Middlesbrough FC

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Middlesbrough FC
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Basic data
Surname Middlesbrough Football Club
Seat Middlesbrough , England
founding 1876
Board Steve Gibson
Website mfc.co.uk
First soccer team
Head coach Neil Warnock
Venue Riverside Stadium
Places 34,988
league EFL Championship
2019/20 17th place

The FC Middlesbrough (officially: Middlesbrough Football Club ) - also known as Boro - is an English football club from the past in the north-eastern town Middlesbrough . The club, founded in 1876, currently plays in the EFL Championship , the second highest division. The club has played its home games at the 34,988-seat Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire since August 1995 - the third sporting home since professional football began at the club in 1889.

The club won the English League Cup in 2004 with a 2-1 win in the final against Bolton Wanderers at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff ( Wales ). To date, this trophy represents the only significant title win in the club's history.

The traditional colors of the playing attire are red and white and the different coats of arms in the course of history - the current one was presented in May 2007 - each show a red lion.


Phase from the foundation to the First World War (1876–1914)

Legend has it that the idea of ​​forming a football club was born over dinner at the Corporation Hotel in Middlesbrough. However , this thesis did not stand up to the in- depth research of the club's own historian Harry Glasper and, rather, Middlesbrough FC - like many other football clubs at the time (such as Sheffield Wednesday ) - owed its birth to a number of members of the local cricket club who organized themselves Wanted to keep football fit in the winter months outside of the cricket season. Indeed, in 1876, members of the Middlesbrough Amateur Cricket Club first gathered at their home cricket ground in Albert Park on Linthorpe Road to create a football team. The club was active on a purely amateur level until 1889, when a dispute led to the split. Several breakaway Middlesbrough FC formed the club Middlesbrough Ironopolis and within a week in December 1889 both teams made their first game as a professional team.

After three years, however, it was clear to the officials of both clubs that only with a reunification there was a real chance of admission to the professional league association of the Football League . Under the name "Middlesbrough and Ironopolis Football and Athletic Company Ltd." one submitted on May 7, 1892 an application for inclusion in the game operations of the Football League. However, since this was rejected unsuccessfully, both clubs went their separate ways and Middlesbrough FC also returned to amateur status. There the club recorded first success by winning the FA Amateur Cup in 1895 and 1898. In the year after the second cup success (1899), the club made renewed efforts to be accepted into the Football League Association after he returned to the professional club was converted. With the support of the neighboring clubs Newcastle United and AFC Sunderland , the request of May 18, 1899 has now been granted. The club played from then on in the Second Division and just outperformed rivals Blackpool FC .

The first season in the Football League was marked by little success for Boro. The team could not win an away game and finished 14th out of 18 teams. In the 1901/02 season, the team rose to a second rank and thus secured promotion to the First Division . There the club played its home games in the new Ayresome Park stadium , which was the sporting home of FC Middlesbrough for the next 92 years - this venue was located in the immediate vicinity of the stadium "The Paradise Ground", in which previously "Middlesbrough Ironopolis" “Had played.

When the club had not played a successful away game for two years in February 1905, the club's management financed the purchase of Alf Common for the then record transfer fee of 1,000 pounds. He was to be followed by Steve Bloomer from Derby County in the following season and with this new formation, Middlesbrough FC came in 6th place in the 1907/08 season, the highest place to date and had collected two points less than runner-up Aston Villa .

In 1910, the club got caught up in a bribery scandal when, in the wake of the 1-0 win against AFC Sunderland, it became known that Boros coach Andy Walker had approached several of the opponent's players and offered them two pounds each for a loss of their team would have. The addressed players passed this fact on to their own sporting management, which led to Walker's suspension for life. The form of the team then decreased significantly until it suddenly improved in the 1913/14 season and set a new record in the English championship with third place at the end of the season. The outbreak of World War I then interrupted official gaming operations.

Between the two world wars (1919–1939)

After the end of the First World War, a number of players were already too old to continue their careers. The three players who had died in the fight also tore a large gap in the team. Before the official start of the new season, "Boro" had played successfully in the "Northern Victory League", so the team went into the first games optimistically. But although striker George Elliott and goalkeeper Tim Williamson were still able to perform at the top level, the team had no chance in the battle for the top spots and took a place in midfield. There they moved in the subsequent seasons before the team slipped to 22nd and last place in the 1923/24 season and relegated to the second division with a 10-point gap on the third and penultimate.

