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Ken Smith
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Yes I have. Would make a great signing for Boro, but could we tempt him to  come up north?


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Martin Bellamy
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It’s been the best Super League by far that I’ve seen this year. At 14-0 up at halftime Wigan seemed to have won this match already as St Helens had never looked like scoring. But begorra Saints came back with a hat trick of converted tries to lead 18-14, what a comback!  But to Warriors credit they came back and deservedly won 20-18. Credit to both teams though for providing me with an alternative sport, although I don’t support either team in reality, but acknowledge other sports events are worth watching when they can put on a spectacle like that.

Can you imagine Boro coming back from 3-0 down to take the lead, no I can’t either? But due respect to Wigan to then regain the lead and hang on and win was a Roy of the Rovers moment. I’m glad I gave up on Boro at half-time to watch Super League, as my Saturday sport wasn’t completely spoiled.

I love Boro, but at my time of life I should know better than to expect Boro to win when it matters, not that it did in the end as credit must also go to Luton Town for recovering from a 7-0 hammering midweek and with an injury hit side to reach the playoffs was highly commendable.  

I agree with you Martin that Boro are light years away from being a Premier League team, and I’d rather watch them remain in the Championship for a few more seasons though being more consistent than taking hammerings most weeks in the Premier League. Their magnificent supporters deserve better than that.

I thought Wigan had blown it after the Plastic Scousers’ resurgence in the second half but Marshall made up for his earlier mistake with a great try. Once I saw his head go up as he hit full speed I knew no one would catch him. 
Unfortunately, the Final clashes with our last day of a week in a cottage in the Lakes. I should be home in time to watch on TV but no chance of getting to London. 


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I’m now in Cricket mode (my second love after music )until August and what a 6th wicket stand from Dawid Malan and Harry Brook 210 and counting. Unfortunately Yorkshire have dropped too many catches in this match against Essex and have been crippled by injuries in the bowling department so another draw looks inevitable. Harry Brook has yet to be dismissed for less than 50 this year and his current batting average is an astonishing 200 plus. The trouble is that he’ll probably be in the England team for the First test against New Zealand, great for him but another big loss for Yorkshire.y

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For any one to speak of doing better next season is foolish. Sorry to take that view, but really, this team has taken great care to avoid promotion to the prem. Pitiful start, yes yes, I know we collected a few points, then set out to depress expectations with speed and efficiency, and succeeded. All this without any sign that we had any method, or, for that matter, any ambition to challenge for anything, even the egg cup. Then they find themselves on a run to dream of, certain to bolt into the top six, not quite the top two. Beating the big teams in the cup, and looking Good. hhm! Yes, you guessed it, we stopped bolting into the top six, I believe it was three defeats, or maybe four, on the trot. Yea, that sounds like our players. Then came Chelsea, yet another big club, at home. They had taken a physical hammering away to to some dreadful mittle European club, kicked from pillar to post, stopped halfway home to rest and prepare for us. Stagger up here, praying that we will take it easy on them. Yes we did that, stayed in our half, didn't do anything so vulgar as attacking them, perish the thought. Gave them a soft goal, brought our Young striker on with ten to go and were very careful not to put any balls in the air or in the box. Pretty similar to Preston really.        


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Ken Smith
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For anyone who is interested Boro’s average home League attendance for this season was 21’825 the highest being 29’832 for the visit of Forest on Boxing Day and the lowest being 17’931 for the midweek visit of Barnsley on October 20th. The highest away attendance was 28’944 at Bramall Lane in March.

This is the 4th highest average home attendance for Boro in the 12 seasons as a CHAMPIONSHIP club, the highest being 25’544 in season 2017/18.

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D for departure day for some Boro players today. I think the biggest surprise for most fans would be to say goodbye to Matt Crooks, but not for me. Boro cannot afford a player who is continually suspended, and I’m sure Chris Wilder acknowledges that. He may have finished as Boro’s top scorer this season, but if Wilder is as ruthless as I think he is Crooks would be top of my list of departures.


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D for departure day for some Boro players today. I think the biggest surprise for most fans would be to say goodbye to Matt Crooks, but not for me. Boro cannot afford a player who is continually suspended, and I’m sure Chris Wilder acknowledges that. He may have finished as Boro’s top scorer this season, but if Wilder is as ruthless as I think he is Crooks would be top of my list of departures.

