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Andy R
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@martin-bellamy

Cristiano Ronaldo is the most dedicated professional football has ever seen.

I’m afraid that means he wouldn’t want to go for a pint with you or anyone else!


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@werdermouth

Damn - I read your reply after after Martin’s post. Beat me to it.


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@ken

The yellow card for taking ones shirt off has always been - whether openly acknowledged or not - because sponsors pay to have their logos on shirts and don’t want to miss the money shot.

Perhaps the sponsors should just be tattooed on the players’ torsos.


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Andy R
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Who would Diasborians prefer as a character  -  Christiano Ronaldo or Wayne Rooney?

At 17/18 years old, the two were rated as more or less equals, with Rooney slightly ahead for many.

One chose cigarettes, a few pints and extra marital affairs (sometimes with much older women for whatever reason) whilst the other chose extra training, the perfect diet and only water.

Both extremely talented - England’s record goalscorer vs international football’s record goalscorer - but there’s not much comparison from the age of 20 onwards in my opinion.


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@werdermouth

Motiva executives are probably not especially literate. Maybe they thought they were sponsoring the World Chests Federation.


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@jarkko

i couldn’t agree with you more. Anticipating a positive outcome doesn’t mean that a negative outcome is not hurtful but, at least for me, it makes the lead-up to an event that much more enjoyable.

utb


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Clive Hurren
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Thanks very much for that really interesting piece about Hull, Ken. 

I can recall some great battles with them over the years. Do you remember our FA Cup games in 1968? We drew 1-1 at Ayresome in the 3rd round, then 2-2 at Boothferry Park in the replay. I know I was at that second game - I think Wagstaffe scored for them - and I think I may even have gone by special train to Boothferry Park station, though my memory of that is distinctly hazy! No penalty shoot-outs in those days, of course, so it went to a second replay, played at York’s Bootham Crescent. Boro won it 1-0. Was I at that game? No idea! Can’t remember. I have seen Boro play at that ground, though, so perhaps that was then? Anyway, they were three stirring matches that stayed long in the memory. 

You mention that we have only ever won 5 times at their grounds. In that case, I’ve been very fortunate, as I’ve seen Boro win twice at the KC. The first was in 2011 when Boro won 4-2, Scott McDonald scoring a first half hat-trick as Boro went in a scarcely unbelievable 4-0 up at the break!

My second win was in 2017 when Grant Leadbitter inspired us to a 3-1 win. Both games were in the Championship. 

As for tomorrow, no prediction from me - I’m useless at them! We definitely should win, but as others have pointed out, Hull’s poor streak can’t go on indefinitely. I’ll be disappointed with a draw, but this is a must-not-lose game for us, so rather that than an ignominious defeat that would put Warnock right back in the spotlight. 


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Whilst watching rugby matches either League or Union I’ve often wondered why the head coaches usually watch the play sitting in the stand with an iPad and a walkie-talkie in hand offering instructions to their assistant coach at ground level, whilst in football the manager and coaches usually watch the play at pitch level. Can you imagine Neil Warnock watching the match high up in the stand? I bet football referees would welcome that instead of suffering an ear-bashing from the likes of Warnock, but how effective would that be in encouraging the players?


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@ Clive Hurren

Yes, those were the days when even the early rounds of the FA Cup often attracted the highest attendances of the season even though neither Boro nor Hull would seriously expect to reach Wembley. Those 3 matches attracted total crowds of almost 79,000. FA Cup matches especially mid-week replays under the floodlights had especially terrific atmospheres with 39,917 against Manchester City, 36,489 against Millwall, and 39,671 against Manchester United all in 1972. 

Clive, I think you’re getting as nostalgic as me now. 


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MW in Darwin
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Not sure how today's game will pan out. On paper we should win but we all know football isn't played on paper. It is 19 games since we won back to back games so will that become 20 today? Hull haven't won at home this season, the referee today, Andy Davies, hasn't officiated a home win all season. What could go wrong? Incidentally Davies is the only current ref who has been a professional footballer. He refed our game at Derby this season and last season sent off Sam Morsy in our home game against Luton. Anybody recall what he was like?


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Posted by: @ken

Whilst watching rugby matches either League or Union I’ve often wondered why the head coaches usually watch the play sitting in the stand with an iPad and a walkie-talkie in hand offering instructions to their assistant coach at ground level, whilst in football the manager and coaches usually watch the play at pitch level. Can you imagine Neil Warnock watching the match high up in the stand? I bet football referees would welcome that instead of suffering an ear-bashing from the likes of Warnock, but how effective would that be in encouraging the players?

I remember Steve McClaren was up in the stand quite often. And he was our most succesful manager ever. Not the most popular but he was very advanced with a psychologist, right food etc. very welcome new stuff. Very different to the Robson era with a few beers, etc. More professional. 

