Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Thanks for - Some of - the Memories of a Mixed-Up Season. Anthony Vickers Looks Back at Some Fleeting Moments of Joy - and Pain - from a Campaign That Ended at Villa Park

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Thanks for - Some of - the Memories of a Mixed-Up Season. Anthony Vickers Looks Back at Some Fleeting Moments of Joy - and Pain - from a Campaign That Ended at Villa Park

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Byline: Anthony Vickers

WELL, that's another season over. The cut-and-shut two-boss campaign will be recalled as a frustrating one that just fell short in the playoffs after a late lunge under Tony Pulis.

The football wasn't always spectacular - but that doesn't mean the season wasn't memorable. In fact, there were plenty of brief flashes of drama and sub-text and a cocktail of cultural collectables to stash away in the memory bank.

Here's some of the moments that make up the mosaic of a strange season.

Boro 2 FA 0 Outrage at perceived injustice turned to first open-mouthed shock then gleeful laughter as Boro not once but twice got red cards overturned. In the space of three weeks. For key players. At important points in the campaign. Result.

First Rudy Gestede got pedalled at Norwich for a mistimed tackle early in February but with once-bitten Boro fans braced for an extra game ban for a 'frivolous' appeal, the red card was rescinded. Excellent.

Then, at Sunderland, frustrated Adama Traore boiled over off the ball at a corner after being clattered throughout and was sent off. Boro appealed again. And won again. Surely the time was ripe to try to get the three points back? That came at peak-Adama, when he was absolutely flying and ripping teams apart. Boro won the next three games - Leeds, Birmingham, Barnsley - to ignite the play-off push. Who knows what may have happened had he been banned for those? Martin Braithwaite's crowd-sourced parmo You can say what you want about Martin Braithwaite but you can't deny he is a great PR operator, an astute user of social media and quick to press cultural buttons.

The Danish striker, then in his silky skills honeymoon period, tapped into Boro's parochial pride when he popped his parmo cherry in a multi-platform event.

Using a Twitter poll he crowdsourced his provider - Central Park won - and then went for it via Insta, Facebook and Snapchat. …

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