Three years later, with the second division championship, they were promoted again, although the team had only been able to achieve a single point in the first four games. For the fifth game of the season, the coach relied for the first time due to injury on George Camsell , who was signed by third division Durham City in the previous season and scored 59 championship goals over the course of the season - including nine games with three goals each. Camsell was to be the club's top scorer for the next ten seasons.

The stay in the top division should not last long. Despite a good start to the season, Herbert Bamlett was replaced in January 1928 by former Spurs coach Peter McWilliam . The club slipped to the bottom of the table and after just one year of being in the top class, they were relegated. The direct resurgence by winning the second division championship followed in the following season and established a period in the First Division that lasted until 1954.

After numerous seasons in the lower table area, the club's fortunes turned for the better in the 1936/37 season . The up-and-coming Wilf Mannion , who had been signed by "South Bank St. Peter's" - a small club from the region - before the start of the season, and the young George Hardwick , who joined the club from "South Bank East End", played a key role in this bumped. Both would later become pillars in the English national team and first helped Middlesbrough FC in a row to a seventh, then a fifth place and finally in the 1938/39 season with fourth place for the best placement since the times before the First World War. The club looked hopefully into the future, but started weakly in the first three games under the direction of Wilf Gillow - formerly active in Grimsby Town . The team took penultimate place before the outbreak of World War II interrupted official game operations for several years.

The steady decline (1946–1966)

After the war, the club was unable to preserve the performances from the late 1930s, mostly only occupied midfield in the league and in the FA Cup games they never got beyond the first rounds . In the 1949/50 season , the team came to a ninth place in the final table, with the Jamaican- born winger Lindy Delapenha causing a stir. In the 1950/51 season that followed , Middlesbrough FC led the championship around Christmas , but a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Leeds United was the start of a bad period that ended in slipping to sixth place. In addition, during the season George Hardwick had left the club for Oldham Athletic to become a player-coach . The sporting development then pointed further down and had its temporary low point with the descent in the 1953/54 season .

The shock effect of the relegation initially led to a very bad start to the season, from which the team was able to recover and in the end took twelfth place. The season was characterized by extremely high fluctuations in performance and a 6-0 win against West Ham United faced a 9-0 defeat against Blackburn Rovers . Wilf Mannion had refused to sign a new contract after relegation and had been transferred to Hull City , where he was only active for a short time and then turned his back on professional football.

In the 20-year phase outside the top English division, Brian Clough appeared, a player who would become a legend in the club. In the 1955/56 season he made his debut and finally finished 14th with Boro. In the following years he secured his own place in the club's history with his scoring qualities. 38 gates in the season 1956/57 followed in the subsequent seasons, respectively 40, 43, 39 and finally 34 results in the season 1960/61, before the two-time England international club to 204 goals in 222 games in the direction of the local rivals Sunderland left .

After a comparatively good fourth place in the 1962/63 season, the team performance dropped dramatically. It went steadily downhill, which was reflected first in tenth and then in seventeenth place. In the season 1965/66, the club rose from the bottom of the table to rank 21. The team only needed a draw on the last game day at Cardiff City to stay in the league - Cardiff City, on the other hand, had to win as a direct competitor. Despite three goals from Dickie Rooks , who was only called up as a stopgap as a striker , Boro lost 3: 5 and was relegated to the third-rate third division for the first time in his history .

Recovery, Success and Disaster (1966–1986)

Under the new coach Stan Anderson , the return to the second division was immediately successful. Only two wins in the first ten games had caused concern among the supporters that the direct path to the fourth-rate fourth division could follow. Anderson managed the turnaround and in the end the runner-up in the third division was enough for promotion. The team was led by Gordon Jones as captain and together with the newcomer John Hickton , both players later finished second and third in terms of most games for Middlesbrough FC.

After the promotion, Boro played in good form in the second division and in the next eight years the club should never finish worse than ninth in the second division. In the FA Cup, too, the club achieved respectable successes, although to date it had never made it past the quarter-finals. Notable players of this time were the former defensive player John Hickton and Willie Maddren , who made his debut for the club in 1969. There were also John Craggs and Stuart Boam , who joined Boro in 1972, and the Northern Irishman Jim Platt as goalkeeper. A central element in the team's game was finally Graeme Souness from 1973 and the team formed in this way secured itself the return to first class by winning the second division championship in the 1973/74 season. This succeeded in such a superior manner that the promotion was already established before eight league games still outstanding in March and at the end a record result of 65 points could be recorded.

