Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Dad Said 'Watch Clough' ... and He Wasn't Wrong; Long-Standing Boro Fan Dave Connor - Pictured in Kazakhstan - Has Had His Share of Ups and Downs at Ayresome and the Riverside. and He's Proud to Wear the Shirt Wherever He Travels

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Dad Said 'Watch Clough' ... and He Wasn't Wrong; Long-Standing Boro Fan Dave Connor - Pictured in Kazakhstan - Has Had His Share of Ups and Downs at Ayresome and the Riverside. and He's Proud to Wear the Shirt Wherever He Travels

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What is your brief life story as a Boro fan? MY story started in the pre-season of the 1956-57 campaign. My dad Tommy took me to Hutton Road to watch the Boro train, and he told me to watch "young Cloughie".

There I was as a 10-year-old and I got my first Boro autographs - so easy in those days. I have been a fan ever since.

My dad took me to my first ever Boro game it was the first home game of the season against Stoke City.

"Where is 'Cloughie'" I asked. He had not been selected for the game and we drew 1-1. Over the next seven games Cloughie scored seven goals in the four away games and three in the three at home. But we conceded a total of 13.

The first time I saw Cloughie play was the 2-2 draw with Bury. This was the start of the Cloughie scoring machine.

He played 41 league games scoring 38 and three FA Cup games, scoring twice.

In my first season Boro scored 84 and conceded 60, and Cloughie was my hero.

Brian Clough got married at St Barnabas Church, and also played for Boro that day, scoring as we beat Leyton Orient 4-2. I had my photo taken with Cloughie at Hutton Road in July 1960. The photo was in the Evening Gazette on August 15 1960. It was a treasured possession.

Later in life I had it enlarged and Cloughie signed it for me at an autobiography book session at Ayresome Park.

Through Alan Peacock, a true gentleman, I have met many players of the past and it has always been a pleasure to talk to them.

I had the pleasure of being friendly with Wilf Mannion. His son "young Wilf" played for the Priory when we won the Middlesbrough Sunday League. I have followed the Boro ever since 1956 and visited many of the grounds in all divisions. I became a season ticket holder for both myself and my son Steven at both Ayresome Park and the Riverside and I am still a season ticket holder now. …

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