Potential Meet Up
I think it would be great if we could arrange for as many of us as possible to meet up for a home game some time. Maybe we could get a table in one of the hospitality suites ahead of watching the game together.
I know that getting suitable dates won’t be easy and we might have to wait until next Season to give everyone enough notice to fit in with other plans and to let the Pandemic ease.
I’m happy to get involved with organisation but we’d probably need someone with connections and who still lives in the area to help. (OFB?)
Whats everyone’s thoughts? Is it a) desirable, b) achievable, or c) too difficult to organise?
Sounds like a plan
I do know the commercial staff at Boro to arrange a suitable venue in the ground.
The major stumbling blocks would appear to be COVID and it’s various forms. Notwithstanding that perhaps towards the end of the season when it’s warmer and our overseas members can join.
look forward to seeing who’s interested.
It's a wonderful idea that I have often considered myself but it is a little hard when one is based on the other side of the world. Maybe some far-flung members could join through zoom although I'm not sure that MFC would appreciate a camera aimed onto the pitch for the game.
On a more serious note, everything rather depends on the world finding a proper way of carrying on with life. We do have tentative plans for a trip back to the UK sometime mid-year to catch up with family but who knows exactly when and how. In any case, if it worked out, it would be a real pleasure to catch up with many of you follow fanatics. Maybe a meeting in London for the play-off final?
I wish you the best of luck in putting something together.
I think that is a great idea, I am travelling to and from UK many times a season to do the school run and would love to meet up.
A lovely idea Martin
If I recall, there was once an occasion that contributors on AV's UntypicalBoro blog met up at the Navigation prior to a game when Jarkko was over. I wasn't there, but simply recall it being planned on the blog.
Although I am only in Scotland it is not always easy for me to get down to games. That said, depending on when it suits most people I would be delighted to join a gathering if I possibly could.
Count me in, Martin, whenever things get back to something like normal. I'm well into my 80s now but would make every effort to be there.
@powmillnaemore Yes, you remember it correctly.
I am in for a meeting and would be delighted if someone brings Ken in, too. 😊
At the moment planning is difficult to do. I am dreaming of a visit in August/September to see Boro play in the Premiership.
But of course late spring will do, too. But the covid situation is very tricky at the moment and that might come a little bit early, perhaps.
But COVID-19 aside, I am quite flexible, too. A good idea, though.
Up the Boro!
I'm good for it and happy to pick up Ken if he feels up to it. Just one caveat and that is let me know if anyone sees a red sniper laser pointed at me from the middle of the West Stand upper. 🤔
It is a great idea and I hope it can be arranged.
I would like to be there but that would depend on a lot of things, particularly covid related.
At present, Mrs P and I are not due to get our booster jab until the end of January and as such have not planned any travel in the near future.
Were we to undertake any trips then seeing family would be a first priority, particularly as we have not yet met in person two grandsons. Added to which family is spread across the UK, from Stockton to Bristol to Portsmouth, so a grand tour would need to be arranged.
Sadly, at present we feel much safer in our part of Spain where, apart from playing golf and venturing out for a meal once a week since we were both double jabbed at the end of August, we have kept very much to ourselves.
Hopefully things will improve in the coming months and something can take place toward the end of this season or early next. 😎
There seems to be a consensus that meeting up would be a good idea - many thanks to those who’ve responded.
I think we need to see more progress on the pandemic first but hopefully we’ll be in a better position towards the end of 2022.
How about we wait until next season’s fixtures are out, pick a game and take it from there? One big fear for me would be Sky suddenly having the game rescheduled!
@martin-bellamy I think it is better to be in late spring or early Autumn, as I think the covid situation could get worse in the cold season again. I think next winter could be bad - not hopefully like this season - and we most people are quite old in here.
So your suggestion is good, me thinks. We need some time to see how covid situation develops next.
When I would be in the UK, I will usually try to see three matches. That means a minimum of two weekends and one midweek match.
Up the Boro!
It certainly be great to put a face on fellow diasborians if my health was up to it, fingers crossed. My big concern is climbing stairs.
Please don’t worry Ken there are plenty of lifts and wheelchair access at the Riverside
What is it about our nearest neighbours Hartlepool United in Cup matches?They may be struggling especially away from home in the league but remain unbeaten to date in Cup matches even against clubs in a higher division. These are their results to date:-
H. Morecambe 2-2.
A. Carlisle United 3-3.
H. Everton Under 21 Won 1-0
A. Sheffield Wed Won 3-0
H. Bolton Wands Won 1-0
Only 2 wins away from a Wembley appearance
A. Lincoln City Won 1-0
H. Wycombe Wands Drew 2-2
A. Wycombe Wands Away 1-0
H. Blackpool ?
The toughest tie yet, but with no replays whose to say that they can’t win perhaps on a penalty shootout?
