Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Seeds Were Sown in Promotion Season

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Seeds Were Sown in Promotion Season

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In I ATTENDED my first match in September 1993 against Leicester City, knowing next to nothing about football.

I was seven and I think we won the game 2-0. A year later, I attended my second game on Boxing Day 1994 against Notts County and stood on the Holgate for the first and only time. From that moment I was hooked.

There was a passion happening all around me as I struggled to see what was happening on the pitch. We went 1-0 behind but came back to win 2-1. After that, my dad and brother got season tickets in the East Stand.

I'll never forget that last game against Luton that pretty much sealed our promotion.

I used to go to all the home reserve games and we were down to the Riverside every other weekend to watch the progress of the new ground.

The first game at the Riverside against Chelsea will never be forgotten. The atmosphere was like nothing I'd heard before.

I've had a season ticket ever since and I've only missed a handful of games.

I missed one home UEFAF Cup A match through work commitments and I attend a handful of away games. That's mainly due to my refereeing commitments, which I fit around the Boro home games.

FOR somebody in their late R twenties, there can only be one name here - Juninho, right. During 1996-97, he was feared by every team in the country.

Not only did he produce moments of magic, he was a matchwinner, capable of link-k ing up with others around him to produce a brand of football that we are unlikely to ever see again.

He was a foreigner in a small, unfashionable, Northern town. Why should he care? But he did.

He was different and that adds to the magic of the man and why Boro fans hold him in such high esteem.

ANYTHING and everything connected with the three points episode.

The fact that the team had earned enough points to stay up but were relegated on a technicality still rankles today, especially with what happened with West Ham not getting the same punishment 10 years later for a more blatant breach of regulations. …

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