Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

All Round Grandma's to Read the Sports!

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

All Round Grandma's to Read the Sports!

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BORO superfan Alastair Brownlee returns to the mic next season to take over match day commentary duties on BBC Tees.

Here, the 'Voice of the Boro' recounts his best recollections of the Sports Gazette and how it helped to develop his love for the club over the years.

"My best memory of the Sports Gazette was when I was a kid and we used to go round to my grandma and grandad's for tea," Ali recalls.

"They used to send us out to get a copy of the Sports and give us a little bit of extra money to get some sweets too.

"We used to all stand in a long queue waiting for the Gazette van to arrive, at about 6 o'clock. Then there was always a bit of a scramble to get a copy.

"And if Boro had won, you often couldn't even get a copy!"

Before the invention of the internet and the vast television coverage we see today, the Sports Gazette was vital for any Teessider wanting to know how their team had performed that day.

And Ali remembers the major role the Sports played in the local sporting scene.

"The Sports was an essential part of sport on Teesside and used to be an important thing in my family," Ali said.

"I used to go to the games with my dad and grandad and we all used to love reading about what had happened.

"Back in those days, there was no 24/7 news service on the internet or television, so the Sports was essential if you wanted to know what had happened.

"And if Boro were playing away then it was the only way you could find out what had happened really.

"Like a lot of youngsters I used to keep scrapbooks of newspaper cuttings and match reports so I loved getting it back then."

While numerous writers have contributed to the Sports Gazette over the years, for Ali there is one name from the Gazette's and Boro's past which stands out.

"One of the great names from the Middlesbrough press box was Cliff Mitchell," Ali said. …

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