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mick_dundee_Snr Posted on 7/8 17:55
How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

I only ask because at the moment all that i read on this board is negative, pessimistic ungrateful tosh.

Fans who were at Ayresome Park all those years ago must surely appreciate how far the club has come and how lucky and privelaged they are to be watching top flight football year after year. Thats not to mention the experience of cup final after cup final, seeing the team win their first major trophy and travelling around Europe watching us mix it with the big boys.

If you'd had told me all those years ago stood on the holgate that i'd have seen all that in the next 10-15 years i'd have had you sectioned.

Some people dont know their born.

Boro_2006 Posted on 7/8 17:56
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

Me fom a boy 1974 nuff said....

teesste Posted on 7/8 17:57
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

i remember going to those god awful anglo italian cup games.. about 3000 there just watching a good old fashioned punch up on the pitch!! mind you atmosphere always seemed better there though than at the riverside

bandito Posted on 7/8 17:57
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

Me since 1982

Tom_Fun Posted on 7/8 17:58
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Only caught the last 3 seasons there.

squiffypants Posted on 7/8 17:59
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From 1974. First game was a "squeeze" with my dad. He had a ST in the West stand upper so I spent the game sat on his knee.

I can recall cold nights in the chicken run when the whole ground would laugh when a lone voice in the holgate screamed "Awaaaaay Boro"

Nedkat Posted on 7/8 17:59
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

Me, from 1967 !!!

40 fookin' years ago !!

angelmatty Posted on 7/8 17:59
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Was there from about 1988 and have been ever since.

Fans from the last 10yr are spoilt

prepman Posted on 7/8 18:01
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

me, since 1957 until season before last.totally falling out with football.would'nt go again if tickets given away.

Sandinista2007 Posted on 7/8 18:03
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

From 68-69 season, first game i went to without my dad was 4-4 v leeds pre season friendly i think about 73-74 time

The_Lizards_Jumpers Posted on 7/8 18:04
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

Me, regularly from 1985 / 1986.

HolgateWall Posted on 7/8 18:04
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

Me from 1962-63. Yes the club has come a long way. The changes in the club echoes the changes in society over the same length of time. People expect a lot more now and expect better things for their money. God thank we got rid of Amer and co !!!

AddisonRoad Posted on 7/8 18:06
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

Early 60's, as I was born in Addison Road the Holgate End was my 2nd home, as all the kids played there in during the week as one of the gang had the last house in Addison Road who's 4' garden wall linked into the Holgate End.

"Jumpers for Goals Posts...."

borobadge Posted on 7/8 18:06
re: Glorious Ayresome Days..

Me since 1968, night matches only at first, I was took along by a few older lads from the St Pauls Rd area...

The floodlights and super green pitch, the smell of oxo and the burning of hot-dogs, burgers and onions...

the sense and feeling of unity and belonging in The Holgate End.
no one can experience that and not be smitten.



some of these 'new' phuqers from the premiershcitt make my blood boil, they dont know theyre born on the football front...

you wouldnt want to be in the trenches with a few of 'em

shortandbald Posted on 7/8 18:06
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

Went to a few before but a regular since 1974.

Have to agree with the above post by borobadge on the 'jonny come latelys' They have not a clue what it's like to be going through the bad times. I'll bet that most of the Ayrsome angels on here are the ones that appreciate how good we have it now compared to the early eighties and all the disappointments of quarter final exits to the likes of Wolves and Orient...I mean Orient FFS

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Hicktons_Haircut Posted on 7/8 18:08
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

Me, since 1965, Like Nedcat 40 f in years. Your comments are spot on Mick, but having said that, I'm still a bit peed off with the direction we are taking at present.

MKredleaderOne Posted on 7/8 18:09
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

September 1963 v Grimsby Town, won 6 - 0 and had another 5 ruled off-side.

Had the bug ever since, including through the bad times and the days in the old 3rd Division (1st Division as some now know it).

The majority of the whingers wouldn't know how bad things could be, they ain't been around long enough.

Brick_Tamland Posted on 7/8 18:09
re: Glorious Ayresome Days..

Not really. Went to a few home games a season when Lawrence arrived and was there more regularly in Robson's first season. My family were not avid fans but have had a season ticket since 95, which I wasn't able to renew this term.

Capybara Posted on 7/8 18:09
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West Stand Upper???

