Club Profile


A classic yo-yo club, Middlesbrough have spent all but two seasons since World War II in the top two tiers but have just one major trophy to their name.

LOCATION: Teesside, named for being along the River Tees, is three hours north of London by train, two and a half hours from Manchester, and one hour from Newcastle.

CONTACT:, 01642 929420, #UTB

NICKNAMES: Boro, even though their name isn’t Middlesboro; these things confuse us non-Brits. Also, in the local accent it comes out more like “burra” than boro. Sometimes local people are called smoggies, a name that Sunderland fans gave Boro fans because of the air quality in town.


Much of Boro’s history is standard fare: formed in 1876, did well in the First Division for a while, got interrupted by the wars, and had some good players and good (second division) seasons in the 1950s. One of those players was local boy Brian Clough, who scored an amazing 204 goals in 222 games before leaving for Sunderland. He later managed…


North East neighbors Newcastle and Sunderland. Each city has its own river, and therefore name, for the derby. In Middlesbrough, on the River Tees or just in Teesside, it’s the Tees-Wear derby and the Tees-Tyne

Women's Team

Middlesbrough WFC play in the Women’s National League Division One North at tier 4. Home games are at Bedford Terrace, the home of Billingham Town FC. Find out more at…


Before games, they play the same song, “Papa’s Got a Brand New Pig Bag,” also used by Queens Park Rangers. We will make no attempt to sort out who did it first. They also seem quite fond of “You Are My Boro,” sung to “You Are My


The Riverside is yet another example of the perfectly rectangular modern stadium. It seats 34,742 people and has been their home since 1995, when they moved over from the old Ayresome Park. One nice feature is that the old gates from Ayresome Park are outside the main entrance. There are statues of Wilf Mannion and George Hardwick, two local lads…

Going to a Game at Middlesbrough

GETTING THERE: It’s a pretty easy walk of just under a mile from the station. PUBS: The closest pub to the station is the roomy but unexciting Isaac Wilson. On the way to the stadium, look for Doctor Brown’s, which will host the away fans. Closest to the ground is the Six Medals, a big and family-friendly place with a large menu and outdoor…

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