1 :Pease 

20 Apr Home Nottm Forest 1-0 :Pease :18,220

27 Apr Away Bristol City 1-0 :Pease 

4 May Home Grimsby 3-0 :Camsell 2, O Williams :36,503

After winning their first 2 games both at home, Boro lost their way taking only a single point from their first 3 home games and after 8 matches were only 12th in the table, but steadily they moved up to 1st by New Year’s Day. From thereafter they were never outside the top two so much so that both they and Grimsby had already sealed promotion before the last day of the season. The biggest crowd of the season watched Boro in that final match to decide who should be Champions. Boro went into the match level on points but a draw would be enough for Boro to be declared Champions with their superior goal average, but Boro made sure of the title by winning 3-0. They finished with 55 points with 22 wins, 11 draws and 9 defeats and scoring 92 goals against 57 conceded. Top scorer again was George Camsell with 30 goals but Wille Pease ran him close with 27 whilst Bobby Bruce chipped in with 10


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Having gained promotion back to the First Division in 1929 Boro were just beginning to establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with finishing 7th and 5th in the previous two seasons, the following season being the last completed season before the Second World War.

1938/1939 OLD FIRST DIVISION 

27 Aug Home Manchester Utd 3-1 :Fenton, Mannion, Cochrane :25,539

31 Aug Home Aston Villa 1-1 :Fenton  :29,281

3 Sep Away Stoke 3-1 :Mannion, Fenton, Yorston. 

10 Sep Home Chelsea 1-1 :Yorston  :28,359

14 Sep Away Liverpool 1-3 :Fenton 

17 Sep Away Preston 1-3 :Fenton 

24 Sep Home Charlton 4-0 :Laking, Milne, Fenton  :20,227

1 Oct Away Bolton 1-4 :Yorston 

8 Oct Home Leeds 1-2 :Fenton :23,009

15 Oct Home Grimsby 3-2 :Yorston 2, Camsell :21,720

22 Oct Away Sunderland 2-1 :Camsell, Yorston

29 Oct Home Wolves 1-0  :Cochrane  :24,624

5 Nov Away Everton 0-4

12 Nov Home Huddersfield 4-1 :Fenton 3, Yorston  :19,630

19 Nov Away Portsmouth 1-1 :Yorston 

26 Nov Home Arsenal 1-1 :Higham  :29,047

3 Dec Away Brentford 1-2 :Fenton 

10 Dec Home Blackpool 9-2 :Chadwick 2, Mannion 4, Fenton 3  :17,166

17 Dec Away Derby 4-1 :Fenton 2, Yorston, Chadwick 

24 Dec Away Manchester Utd 1-1 :Chadwick

26 Dec Away Birmingham 1-2 :Fenton 

27 Dec Home Birmingham 2-2 :Fenton, Yorston :33,534

31 Dec Home Stoke 5-1 :Chadwick 2, Fenton, Mannion, Milne  :20,092

2 Jan Home Liverpool 3-0 :Fenton 2, Milne  :25,309

14 Jan Away Chelsea 2-4 :Higham, Camsell 

25 Jan Home Preston :Fenton, Higham  :9,262

28 Jan Away Charlton 0-3 

4 Feb Home Bolton 1-2 :Fenton :16,416

11 Feb Away Leeds 1-0 :Mannion  

18 Feb Away Grimsby 2-0 :Fenton, Chadwick 

25 Feb Home Sunderland 3-0 :Fenton 2, Chadwick  :23,882

8 Mar Away Wolves 1-6 :Fenton 

11 Mar Home Everton 4-4 :Chadwick, Yorston, Milne, Fenton :20,014

18 Mar Away Huddersfield 1-0 :Camsell 

29 Mar Home Portsmouth 8-2 :Camsell 2, Chadwick, Mannion 3, Forrest, Yorston  :6,116

1 Apr Away Arsenal 2-1 :Mannion, Camsell 

8 Apr Home Brentford 3-1 :Camsell 2, Chadwick  :18,191

10 Apr Home Leicester 3-2 :McKenzie, Camsell, Mannion  :19,764

11 Apr Away Leicester 3-5 :Fenton 2, Mannion 

15 Apr Away Blackpool 0-4

22 Apr Home Derby 2-0 :Fenton 2  :13,673

6 May Away Aston Villa 1-1 :Fenton  

Boro’s home record was 13 wins, 6 draws and only 2 defeats, but it should have been better than that as one of those home defeats was against Leeds, and in 3 other home matches against Birmingham, Preston and Everton they led by 2 goals at the interval only to concede twice in the second half and only get draws. Also they only drew away to Villa after leading at halftime. Boro’s away record was 7 wins, 3 draws and 11 defeats with their total goals home and away being 93 scored against 74 conceded. There total number of points was 49 as they finished 4th and 6 points behind Wolves in 2nd place, but the 6 points dropped as mentioned beforehand could well have pushed Boro into 2nd place at the final reckoning. As it was Boro hovered between 3rd and 5th for much of the time after Christmas and finished a creditable 4th their 2nd highest ever position in the First Division. Never before though had Boro recorded two massive wins, 9-2 against Blackpool and 8-2 against Portsmouth in the same season although the lowest crowd of the season watched the latter possibly due to the weather.

Top scorer was Mickey Fenton with 34 goals although he missed 9 matches through injury. However 4 players reached double figures  -  Wilf Mannion 14, Benny Yorston 12, Cliff Chadwick 11 and an aging George Camsell in his final season 10 from his 11 appearances. 

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The next season I wish to review is the first season I really thought Boro had a chance of winning the First Division Championship despite having signed several centre forwards since the retirement of Mickey Fenton two years earlier. Boro had tried to sign Jackie Milburn from Newcastle but instead were offered Andy Donaldson which they accepted, but he was injured after only 14 matches so Peter McKennan was signed from Brentford and in the end it was decided to try right winger Johnny Spuhler there and he proved the most successful in the 1950/51 season. Boro had finished 9th in the previous season, but the following season Boro after a tentative start were top of the League by Christmas.

1950/51 OLD FIRST DIVISION 

19 Aug Away Portsmouth 1-1 :Mannion  

23 Aug Home Everton 4-0 :McCrae 3, Spuhler :41,478

26 Aug Home Chelsea 3-0 :McCrae, Mannion, Walker  :41,573

30 Aug Away Everton 2-3 :Spuhler 2

2 Sep Away Burnley 1-3 :Hardwick 

6 Sep Home West Brom 2-1 :Spuhler, McCrae  :28,829

9 Sep Home Arsenal 2-1 :Spuhler, Delapenha  :46,119

13 Sep Away West Brom 3-2 :Spuhler, Walker, McCrae  

16 Sep Away Sheffield Wed 1-0  :Walker

23 Sep Home Manchester Utd 1-2  :Delapenha  :48,051

30 Sep Home Huddersfield 8-0  :Mannion 3, Spuhler, McCrae 3, Walker  32,401

7 Oct Away Wolves 4-3 :McCrae 2, Walker, Spuhler 

14 Oct Home Sunderland 1-1 :McCrae  :52,764

21 Oct Away Liverpool 0-0

28 Oct Home Fulham 1-1 :Mannion  :34,117

4 Nov Away Aston Villa 1-0 :Bell

11 Nov Home Derby 1-1 :McCrae  :36,943

18 Nov Away Bolton 2-0  :Spuhler, McCrae

25 Nov Home Blackpool 4-3 :McCrae 3, Spuhler  :40,487

2 Dec Away Tottenham 3-3  :Hartnett, Mannion, Delapenha 

9 Dec Home Charlton 7-3 :Walker, Donaldson, Croker og,  Mannion 2,
McCrae 2  :34,050

16 Dec Home Portsmouth 3-1 :Mannion 2, Delapenha  :27,163

23 Dec Away Chelsea 1-1 :Delapenha 

25 Dec Home Newcastle 2-1 :Spuhler, Walker :41,318

30 Dec Home Burnley 3-3  :McCrae, Mannion, Delapenha  :34,349

13 Jan Away Arsenal 1-3 :L Compton og

20 Jan Home Sheffield Wed 2-1 :Dicks, Auld  :34,031

3 Feb Away Manchester Utd 0-1

17 Feb Away Huddersfield 3-2 :Mannion 2, Delapenha 

3 Mar Away Sunderland 1-2  :Spuhler 

10 Mar Home Liverpool 1-1 :McKennan  :29,247

17 Mar Away Fulham 0-2

23 Mar Home Stoke 1-0 :McKennan  :36,200

24 Mar Home Aston Villa 2-1 :Linacre, Delapenha  :28,580

26 Mar Away Stoke 0-2

31 Mar Away Derby 0-6

7 Apr Home Bolton 1-1 :Bell  :24,423

11 Apr Home Wolves 1-2 :McCrae  :29,767

14 Apr Away Blackpool 1-2 :McKennan 

21 Apr Home Tottenham 1-1 :Spuhler  :36,689

28 Apr Away Charlton 0-3

5 May Away Newcastle 0-1

By the end of September Boro were 3rd in the League and an undefeated run of 15 matches had Boro flirting in the top 3 and then topping the League from mid December until Christmas Day after a win against Newcastle placed Boro top with a 3 point lead. The return match at St James’s Park on Boxing Day was postponed and after Alex McCrae missed ten matches thereafter the goals dried up. Boro were still in contention but failed to win any of their last 8 matches and finished 6th with a total of 47 points the same as the previous season. Boro won 18, drew 11 and lost 13 times, scoring 76 goals but conceding a massive 65. Ten of those defeats came in the final 17 matches when only 3 matches were won.