Matt Crooks set an unwanted Championship record on Saturday when he received his 16th yellow card of the season late on at Deepdale. In doing so he became the first person to receive as many bookings in a Championship season.

Jack Colback, Ben Pearson and Paul Robinson had all picked up 15 cautions in previous seasons, but the Boro midfielder, who did also finish as the club's top goalscorer, is the first player to rack up 16 yellows in a single campaign.

But still, I would keep him at Boro for next season. He might not be a regular if we srenchten the team but still a keep in my mind. Up the Boro!


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D for departure day for some Boro players today. I think the biggest surprise for most fans would be to say goodbye to Matt Crooks, but not for me. Boro cannot afford a player who is continually suspended, and I’m sure Chris Wilder acknowledges that. He may have finished as Boro’s top scorer this season, but if Wilder is as ruthless as I think he is Crooks would be top of my list of departures.

Matt Crooks set an unwanted Championship record on Saturday when he received his 16th yellow card of the season late on at Deepdale. In doing so he became the first person to receive as many bookings in a Championship season.

Jack Colback, Ben Pearson and Paul Robinson had all picked up 15 cautions in previous seasons, but the Boro midfielder, who did also finish as the club's top goalscorer, is the first player to rack up 16 yellows in a single campaign.

But still, I would keep him at Boro for next season. He might not be a regular if we srenchten the team but still a keep in my mind. Up the Boro!

 


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Ken Smith
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But Wilder hinted at a surprise on his list of those he won’t retain,and I’m speculating that Crooks could be that surprise.


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Plato
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How can we discuss the signing of players, as though several sizable brains were locking themselves in a room with several very good agents and trying to form a football club with some intention of leaving this division. For God's sake, we own one of the best prospects in this league, and I have heard no one on this blog even suggest that he will kick a ball for us. No club that I know would be so humble that they thought that it was not fitting that their fans should even consider watching their own player next season. I believe that they cannot simply tell him when training starts, make sure that he reports, oh! And tell him that he will be in the starting eleven. 


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Martin Bellamy
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How can we discuss the signing of players, as though several sizable brains were locking themselves in a room with several very good agents and trying to form a football club with some intention of leaving this division. For God's sake, we own one of the best prospects in this league, and I have heard no one on this blog even suggest that he will kick a ball for us. No club that I know would be so humble that they thought that it was not fitting that their fans should even consider watching their own player next season. I believe that they cannot simply tell him when training starts, make sure that he reports, oh! And tell him that he will be in the starting eleven. 

And if he makes it clear he doesn’t want to play for us? What then?


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How can we discuss the signing of players, as though several sizable brains were locking themselves in a room with several very good agents and trying to form a football club with some intention of leaving this division. For God's sake, we own one of the best prospects in this league, and I have heard no one on this blog even suggest that he will kick a ball for us. No club that I know would be so humble that they thought that it was not fitting that their fans should even consider watching their own player next season. I believe that they cannot simply tell him when training starts, make sure that he reports, oh! And tell him that he will be in the starting eleven. 

And if he makes it clear he doesn’t want to play for us? What then?

Plus I would suggest that the very fact Boro insisted on a one-year contract extension for just such a player was nothing more than a shrewd insurance policy that provides the club with all the right leverage in the market to maximise their return. 


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Pleased for Sunderland and Patrick Roberts in particular who didn’t quite live up to his reputation at Boro. Let’s hope they can finish the job against Wycombe in a couple of weeks time. The Mackems are too big a club to languish too long in League 1, and the sooner we have all three big North East clubs in the Premier League the better in my opinion,

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Forever Dormo
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Ken: Mankind - capable of kindness, courage, strength, creativity and beauty.  Capable of ingenuity, love and insight as well as acts of selflessness. 

Yet at the same time capable of deception, greed, destructive envy, outright hatred and evil.  We are a complicated species. You have to hope that, in the end, the goodness will overcome the badness, and that we can survive long enough for that to happen.


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Malcolm
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 Luton Town were a bit unlucky against Huddersfield tonight, however my friend Jordan Rhodes scored the winner for the terriers.

I thought Jordan was badly treated by Karanka at Boro.

We should have not let him go.Same with Bamford.


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