In the eight years that followed, Middlesbrough FC played in the First Division again, initiated this phase with a good seventh place in the 1974/75 season and was always comfortably placed in midfield after that. According to experts, the team should lack a bit of punch for even greater success and play for the championship, but the club's talent factory brought out numerous other players in addition to Graeme Souness who received a lot of attention - including David Armstrong , Stan Cummins , Craig Johnston and Mark Proctor .

The club also achieved good results in the cup competitions, although a trophy should still not be granted. In the season 1974/75 Boro reached the sixth round of the FA Cup and the quarter-finals in the League Cup . In the following season, the team even made it to the semi-finals in the League Cup, but lost there after a two-way leg against Manchester City with a total of 1: 4 goals. With the so-called " Anglo-Scottish Cup ", however, the club came in the 1975/76 season to their first cup win in the professional area and won in this first-ever competition in the final after a round trip against Fulham .

After a total of four seasons and three placements in midfield of the first division Jack Charlton resigned as coach of Middlesbrough FC and John Neal was appointed as his successor . With Neal, Boro had a good chance to reach the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time, but lost in the replay at the second division Leyton Orient . In the championship, the team should also never get beyond a rather mediocre midfield position.

After eleven years, David Mills left the club in 1979 for the then national record of £ 482,222 for West Bromwich Albion . Neal also ended his engagement two years later - Bobby Murdoch took over as coach - and in the same year he was followed by other top performers in the form of David Armstrong, Craig Johnston and Mark Proctor. Although the midfielder Heini Otto was also a Dutch international from Twente Enschede to the club, the club rose at the end of the 1981/82 season from the First Division from bottom of the table.

In February 1982, the chairman Charles Amer and his son Kevin, who was also active in the club's management, left the club. He was succeeded by George Kitching and the team, now headed by Jim Platt as captain, could not convince in the Second Division either. The defensive point should turn out to be the main weak point and although Tony Mowbray, another legend of the club, was used for the first time this season, the team only ended up in 16th place. Murdoch was then urged to resign and Kitching also resigned from his chairmanship. The latter was followed by Mike McCullagh and the dazzling Malcolm Allison was signed as the new coach . The new captain Platt went overboard and Stephen Pears was signed as goalkeeper successor on loan from Manchester United .

The club was now facing serious financial problems and Allison was under heavy pressure to sell some top performers. This led to Allison publicly saying in March 1984 that "the club should rather die than slowly fade away on its deathbed" ("Better for the club to die than to linger slowly on its deathbed"). This resulted in Allison's dismissal and his successor was determined by Willie Maddren , who was temporarily served by Jack Charlton as advisor. In terms of sport, things continued to decline, but the relegation could be averted once again with nineteenth place in the 1984/85 season.

For the first encounter in the 1985/86 season, Maddren called four newcomers - including Gary Pallister - into the starting line-up and lost 3-0 to Wimbledon . The team then retired early in the cup competitions and another change at the top of the club caused further unrest - Alf Duffield succeeded Mike McCullagh. Finally, Maddren also left the club in 1986 and Bruce Rioch followed him as coach during this turbulent season . The financial worries had worsened dramatically and in April Middlesbrough FC even had to borrow £ 30,000 from the professional players' association PFA to be able to pay regular salaries. On the last day of the season, the season ended with relegation to the third division.

The club before the end (1986)

Logo from 1986 to 2007

On May 21, 1986 the association called provisional bankruptcy proceedings and only a short time later the association was to be wound up. In August it came about that both Rioch and 29 other club officials were dismissed by the "Official Receiver" entrusted with the procedure, and access to Ayresome Park was also blocked. Since 350,000 pounds were needed for admission to the Football League alone, the end of the club seemed very near and was already announced by the television station Tyne Tees Television . With Steve Gibson , however, a board member at the time succeeded in bringing together a consortium in which the companies Bulkhaul Limited , Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), the Scottish & Newcastle brewery and the London businessman Henry Moszkowicz were involved. Ten minutes before the end of the deadline , the club was just in time to submit its registration for the Football League game operations for the 1986/87 season . The club changed its official name to "Middlesbrough Football and Athletic Club (1986) Ltd." and introduced a new coat of arms. Since the club still had no access to Ayresome Park, he played his first game of the new season in Victoria Park , the home ground of Hartlepool United .