The average attendance for the season was 36,123 the highest ever and now unlikely to be beaten. Top scorer was Alex McCrae with 21, whilst Wilf Mannion  scored 14 and Johnny Spuhler 13.


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I’ve tried to amend the post at 11.02 pm on 25th July with the above one posted this morning at 8.11 am but I keep getting ‘time expired’. Can you help please?


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I’ve tried to amend the post at 11.02 pm on 25th July with the above one posted this morning at 8.11 am but I keep getting ‘time expired’. Can you help please?

Hi Ken, the system allows a normal member 30 minutes to edit their post after posting it - it basically is there to make corrections that you spot after submitting but it prevents people then editing their post later that may change the overall context or indeed change the meaning of their post depending on responses.

Anyway, I've tried something new with my admin dashboard and have created a new usergroup called 'Historian' and have made you a member of it. This should in theory (and I've tested it using a test user) give you moderation privileges for the 'Club History' forum only - which should mean you can now edit any posts you make in the Club History forum beyond 30 minutes.

Let me know if this works and good luck 🙂

 


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Thanks Werdermouth, but not to worry. As an afterthought I just wanted to show how the League Table looked at Christmas Day 1950 so repeat it here:-

Boro  Played 24 Won 14 Drew 7 Lost 3 Goals 58-31 Pts 35

Spurs Played 23 Won 13 Drew 6 Lost 4 Goals 53-29 Pts 32

Arsenal Playd 24 Won 13 Drew 5 Lost 6 Goals 49–28 Pts 31

Newcastle Pld 24 Won 12 Drew 7 Lost 5 Goals 43-34 Pts 31

Wolves Played 23 Won 12 Drew 5 Lost 6 Goals 48-29 Pts 29

To think not only how that season disintegrated, but just 3 years later Boro were relegated and it could have been even worse as I’ll reveal in my review of Boro’s first season in the Second Division. 

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Boro’s first season in the Second Division, their first for 26 years and with a new Manager Bob Dennison but without Wilf Mannion started disastrously as the following results showed, but they made a marvellous recovery to 9th just before Easter and this is how it unfolded as they lost 8 matches in succession after their first match 

1954/55 OLD SECOND DIVISION

21 Aug Away Plymouth 2-2 :McPherson, Delapenha 

25 Aug Home Ipswich 0-1 :23,357

28 Aug Home Stoke 1-2 :Hartnett :17,980

1 Sep Away Ipswich 1-6 * :Walker

4 Sep Away Rotherham 0-3

8 Sep Home Nottm Forest 1-4 :McPherson  :16,241

11 Sep Home Luton 0-2 :16,071

15 Sep Away Nottm Forest 2-4 :Delapenha, Edwards 

18 Sep Away Hull 0-1

25 Sep Home Lincoln 2-1 :Scott 2  :23,706

2 Oct Away Bury 1-0 :Delapenha 

9 Oct Away Swansea 0-2

16 Oct Home Notts County 2-0 :Fitzsimons, Mitchell  :20,585

23 Oct Away Derby 2-1 :Delapenha, Dicks

30 Oct Home West Ham 6-0 :Bond og, Wayman 4, Mitchell  :25,601

6 Nov Away Blackburn 0-9

13 Nov Home Fulham 4-2 :Scott, Wayman 2, Delapenha  :21,734

20 Nov Away  Port Vale 1-1 :Wayman 

27 Nov Home Doncaster 3-1 :Scott 2, Wayman   :21,373

4 Dec Away Liverpool 1-3 :Scott

11 Dec Home Bristol Rov 1-0 :Hartnett  :20,561

18 Dec Home Plymouth 4-1 :Scott 3, Delapenha  :15,662

25 Dec Away Leeds 1-1 :Scott 

27 Dec Home Leeds 1-0 :Wayman  :45,271

1 Jan Away Stoke 2-1 :Scott, Delapenha 

15 Jan Home Rotherham 5-1 :Scott, Delapenha, Mitchell 2, Wayman  :12,320

22 Jan Away Luton 0-2

5 Feb Home Hull 1-2 :Scott  :32,619 #

12 Feb Away Lincoln 3-3 :Wayman 2, Harris

26 Feb Home Swansea 4-2 :Wayman, Kiley og, Scott 2  :20,867

5 Mar Away Notts County 3-1 :Fitzsimons, Scott 2

12 Mar Home Derby 3-1 :Delapenha, Fitzsimons 2  :20,103

19 Mar Away West Ham 1-2 :Mitchell 

26 Mar Home Blackburn 4-3 :Wayman 2, Delapenha 2  :19,426

2 Apr Away Fulham 2-1 :Fitzsimons, Delapenha 

8 Apr Home Birmingham 2-5 :Delapenha, Dicks  :32,519

9 Apr Home Port Vale 2-0 :Wayman, Delapenha  :17,795

11 Apr Away Birmingham 0-3

16 Apr Away Doncaster 1-3 :Robertson 

23 Apr Home Liverpool 1-2 :McPherson  :11,737

27 Apr Home Bury 1-1 :McPherson  :7,944

30 Apr Away Bristol Rov 2-2 :McPherson, Robertson 

The signings of Joe Scott from Luton and Charlie Wayman from Preston a week later, a player who the previous season had scored in every round including the final of the FA Cup, were the 2 players who turned the season around after the appalling start with Boro rock bottom with one solitary point to show after the first 9 matches. Indeed Boro won 17 and drew 4 and losing only 5 of their next 26 matches. They then fell away on Good Friday and only won once more in their final 7 matches. Their final statistics were Played 42, Won 18, Drew 6 and Lost 18, Goals 73 scored and 82 conceded as they finished 12th with 42 points. Their only draw at home was in their final match. Joint top scorers were Joe Scott and Charlie Wayman with 16 goals each whilst Lindy Delapenha scored 15.

* denotes that Boro led 1-0 at halftime in the 1-6 defeat at Portman Road.

# denotes the return of Wilf Mannion albeit for Hull City having signed for the Tigers around Christmas time.

 

 


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Thanks Werdermouth, but not to worry.

Out of interest Ken, can you see the edit button on your posts and can you edit them?

Yes, I had noticed it, but it didn’t seem to have the desired effect. But thanks all the same, I was able to produce the League Table as it stood on Christmas Day 1950 as a single posting later. At that time Boro not only led the League Table but they had scored more goals than any other team and their goal average was far superior to any other team. Unfortunately they never seemed to recover from the collapse of that season, and as I have shown only 3 years later they were relegated and looked like being relegated again in consecutive seasons after the dreadful start to the following season. I guess none of us at the time anticipated that it would take another 20 years to get back into the First Division.

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The next season I want to review is the season of the big freeze, but also some high scoring matches in Bob Dennison’s last season as Boro’s manager:-

