Tag: Middlesbrough

Mark Bright: Football Co-Commentator & All-Round Sage

Mark Murphy got a bee in his bonnet whilst watching the Sunday afternoon match between Newcastle United & Middlesbrough, and it came in the form of co-commentator Mark Bright. In the best interest of his sanity, we thought it that it would be for the best to let off steam on the subject here.

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Football In The Regions: The North-East

The second in our very occasional (by which I mean once a year or so) look at the history of regional football broadcasting on the television in Britain. Tonight, we take a look at the North-East of England, which features one of the most famous voices in Britain and occasional interludes for horse racing.

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Match Of The Week – Reading 0-2 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough are trying to find an instant route back into the Premier League but, after a strong start, the wheels have come off their wagon a little of late. Their opposition this weekend, Reading, may be starting to offer cautionary tale on the dangers of not getting promoted straight back after relegation from the Premier League.

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Alex Ferguson: Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Cold?

As we suspected all along, it has come down to the last day of the season. West Bromwich Albion had managed to postpone the hangman’s noose for a couple of weeks longer than many people had expected, but they finally fell through the trapdoor at The Hawthorns with a home defeat against Liverpool last weekend. This leaves two places in the Championship available for next season, and there are no shortage of takers. Two clubs from four – Hull City, Newcastle United, Middlesbrough or Sunderland – will be missing out on the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for one season at least, and the press have been spending the week ensuring that there will be “controversy” tomorrow, no matter what. Middlesbrough are almost down. We already know that they are dependent on results elsewhere all going their way. They have to win tomorrow regardless of any other considerations, and the chances are that they will need to win by at least two or three goals. They are away to West Ham United. Sunderland, on the other hand, have drifted into the relegation zone in the absent-minded way of the priests wandering into “Ireland’s largest lingerie department” in that episode of “Father Ted”. They face one of the ultimate tests in the form of a home match against Chelsea but, even if they fail to pick...

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Match Of The Week: Newcastle United 3-1 Middlesbrough

It has been a wretched season for the north-east of England. Newcastle United, Middlesbrough and Sunderland have all lurked near the bottom of the Premier League, and it remains uncertain whether Darlington will even get to start next season. Still, there is good news. Gateshead have won promotion into the Blue Square Premier through the play-offs, and yesterday Whitley Bay won the FA Vase, beating Glossop North End at Wembley. Tonight, however, the desperation is in the air. It is, perhaps, a reflection of how predictable the Premier League has become that this match been much-discussed in the media over the last few weeks. Over the last forty years, there have been few other parts of the country that have under-achieved as spectacularly as the north-east of England. The whole region has managed two trophies in the last forty years – Sunderland’s FA Cup in 1973 and Middlesbrough’s League Cup in 2004 – yet the cliches of a “football hotbed” remain, although none of the big three have been able to sell out most of their matches this season. It’s a sell out tonight, of course, with the combination of a local derby and the schadenfreude comes with the knowledge that three points for either team will effectively relegate their rivals. Tonight, though, is not about winning trophies. It’s about maintaining status. A status that Newcastle and Middlesbrough have...

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