Sorry had to do this in a hurry as not home now until Sunday night
Smoggies are sheite
Played at Ayresome Park for yonks now play at The Riverside Stadium, named by the supporters of the club after a vote, became the club's home in 1995. It was the first stadium to be built in line with the Taylor Report's recommendations on all-seater stadiums for clubs in the top two divisions of the English football league system. It was originally a 30,000-seater stadium, constructed at a cost of £16 million before it was expanded in 1998 to a capacity of 35,100 for an extra £5 million. Current capacity is 34,000
Great players for the club include Juninho, Bryan Robson, Souness, Alf Common, Cloughie and Raviolli
Leeds linked peeps is a massive list but to name a few: Big Jack, Wee Gordie, Viduka, Woodgate, Baird, Spunk, Venerables and Adam Clayton
The club appointed former Leeds United manager Garry Spunk as manager in the off-season of 2017. Expectations at the club were high, having spent close to £50 million in the transfer window on player purchases, in order to mount an immediate promotion challenge back to the Premier League. Monk left in December, with Middlesbrough ninth in the Championship and underachieving,and Tony Pulis was appointed as his replacement. Pulis led the side to finish 5th in the table to qualify for the playoffs, but lost in the semi-final to Aston Villa. The following season Pulis looked to secure the playoffs once again, but a poor finish to the season caused them to finish 7th and miss out on the playoffs by one point. Pulis subsequently left his position at the club after his contract expired on 17 May 2019.
Pulis was replaced by former Middlesbrough defender and first team coach, Jonathan Woodgate on 14 June 2019 on a three-year contract.
EFL IS CORRUPT
Traditionally supporters come from Middlesbrough itself and towns in the immediate area. Middlesbrough have one of the highest proportions in Britain of locally born season ticket holders at 80%, and one of the highest proportions of female fans at 20%.
The nickname Smoggies was first used as a derogatory term by opposing supporters; it relates to the industrial air pollution – smog – that used to hang over the town, but it was later used by Middlesbrough fans in a somewhat self-deprecating manner before finally being adopted as a badge of pride by supporters of the club
Enough about them
We are playing crap at the moment but winning, a good sign for a decent club. The winning goal we scored against Reading is trademark to what we do, fast flowing footy, and I expect more of that against Boro. Back to almost a full squad now we should be winning this one at a canter on our own dung heap, but this is the Championship so who knows.
Off to Slurry tomorrow after watching the Vapours and From the Jam tonight so won't be back with you apart from via phone until Sunday
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