1962/63 OLD SECOND DIVISION 

18 Aug Away Sunderland 1-3 :Burbeck

22 Aug Home Newcastle 4-2 :Peacock, Gibson, Kaye, Brubeck  :30,841

25 Aug Home Huddersfield 0-5  :18,470

29 Aug Away Newcastle 1-6 :Gibson 

1 Sep Away Cardiff 2-1 :Kaye 2

4 Sep Away Walsall 0-1

7 Sep Home Portsmouth 4-2 :Peacock, Gibson 2, McNeill  :15,958

12 Sep Home Walsall 2-3 :Kaye, Livingstone  :18,436

15 Sep Away Preston 1-0 :Peacock 

22 Sep Home Plymouth 3-0 :Peacock 2, Kaye  :17,812

29 Sep Away Grimsby 4-3 :Orritt,  Peacock 2, Kaye

6 Oct Away Leeds 3-2 :Gibson, Hume, Peacock 

13 Oct Home Swansea 2-2 :Neal, Hume  :19,718

20 Oct Away Chelsea 2-3 :Orritt, Kaye

27 Oct Home Luton 0-2  :13,835

3 Nov Away Southampton 0-6

10 Nov Home Scunthorpe 4-3 :Peacock, Brubeck, Hume   :10,738

17 Nov Away Bury 0-1

24 Nov Home Rotherham 2-1 :Neal, Hume  :12,478

1 Dec Away Charlton 4-3 :Peacock 3, Gibson

8 Dec Home Stoke 2-2 :Peacock, Hume  :12,004

15 Dec Home Sunderland 3-3 :Horner, Kaye, Orritt  :43,509

29 Dec Away Norwich 4-3 :Gibson 2, Orritt, Peacock   

9 Feb Away Plymouth 5-4 :Kaye, Reeves og, Peacock 2, Gibson

16 Feb Home Grimsby 0-1  :17,804

2 Mar Away Swansea 1-1 :Peacock 

9 Mar Home Chelsea 1-0 :Kaye  :24,781

23 Mar Home Southampton 1-2 :Peacock  :15,416

25 Mar Away Luton 3-4 :Peacock 2, Orritt

29 Mar Away Scunthorpe 1-1 :Kaye 

6 Apr Home Bury 0-0  :8,888

12 Apr Home Derby 5-1 :Harris 2, Peacock 2, Gibson  :11,116

13 Apr Away Rotherham 1-4 :Horner

15 Apr Away Derby 3-3 :Orritt, Moore og, Gibson 

20 Apr Home Charlton 2-1 :Peacock, Wakeham og  :9,223

27 Apr Away Stoke 1-0 :Peacock 

29 Apr Away Huddersfield 0-0

6 May Home Leeds 2-1 :Peacock, Orritt  :17,465

11 May Home Cardiff 3-2 :Peacock 2, Horner  :9,423

15 May Home Preston 2-0 :Peacock, Kaye  :11,553

18 May Away Portsmouth 1-1 :Kaye 

21 May Home Norwich 6-2 :Metcalfe og, Gibson, Kaye, Peacock 2, Orritt   :7,626

After 4 matches Boro were 20th, but then hovered about midway. Because of the big freeze Boro only played 2 matches in the whole of January and February. They then played 8 matches in March including FA Cup ties, another 7 matches in April, and 5 more in May when the season should have finished in April. However they showed their resilience by winning 6 and drawing 3 of their final 3 matches, though unfortunately 4 of the last home matches were attended by fewer than 10,000 persons, the last match the lowest crowd of the season after a terrific thunderstorm but producing their biggest win of the season against Norwich to finish 4th after every other club had completed all their fixtures. 
Despite heavy defeats against Huddersfield at home, and at Newcastle and Southampton Boro’s away form was their best for 34 years with 8 wins and 5 draws in their 21 matches. Overall Boro won 20 matches, drew 9 and lost 13, scoring 86 goals but conceding 85. Top scorer was Alan Peacock with 31, whilst Arthur Kaye scored 14 (8 of them penalties), and Ian Gibson 12.

 

 


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The appointment of Raich Carter and the sale of Alan Peacock to Leeds United both contributed to a downward path in the fortunes of Boro. The former was a fine England international inside forward but a poor manager and it was no surprise when he was dismissed in November 1965 with Boro struggling near the bottom of the Second Division. Stan Anderson was appointed as player-coach but couldn’t prevent the club being relegated to the Third Division for the first time in their history. Things didn’t go to plan for the first 10 matches in the Third Division either with Boro appearing to have another relegation battle on their hands, but instead ended with promotion as the following results show:-

1966/67 OLD THIRD DIVISION 

20 Aug Away Colchester 3-2 :Lawson, O’Rourke 2

27 Aug Home Bristol Rov 1-2 :Irvine  :10,658

3 Sep Away Oxford 1-1 :Masson

6 Sep Away Queen’s Park R 0-4

10 Sep Home Oldham 0-2 :8,932

17 Sep Away Scunthorpe 2-3 :Horsfield 2

24 Sep Home Workington 3-2 :Hickton, Horsefield 2  :8,813

26 Sep Home Queen’s Park R 2-2 :Horsfield, O’Rourke  :13,091

1 Oct Away Gilllingham 1-5 :Horsfield   

8 Oct Away Watford 0-2

15 Oct Home Swindon 4-0 :O’Rourke 3, Irvine  :8,126

17 Oct Home Swansea 4-1 :Horner, O’Rourke, Horsfield, Downing  :12,471

22 Oct Away Reading 0-0

29 Oct Home Doncaster 2-0 :Horner, Horsfield  :12,082

5 Nov Away Mansfield 5-4 :O’Rourke 2, Downing 2, Hickton 

12 Nov Home Grimsby 0-1  :14,164

15 Nov Away Swansea 4-4 :O’Rourke 2, Downing, Hickton 

19 Nov Away Walsall 1-2 :Horsfield 

3 Dec Away Torquay 1-2 :Hickton 

10 Dec Home Brighton 1-0 :O’Rourke  :9,585

17 Dec Home Colchester 4-0 :O’Rourke 2, Horsfield 2  :8,819

26 Dec Away Darlington 3-0 :Downing, O’Rourke, Chadwick  

27 Dec Home Darlington 4-0 :Hickton, Horsfield 2, Lawson  :25,213

31 Dec Away Bristol Rov 2-2 :Horsfield, Chadwick 

14 Jan Away Oldham 1-0 :Horsfield 

21 Jan Home Scunthorpe 2-1 :Gates, Horsfield  :19,005

4 Feb Away Workington 2-1 :Hickton, Lugg

11 Feb Home Gillingham 1-1 :Horsfield   :18,945

18 Feb Away Bournemouth 1-1 :Butler

25 Feb Home Watford 3-0 :Downing 2, Horsfield  :22,059

4 Mar Away Swindon 1-4 :O’Rourke

11 Mar Home Bournemouth 3-1 :Hickton, Jones, Downing  :15,644

18 Mar Home Reading 2-2 :O’Rourke, Horsfield  :17,569

25 Mar Away Doncaster 4-0 :O’Rourke, Horsfield 3

27 Mar Home Shrewsbury 1-0 :Hickton  :23,452

29 Mar Away Shrewsbury 0-1

1 Apr Home Mansfield 1-0 :Edwards og  :23,226

8 Apr Away Grimsby 1-2 :O’Rourke 

10 Apr Away Leyton Orient 0-2

15 Apr Home Walsall 0-2

22 Apr Away Peterborough 2-1 :O’Rourke, Rooks

24 Apr Home Leyton Orient 3–1 :15,184

29 Apr Home Torquay 4-0 :Hickton 3, O’Rourke  :27,160 

 6 May Away Brighton 1-1 :O’Rourke  

13 May Home Peterborough 2-1 :Hickton 2  :32,503

16 May Home Oxford 4-1 :O’Rourke 3, Hickton  :39,683

With only 6 points from the first 10 matches Boro were 21st in the League Table. Steady progress was made but successive away defeats preceded an undefeated run of 11 matches shoving Boro up to 5th by the end of February which they more or less retained until early April. The Boro Angels still kept faith though even after 3 successive defeats in mid April, but Boro ended with a flourish gaining 11 points from their last 6 matches to snatch promotion in their final match with a total of 55 points made up of 23 wins, 9 draws and 14 defeats, and scoring 87 goals but conceding 64 to finish in Second place albeit 12 points behind QPR the champions but a point ahead of Watford. Also the crowds came back to average 16,536, an increase of over 3,000 compared to the previous season. Top scorer was John O’Rourke with 27 ably supported by Arthur Horsfield with 22 and John Hickton in his first season with 15.


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Stan Anderson having guided Boro to promotion then had the task of establishing them as a top team in then Second Division,  and he did a good job three times finishing 4th although the nearest they came to promotion was in season 1969/70 when Boro finished only 3 points behind runners-up Blackpool, although in the final push they were unable to win more than 2 matches in succession mainly due to an average away record. Again in Anderson’s final season although finishing 4th again they only managed to score 46 goals in their 42 matches. Nevertheless he left the nucleus of a good team for Jack Charlton to work with in the following season, and that’s the season I wish to show below game by game.