First game was in 64-5 season. That's '19'64, by the way.

whighams_wig Posted on 7/8 18:09
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

Used to go in the boys end as it was cheaper for my grandad who paid for me, nicked off school to see the Manure F.A. cup game played in the afternoon due to power cuts.

Rarely go now due to annoying, diving and whining cheats, hopefully the F.A will take note of Scottish F A in looking into diving using modern technology and clean the game up.

More Gordon Jones tackles please.

Brick_Tamland Posted on 7/8 18:09
re: Glorious Ayresome Days..

Not really. Went to a few home games a season when Lawrence arrived and was there more regularly in Robson's first season. My family were not avid fans but have had a season ticket since 95, which I wasn't able to renew this term.

Nowaypedro Posted on 7/8 18:11
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

I think my first match was in 64/65 we lost 2-1 and I remember wanting to go home at half time. Nothings changed.

grantus Posted on 7/8 18:11
re: Glorious Ayresome Days..

From 1986.


Top flight football isn't everything you know.

Just ask those folk at United FC

smog_mfc Posted on 7/8 18:11
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Went once when i was 4. The last ever season at ayresome.

GrimsbySmoggy Posted on 7/8 18:11
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

Me. Sheff U 3-3

Nobbie Posted on 7/8 18:12
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Watched, Me my parents and my Grand parents used to work there> I worked hut 13 behind the Holgate with my Nanna

How far we have come from those happy days

teesste Posted on 7/8 18:12
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

My first game was the televised game v villa in the old 2nd division when mogga got the winner with a diving header

Cobain_94 Posted on 7/8 18:13
re: Glorious Ayresome Days..

Well for two years. My first match was an Anglo Italian Cup qualifier against Barnsley in September 1993. I sat all over the ground that season as I went on a match to match basis then got a season ticket in the North Stand right next to The Holgate in Robbo's first season. Had one ever since.

shortandbald Posted on 7/8 18:13
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Whighams wig. The diving and cheating annoy the hell out of me too, but as far as the actual football goes, it's fine to reminise (sp) but the quality in general when they actually stop throwing themselves about and play is far superior to back in the seventies and eighties.

amelvg1 Posted on 7/8 18:14
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my 1st season tikcet was last season at ayresome 94-95

newholgate Posted on 7/8 18:14
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Yep, I watch the Boro at Ayresome Park. Some of my best footballing memories are from there

Me and SRO were just talking about the Ayresome Park days last night!

stocko_mfc Posted on 7/8 18:14
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First game 1980.......just as the decline set in...its all my fault!!!!

ERIMUS63 Posted on 7/8 18:17
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

first game 1969 as a seven year old
went to the odd game each season until 1972 when my uncle used to take me to all the home games
first away game liverpool 1975

offot Posted on 7/8 18:17
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

Most so called supporters on this site are robbo band wagon jumpers never seen the bad times think boro always had decent players always had a nice stadium with a roof on the bogs and where you could get a burger at half time gristle pie perish the thought so get a life if ya wanna whinge go up the road cos the day we ever sing sack the board {COZ THATS GUNNA COME NEXT}will be me finiished p.s been goin since 1978

whighams_wig Posted on 7/8 18:19
re: Glorious Ayresome Days..

Shortandbald, i refer back to it then as thats when i enjoyed football and enjoyed watching them train at hutton road. Also the game now is far more tactical and i am afraid the attraction it once had is not there anymore.

The_DiasBoro Posted on 7/8 18:23
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They were mid-table, div II and hadn't been in the top flight during my lifetime. And the football was more defensive and dour than had ever been seen before, post-1966 'wingless wonders' etc. Beats me how I caught the bug.

Stepper_T Posted on 7/8 18:26
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First game 1978, started going regularly on my own mid 80s.

First season ticket 1992

Max_Headroom Posted on 7/8 18:27
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

First game was the Millwall game where Hendrie ran the length of the pitch to score.

Season ticket the next season which was Lennies promotion season. So off to a good start.

I can only remember two types of games at Ayresome - games on really sunny Saturday afternoons when it always seemed like everyone was having a laugh and really frosty night games where you could see everyones breath and the floodlights could be seen for miles around.

Does anyone remember the sound of 1000 people getting off their wooden seats to leave as the away team scored their third in the final minutes? A collective groan followed by the sounds of chairs smacking up. Magic.