The "resurgence" under Bruce Rioch and other "roller coaster rides" (1986–1994)

After the takeover, the recalled Rioch managed to put together a new, young squad and with the help of players such as Gary Pallister , Tony Mowbray and Colin Cooper , the team immediately took second place behind Bournemouth AFC . This made it possible to return to the Second Division and this success was increased in the 1987/88 season with the direct march through to the first class. In the play-off game, the team had defeated the first division club Chelsea and thus relegated the opponent to the second division.

At the beginning of the 1988/89 season , the team fought their way to a midfield position, which, however, could no longer be held after a major form crisis. Although the club had not been on a relegation zone during the entire season, the team slipped on the last day of the game and had to start again in the Second Division. For the new national record transfer fee of 2.3 million pounds, Gary Pallister then moved to Manchester United and the poor results continued in the second division, so that you only played against relegation there. Rioch was released in March 1990 and his successor Colin Todd was able to secure relegation. In the same year, the club played a final at Wembley Stadium for the first time and was defeated by Chelsea in the final of the Zenith Data Systems Cup .

The sporting performance curve showed up again in the 1990/91 season and the seventh place in the final table was synonymous with participation in the promotion play-offs - due to the expansion of the First Division from 20 to 22 teams, this place was sufficient. The dreams of a return to the top class had to be ended in the semifinals, as you found your master there in the eventual winner Notts County . Todd left the club only a short time later and Lennie Lawrence , who was formerly employed by Charlton Athletic , followed in the coaching office .

Lawrence led the team back to successful times in its first season. In addition to the second participation in a league cup semi-final in the club's history, the runner-up in particular ensured promotion to the newly founded Premier League .

There Boro joined the midfield of the league until Christmas 1992, until then from February 1993 a series of seven defeats triggered the fall in the table cellar. After a defeat on the last day of the match, the club was relegated once more - now to England's second division, known as the “First Division”. Nevertheless, the club's management continued to stand by Lawrence, who resigned himself a year later after he had failed to return to the Premier League with the team.

The "Robson Revolution" (1994-2001)

Lawrence's successor was 37-year-old player-coach Bryan Robson , who had just ended his 13-year career at Manchester United and was England captain. Together with his co- trainer Viv Anderson , he made major investments in a new squad, including Neil Cox, an actor who cost the club a million pound transfer fee for the first time, as well as future team captain Nigel Pearson and Norwegian striker Jan Åge Fjørtoft . The new purchases paid off immediately and after a two-year absence, Middlesbrough FC returned to the Premier League after winning the second division championship. The 1994/95 season was also the farewell season in Ayresome Park, before after 92 years the Riverside Stadium was moved into a new stadium near the banks of the River Tees .

As a Premier League participant, the club took its purchasing offensive to new heights and in addition to the £ 5.25million for Tottenham Hotspur's 21-year-old winger Nick Barmby , the purchase of 22-year-old Brazilian midfielder Juninho Paulista raised a further £ 4.75 million Sao Paulo pound for a stir. This risk seemed to be paying off, as Boro started the season well and in October 1995 meanwhile finished fourth. A series of bad results let the team slip continuously in the table and in the end only the twelfth place jumped out. Above all, the moderate appearances in the away games - only eight goals were scored in the 19 games - were the reason why the initial goal (qualification for a European club competition) remained out of reach.

Regardless, Robson continued his strategy and signed Italian striker Fabrizio Ravanelli for £ 7m from Juventus and Brazilian midfielder Emerson for £ 4m in the following 1996/97 season . But instead of advancing into the extended top group, the team found itself again in a relegation battle. To make matters worse, the club went with the mortgage of a 3-point deduction in the 1996/97 season after Boro had not started a game against Blackburn Rovers shortly after Christmas the previous season . The club management of Middlesbrough FC had previously requested that the game be postponed due to a flu wave in the team, as a starting eleven could not be called up. The English football association " FA " rejected the application, however, it remained unclear whether the association - as indicated by the club management of Middlesbrough FC - had previously given an oral commitment.