1973/1974 OLD SECOND DIVISION 

25 Aug Away Portsmouth 1-0 :Foggon

1 Sep Home Fulham 0-2   :14,977

8 Sep Away Crystal Palace 3-2 :Hickton, Mills, Taylor 

11 Sep Home Carlisle 1-0 :Craggs  :16,837

15 Sep Home Aston Villa 0-0  :14,742

17 Sep Away Leyton Orient 0-0

22 Sep Away Blackpool 0-0

29 Sep Home Bristol City 2-0 :Murdoch, Armstrong  :17,069

2 Oct Home Leyton Orient 3-2 :Foggon, Hickton 2  :22,164

6 Oct Away Swindon 1-0 :Murdoch 

13 Oct Home Hull 1-0 :Smith  :22,135

20 Oct Home West Brom 0-0 :18,997

23 Oct Away Carlisle 1-1 :Foggon 

27 Oct Away Millwall 1-0 :Smith 

3 Nov Home Luton 2-1 :Foggon, Armstrong  :22,590

10 Nov Away Oxford 2-0 :Foggon, Murdoch

17 Nov Home Cardiff 3-0 :Mills, Craggs, Smith  :18,034 

24 Nov Away Notts County 2-2 :Hickton, Mills

 8 Dec Away Sheffield Wed 2-2 :Foggon, Mills

11 Dec Home Preston 3-0 :Mills, Murdoch, Souness  :23,980

15 Dec Home Nottm Forest 1-0 :Boam  :16,764

22 Dec Away Bristol City 1-1 :Mills

26 Dec Home Sunderland 2-1 :Foggon, Boam  :37,030

29 Dec Home Crystal Palace 2-0 :Foggon, Armstrong  :26,115

12 Jan Away Aston Villa 1-1 :Craggs

19 Jan Home Portsmouth 3-0 :Foggon, Smith, Souness  :22,134

2 Feb Away Nottm Forest 1-5 :Foggon.

9 Feb Home Blackpool 0-0  :22,913

16 Feb Away Hull 3-1 :Hickton, Mills, Foggon

23 Feb Home Swindon 2-1 :Hickton, Foggon  :23,194

2 Mar Away Sunderland 2-0 :Mills, Foggon 

9 Mar Home Millwall 2-1 :Mills, Spraggon  :20,740

16 Mar Away West Brom 4-0 :Foggon, Hickton 2, Souness

19 Mar Away Fulham 4-0 :Maddren 2, Souness, Boam

23 Mar Home Oxford 1-0 :Armstrong  :26,877

30 Mar Away Luton 1-0 :Mills

6 Apr Home Notts County 4-0 :Hickton, Needham og, Armstrong, Foggon  :27,283

9 Apr Home Bolton 0-0  :28,143

13 Apr Away Cardiff 2-3 :Maddren, Foggon 

15 Apr Away Bolton 1-2 :Boam

20 Apr Home Sheffield Wed 8-0 :Hickton, Mills, Murdoch, Souness 3, Foggon 2 :25,287

27 Apr Away Preston 4-2 :Brine 2, Foggon, Hickton 

Boro struggled to score goals early in the season, only 5 in the first 7 matches, but in the 8th match they beat Bristol City to go top and never relinquished that position going on an unbeaten run of 24 matches until a surprise 1-5 defeat away to Nottm Forest. However 9 wins on the trot with only 3 goals conceded had them promoted as early as the 30th March. They took their foot off the gas over Easter with only a single point to show in 3 matches, but got their mojo back with their biggest win in over 16 years to give their fans an extra reason to celebrate.

Having lost their first home League match of the season Boro won 16 and drew 4 of the remaining 20. Their away form was almost as impressive with 11 wins, the first time they had recorded a double figure of away wins in a season. Overall Boro won 27 matches, drew 11 and lost only 4 matches scoring 77 goals and conceding only 20, the lowest number conceded before or since as their 65 points was 15 more than runners-up Luton. Top scorer was Alan Foggon with 19, whilst David Mills and John Hickton each scored 11. Jack Charlton was named Manager of the Season, the first outside the First Division ever to receive such an accolade.


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Having gained promotion to the First Division for the first time in 20 years this is how the season progressed match by match:-

1974/75 OLD FIRST DIVISION 

17 Aug Away Birmingham 3-0 :Hickton, Foggon 2

20 Aug Home Carlisle 0-2 :28,719

24 Aug Home Luton 1-1 :Mills :21,478

27 Aug Away Carlisle 1-0  :Armstrong  

31 Aug Away Stoke 1-1 :Souness 

7 Sep Home Chelsea 1-1 :Maddren  :25,480

14 Sep Away Sheffield Utd 0-1

21 Sep Home Manchester City 3-0 :Mills, Foggon 2  :30,256

28 Sep Away Tottenham 2-1 :Armstrong, Mills 

5 Oct Home Wolves 2-1 :Hickton, Willey  :27,443

12 Oct Away Liverpool 0-2

16 Oct Away Luke 1-0 :Foggon 

19 Oct Home Coventry 4-4 :Souness 2, Mills, Foggon  :25,499

26 Oct Away Derby 3-2 :Hickton, Foggon, Mills 

2 Nov Away West Ham 0-3

9 Nov Home Newcastle 0-0  :38,380

16 Nov Away Leeds 2-2 :Boam, Smith 

23 Nov Home Queen’s Park R 1-3 :Foggon  :27,530

30 Nov Away Arsenal 0-2

7 Dec Home Ipswich 3-0 :Souness 2, Foggon  :23,735

10 Dec Home Leicester 3-0 :Foggon 2, Willey  :22,699

14 Dec Home Birmingham 3-0 : Foggon, Hickton, Page og  :23,737

21 Dec Away Burnley 1-1 :Armstrong 

26 Dec Home Sheffield Utd 1-0 :Armstrong  :31,879

28 Dec Away Everton 1-1 :Maddren

11 Jan Away Ipswich 0-2

28 Jan Home Arsenal 0-0  :27,996

1 Feb Away Newcastle 1-2 :Hickton 

8 Feb Home West Ham 0-0  :29,179

22 Feb Home Leeds 0-1  :39,500

25 Feb Away Queen’s Park R 0-0

1 Mar Home Stoke 2-0 :Hickton, Foggon  :25,766

15 Mar Home Tottenham 3-0 :Souness 2, Hickton   :25,637

18 Mar Home Everton 2-0 :Mills, Armstrong  :32,813

22 Mar Away Chelsea 2-1 :Willey, Craggs 

28 Mar Away Manchester City 1-2 :Mills 

29 Mar Home Burnley 2-0 :Murdoch, Foggon  :28,922

5 Apr Home Derby 1-1 :Mills  :30,066

9 Apr Away Leicester 0-1

12 Apr Away Wolves 0-2

19 Apr Home Liverpool 1-0 :Foggon  :33,982

26 Apr Away Coventry 2-0 :Foggon, Hickton   

The Final League Table was as follows:-

Derby  Plyd 42 Won 21 Drew 11 Lost 10 Goals 67-49 Pts 53

Liverpool Pl 42 Won 20 Drew 11 Lost 11 Goals 60-39 Pts 51

Ipswich  Pld 42 Won 23 Drew  5 Lost 14 Goals 66-44 Pts 51

Everton  Pld 42 Won 16 Drew 18 Lost  8 Goals 56-42 Pts 50

Stoke  Plyd  42 Won 17 Drew 15 Lost 10 Goals 64-48 Pts 49

Sheff Utd Pl 42 Won 18 Drew 13 Lost 11 Goals 58-51 Pts 49

BORO Playd 42 Won 18 Drew 12 Lost 12 Goals 54-40 Pts 48

Boro led Derby 1-0 at halftime but only drew 1-1, and up to that time were well in touch with the League Leaders. If they had held on for the win and won their final 4 matches instead of losing 2 of them, they would have won the League with 53 and a point ahead of Derby.

Top scorer was Alan Foggon with 16 goals, whilst David Mills and John Hickton each scored 8.

 


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A question all Boro fans must have been asking themselves  -  how come a club that was so comfortable in the First Division at the start of the decade struggled so much midway through it, selling their best players and almost going out of existence in 1986? The liquidation has been well chronicled about the saving of the club at the 11th hour, but I want to piece together the first two seasons starting with our friends over the Tees allowing Boro to use their ground and facilities. Incidentally although so many Boro fans claimed they were there at the Victoria Stadium, less than 4,000 can justify that claim. Pools had already played and gained themselves a point in a 1-1 draw with Cardiff City in a match a division below Boro’s encounter with Port Vale, a strange name for a football club set in the Potteries and almost equidistant between the Irish Sea and the North Sea. Strange as well that Boro and Pools had never met in a competitive fixture between the two clubs, obviously had never been in the same Division as each other, but hadn’t met in a Cup tie either until 3 days after these two matches on the 23rd of August when they were drawn against each other in a League Cup 1st Leg match, which also ended in a draw.

Anyway this is how Boro’s season panned out match by match in only their second ever season outside the top two tiers of English football:-