I always thought the away fans goal celebrations felt like there were coming from miles away and sounded distant. I was only 8 though. Ahhh memories....

teesste Posted on 7/8 18:28
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my first game... just found it!!

Link: MOWBRAY!!!!

boro_exile Posted on 7/8 18:28
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Was taken to my 1st game by my dad in the early 80's...we beat spurs 5-1 if my memory serves me well

shortandbald Posted on 7/8 18:29
re: Glorious Ayresome Days..

THat's fair enough whigham and to an extent I do agree with you. I just meant that the players these days are technically much better, which gives the potential for far superior footballing skills to be shown than most from back then. However the dominance of money has meant that outside of the top 4 no-one else can really dream of winning the Title, Whereas back in the old days any club could have a good season and be in with a shout.

backofthenet_ascl Posted on 7/8 18:30
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

First game in 86 when I was 5, been going all the time since 89. Caught the bug back then and will never let it go. You are my Boro...

foggonsfplandiet Posted on 7/8 18:34
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

3rd January 1969 vs Millwall, FA Cup 3rd Round. George Kinnell was playing.

So it annoys the hell out of me when I read some of the tosh written on this board about how bad things are.

byrno Posted on 7/8 18:48
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Me, 1st September 1984, lost 5-1 to Grimsby. Never looked back.....

LeitrimBoro Posted on 7/8 18:49
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1966 relegation if i recall.
I don`t post on here much but read a lot of the posts. These kids don`t know what bad times are. Fe cking spoilt on european football. FFS get behind the team.

Turner_86 Posted on 7/8 18:50
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

just for the last two seasons, went to my first game aged 8 when Lennie Lawrence was in charge.

Totality Posted on 7/8 18:51
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Me since late 80s.

peako_from_the_boro Posted on 7/8 18:51
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

Good thread this.

I started going in 68, and still able to nostalgically go on about the glories of the Ayrsome years, knowing full well that right here and now in the21st century I am living through the true glory years.

I don't recognise a single login from this thread being responsible for any of the bollix thats being appearing lately about doom and gloom.

Dick_Emre Posted on 7/8 18:52
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I haven't seen Ashy Billcroft posting on this board for a while but I understand that he first showed up at Ayresome Park in 1908 or thereabouts.

Snickerdoodle Posted on 7/8 18:56
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

First game, Boro 1 - 3 Blackpool, Division 3, 1986.
First season ticket, 1989.
First trophy, 2004.

holgateoldskool Posted on 7/8 18:57
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

Me. The thing is Mick, expectations in bygone days were not high or raised till Jack Charlton came on board. We have had some pretty ropey chairmen to boot.

Could you imagine the flak Jack would have got on here due to his reluctance to sign a striker and spend any money?

Times have changed, we have a chairman who is one of us but his pockets now are not as deep as they were - it's a mixture of frustration and anger that the board is getting according to some negative threads.

The paradox is that those who lived through the darker days of Ayresome are generally split into 2 camps - 1 being grateful we have a club in the Prem and the others who feel it is a real opportunity of masking the 120 odd years of largely mediocrity.

hendrie86 Posted on 7/8 18:57
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

season ticket since i was 4. two promotions and a relegation at ayresome. were still getting much bigger crowds than when i first started so im not to worried about it.

swordtrombonefish Posted on 7/8 19:00
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

Started in 1968 at 8 years old, through good and bad times, home and away, but none so good as the Gibson years.

Work stops me being a ST holder these days, but I still go whenever I can (to home games only now). I must say that I don't enjoy the games half as much now because of the constant whining around me before and during the games, don't mind after the game as we all have an opinion of the match.

ElvisRamone Posted on 7/8 19:01
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First game 1972.
holgateoldskool - Quite right. Some on here would've slaughtered Jack, and a nice reference to the 'David Cross' affair. A bit similar to us not signing Alan Smith.

boroborn Posted on 7/8 19:07
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first game 1986

Only went in the holgate once though in a pre season friendly, north 'family stand' for me.

Holgate_Spikes Posted on 7/8 19:18
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

Yep, 86 was my first game. I was taken along with a mate of mine by his dad. Said mate now stars for the first team.

I think the fact that every single person to contribute on this thread and who attended at Ayresome doesnt waste their time moaning and whining about the state we're in speaks volumes.

