Match Of The Past: Middlesbrough FC
We continue our series of archived videos of the Football League Championship this afternoon with Middlesbrough, and six matches from the years between 1969 and 1992 which feature pitch invasions, local derby wins and promotion parties. Our first match, however, is a little more mundane. With the club having played no Division One football between 1955 and 1974, it is perhaps unsurprising that the club seldom featured on Match Of The Day. Boro finally their debut on the show in December 1968 with a trip to Blackpool, and our first match is from the season after this, a home match against October of the following year against Bolton Wanderers which turned out to be the teams first ever win on the programme.
The 1974/75 season was a special one for the club. At the end of the previous season, under the managership of Jack Charlton, they were promoted to the First Division for the first time in two decades and they marked their return by finishing in seventh place in the final league table. Our featured match, however, comes from the Fourth Round of the FA Cup and is a home match against Sunderland from January 1975, and we follow this with another local derby match from three years later against Newcastle United at Ayresome Park. Our fourth match also comes from the FA Cup, and sees Middlesbrough travel to The Vetch Field to play Swansea City in the Third Round of the competition in January 1981. The years after this were years of decline for Middlesbrough, which ended up with its eviction from Ayresome Park in the summer of 1986. Our final two matches come from the clubs subsequent revival – a trip to Doncaster Rovers in 1987 and a second away match, this time against Wolverhampton Wanderers, from 1982.
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