In the cup competitions, however, Middlesbrough reached two finals for the first time in the club's history. The beginning made in March 1997 the final encounter in the League Cup against Leicester City . After a 0-0 in the first 90 minutes, Ravanelli scored in extra time to make it 1-0. However, Leicester City was able to equalize the score and the encounter had to be decided in a replay. Leicester City won it 1-0 with a goal from Steve Claridge at Hillsborough Stadium . The three-point penalty was ultimately partly responsible for the relegation of Middlesbrough FC from the Premier League, which could not be averted on the last day of the game by a draw on Elland Road . Just a week later, the team faced Chelsea in the FA Cup final and lost 2-0. This made Boro the first English club to lose the two major domestic cup finals in one season and to be relegated from the top division. The only personal success that was recorded was that Juninho Paulista took second place behind Gianfranco Zola in the election of England's Footballer of the Year .

The board of directors held on to Robson even after relegation and with the second division championship and the return to the Premier League this trust should be rewarded. Despite the sale of Emerson, Ravanelli and Juninho, new players - including Paul Merson , Marco Branca and Mark Schwarzer - pushed into the team's leadership roles. Merson was in such good shape at Middlesbrough FC that he was the only second division player to be called up in the English squad for the 1998 World Cup in France. Another success was the return to the league cup, where the team was once again defeated by Chelsea - now 2-0 after extra time.

During his tenure at Middlesbrough FC Robson was also under Terry Venables Kotrainer of the English national team and after Robson in the Premier League had initially managed two secure placements in midfield of the league, his team found itself again in the relegation battle in the 2000/01 season . Venables, who had given up the English head coach position in 1996, was put aside Robson and with the reversed distribution of roles the repeated fall into the second division could be avoided.

The flight of fancy under McClaren (2001-2006)

Towards the end of the current 2000/01 season Robson left the club by mutual agreement and a former co-trainer, Steve McClaren, was hired as his successor , who was highly regarded as an assistant and also part of the staff of the English national team due to his many years of employment at Manchester United. New players like Franck Queudrue , Michael Wilson , Jonathan Greening and £ 6 million purchase Gareth Southgate refreshed the squad, which also included young talents like Luke Wilkshire and Robbie Stockdale . In his first season 2001/02 McClaren finished with the team in twelfth place and also reached the semi-finals in the FA Cup.

In the run-up to the 2002/03 season , expectations were high, especially since the crowd's favorite Juninho Paulista had joined the team for the third time, and alongside George Boateng , the Italian international Massimo Maccarone from Serie B club Empoli FC for £ 8.15 million - Incidentally, the first player in the "Squadra Azzurra" who had never played in Serie A before - had been bought in to give the offensive more punch. The Cameroonian Geremi from Real Madrid also came on loan and the preparatory games should initially feed the optimism. The cruciate ligament injury but Juninho Paulista in his left knee shortly before the season meant ultimately a step backwards and so the association with the eleventh place was only slightly improved, which, given the high expectations - maybe even qualifying for a European competition - represented a massive disappointment.

The subsequent 2003/04 season should be one of the most successful seasons in the club's history. Although Geremi left the club and joined Chelsea, Boudewijn Zenden , Danny Mills , and Gaizka Mendieta were new top-class players in the squad. By winning the league cup by beating Bolton Wanderers 2-1 in the final, the club was even able to secure the first major title win in the club's history. This also made it possible to qualify for the UEFA Cup for the first time and although a clear 5-1 defeat against FC Portsmouth had to be accepted on the last day of the game (just a week after the surprise win at Manchester United at Old Trafford ), the prospect was first European participation a great success.

Until November 2004, the team continued their clear away trend in the 2004/05 season and consistently ranked among the top six teams. The high number of injured players was partly responsible for the fact that Boro continuously slipped into the middle of the table and had to fight for a long time to qualify for another UEFA Cup. In the end, a 1-1 draw in a direct duel against Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium was enough . City would have taken Boro's place in the event of a win and after a penalty decision in favor of the hosts in the last minute of the game, this constellation was very likely - Boros goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, however, kept the penalty from Robbie Fowler afterwards. In the first UEFA Cup participation in the club's history, the FC Middlesbrough advanced to the round of 16 and failed there with two defeats in the two legs at the Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon .

The 2005/06 season of Middlesbrough FC was marked by changeable performances and when the team was stuck in the lower half of the table until the middle of the season, the risk of relegation did not seem to have been finally averted - especially after a spectacular 7-0 defeat against Arsenal FC. The form then improved continuously and supported by a 3-0 win against eventual champions FC Chelsea, the team finished in fourteenth place. In his last championship game for Middlesbrough FC, McClaren made history again when he included only English players in the 16-man squad , all of whom - with the exception of Malcolm Christie - were from the home region, an average age of less than 20 years and thus the youngest Premier League team in history. Here was Lee Cattermole the youngest captain in the history of the club. The team was also the first all-English formation of a Premier League club since the appearance of Bradford City in 1999 and Aston Villa had last called an all-English squad in 1998.

In the UEFA Cup 2005/06 FC Middlesbrough entered the final. In the semifinals against Steaua Bucharest , the team had turned a game that had already been believed lost. In the first leg Boro lost 1-0 in Romania and in the second leg they were already 2-0 down after 25 minutes. As in the previous round, when the club had to make up a total of 0: 3 goals against FC Basel and won 4: 3 after both games, the necessary four goals were also scored in the semifinals. On 10 May 2006 the club was then in Eindhoven to FC Sevilla against and lost clearly with 0: 4, where McClaren as in the two previous rounds in the second half with four strikers had to play.

From European Cup to Second Division: Gareth Southgate (2006–2009)

On May 4, 2006 McClaren was appointed the new England coach and as successors at Middlesbrough FC were initially Martin O'Neill , Tony Mowbray and Alan Curbishley traded. The chairman Gibson emphasized that regardless of the new head coach, the goal in the near future is the first Champions League participation. When Gibson finally looked around in his own club, he announced somewhat surprisingly that Gareth Southgate should succeed McClarens as coach and had signed a five-year contract. This decision was controversially discussed in public as he was just 35 years old and had no experience as a coach in the Premier League, nor did he have a UEFA coaching license. The Premier League finally announced on November 22, 2006 that it would give Southgate the approval for the sporting management of Middlesbrough FC, although Southgate had already announced that it would want to acquire the “UEFA Pro A License” in parallel.

Southgate rebuilt the squad, appointed George Boateng as the new captain and after numerous players - including Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink , Franck Queudrue and Doriva - left the club in the summer, left Argentine winger Julio Arca came from local rivals AFC Sunderland for 1.75 million Pound and the young Frenchman Hérold Goulon from Olympique Lyon . Southgate won his first game as a coach 3-2 against newly promoted Reading FC , but after a 4-0 defeat against Portsmouth FC he strengthened the defense with England international Jonathan Woodgate (initially only on Loan from Real Madrid ) and the German central defender and selection player Robert Huth - the Jamaican striker Jason Euell also came before the deadline. In the further course of the season with Ray Parlor , Ugo Ehiogu and Massimo Maccarone left other "veterans" the club; the South Korean Lee Dong-gook came at the same time from the Pohang Steelers .

Overall, Middlesbrough FC's performances in the 2006/07 season were inconsistent. Surprise successes, such as the home win against reigning champions FC Chelsea, were offset by away defeats against all three newly promoted teams. The first success on the opponent's place could not even be achieved until mid-January with the relegation candidate Charlton Athletic . In the end, the team finished twelfth with 46 points and was eight points behind the UEFA Cup place and the relegation zone "beyond good and evil". In the League Cup, the club was sensationally eliminated at home in the second round against fourth division Notts County ; In the FA Cup, a replay against eventual champions Manchester United could be achieved in the quarterfinals, which was just lost 1-0 at Old Trafford.

Also in the season 2007/08 the sporting successes at FC Middlesbrough failed to appear. In the battle for another UEFA Cup qualification, the club fell behind early in the league and the last hopes vanished when the FA Cup quarter-finals were lost 2-0 to Welsh second division side Cardiff City . The team was consistently in the lower half of the table, but was able to safely master the relegation, which had meanwhile been in question, with a 6-point gap to the relegation ranks. However, the club experienced the absolute fiasco in the 2008/09 season : position 19 in the table meant relegation from the Premier League and thus the transition to the second division.

Recent developments (since 2009)

Shortly afterwards, Southgate was sacked after a mixed start in the Football League Championship and replaced by the Scottish Gordon Strachan , although the club had been only four points away from a direct promotion spot at the time of his dismissal. Under Strachan, performance did not stabilize either; rather, the team only occupied a disappointing midfield position at the end of the 2009/10 season.