Senor_Chester Posted on 7/8 19:18
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To be fair a lot of people who went to Ayresome have given it up and will moan as well, not necassarily about Boro but about the state of football these days and how they have all been sold down the river for the new breed of family friendly football fan.

ray192 Posted on 7/8 19:19
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Me from 65/66 season .

YearbyRed Posted on 7/8 19:22
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Me from about the early seventies.

Chicken run, boys end, Holgate then back to the Chicken run.

Not all in one match, obviously.

BoroFur Posted on 7/8 19:24
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From 86/87, Holgate South West Corner next to the floodlight. Superstitious not!

roytomo1970 Posted on 7/8 19:25
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me from 86 first game v chester got beat 2-1 if i remember right.

shortandbald Posted on 7/8 19:33
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Yearby the way they stewarded those fences between sections in those day you could have easily done it all in one match

junouk Posted on 7/8 19:34
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Bought my first season ticket in the summer of 1986. I had spent the summer collecting for the Boro to be able to get a team together for the end of august.

Had been to most games the few seasons previous but 1986 was a tough time, we came through thanks to SG. I remember charlie Amer ripping the club and fans off.

We are better off now but I am not sure the football is. The sky money means the club dont need the fans and I for one dont feel the club gives a toss about me. Comments in the press about they dont want season ticket holders as they would pay more on a match to match basis means I am at the stage after 21 years if I had NOT already bought me, my girlfriend and my son a season ticket I would have joined the masses and watchin in the pub and maybe thought about going to odd games and saving myself a fortune.

Statements like this prove the fans are not really of interest to the club, only there money. It is people like me and most of you on here who support the club through thick and thin that will keep the club alive when the sky money stops. If they can keep us going to games week in week out.

fatharrywhite Posted on 7/8 19:37
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

april 1982

wolves, sat in the east stand watching a very boring 0-0

Steaknife Posted on 7/8 19:37
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

Started 77-78 season in the boys end before graduating to the Holgate around '84. Well aware of where we've been and where we are now. Many moans are motivated by the fear of losing top flight status. Once your out of the big time you can be out of it for a long long time, as Forest, Leicester, Coventry, Sheff Wed, Ipswich etc will tell you.

The_O_Bus Posted on 7/8 19:40
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

1966 darlington won 4-1

boro_newjersey Posted on 7/8 19:42
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

1977. Drew 1-1 with Ipswich. Mary Mills netting for us.

Mick, you're absolutely right. Harry Pearson wrote something before the UEFA final where he said that younger fans (and nothing against them) EXPECT finals, galacticos, Brazilians etc because its all they're used to.

Shaun71 made a great post about this a year or two back...

Link: shaun71 courtesy of block 17

MFC_2004 Posted on 7/8 19:45
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

Me from age 7, first game was 3-0 win vs Hull in 1990. Hooked ever since.

whighams_wig Posted on 7/8 19:46
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

This is becoming all our yesterdays as when i seen the O bus reminded me of catching it at norton ducky and down to doggy market place to see my distant relatives ( in them days ).

The modern supporters wont remem ber the trackless.

Lefty3668 Posted on 7/8 19:47
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

Since mid 70's.

borotiger Posted on 7/8 19:57
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Started back 73/74 season promotion if i remember, still remember spike armstrong scoring v's oxford and everybody going mad, we were there, miss the atmosphere of the terrace's the joke's, the banter etc.
Was a season ticket holder with me dad, behind the goal with the seats opposite the holgate end, was only a little lad at the time, remember being in the holgate end first time we played leeds utd, couldn't breathe for half the game everybody was crammed in so tight, " bremmer is a womble" was the shout of that day...
Been to the riverside a couple of times, but doesn't feel like home, but that's as maybe to do with not living in the area anymore.
Was happy to see a european game v's lazio was a speacial night for me, and hopefully all that was there, couldn't get to any of the final's, but watched them on the telly.
boro still is my team and always will be its in the blood, father to son.

mfcuk Posted on 7/8 19:57
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

7th September 1963 hooked from the start as we beat Grimsby 6-0 (Scorers Harris 2, Gibson 2, Kaye, Horsfiel) with around 22,000 there. Followed hot on the heals with my second game 2 days later on 9th when we drew 2-2 with Rotherham (Scorers Kaye, Harris)and around 30,000 for a night game. Seeing the pitch under the floodlights for the first time was a sight never to be forgotten. Also remember my first ever derby in October when we beat Sunderland 2-0 in front of nearly 44,000. Eeee, when I were a lad.......

