MIDDLESBROUGH F.C.
Founded: 1866





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MIDDLESBROUGH F.C. (Football Club)
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BRIEF HISTORY of MIDDLESBROUGH FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

Middlesbrough Football Club, also known as Boro, formed in 1876. They won the FA Amateur Cup in 1895 and again in 1898. The club turned professional in 1889, but reverted to amateur status in 1892. They turned professional permanently in 1899. After three seasons, they won promotion to the First Division, where they would remain for the next 22 years. In 1903, the club moved to Ayresome Park, their home for the next 92 years. In 1903, the club moved to Ayresome Park, their home for the next 92 years. Over the next few years, their form fluctuated greatly, rising to sixth in 190708 before dropping to seventeenth two seasons later. The club rose to their highest league finish to date, third, in 191314. The First World War soon intervened and football was suspended. Before league football resumed, Middlesbrough won the Northern Victory League, but the team were unable to maintain their previous form and finished the 191920 season in mid-table. They remained in the First Division for the next few seasons, but were relegated in 192324 after finishing bottom, ten points adrift of their nearest rivals. Three seasons later, they won the Division Two title. Their tenure back in the top flight lasted only one season, and the club were relegated. They were promoted at the first attempt in 192829, winning another Second Division title. The club remained in the First Division until 1954. This was the start of a 20-year spell outside the top division. After a fourth place finish in 196263, the club endured a steady decline and were relegated to the Third Division for the first time in their history in 1966.

New manager Stan Anderson returned the club to the second flight at the first attempt. Middlesbrough would not finish below ninth during the next eight seasons. By 1974, Jack Charlton had taken over as manager and guided the team back to the top flight. They ensured promotion as early as 23 March, and with eight games of the season left, they became runaway champions, finishing with a record 65 points. Middlesbrough won their first silverware as a professional side in the 197576 season, lifting the Anglo-Scottish Cup in its inaugural season after a two-legged final win over Fulham. The club experienced severe financial difficulties during the mid-1980s. Middlesbrough were dropping down the table, and finished nineteenth in the 198485 season. Over the next two seasons, Middlesbrough gained successive promotions into Division Two and then into Division One. The next season though, they came straight back down to Division Two, and with it came the then British transfer record move of Gary Pallister to Manchester United for 2.3 million. Despite constant promotion and relegation, Middlesbrough were founding members of the FA Premier League for the 199293 season. Player-manager Bryan Robson, from Manchester United, took charge in 1994. A difficult 199697 season was compounded by a deduction of three points imposed just after Christmas, as punishment for the club's failure to fulfil a fixture against Blackburn, which ultimately resulted in relegation. At the same time, the club managed to reach both the League and FA Cup finals for the first time, but lost out in both. Despite being in the second tier they were again runners up in the League Cup final the next year.

Despite losing high profile players Fabrizio Ravanelli and Juninho due to relegation, Middlesbrough were promoted back to the Premiership at the first attempt in 1998. In 200001 they had a brief relegation scare that was solved with the arrival of Terry Venables as co-manager, and a 30 win away at Arsenal in March was the team's best result. The 200304 season was the most successful in the club's history as they finally won a major trophy after beating Bolton 21 in the League Cup final under manager Steve McClaren. This success also ensured that Middlesbrough would qualify for Europe the UEFA Cup for the first time, in which they reached the last 16. Middlesbrough reached the 2006 UEFA Cup Final in Eindhoven, following two comebacks from 30 down in the rounds preceding it, but lost 40 to Sevilla. Despite the club reaching the quarter finals of the FA Cup for three seasons, but the club was still relegated to the Football League Championship on the last day of the 200809 season.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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Middlesbrough F.C.
Club Nickname
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The Boro
Year Founded
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1876 (140 years ago)
English County
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North Yorkshire
Current Ground
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Riverside Stadium
Ground Location
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Middlesbrough, England
Club's Owner
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Steve Gibson
Club Chairman
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Steve Gibson
Current Manager
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Aitor Karanka
Current League
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Premier League
Last Season
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Championship, 4th place
(promoted)


HOME COLORS

Red w/White Trim
AWAY COLORS

Yellow & Navy Blue
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RIVERSIDE STADIUM
Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, TS3-6RS, England

OPENED: ......... August 26, 1995
SURFACE: ........ Grass
COST: .............. 16 Million
CAPACITY: ...... 34,746
RECORD: ......... 34,836 (2004 vs Norwich City)
OWNER: ........... Middlesbrough F.C.
OPERATOR: ..... Middlesbrough F.C.
FIELD SIZE: ...... 115 x 75 yards (105 x 69 meters)



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