1986/87 OLD THIRD DIVISION 

23 Aug Home Port Vale 2-2 :Stephens 2  :3,690

30 Aug Away Wigan 2-0 :Turnbull, Mowbray  

6 Sep Home Bury 3-1 :Stephens 2, Slaven  :6,499

13 Sep Away Gillingham 0-0

17 Sep Away Bristol Rov 2-1 :Slaven 2

20 Sep Home Chesterfield 2-0 :Mowbray, Laws  :7,633

27 Sep Away Fulham 2-2 :Laws, Hamilton 

30 Sep Home Swindon 1-0 :Laws   :9,221

4 Oct Away Rotherham 4-1 :Stephens 2, Law 2

11 Oct Home Blackpool 1-3 :Stephens  :11,470

18 Oct Home Walsall 3-1 :Stephens 2, Laws  :8,349

21 Oct Away Notts County 0-1

25 Oct Away Bristol City 2-2 :Slaven, Laws

1 Nov Home Bournemouth 4-0 :Stephens, Slaven, Hamilton, Ripley  :10,702

4 Nov Home Bolton 0-0  :10,092

8 Nov Away Darlington 1-0 :Stephens

22 Nov Away Newport 1-0 :Mowbray 

29 Nov Home Chester 1-2 :Slaven  :9,376

13 Dec Home Doncaster 1-0 :Mowbray  :8,100

21 Dec Away Brentford 1-0 :Slaven 

26 Dec Home Carlisle 1-0 :Gill  :14,216

27 Dec Away Mansfield 1-1 :Proudlock

1 Jan Away York 1-3 :Mowbray 

3 Jan Home Newport 2-0 :Gill, Stephens  :9,595

24 Jan Away Bury 3-0 :Slaven 2, Laws

7 Feb Home Bristol Rov 1-0 :Ripley  :9,610

14 Feb Away Chesterfield 1-2 :Slaven 

17 Feb Away Port Vale 0-0

21 Feb Home Fulham 3-0 :Slaven, Hamilton 2  :9,361

28 Feb Away Swindon 0-1

3 Mar Away Bournemouth 1-3 :Slaven 

7 Mar Home Bristol City 1-0 :Mowbray  :10,220

14 Mar Away Walsall 0-1

17 Mar Home Notts County 2-0 :Stephens, Slaven  :9,845

21 Mar Away Blackpool 1-0 :Stephens 

28 Mar Home Rotherham 0-0  :9,569

5 Apr Home Darlington 1-1 :Slaven  :11,969

11 Apr Away Bolton 1-0 :Slaven 

18 Apr Home York 3-1 :Ripley, Stephens, Turnbull  :10,546

20 Apr Away Carlisle 1-0 :Pallister 

25 Apr Home Brentford 2-0 :Slaven, Turnbull  :9,942

28 Apr Home Gillingham 3-0 :Stephens, Slaven, Turnbull  :11,937

2 May Away Chester 2-1 :Mowbray, Hamilton 

4 May Home Mansfield 1-0 :Hamilton  :13,545

6 May Home Wigan 0-0  :18,523

9 May Away Doncaster 2-0 :Hamilton, Ripley 

Boro finished 2nd having Played 46, Won 28, Drew 10, Lost 8, Goals 67-30 with 94 points. They were only out of the top three 8 times during the season and actually were top of the League for most of the time till the middle of February, but eventually finished 3 points behind Bournemouth. They built their play on a strong defence including 27 clean sheets and a dozen 1-0 wins. Their concession of only 30 goals was the lowest Boro had ever conceded in a 46 match programme. They only used 20 players, 9 of whom made over 40 appearances. Top scorers were Bernie Slaven with 17 and Archie Stephens 16, 10 of which came in his first 14 matches. Brian Laws scored 8 from 26 appearances until he was injured in February, and both Tony Mowbray and Gary Hamilton chipped in with 7 each

 

 

 


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Having come through the rigours of the 3rd Division with probably the youngest team in their history, they actually only used 18 players in the following season, 7 of whom only missed 12 matches between them  -  they really were the Boro Bairns as another 6 players made 10 or less appearances between them. This is how successive promotions panned out match by match:-

1987/88 OLD SECOND DIVISION

15 Aug Home Millwall 1-1 :Stephens   :11,471

22 Aug Away Stoke 0-1

29 Aug Home Oldham 1-0 :Slaven  :10,551

1 Sep Away Crystal Palace 1-3 :Slaven  

5 Sep Home Swindon 2-3 :Stephens, Slaven  :9,344

8 Sep Away Aston Villa 1-0 :Kerr

15 Sep Home Bournemouth 3-0 :Hamilton 2, Slaven  :9,660

19 Sep Home Leeds 2-0 :Pallister, Kerr  :12,051

26 Sep Away Blackburn 2-0 :Kernaghan, Kerr

29 Sep Home Reading 0-0  :10,093

3 Oct Away Bradford 0-2

10 Oct Away Huddersfield 4-1 :Slaven 3, Laws

17 Oct Home West Brom 2-1 :Slaven, Cooper  :10,684

20 Oct Home Ipswich 3-1 :Pallister, Slaven, Kernaghan  :10,491

24 Oct Away Birmingham 0-0

31 Oct Home Shrewsbury 4-0 :Slaven 3, Kernaghan  :10,183

4 Nov Away Manchester City 1-1 :Glover

7 Nov Away Sheffield Utd 2-0 :Slaven, Ripley 

14 Nov Home Hull 1-0 :Ripley  :15,709

21 Nov Away Plymouth 1-0 :Hamilton 

28 Nov Home Barnsley 2-0 :Slaven, Kernaghan  :12,732

5 Dec Away Leicester 0-0

12 Dec Home Stoke 2-0 :Hamilton, Slaven  :12,289

19 Dec Away Bournemouth 0-0

26 Dec Home Blackburn 1-1 :Slaven  :23,536

28 Dec Away Leeds 0-2

1 Jan Away Oldham 1-3 :Kerr

16 Jan  Away Millwall 1-2 :Slaven 

23 Jan Home Crystal Palace 2-1 :Mowbray, Glover  :12,597

6 Feb Away Swindon 1-1 :Mowbray  

14 Feb Home Aston Villa 2-1 :Kernaghan, Mowbray  :16,957

20 Feb Away Reading 0-0

27 Feb Home Bradford 1-2 :Cooper  :21,079

5 Mar Away West Brom 0-0

12 Mar Home Huddersfield 2-0 :Glover, Kerr  :13,866

19 Mar Away Shrewsbury 1-0 :Glover 

26 Mar Home Birmingham 1-1 :Pallister  :15,465

2 Apr Home Sheffield Utd 6-0 :Senior 2, Ripley 3, Slaven  :17,340

4 Apr Away Hull 0-0

9 Apr Home Manchester City 2-1 :Ripley, Hamilton  :19,443

23 Apr Away Ipswich 0-4

30 Apr Home Plymouth 3-1 :Ripley, Kernaghan, Hamilton  :16,615

2 May Away Barnsley 3-0 :Ripley, Slaven 2

7 May Home Leicester 1-2 :Slaven  :27,645 *

Playoffs:-

15 May Away Bradford 1-2 :Senior 

18 May Home Bradford 2-0 aet (won 3-2) :Slaven, Hamilton  :25,868

25 May Home Chelsea 2-0 :Senior, Slaven  :25,531

28 May Away Chelsea 0-1 (won 2-1 on aggregate)

* denotes the highest attendance at Ayresome Park in a period of 14 years from the 17th March 1981 up to and including the last ever match on the 30th May 1995.

Boro finished 3rd hence for the need to enter the playoffs, although their goal difference was equal to Runner-up Aston Villa although Boro scored fewer goals. Boro’s final record was Played 44, Won 22, Drew 12, Lost 10, Goals 63 for, and 36 against, Points 78, three less than Champions Millwall. Although Boro froze in that final League match at home when a draw would have ensured automatic promotion, they showed great fortitude in winning through to reach the playoff Final, and even greater courage at Stamford Bridge            against extreme provocation from the home supporters.  Top scorer was Bernie Slaven with 21 goals plus 2 more in the playoffs. No other Boro player reached double figures, Stuart Ripley’s 8 goals being the second top scorer. However Trevor Senior’s 4 goals in his short stay should be noted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Unfortunately after their successive promotions Boro were relegated in the following season under Colin Todd, but the new Manager Lennie Lawrence turned Boro round in his first season in control. That was the next season I wish to review, again match by match as follows:-

