Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Derby Goals Can Make Juke an Instant Boro Hero

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Derby Goals Can Make Juke an Instant Boro Hero

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THE stage is all set for Lukas Jutkiewicz to become an instant Boro hero on Sunday.

If he can score a goal against the old enemy Sunderland he will become a legend in his first full game for Boro.

There is no better way of making your name as a striker at a new club than to stick one in the net on your first start.

Especially if it is in a massive derby game like this one.

If he can open his goal scoring account at the Stadium of Light, especially if it is the winner, he will never need to buy his own beer on Teesside.

We all know the long list of heroes who are adored by Boro fans because of goals that they have scored against the Mackems - Emerson scored a screamer and Jamie Pollock stuffed the Sunderland supporters' taunts down their throats with a goal there, and there's a host of others, like Hickton, Hendrie and Wilkinson.

I remember people were hugging me when I was out walking in the street and shaking my hand in shops for weeks afterwards whenever I scored against Sunderland.

Those goals count more for the fans. They get remembered longer. They earn you real adulation from supporters.

So imagine how much of an instant hero you can be if you score your very first goal for the club in these massive games. What an entrance!

I remember Marco Branca bursting onto the scene in that dramatic way.

He scored a few minutes into his debut against Liverpool to help fire second division Boro into the League Cup final at Wembley to have all the Riverside fans buzzing over the new guy.

Then three days later on his league debut against Sunderland he did it again and scored twice as Boro beat the Mackems 3-1. What a player he was by the way. He scored some crackers when he was here.

But even if he had never scored another goal for Boro we'd still be talking about him now because he scored in a derby.

And I recall a few years later there were two guys who got their first goals in the same game against Sunderland too.

Chris Riggott and Malcolm Christie were deadline day signings from Derby and I think they both featured as subs in the next game which was away at Liverpool. …

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