Four big wins against higher league opposition in that lot - Sheffield Wed, Bolton tonight with a late goal, Lincoln and Wycombe who Boro lost at home to in the final match of last season. This season for Pools was all about avoiding a relegation dogfight, but to win cupties against those 4 clubs is some achievement. Pools fans must be in dreamland!
I'm up for a trip too, if I can make it I will, but who knows about the Covid situation. In any case it's an energising prospect.
Thanks to everyone who’s expressed an interest. As I’ve said before, this may turn out to be a long term project, but as the world progresses through the pandemic, I’ll revisit this thread from time to time to gauge where we’re up to and to get your thoughts.
Stay safe everyone.
How much longer can Hartlepool extend its cup giant killing reputation? Home to covid hit Blackpool tomorrow in the FA Cup and now avoided a quarterfinal EFL Trophy meeting with the all-conquering Wigan side by landing a home tie with the mercurial Charlton Athletic on the road to Wembley.
I’ve been away from the blog for a week or two. Nothing personal, just a bit busy. I’ve just had a chat with Ken and he mentioned the proposal to meet up, which I otherwise would have missed.
I’d be very happy to meet everyone, Covid permitting. Great idea. I think it would need to coincide with a game, however, as residence in Wales means these days I really only get up to Teesside when I’m coming to see Boro. I’m sure we can overcome any problems, though. I agree that it might be best to wait until next season.
I did attend the previous Untypical Boro get-together in the Navvy, which AV organised. I know Dormo and Jarkko were also there, but I can’t recall who else was there.
@clive-hurren Thanks Clive for the response. Hopefully we can make it happen next year. I’d love to tie it in with a home game and maybe meet up in hospitality.
@clive-hurren Werder, HalifaxP, Chris from Beverly, among others. Up the Boro!
great post would you like me to try and arrange AV to join us ?
@original-fat-bob Do we know how AV feels about the Forum? Have we ever had an explanation from him as to why the old Blog ended in the way it did? Has he ever contributed on here (maybe under an alias)?.
I’ve got no axe to grind here, but my thoughts were that the meet up would be for Forum members/contributors. Anyone else have an opinion?
@martin-bellamy: I was under the impression that the Gazette wanted a change in direction rather than the former "tub-thumping multi-media journalist". Maybe there was no money in it for the Gazette for AV to be posting/hosting an on-line Boro Blog and they wanted people to buy the physical Evening Gazette (which, to be fair, I often did anyway) or wanted people to watch/read what I think has become TeessideLive. No doubt there are adverts etc on that platform so the owners are paid per hit. A lot of regional daily and weekly papers in the UK have been suffering in recent years with reducing sales, reducing adverts (remember the "Classifieds"?) in a world where people access eBay and similar sites, and increasing costs of production and distribution, so closing down non-profit making areas whilst enouraging higher paid employees to leave might have seemed attractive.
@forever-dormo That was my understanding too, but I’ve been very surprised that AV hasn’t said anything since he left the Gazette. It’s so out of character of him to just disappear from Untypical Boro - since he left I thought he might open up a bit about what happened. Maybe he’s got a NDA.
Thats fine by me if we keep it to our own bloggers.
You may remember that AV just stopped posting on Untypical Boro without any explanation.I found out from the Gazette MD that there was to be a change in focus and posted the developments and Werder started up Diasboro.
Ive seen AV a coupe of times since Untypical finished and he was aware of what was going on and had popped in to read some posts. Of course since then he has left the Gazette and with Covid I’ve not had any contact with Boro officials at all.
Credit must be given to Werder for starting this off as well as writing all the previews and Redcar Red who did all the match reports. RR has just started a new job this week so will be busy !
Happy New Year to all Diasborians near and far let’s hope this is our promotion season!!
Come on Boro
I will be travelling to see three Boro matched in October. While on Teesside, I and my wife will also celebrate our 35th Wedding Anniversary on Sunday 16th Oct. I hope Boro will win and give us a present the day before when Blackburn will visit Riverside Stadium.
We are flying in to Mancester on Friday 14th October. Our flight back will departure on Sunday 23rd October.
We hope to see two home matches vs. Blackburn and Huddersfield. And one away match at Wigan sandwiched in between.
For the rest of the aganda I need to ask my wife, I think. Luckily my wife loves all sport and she has played football at the highest level in her youth.
I was just thinking that if someone likes to meet, I can ask AV to join in, too. A pub meeting with lunch or similar before a home match would be fun. The Navigator pub is one possibility - but they only have sanwiches I think.
Up the Boro!
why not meet up at Central Park Middlesbrough a short taxi ride from the ground and serves real food or alternatively we can eat at the ground or Gary Gills pub and restaurant at Maltby
@original-fat-bob Yes, I am open to any idea and place.
I have been to Gary Gill's reataurant in Maltby a couple of times. A fabulous place but might that be too far away?
For Cenral Park, did you mean this: https://www.cafecentralpark.com/
But any place will do. It was just an idea to meet some of you before a match.
Up the Boro!
Or would you (and others) rather I book some places and seats at the Boro if you let me know which game you would prefer to see ?