It’s a familiar story, in 1876 the cricket Club met up, result, cricket Club expands and add football to the activities. Skip forward to 1877 and the first home game recorded and performed by Middlesbrough Football Club. This against Teesside Wanderers on the Archery Ground in Albert Park. Though, due to the destruction and devastation, the Club and supporters left the park in after a match, forced a move, ultimately leading to Linthorpe Road ground in 1879. Then in 1889, it all turns professional with 2 chapters, Middlesbrough Ironopolis that in the end keel up due to financial restraints. And Middlesbrough F.C that is the very foundation stones that live on to this very day. But, putting the final feather in the hat, happen in 1899 when Middlesbrough voted into the Football League. That’s about how quick and fast you can explain the origin of “The Boro” in 30 seconds.
UEFA club coefficient ranking
The Club might be old, yet, it’s contributions to UEFA’s coefficient ranking comes much later in “The Boro” history. In fact, the first time the Club enter the UEFA Cup is in season 2003/04 this after a successfully League Cup final against Bolton Wanderers. That ended in the round of the last 16 Clubs when Middlesbrough lost against the Portuguese Liga NOS Club, Sporting Clube de Portugal. However, best for last, taking us to 2005/06 season, more precise the 2006 UEFA Cup Final. By which the La Liga Club, Sevilla Fútbol Club, S.A.D won with 4 to 0. Nevertheless, let’s look at the UEFA ranking surrounding the active years from the Club. Telling us that the best position “The Boro” ever been in is the 31st place in 2006/07. Together with 2nd Bundesliga Club, Verein für Bewegungsspiele Stuttgart 1893 e.V (30th), and Greece Super League
team, Panathinaïkós Athlitikós Ómilo (32nd).
How many times have Middlesbrough won the Premier League title?
The number one position in the English Premier League
(EPL) is as many as the First Division victories. To refresh your memory, the top-flight in the UK used to be the First Division between 1888 to 1992. That replaced with the EPL after some structural changes took place in the English Football League (EFL). Now, back to the subject matter, and the somewhat slightly disappointing answer, which is none. In fact, the best season for the EPL was in 2004/05 with a 7th place. Yet, for the First Division, it almost came together in season 1913/14 when the Club ended up on a 3rd place with 43 points. However, the competition for the winner Blackburn Rovers
proved no match when the Rovers finished with 51 points. Followed by the runner-up Aston Villa
and there 44 points. But how about Middlesbrough’s other League and Cup games in the UK?
Titles, Trophies, and Triumphs by Middlesbrough
Even if Middlesbrough founded the EPL together with other 21 Clubs, it doesn’t automatically qualify for a hot-streak. Sure, “The Boro” did play in the EPL in early days with mixed results. Yet for the last 10-years, the permanent place has been the Sky Bet Championship
, or simply the Championship for the Club. Though the lack of top-flight wins might be a fact, however, Middlesbrough has plenty of trophies and honours to be proud of. By which we will list in chronological order, starting with 2 (1894/95, 1897/98) FA Amateur Cup wins, 3 (1926/27, 1928/29, 1973/74) League Division Two victories. But also 1 (1975/76) Anglo-Scottish Cup, and 1 (1994/95) League Division one. Plus, the latest win, 1 (2003/04) Football League Cup that ultimately led to the UEFA Cup competition participation.
Kit and colours
If we say that, from the start, Middlesbrough wore a combination of blue and white, would you get surprised? As this seems to be the go-to combinations for many Clubs when getting the ball rolling. But, when entering a professional only status as a football Club in 1899, the modern introduction came to be. And since that day, “The Boro’s” have deviated very little in colour choices, with some season here and there featuring black socks and blue necklines. Other than that, red and white have been the staple colour and made up the dominant war paint for the Club in some way or another, as home colours. Even the design has more or less remained intact, where usually the colours figures in a block design: meaning, no hoops or stripes only solid colours on shirt and shorts.
Middlesbrough’s social responsibilities
In true professional football fashion, the organisation that caters to the community from the Club is the “MFC Foundation.” Founded in 1996 by the devoted “Boro” fan, board member, and entrepreneur, Steve Gibson. Yet an independent function that utilises “Boro’s” traction and status in the Teesside area to an official capacity, which means, that the Foundation operates as its own entity with the benefits of affiliate with Middlesbrough Football Club. And the message is short but direct, change lives by raise aspiration, educate, and promote healthier choices.
Stadiums and capacity
Time and place to de-bone the stadiums and parks capacity during Middlesbrough rise to a professional out-fit. We are starting in 1876 with Albert Park when playing as amateurs. Though, we already know the reason for the move when the Club located to Breckon Hill from the park. Only to be looking for a new place to play after the landlord increased the fee in 1880. Forcing “The Boro’s” hand and there-location to Linthorpe Road Ground from 1882. That is the year 1903 grew too small and yet another home grounds established, Ayresome Park. However, the last stop in the stadium journey comes after the Club moves into the 34,742 capacity Riverside Stadium, in 1995.
Middlesbrough transfers and rumours
Middlesbrough’s fan base
Middlesbrough has one of the most consistent fans and supporters in the Sky Bet Championship. To explain, for season 2019/20, the number of pitch-side views counts to around 20,000. Now, if we compare that to the away games, the values close to mirrors. With 19,400 tickets sold, which means that in total 19,700 show up on average to all the games played by the Club on any given season. Showing, you don’t have to be the riches Club in the League. All you have to do is to find common ground with the fans and supporters. And of course, live up to your part of the deal, deliver entertaining football worth watching.
Women football in Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough Women FC initially knew as Cleveland Spartans from its formation in 1976. That changed in 1997 when the Team officially took on the name Middlesbrough F.C Ladies. That later on changed to F.C Women roughly at the same time (2005) as the “Ladies” gained Club status from the Football Association.
Stakeholders and other financial interests in Middlesbrough
The current owner, Steve Gibson, became the youngest board member director at 26 when entering a deeper relationship to the Club. By which in 1993 he required 90% shares in from the Scottish and Newcastle’s. As of now, the governing parties of Middlesbrough Football and Athletic Company is Gibson O’Neill Company Limited. Ultimately, owned by Steve Gibson and Mike O’Neill.
Fun facts and other pub quiz trivia
Did you know that “The Boro” was one of the original members of the EPL, together with Arsenal
, Aston Villa, and Blackburn Rovers? Also, making up the foundation is Chelsea
, Coventry City, Crystal Palace
, Ipswich Town, Leeds United
, and Liverpool
. And Manchester City
, Manchester United
, Norwich City
, Nottingham Forest
, Oldham Athletic, Queens Park Rangers
, Sheffield Utd
, Sheffield Wednesday
, Tottenham Hotspur
, and Wimbledon. However, this fact didn’t stop the Club from being the first Club to get relegated from the inauguration season. Also joining in on the EPL first is Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest.