The festive period is historically a depressing time for Boro fans… if ever the wheels were about to fall off it would invariably happen during our Christmas fixtures (and still does). However, one game that bucked that particular trend was a Boxing Day visit to St James Park in the early 1990’s. I’m pleased to say I was in the away end that day, witnessing a goal that was as bizarre as it was satisfying.
One of the games I have been desperate to feature as part of my ‘Awful Truth’ series is the promotion decider that occurred between Middlesbrough and Leicester City in 1988. With it being such a significant game in MFC history, I was particularly pleased that Gary Silke, author of the outstanding Got Not Got, agreed to give his own thoughts on that eventful day.
A game that’s been recalled and retold by numerous Boro fans of a certain age. The 1988 play-off final against Chelsea is often remembered on Teesside with equal measures of creative license and hyperbole, so I thought it would be interesting to hear from the Chelsea side of the perimeter fence. The author for this one is the excellent Tim Rolls, who writes regularly for the CFCUK fanzine and who’s personal blog Plains Of Almeria is definitely worth making some time for.
I had originally wanted to feature the epic cup ties between Middlesbrough and Everton from the late 80’s / early 90’s (and still do), but finding an Evertonian who was at those games has so far proved elusive. However, during that search the name of Andrew Tuft was recommended to me. Unfortunately the aforementioned games were a little before his time too but after a brief chat he kindly agreed to add a guest article of his own.
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