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The race for promotion to the Premier League is shaping up to be a cracker! With just 11 games left there are still several teams fighting for automatic promotion, not to mention several vying for a play-off berth.
The top spot is held by Burnley however Middlesbrough, Hull and Brighton are all within touching distance. Derby find themselves safely in fifth place whilst Sheffield Wednesday, holding the final play-off spot, are under pressure from  Cardiff, Birmingham and Ipswich, snapping at the final play-off position. So who’s got what it takes to go up?
Burnley
After beating Lancashire …

As much as we probably don’t like to admit it, football fans are a strange, fickle breed. We experience euphoric highs and find ourselves in pits of despair (on alternate weeks for a lot of clubs). Those who don’t know, will never ever understand. To be honest I don’t really care, I’m selfish enough to drag family, friends and anyone who’ll listen on my emotional rollercoaster with me but one thing I repeatedly get asked as my whining is interrupted  is ‘Why do you put yourself through it?’ As a …

As the dust settles, the smoke clears and Boro fans emerge from the wreckage of the past five months, we can look forward instead of back towards the new season with new found clarity and hope. Put kindly, last season was a write off. We were cruelly led to believe that we stood a chance of promotion for a large part of the campaign and then a horrendous run of results throughout 2013 left us languishing in the lower echelons of the table. It’s been pretty hard to stomach but …

It’s not often a blog has a foreword. I just want to say that on the surface this might seem like it’s aimed at Boro Fans. It’s not. It’s for football fans, in particular those who don’t like the way in which owners are judged via bank balance first and foremost. This is a sad state of affairs and because I know about Middlesbrough, I’ve used Gibson has an example. I hope there are other owners out there that are greeted with the same adulation by their fans and people …

I remember a long time ago I made a promise to myself that I think I have broken every year since. I decided that I wouldn’t take any notice of the table till Boxing Day. That’s the time when you have generally played everybody and you can gain a decent indication of where you will finish. This however has fallen by the wayside and I always love to see Middlesbrough around the top spots, whether it’s 1 game in or 40. I also panic if we’re falling short. What I …

As a Middlesbrough fan I have enjoyed/endured a rollercoaster of emotions, particularly over the past eight years. We have had astronomical highs where we have seen our first silverware after 128 years of waiting, our first two European adventures, a UEFA cup final after a quarter final and a semi-final where we needed to score four goals in a half! Then we were knocked from our pedestal completely as we were relegated to the Championship, seen big money signings flop and failed to mount a serious assault on promotion… until …

With the fixtures out and a little under a month until the new Football League season gets under way, fans up and down the country will be cursing the fixtures computer for giving  their team a Tuesday night in November trip to Torquay, Blackpool or Bournemouth, when you were hoping for a seaside bank holiday weekend with the lads. Maybe the local derby you’ve been looking forward to is the same day as a family members wedding – there are no doubt many people to whom that would be a …

If it was up to me I would have football only shown on the BBC or on Sky Sports because they do a fantastic job at broadcasting football yet with the way things are with money in football the highest bidder gets the rights and that’s what ITV did to get the FA Cup coverage yet if anyone tuning into watch Middlesbrough vs Sunderland last night you would of had a hard time knowing they were covering the game.
Fabio Capello resigning as the England manager last night was out of …

Peterborough just love to do things the hard way. After again falling behind in the game it was Paul Taylor, the man who never gives up, who rescued a point producing a superb volley nine minutes before the end of time.
These two teams had already met this season back in August when Middlesbrough easily walked away 2-0 winners in the Carling Cup second round. That night Tony Mowbray’s side put in a solid performance prompting Darren Ferguson to make a few tactical changes to his side this time round with …

When the Premier League started 19 years ago, there were only 11 players born outside of England and the rest of the UK and Ireland across the 22 clubs. In last weekend’s matches, there were 135 foreign players in the starting 11 last weekend, which is 12 times more than in 1992. Even fewer clubs nowadays have home-grown players from the region were the club is based. However, one club despite now being in the Championship is now one of the anomalies in football in which it has many English …