Nevertheless, Middlesbrough FC also started the 2010/11 season as one of the promotion favorites. However, this was followed by a start with just one point from five away games and after a home defeat to Leeds United and the fall to 20th place Strachan resigned on October 18, 2010 from a post. A week later, the club management introduced Tony Mowbray as his successor. This was replaced on November 14, 2013 by the Spaniard Aitor Karanka .


The "Riverside Stadium" was opened on August 26, 1995. There is space for 35,049 spectators in the arena for a league game, whereby the curves of the main stand were only added later, increasing the capacity by around 5,000 seats. The Riverside Stadium is considered to be the first of the newest generation of stadiums in England, in which the stipulations required in the so-called Taylor Report after the Hillsborough disaster were implemented for the venues of professional football clubs: Sufficient escape routes, no boundaries between the stands and the pitch, invisible police presence Video surveillance, and above all: all seater, d. H. exclusively equipped with seats. As a special feature, the Riverside had neither a display board nor a stadium clock until 2005.

Until the new stadium was built, the MFC played its home games in Ayresome Park in the Linthorpe district. A new building was initially considered at the old location. Since there was no expansion option on the existing land in the middle of a residential area, an area south of the River Tees (hence the name) was chosen for the new stadium. The stadium was supposed to form the center of an urban development project called Newhaven, but to this day it is mostly surrounded by fallow land. The first restructuring measures of the former port and industrial area did not begin until 2004.

The area of ​​the old stadium on Ayresome Park Lane was built on with a housing estate. At the Ayresome Park while street names like The turnstile or The midfield and the name reminiscent of a pub in the city center.


European Cup balance sheet

season competition round opponent total To Back
2004/05 Uefa cup 1 round Czech RepublicCzech Republic FC Baník Ostrava 4: 1 3: 0 (A) 1: 1 (A)
Group stage GreeceGreece Egaleo AO Athens 1-0 1: 0 (A)
ItalyItaly Lazio Rome 2-0 2: 0 (H)
SpainSpain Villarreal CF 0: 2 0: 2 (A)
Serbia and MontenegroSerbia and Montenegro FK Partizan Belgrade 3-0 3: 0 (H)
Round of 16 AustriaAustria Graz AK 4: 3 2: 2 (A) 2: 1 (H)
Round of 16 PortugalPortugal Sporting Lisbon 2: 4 2: 3 (H) 0: 1 (A)
2005/06 Uefa cup 1 round GreeceGreece AO Xanthi 2-0 2: 0 (H) 0: 0 (A)
Group stage SwitzerlandSwitzerland Grasshopper Club Zurich 1-0 1: 0 (A)
UkraineUkraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3-0 3: 0 (H)
NetherlandsNetherlands AZ Alkmaar 0-0 0: 0 (A)
BulgariaBulgaria Litex Lovech 2-0 2: 0 (H)
Round of 16 GermanyGermany VfB Stuttgart (a)2: 2 ( a ) 2: 1 (A) 0: 1 (H)
Round of 16 ItalyItaly AS Roma (a)2: 2 ( a ) 1: 0 (H) 1: 2 (A)
Quarter finals SwitzerlandSwitzerland FC Basel 4: 3 0: 2 (A) 4: 1 (H)
Semifinals RomaniaRomania Steaua Bucharest 4: 3 0: 1 (A) 4: 2 (H)
final SpainSpain Sevilla FC 0: 4 0: 4 (N)
Legend: (H) - home game, (A) - away game, (N) - neutral place, (a) - away goal rule , (i. E.) - on penalties , (n. V.) - after extra time

Overall record: 25 games, 13 wins, 4 draws, 8 defeats, 36:24 goals (goal difference +12)

