When I heard that a new series of Shooting Stars was to be aired last year, I thought it seemed like the perfect opportunity to catch up with long time comedy hero and long suffering Boro fan Bob Mortimer.
After a couple of false dawns (due to Bob’s workload / commitments) i’m happy to say I finally managed to catch up with him one Friday night.
I must say a huge thank you to Bob who was extremely generous with his time and also for putting up with my ‘just one more thing’ Columbo style of questioning.
Miniboro sits down with Mark Burke to discuss (among other things) Trevor Senior’s teeth, his relationship with Sir Bruce and the highs and lows of a sometimes fractious Boro career.
We caught up with Burkey in October of last year, the resulting interview is surprisingly candid and far more open than i could have hoped for.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Mark for his time and honesty, it is clear he still holds a great deal of affection for the team and the area. I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as i did compiling it.
What began as a brief chat regarding a photo, turned into one of the most entertaining interviews I’ve conducted so far. Don Burluraux was part of the same team that included Willie Maddren, David Mills, Pat Cuff, Peter Creamer, Harry Charlton, Alan Moody and Brian Myton. Over a period of a few months Don agreed to answer a variety of questions about his time at Boro and the results are well worth a read.
My series of exclusive interviews continues with Boro Legend Gary Hamilton. I caught up with ‘Hammy’ at his home in the US and he was generous enough to spare some time to reminisce about his time at the Boro, his career ending knee injury and his hopes for the future. Hope you enjoy the interview, i have promised i will feedback any comments to Gary directly so feel free leave a message at the foot of the article.
I recently had the opportunity to pitch some questions to perennial fence jumper and goal scoring legend Bernie ‘Wolfman’ Slaven.
Bernie generously took time out of his busy schedule to provide me with my most frank interview to date. Never one to shy away from a question, we covered a broad range of topics including contract negotiations, managerial differences and the Bermuda Triangle!
Hope you enjoy the interview; i had a great time coming up with the questions and was certainly not disappointed with the answers i got.
Miniboro catches up with FSF Writers Award nominee Anthony Vickers to discuss his early days as a regular FMTTM contributor, from his sporadic first articles, right through to his current role at the Evening Gazette.
What is very apparent in this interview is that Anthony is first and foremost a Boro fan, someone who is passionate about both the club and the area. I would like to thank him for taking the time to talk to us at such length and with such honesty about the club he clearly loves.
In the second of my exclusive interviews, miniboro has managed to catch up with Craig Hignett prior to his appearance in the forthcoming charity games for Gary Parkinson and Bobby Robson. I’d like to thank Craig for agreeing to speak to us during a very busy time for him and for the great memories he’s given Boro fans over the years. Enjoy the interview.
As part of our Conversations With series, we enter into discussions with Steve Welsh. An avid Middlesbrough fan and creator of – miniboro.com – a site that has attracted equal praise for its content and design – for Steve is as talented an illustrator as there is right now. Here, Steve ponders the Teesside club’s tentatively encouraging start to the 2011-12 season and provides us with insights into his site’s raison d’être.
European Football Weekends headed north to Middlesbrough this week to interview two lads who have been providing an official unofficial view of The Boro for the best part of 21 years.
Rob Nichols is the Editor in Chief of the quite brilliant Fly Me To The Moon fanzine for those fans who still like a bit of print on their fingers, and Steve Welsh has come to fore recently with a superb new Boro website called miniboro….