1991/92 OLD SECOND DIVISION 

17 Aug Home Millwall 1-0 :Mustoe  :16,234

21 Aug Away Derby 0-2

24 Aug Away Ipswich 1-2 :Wilkinson 

27 Aug Home Newcastle 3-0 :Wilkinson, Proctor, Falconer  :16.970

31 Aug Home Portsmouth 2-0 :Falconer, Slaven  :12,320

4 Sep Away Oxford 2-1 :Slaven 2 

7 Sep Away Watford 2-1 :Wilkinson, Falconer  

14 Sep Home Leicester 3-0 :Slaven, Wilkinson 2  :16,633

17 Sep Home Tranmere 1-0 :Falconer  :16,550

21 Sep Away Plymouth 1-1 :Wilkinson 

28 Sep Home Sunderland 2-1 :Slaven (after 17 seconds), Wilkinson  :19,424

 5 Oct Away Bristol Rov 1-2 :Yates og

12 Oct Home Wolves 0-0  :15,253

19 Oct Away Grimsby 0-1 

26 Oct Home Port Vale 1-0 :Kernaghan  :11,403

2 Nov Home Southend 1-1 :Ripley  :9,664

5 Nov Away Barnsley 1-2 :Slaven 

9 Nov Away Brighton 1-1 :Slaven 

16 Nov Home Charlton 2-0 :Mohan, Slaven  :13,093

23 Nov Home Bristol City 3-1 :Payton, Slaven 2  :12,928

30 Nov Away Blackburn 1-2 :Slaven 

7 Dec Home Swindon 2-2 :Wilkinson, Slaven  :13,300

26 Dec Away Newcastle 1-0 :Wilkinson 

28 Dec Away Portsmouth 0-4

1 Jan Home Derby 1-1 :Mohan  :16,288

11 Jan Home Ipswich 1-0 :Payton  :15,104

18 Jan Away Millwall 0-2

 8 Feb Away Port Vale 2-1 :Hendrie, Mustoe

22 Feb Home Blackburn 0-0  :19,353

29 Feb Away Swindon 1-0 :Kernaghan 

7 Mar Home Cambridge 1-1 :Wilkinson  :14,686

14 Mar Away Southend 1-0 :Slaven 

17 Mar Away Cambridge 0-0

21 Mar Home Brighton 4-0 :Slaven 3, Hendrie  :13,054

28 Mar Away Charlton 0-0

1 Apr Away Leicester 1-2 :Polllock

4 Apr Home Watford 1-2 :Wilkinson  :13,669

7 Apr Away Bristol City 1-1 :Hendrie 

10 Apr Away Tranmere 2-1 :Proctor, Phillips 

13 Apr Home Barnsley 0-1  :12,743

15 Apr Home Oxford 2-1 :Ripley, Payton  :11,928

18 Apr Home Plymouth 2-1 :Ripley, Falconer  :15,086

20 Apr Away  Sunderland 0-1

25 Apr Home Bristol Rov 2-1 :Wilkinson 2  :14,057

28 Apr Home Grimsby 2-0 :Phillips, Wilkinson  :18,570

2   May Away Wolves 2-1 :Gittens, Wilkinson 

Boro after a bad start soon got into their rhythm and spent 9 weeks top of the table. They were briefly top again after the Boxing Day win at St James’s Park, but never led the table again. By mid April they had dropped to 7th but with games in hand. In fact they played 10 matches in April and won 5 of their last 6 matches. The final match of the season at Molineux was in danger of being postponed because of vandalism to the pitch, and Boro found themselves 0-1 down before Jon Gittens equalised and was later sent off. However Paul Wilkinson scored the winner with 12 minutes remaining as Boro won 2-1 and were promoted to the inaugural Premier League with 80 points in Second place 4 points behind Ipswich. Boro Won 23 of their matches, Drew 11 and Lost 12 scoring 58 goals and conceding 41. Top scorer was Bernie Slaven with 16 goals, one more than Paul Wilkinson.

 

 


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Boro only lasted one season in the Premier League, and after finishing 9th in the New Division 1 Lennie Lawrence was sacked but recommended that Boro should appoint Bryan Robson as player/manager as Boro were to play their final season at Ayresome Park before moving into a brand new stadium at the Riverside, and this is how the season progressed match by match:-

1994/95 DIVISION 1

13 Aug Home Burnley 2-0 :Hendrie 2  :23,343

20 Aug Away Southend 2-0 :Hendrie 2

27 Aug Home Bolton 1-0 :Wilkinson  :19,570

31 Aug Away Derby 1-0 :Blackmore 

3 Sep Away Watford 1-1 :Blackmore

11 Sep Home Sunderland 2-2 :Moore, Pearson  :19,578

14 Sep Home West Brom 2-1 :Mustoe, Hignett  :14,878

17 Sep Away Port Vale 1-2 :Pollock 

24 Sep Away Bristol City 1-0 :Hendrie 

1 Oct Home Millwall 3-0 :Hendrie, Wilkinson, Beard og  :17,229

8 Oct Home Tranmere 0-1  :18,497

15 Oct Away Luton 1-5 :Whyte

23 Oct Away Portsmouth 0-0

29 Oct Home Swindon 3-1 :Cox, Hendrie, Wilkinson  :17,328

1 Nov Home Oldham 2-1 :Moore, Hignett  :15,929

5 Nov Away Grimsby 1-2 :Hignett 

20 Nov Home Wolves 1-0 :Hendrie  :19,953

26 Nov Away Charlton 2-0 :Hendrie, Pollock

3 Dec Home Portsmouth 4-0 :Wilkinson 2, Hignett 2  :17,185 

6 Dec Away Reading 1-1 :Wilkinson 

10 Dec Home Southend 1-2 :Hendrie  :16,843

18 Dec Away Burnley 3-0 :Hendrie

26 Dec Away Sheffield Utd 1-1 :Hignett 

28 Dec Home Notts County 2-1 :Hignett, Pearson  :21,558

31 Dec Away Stoke 1-1 :Vickers 

15 Jan Away Swindon 1-2 :Hignett 

21 Jan Home Grimsby 1-1 :Mustoe  :15,360

4 Feb Home Reading 0-1  :17,982

18 Feb Home Charlton 1-0 :Fuchs  :16,301

21 Feb Away Wolves 2-0 :Vickers, Fuchs 

26 Feb Away Millwall 0-0

4 Mar Home Bristol City 3-0 :Fuchs 3  :17,371

7 Mar Home Watford 2-0 :Mustoe, Fuchs  :16,630

11 Mar Away Bolton 0-1

14 Mar Home Barnsley 1-1 :Moreno  :19,655

18 Mar Home Derby 2-4 :Fuchs, Pollock  :18,168

21 Mar Away Sunderland 1-0 :Pollock 

26 Mar Home Port Vale 3-0 :Robson, Vickers, Fuchs  :17,401

1 Apr Away West Brom 3-1 :Pollock, Raven og, Moore 

5 Apr Away Oldham 0-1

8 Apr Home Stoke 2-1 :Pearson, Moore  :20,867

15 Apr Away Notts County 1-1 :Fuchs

17 Apr Home Sheffield Utd 1-1 :Fjortoft  :23,225

22 Apr Away Barnsley 1-1 :Fjortoft

30 Apr Home Luton 2-1 :Hendrie 2  :23,903

7 May Away Tranmere 1-1 :Fjortoft  

With only one club automatically promoted it was imperative that Boro finished top. The final League game at Ayresome Park didn’t automatically give Boro promotion until Bolton lost their game in hand midweek, but as the Trotters lost it, the result of Boro’s final game at Birkenhead was academic. There had been a wobble in January when Boro’s home match with Barnsley was abandoned with Boro leading 1-0 and the replayed fixture only ended in a draw as Boro failed to win 4 matches, but the loan signing of Uwe Fuchs with his 9 goals in 15 appearances steadied the ship, then the signing of Jan-Aage Fjortoft around Easter with his 3 goals at an important time of the season was the icing on the cake. Boro were only once outside the top 3 after the 1-5 defeat at Luton and regained top spot after the win at Sunderland. Boro finished top with 82 points including 23 Wins, 13 Draws and 10 Defeats scoring 67 goals and conceding 40. John Hendrie was top scorer with 15 goals, and as well as Fuchs’s 9 goals Craig Hignett scored 8.

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The 1996/97 season was noted for two Cup Finals and a relegation so I’ve included Cup matches integrated into the League programme match by match with the Cup matches shown in upper case:-