Squad 2018/19

As of January 28, 2019

No. position Surname
1 GreeceGreece TW Dimitrios Konstantopoulos
2 NigeriaNigeria MF John Obi Mikel
3 EnglandEngland FROM George Friend
4th SpainSpain FROM Daniel Ayala
5 EnglandEngland FROM Ryan Shotton
8th EnglandEngland MF Adam Clayton
9 Congo Democratic RepublicDemocratic Republic of Congo ST Britt Assombalonga
11 EnglandEngland ST Jordan Hugill
16 EnglandEngland MF Jonathan Howson
17th Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland MF Paddy McNair
18th EnglandEngland ST Ashley Fletcher
19th EnglandEngland MF Stewart Downing
No. position Surname
20th EnglandEngland FROM Dael Fry
22nd Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland MF George Saville
23 IrelandIreland TW Darren Randolph
24 EnglandEngland FROM Aden Flint
25th EnglandEngland FROM Nathan Wood
26th EnglandEngland MF Lewis Wing
28 EnglandEngland MF Marcus Tavernier
29 NetherlandsNetherlands MF Rajiv van La Parra
31 EnglandEngland TW Andy Lonergan
37 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina MF Muhamed Besic
39 BeninBenin ST Rudy Gestede

Record players and goal scorers

Tony Mowbray acted as a player and coach for Middlesbrough FC

(As of June 30, 2019; all competitive games and goals are given)

1 EnglandEngland Tim Williamson 1902-1923 602
2 EnglandEngland Gordon Jones 1960-1972 532
3 EnglandEngland John Hickton 1966-1988 499
4th EnglandEngland John Craggs 1971-1982 487
5 Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland Jim Platt 1971-1983 481
6th EnglandEngland George Camsell 1925-1939 453
7th EnglandEngland Jackie Carr 1911-1930 449
8th AustraliaAustralia Mark Schwarzer 1997-2008 446
9 EnglandEngland David Armstrong 1971-1981 432
10 EnglandEngland Tony Mowbray 1982-1991 424
EnglandEngland Stephen Pears 1983
* = still active at Middlesbrough FC
1 EnglandEngland George Camsell 1925-1939 345
2 EnglandEngland George Elliott 1909-1925 213
3 EnglandEngland Brian Clough 1955-1961 204
4th EnglandEngland John Hickton 1966-1988 193
5 EnglandEngland Micky Fenton 1932-1950 162
6th IrelandIreland Bernie Slaven 1985-1993 146
7th EnglandEngland Alan Peacock 1954-1964 141
8th EnglandEngland David Mills 1969-1985 111
9 EnglandEngland Wilf Mannion 1936-1954 110
10 EnglandEngland Billy Pease 1926-1933 102
* = still active at Middlesbrough FC

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Riverside Stadium. MFC;
  2. football.co.uk
  3. a b c "League history" ( Memento from December 8, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) (mfc1986.co.uk)
  4. George Camsell. FCM ;
  5. Brian Clough. FCM ;
  6. ^ Timeline of MFC. The History Of Our Club As It Happened. FCM (English). ;
  7. a b "Cup history" ( Memento from May 5, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) (mfc1986.co.uk)
  8. "100 North East Heroes - Jack Charlton" (Sunday Sun)
  9. "David Mills" (Sporting Heroes)
  10. Stephen Pears. FCM (English).;
  11. ^ "Like A Phoenix From The Flame" ( Memento from March 28, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) (boroforecast.com)
  12. "Manchester United: The Sir Alex Era - Part One" (www.bbc.co.uk)
  13. "A twinge on your remorse with success sir? - Why Robbo is tonight's unsung hero " ( Memento from September 28, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) (www.comeonboro.com)
  14. "Football's biggest punishments" (bbc.co.uk)
  15. "Big Days for Players and Lawyers" (International Herald Tribune Sports)
  16. ^ "The 10 best foreign signings" (The Observer)
  17. ^ "First / NCI - Paul Merson" (www.nci-management.com)
  18. ^ "Man Utd duo complete Boro move" (bbc.co.uk)
  19. ^ "Stats hosted solution football - Player Biography" ( Memento from September 27, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) (football.stats.com)
  20. "Juninho out until 2003" (bbc.co.uk)
  21. "Fulham 1, Boro 0 - Young guns are blazing" (gazettelive.co.uk)
  22. "Boro begin search for new manager" (bbc.co.uk)
  23. ^ "Gibson reveals manager wish-list" (bbc.co.uk)
  24. ^ "Southgate wins coaching reprieve" (BBC News)
  25. ^ "Southgate wins coaching badge appeal" (telegraph.co.uk)
  26. ^ "Middlesbrough name Tony Mowbray as new manager" (BBC Sport)
  27. First team. MFC;
  28. ^ Glenda Rollin, Jack Rollin: Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2006-2007. Headline, 2006, ISBN 0-7553-1526-X .