Up the Boro! 


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Andy R
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Agree with that Jarkko. I’ve always thought you must get a better view from the stands. Perhaps it’s the difference between a manager watching the game tactically and another wanting to talk directly to the players (and officials).

McClaren was unpopular but I don’t think that was much to do with his coaching methods, more his rather blatant view of Boro as a stepping stone. It wasn’t unfair for him to view us that way but he could have tried to hide it just a little bit as a basic respect.


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Just thinking back to Christian Ronaldo advocating people to drink a pint of water instead of cola, I wonder how many Diasborians remember the slogan ‘Drinka pinta milk a day’ in the 60s. It just came back to me thinking about the great Tony Hancock episode of ‘The Blood Donor’ when he was surprised to be asked to give a pint of blood with the comment “You can’t be serious, that’s nearly an armful”. I still have the LP record of that with ‘The Radio Ham’ on the reverse. Mind, how many of you have heard of Tony Hancock or LP vinyl records come to that?


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Well McClaren did become the England manager, but when he came down to pitch level will always be remembered and ridiculed as ‘the fella with the umbrella’.


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@ken. Or to put it another way Ken, the Wally with the Brolley! 😎


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Andy R
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Yes “the Wally with the brolly” I think he was unfortunately nicknamed.

He did well for us overall and of course that maiden trophy, though I was irked by the short-termism of his signings with so many older players on big wages. We’ve paid a long and heavy price for that trophy in the end. McClaren was allowed to do what he wanted though so can’t blame him really.

He also went on to do very well in the Dutch Eredivise.


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I'm with Redcar Red in forecasting the result, this is a 'Typical Boro' banana skin. Ignore the form book I can see Boro being dumped on their collective bums here but in an attempt at generating some 'Good Vibrations' and positivity  I''ll go for 1 - 2.

Now what have I done.

UTB,

John


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With the Premier League gradually becoming a land that time forgot for Boro followers, I see this morning that Neil Warnock has been complaining that some fans on social media have been calling him a dinosaur - or that he plays "dinosaur football". Hopefully the Boro manager can face down this extinction rebellion on Teesside with another winning performance today against Hull as his team slowly starts to evolve. Anyway, all I'd say is just Tryanscaurus 'a goal' Rex - sorry, I mean Neil...


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Clive Hurren
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Does anyone know why there isn’t the option of buying the video stream for today’s game on the MFC website? 


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@clive-hurren

If you're based in the uk then I think only midweek games are available for streaming


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Live Streaming rules for this season

The EFL have confirmed that streaming will revert back to the model implemented prior to games being played behind-closed-doors.

  • Domestic streaming will be available for midweek league fixtures.
  • International streaming will be available for all league fixtures EXCEPT those that are chosen for full Sky Sports coverage or International Broadcast coverage.
  • For fixtures that are chosen for full Sky Sports coverage or International Broadcast coverage, streaming will only be available to those who are accessing the stream from a country with no EFL broadcasting partner. These are referred to as ‘Dark Market’ countries.
  • Audio will be available worldwide for all games throughout the 2021/22 Season.

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Clive Hurren
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Thanks werder. I saw that, and on an email I’ve received from Boro’s streaming helpline, it says non-televised Saturday 3pm KOs are only available outside UK and Ireland. How annoying is that?!

 So that’s scuppered my Saturday afternoon’s viewing! Oh well, back to thumb-twiddling. 


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As expected it's an unchanged team...

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Andy R
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Warnock does go same again.

Meanwhile our defeat at Coventry doesn’t look so bad with each passing Saturday (ignore Tuesday!).


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@clive-hurren. Sadly Clive one man's disappointment is another man's joy! 😎


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Andy R
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Prediction time.

If Boro turn up then I think we’ll win. I haven’t seen us put in back to back performances for a long time though.

Heart says Hull 0-2 Boro, head says 1-1.

I’m going heart, just because it’s more fun to hope.

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Malcolm
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I had no time for McClaren, thought he was arrrogant. Let's face it he was a failure at most clubs including England.


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I'm not quite sure in terms of predictions - if Boro come out quick and score early then it should be another win but the they fail to score when on top then I'm inclined to see a hard-fought 0-0. I'm expecting Boro to tire in the second half and hope Warnock makes some changes around the hour mark - though it's not a particularly experienced bench with maybe Ikpeazu and Jones likely to get on. Hopefully no injury to Bamba as for some reason no Hall on the bench with just Kokolo as a defensive option.

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Prediction time.

If Boro turn up then I think we’ll win. I haven’t seen us put in back to back performances for a long time though.

Heart says Hull 0-2 Boro, head says 1-1.

I’m going heart, just because it’s more fun to hope.

Boro haven’t turned up for the first 10mins.


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@   Do you blame them?


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