1996/97 PREMIER LEAGUE

17 Aug Home Liverpool 3-3 :Ravanelli 3  :30,039

21 Aug Away Chelsea 0-1

24 Aug Away Nottm Forest 1-1 :Juninho

4 Sep Home West Ham 4-1 :Emerson, Mustoe, Ravenelli, Stamp  :30,060

7 Sep Home Coventry 4-0 :Ravanelli 2, Juninho 2  :29,811

14 Sep Away Everton 2-1 :Barmby, Juninho

18 SEP HOME HEREFORD 7-0 :RAVANELLI 4, EMERSON, BRANCO, FLEMING  :17,136

21 Sep Home Arsenal 0-2   :29,629

24 SEP AWAY HEREFORD 3-0 :BECK, STAMP, BRANCO (WON 10-0 ON AGGREGATE)

28 Sep Away Southampton 0-4

14 Oct Away Sunderland 2-2 :Emerson, Ravanelli 

19 Oct Home Tottenham 0-3   :30,215

23 OCT HOME HUDDERSFIELD 5-1 :JUNINHO, EMERSON, RAVANELLI 2, BECK 26,615 

26 Oct Home Wimbledon 0-0   :29,758

3 Nov Away Newcastle 1-3 :Beck

17 Nov Away Derby 1-2 :Ravanelli 

23 Nov Home Manchester Utd 2-2 :Ravanelli , Hignett  :30,063

27 NOV HOME NEWCASTLE 3-1 :WHYTE, BECK, RAVANELLI  :29,831

30 Nov Away Aston Villa 0-1

3 Dec Home Leicester 0-2  :29,709

7 Dec Home Leeds 0-0  :30,018

14 Dec  Away Liverpool 1-5 :Fjortoft

21 Dec Away Blackburn (match postponed)

26 Dec Home Everton 4-2 :Hignett, Blackmore, Juninho 2  :29,673

28 Dec Away Coventry 0-3

1 Jan Away Arsenal 0-2

* 4 JAN HOME CHESTER 6-0 :RAVENELLI 2, HIGNETT, COX, BECK, STAMP  :18,684

8 JAN HOME LIVERPOOL 2-1 :HIGNETT, VICKERS  :28,670

11 Jan Home Southampton 0-1  :29,509
 
18 Jan Home Sheffield Wed 4-2 :Ravanelli, Festa, Emerson, Juninho  :29,485

*25 JAN AWAY HEDNESFORD 3-2  :LAMBERT OG, FJORTOFT, RAVANELLI  :27,511 (PLAYED AT HOME) 27,511

1 Feb Away Wimbledon 1-1 :Mustoe

*15 FEB AWAY MANCHESTER CITY 1-0 :JUNINHO  

22 Feb Home Newcastle 0-1   :30,063

26 FEB AWAY STOCKPORT 2-0 :BECK, RAVANELLI 

1 Mar Away Sheffield Wed 1-3 :Mustoe

5 Mar Home Derby 6-1 :Kinder, Ravanelli 3, Hignet, Beck  :29,739

*8 MAR AWAY DERBY 2-0 :JUNINHO, RAVANELLI 

12 MAR HOME STOCKPORT 0-1 (WON 2-1 ON AGGREGATE) 29,633

15 Mar Away Leicester 3-1 :Blackmore, Juninho, Beck 

19 Mar Home Blackburn 2-1 :Juninho, Ravanelli  :29,891

22 Mar Home Chelsea 1-0 :Juninho  :29,811

24 Mar Home Nottm Forest 1-1 :Beck  :29,888

6 APR AT WEMBLEY -  LEICESTER 1-1 (AFTER EXTRA TIME)76,757

9 Apr Away West Ham 0-0

*13 APR AT OLD TRAFFORD - CHESTERFIELD 3-3 (AFTER EXTRA TIME) RAVANELLI, HIGNETT, FESTA  :49,640

16 APR AT HILLSBOROUGH - LEICESTER 0-1 (AFTER EXTRA TIME) 39,428

19 Apr Home Sunderland 0-1  :30,106

*22 APR AT HILLSBOROUGH - CHESTERFIELD 3-0 :BECK, RAVANELLI, EMERSON  :30,339

24 Apr Away Tottenham 0-1

3 May Home Aston Villa 3-2 :Ravanelli 2, Beck  :30,074

5 May Away Manchester Utd 3-3 :Juninho, Emerson, Hignett 

8 May Away Blackburn 0-0

11 May Away Leeds 1-1 :Juninho 

*17 MAY AT WEMBLEY - CHELSEA 0-2  :79,160

As mentioned matches in Capital Letters are League Cup matches; with an asterisk * are FA Challenge Cup matches.

After 7 matches Boro had reached 8th in the League Table, but a winless run of 12 matches plummeted them down to 17th. By mid- January Boro had hit rock bottom where they remained until mid-March albeit with games in hand. Four successive wins in March lifted them up to 17th and outside the relegation spots, but having to play their last 4 matches in 8 days was a bridge too far as they finished 18th with 39 points after the 3 point deduction for failing to fulfill the away fixture at Blackburn in December. Their final record was Wins 10, Draws 12 and Defeats 16 with 51 goals scored and 60 conceded. Had Boro fulfilled the Blackburn fixture with a weakened side and lost they would have escaped relegation. Top scorer in League matches was Fabrizio Ravanelli with 16 goals all but 2 of them scored at the Riverside, although he scored another 15 in Cup matches. Juninho scored 12 times in League matches and another 3 in Cup matches.

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Before the start of the next season Juninho had signed for Atlético Madrid, Ravanelli played in the first 2 matches before signing for Olympique Marseille, and Emerson stayed for 21 matches before eventually signing for Tenerife. However Paul Merson was acquired from Arsenal and proved to be the main catalyst in Boro bouncing back to the Premier League after only one season, and this is the match by match way how that was obtained:-

1997/98 DIVISION 1

9 Aug Home Charlton 2-1 :Festa, Ravanelli  :29,414

23 Aug Home Stoke 0-1  :30,122

30 Aug Away Tranmere 2-0 :Mustoe, Beck 

2 Sep Away Stockport 1-1 :Merson 

13 Sep Away Bradford City 2-2 :Kinder, Ormerod  

20 Sep Home Birmingham 3-1 :Kinder, Beck, Emerson  :30,125

28 Sep Away Sunderland 2-1 :Emerson, Mustoe

5 Oct Home Sheffield Utd 1-2 :Beck  :30,000

18 Oct Away Crewe 1-1 :Townsend 

21 Oct Away Oxford 4-1 :Emerson, Mustoe, Fleming, Merson 

25 Oct Home Port Vale 2-1 :Merson 2  :30,096

28 Oct Home Huddersfield 3-0 :Merson, Beck 2  :29,965

1 Nov Away Wolves 0-1

5 Nov Home Portsmouth 1-1 :Townsend  :29,724

8 Nov Home Queen’s Park R 3-0 :Beck, Merson, Ormerod  :30,067

15 Nov Away Norwich 3-1 :Beck, Merson, Ormerod 

22 Nov Away Swindon 2-1 :Merson, Emerson 

26 Nov Home Nottm Forest 0-0  :30,143

29 Nov Home West Brom 1-0 :Beck  :30,163

2 Dec Away Ipswich 1-1 :Merson 

6 Dec Away Bury 1-0 :Beck 

13 Dec Home Reading 4-0 :Hignett 2, Beck 2  :29,872

20 Dec Away Manchester City 0-2

26 Dec Away Huddersfield 1-0 :Gray og

28 Dec Home Stockport 3-1 :Hignett, Beck 2  :30,166

10 Jan Away Charlton 0-3

17 Jan Home Ipswich 1-1 :Pearson  :30,081

1 Feb Away Stoke 2-1 :Pearson, Moreno 

4 Feb Home Tranmere 3-0 :Hignett, Merson 2  :29,540

7 Feb Away Birmingham 1-1 :Festa

14 Feb Home Bradford City 1-0 :Hignett  :30,165

21 Feb Home Sunderland 3-1 :Branca 2, Armstrong  :30,227

25 Feb Home Crewe 1-0 :Maddison  :29,936 

1 Mar Away Nottm Forest 0-4

4 Mar Away Queen’s Park R 0-5

11 Mar Home Swindon 6-0 :Branca 2, Maddison 2, Armstrong 2  :29,581

14 Mar Away Portsmouth 0-0

22 Mar Home Norwich 3-0 :Maddison, Armstrong, Beck  :30,040

4 Apr Away West Brom 1-2 :Branca 

7 Apr Away Sheffield Utd 0-1

11 Apr Home Bury 4-0 :Ricard, Branca 3  :30,218

13 Apr Away Reading 1-0 :Branca

17 Apr Home Manchester City 1-0 :Armstrong  :30,182

24 Apr Away Port Vale 1-0 :Merson 

29 Apr Home Wolves 1-1 :Ricard  :29,878

3 May Home Oxford 4-1 :Armstrong 2, Hignett 2  :30,228 Ground Record 

The season didn’t start too well as Boro were only in 12th position after 5 matches, but then quickly established their credentials as likely automatic promotion candidates with an unbeaten run of 9 matches to head the League Table by early December. In March Boro rather surprisingly had two successive heavy away defeats conceding 9 goals without scoring, but immediately scored 6 in their next home match. Nonetheless Boro only accumulated a single point in 5 away matches during that period which thrust them down to 4th with only 6 matches remaining. However undeterred Boro won 5 and drew one of their last 6 matches to claim automatic promotion in second place with 91 points, 3 behind Nottm Forest and one point ahead of Sunderland. Boro’s statistics from their 46 matches were 27 Wins, 10 Draws and 9 defeats, scoring 77 goals and conceding 41. By a quirk of nature this was the second time that Boro needed to beat Oxford in the final match of the season to gain promotion, the other being in 1967 and on both occasions Boro won 4-1.

One feature of the season was that in only 8 home matches were there less than 30,000 spectators, and the average crowd was 29,997. Top scorer was Mikkel Beck with 14 goals, Paul Merson scored 12 but was responsible for many more, and late February signing Marco Branca scored 9 in only 11 appearances.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So now I come to the most recent seasons in my chosen 20 with Aitor Karanka’s first full season in charge of Boro:-

