Tag: Middlesbrough

Match Of The Midweek: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Middlesbrough

The heightened feeling of expectation that is generated by a place in the play-offs is one of the more curious phenomena that has come to accompany this most modern of season end jamborees. Four teams in every division take part in them, but only one can win through and win promotion but it often feels that, in the excitement of the end of season battle to grab something – anything! – from nine months of blood, sweat and tears, the simple logic of the equation that four into one doesn’t go is lost upon us. The hangover of an unsuccessful bid for the play-offs can be mixed. In the Championship this season, Cardiff City have reacted reasonably positively to their Wembley defeat at the hands of Blackpool last May. The beaten semi-finalists, however, have found the new season to be somewhat more laborious. In the case of Leicester City, this is perhaps unsurprising. Catapulted into the play-offs in their first season back in the Championship after a spell in the relative purgatory of League One, their second season was always likely to be more difficult than last, though they can be expected to pull clear of the relegation zone. For the other beaten semi-finalists, Nottingham Forest, however, the hangover has been more mystifying. A state of what has been described as a “Mexican stand-off” is said to exist between...

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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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