2014/15 CHAMPIONSHIP 

9 Aug Home Birmingham 2-0 :Ayala, Kike  :18,371

16 Aug Away Leeds 0-1

19 Aug Away Bolton 2-1 :Leadbitter, Kike

23 Aug Home Sheffield Wed 2-3 :Leadbitter 2  :17,820

30 Aug Home Reading 0-1   :14,970

13 Sep Away Huddersfield 2-1 :Leadbitter 2

16 Sep Away Cardiff 1-0 :Kike

20 Sep Home Brentford 4-0 :Leadbitter, Adomah, Bamford, Kike  :15,484

27 Sep Away Charlton 0-0

30 Sep Home Blackpool 1-1 :Ayala  :15,213

 4 Oct Home Fulham 2-0 :Reach, Adomah   :16,201

18 Oct Away Brighton 2-1 :Tomlin, Adomah 

21 Oct Away Wolves 0-2

25 Oct Home Watford 1-1 :Kike  :17,491

1 Nov Away Rotherham 3-0 :Bamford, Wildschut, Tomlin  

4 Nov Home Norwich 4-0 :Bamford. Leadbitter 2, Wildschut  :16,468

8 Nov Home Bournemouth 0-0  :22,930

22 Nov Away Wigan 1-1 :Bamford  

29 Nov Home Blackburn 1-1 :Bamford  :18,152

6 Dec Away Millwall 5-1 :Vossen, Bamford, Kike

13 Dec Home Derby 2-0 :Bamford, Leadbitter  :17,434

20 Dec Away Ipswich 0-2

26 Dec Home Nottm Forest 3-0 :Friend, Vossen, Leadbitter  :32,277

28 Dec Away Blackburn 0-0

10 Jan Away Reading 0-0

17 Jan Home Huddersfield 2-0 :Tomlin 2  :18,576

20 Jan Home Cardiff 2-1 :Bamford, Tomlin  :16,035

31 Jan Away Brentford 1-0 :Leadbitter 

7 Feb Home Charlton 3-1 :Bamford, Vossen, Tomlin  :18,903

10 Feb Away Blackpool 2-1 :Woodgate, Kike

18 Feb Away Birmingham 1-1 :Bamford  

21 Feb Home Leeds 0-1  :25,531

24 Feb Home Bolton 1-0 :Adomah  :16,569

28 Feb Away Sheffield Wed  0-2

3 Mar Home Millwall 3-0 :Bamford, Kike, Vossen  :16,078

7 Mar Away Nottm Forest 1-2 :Leadbitter  

14 Mar Home Ipswich 4-1 :Ayala, Adomah, Bamford 2  :18,909

17 Mar Away Derby 1-0 :Bamford 

21 Mar Away Bournemouth 0-3

3 Apr Home Wigan 1-0 :Bamford  :23,082

6 Apr Away Watford 0-2

11 Apr Home Rotherham 2-0 :Tomlin, Bamford  :19,537

14 Apr Home Wolves 2-1 :Vossen, Bamford  :20,520

17 Apr Away Norwich 1-0 :Tettey og

25 Apr Away Fulham 3-4 :Reach, Ayala, Kike

2 May Home Brighton 0-0  :33,381

Playoffs

8 May Away Brentford 2-1 :Vossen, Amorebieta

15 May Home Brentford 3-0 :Tomlin, Kike, Adomah  :33,266

25 May at Wembley  - Norwich 0-2  :85,656  

Boro lost their 4th and 5th matches of the season both at home to occupy 16th position in the League Table, but then won 5 and drew 2 of their next 7 matches to jump to 3rd, then after losing at Wolves won 4 and drew 4 of their next 8 matches to jump to 2nd position. By the beginning of March Boro were briefly top of the League as they were again after winning at Norwich with only 2 matches remaining.
Boro had to win the penultimate match of the season at Craven Cottage to have any chance of automatic promotion, but Michael Turner put Fulham a goal up in first half injury time, and Ross McCormack made it 2-0 from the penalty spot before Adam Reach pulled a goal back. However when George Friend gave another penalty away and was sent off, McCormack converted his second penalty midway through the second half to restore Fulham’s 2 goal advantage. Plucky 10 men Boro equalised with goals from Daniel Ayala and Kike with only 2 minutes of normal time remaining, so goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos moved upfield, quite rightly in my opinion, to try to help Boro win the match. Unfortunately with no goalkeeper Boro were exposed as McCormack completed his hat trick. There were many critics of the tactics, but truth to tell a draw would have been no help as Boro finished 4th and 5 points behind Bournemouth and 4 behind Watford with an inferior goal difference.

On to the playoff semifinal and Boro scored a late winner at Griffin Park and in a masterful display in the second leg easily accounted for Brentford, the 3-0 win giving them a convincing 5-1 aggregate win. On to Wembley and most Boro fans were confident of victory as Boro had beaten Norwich 4-0 at the Riverside in November, and only 38 days before the playoff Final had won at Carrow Road. The only worry was that leading goalscorer Patrick Bamford was a doubtful starter for the big day. In reality despite passing an injury test he wasn’t really fit, and the other snag was that the Boro players were caught in heavy traffic on the way to Wembley Stadium, which probably accounted for the sluggish start as Boro conceded two early goals, so effectively game over.

Boro’s final statistics from the 46 League matches were 25 wins, 10 draws and   11 defeats, with 68 goals scored and only 37 conceded with a total of 85 points. As stated Patrick Bamford was top scorer with 17 goals, Grant Leadbitter scored 12 (8 of them penalties, 4 of which occurred in the first 6 matches of the season) and Kike scored 9, whilst both Lee Tomlin and Jelle Vossen each scored 7.


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Having come so near to promotion in the previous season the question was could go one step further in season 2015/16 especially now that Patrick Bamford had left to try his luck on loan with Premier League club Crystal Palace. This then how the season unfolded match by match:-

2015/16 CHAMPIONSHIP 

9 Aug Away Preston 0-0

15 Aug Home Bolton 3-0 :Fabbrini, Kike 2  :23,333

18 Aug Away Derby 1-1 :Kike

22 Aug Home Bristol City 0-1  :22,236

29 Aug Away Sheffield Wed 3-1 :Reach, Fabbrini, Stuani 

12 Sep Home Milton Keynes Dons 2-0 :Downing, Nugent  :21,448

15 Sep Home Brentford 3-1 :Stuani 2, Adomah  :20,138

19 Sep Away Nottm Forest 2-1 :Nugent, Ayala

27 Sep Home Leeds 3-0 :Nugent, Bellusci og, Fabbrini  :27,694

3 Oct Away Reading 0-2

17 Oct Home Fulham 0-0  :22,498

20 Oct Away Cardiff 0-1

24 Oct Away Wolves 3-1 :Fabbrini, Leadbitter, Downing 

31 Oct Home Charlton 3-0 :Nugent, Adomah, Ayala  :20,943

3 Nov Home Rotherham 1-0  :Downing  :21,144

7 Nov Away Hull 0-3

20 Nov Home Queen’s Park R 1-0 :Leadbitter  :20,299

28 Nov Away Huddersfield 2-0 :Clayton, Nsue

4 Dec Away Ipswich 2-0 :Stuani, Nugent

12 Dec Home Birmingham 0-0  :20,929

15 Dec Home Burnley 1-0 :Nsue  :19,966

19 Dec Away Brighton 3-0 :Kike, Adomah, Stuani

28 Dec Home Sheffield Wed 1-0 :Stuani  :29,363

2 Jan Home Derby 2-0 :Adomah, Friend  :32,870

12 Jan Away Brentford 1-0 :Ayala

16 Jan Away Bristol City 0-1

23 Jan Home Nottm Forest 0-1  :24,985

6 Feb Home Blackburn 1-1 :Nugent  :26,244

9 Feb Away Milton Keynes Dons 1-1 :Rhodes 

15 Feb Away Leeds 0-0  

23 Feb Home Cardiff 3-1 :Connolly og, Ramirez, Nugent  :24,322

27 Feb Away Fulham 2-0 :Adomah, Leadbitter

1 Mar Away Blackburn 1-2 :Forshaw 

4 Mar Home Wolves 2-1 :Ramirez 2  :22,110

8 Mar Away Rotherham 0-1

13 Mar Away Charlton 0-2

18 Mar Home Hull 1-0 :Nugent  :26,791

1 Apr Away Queen’s Park R 3-2 :Rhodes, Ramirez, Gibson

5 Apr Home Huddersfield 3-0 :Leadbitter, Ramirez 2  :24,669

9 Apr Home Preston 1-0 :Adomah  :26,390

12 Apr Home Reading 2-1 :Nsue, Forshaw  :23,746

16 Apr Away Bolton 2-1 :Rhodes 2

19 Apr Away Burnley 1-1 :Rhodes 

23 Apr Home Ipswich 0-0  :30,505

29 Apr Away Birmingham 2-2 :Rhodes, Ramirez

7 May Home Brighton 1-1 :Stuani  :33,806

So automatic promotion was achieved to the Premier League for the first time in 7 years but not after some trials and tribulations. After an average start to the season with Boro in 8th position after 4 matches, they won the next 5 matches to climb into the top 2 places. A mere one point from the next 3 matches shoved Boro down to 6th position after 12 matches. Three successive wins elevated Boro into the top 2 where they stayed for most of the season. From mid-November Boro won 8 and drew 1 of their next 9 matches without conceding a goal. There was then a wobble from mid-January when Boro failed to win any of the next 5 matches, and soon after Aitor Karanka walked out of the club citing a breakdown with some of his players after a defeat at Rotherham and Steve Agnew took over the reins in the next match at Charlton where a poor display resulted in defeat against a club already in disarray. In the ensuing days Karanka agreed to continue his managerial duties and Captain Grant Leadbitter rallied his troops at a meeting in his home.

In the next fixture David Nugent scored a last minute winner in a televised match against Hull which started an unbeaten run of 10 matches to the end of the season although the last 4 were drawn. The final situation was that Boro had to avoid defeat in the final match of the season against Brighton to gain automatic promotion on goals scored. Boro scored first through Cristhian Stuani in the 19th minute to ease the nerves of their supporters, but there were a few nervous moments after Dale Stephens equalised in the second half before and after he was sent off, but Boro prevailed to finish 2nd to Burnley and gained promotion.

Boro’s final statistics showed their having won 26 matches, drawn 11 and losing 9, scoring 63 goals and conceding a mere 31 with a total of 89 points. Nobody reached double figures in the goal scoring department with David Nugent scoring 8, both Cristhian Stuani and Gaston Ramirez scoring 7, and Albert Adomah and Jordan Rhodes 6. The average attendance for the season was 24,627.

This post was modified 2 years ago by Ken Smith

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