CHEESE_PIES Posted on 7/8 20:00
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

1964'ish

Don't know who against, night game though

Coluka Posted on 7/8 20:02
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I've been hooked since 1970 was an East end then a south stand season ticket holder progressed to the Holgate eventually

BoroBabe27 Posted on 7/8 20:02
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Late 1980's.

karembeu_ca Posted on 7/8 20:03
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mid-to-late 70's for me, ST holder opposite end to the Holgate.

jd1973 Posted on 7/8 20:04
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

1980 or so - think we beat Derby 3-0 and Roy MacFarland got sent off.

Best bit was half time though, when dad got out the flask for a cup of steaming hot Bovril that washed down the Newboulds mini pork pies.

senile_sid Posted on 7/8 20:07
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

September 1958 in the boy's end. Can't remember who against, but I was absolutely terrified by the crush up against the wall. It was, however, the start of the great love affair of my life. I have watched some absolute dross since then, but I am not bothered, Boro are, and always be my team. In those days you wouldn't have thought of being a glory seeker supporting Man U, Leeds, Liverpool or, as of today Chelsea, your home team was your team.

ps I've been talked into going on Soccer AM on the day of the Fulham game and I would love to take an old football rattle along. Any suggestions?

Little_Miss Posted on 7/8 20:08
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I was never allowed to go, my dad used to say I couldn't go until I was old enough to swear. I remember crying on a Saturday for him to take me with him. He used to take me to get autographs on days when he was skint I loved that. I went to my first game at the Riverside but still appreciate how far we've come in such a short time.

smithythered Posted on 7/8 20:08
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

Last match of season 1967 Boro 4-1 Oxford, got promoted out of old third division!

buffaloboro Posted on 7/8 20:08
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me , from about 1982

John_Waynes_Jacket Posted on 7/8 20:08
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

since the 66-67 season, and spent the last 20+ years doing a 500 mile round trip for home games.

BUT , no season ticket before the riverside , so obviously not a proper fan.

whighams_wig Posted on 7/8 20:36
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john wayne it only counts if you travel on your horse otherwise you just aint

jk1311 Posted on 7/8 20:46
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me from 68-69, i remember getting so close to promotion to the top flight on many an occasion and never making it, only to hear the older blokes around saying we could never afford it.

Thank you Mr. Gibson for prooving them wrong.

wiggler Posted on 7/8 20:48
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Late 80's

RAYMOND_HDD Posted on 7/8 20:50
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"ps I've been talked into going on Soccer AM on the day of the Fulham game and I would love to take an old football rattle along. Any suggestions?"

Yeah, make a seperate thread and ask for one just incase anyones missed your post on this thread!

mendyercar Posted on 7/8 20:50
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

1963 v Bury ,Bryan Orritt scoring in 2-0 win when i was 7,started to go every week when i was about 10,1s 6d in the boys end, 3d each way on the bus unless we walked and spent it on sweets or a bag of chips.

TeeSv Posted on 7/8 20:51
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started late 60's. First season ticket in early 70's in North Stand lower. Had season tickets in South Terrace (chicken run) and South Stand. Sat/stood in every part of the ground, Clive Road (away )corner including

TRANSITARMY Posted on 7/8 21:06
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I used to love night matches. The pitch always looked superb and I'm sure the lighting in the stands was a lot dimmer (or did'nt work!) so the pitch seemed highlighted. I always stood to the left of the television stand that was mounted under the roof of the Holgate.
I remember David Hodgson leading the Holgate singing at one match, could you imagine that now?

TeeSv Posted on 7/8 21:10
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he'd get thrown out for standing up and being too old

TRANSITARMY Posted on 7/8 21:14
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Nice one!!

beeline Posted on 7/8 21:14
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'58 - bought a house 100 yards from the Holgate early 70s - said to the then missus it was handy for work.

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danholh Posted on 7/8 21:16
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First match 1969, season ticket from 1972. Aaargh the memories good and bad. Probably more bad than good. If only the current day riversiders could be transported to the mid table div 2 team days. The past 10 years have been unbelievable. We have punched above our weight. Compared to who we signed years ago all four of this years signings are truly SPECTACULAR. Stop moaning and support the team we love.

Lots of new user names here who clearly read the board but don't post. Perhaps the people on this thread are the long term, die hards.

London_Jinx Posted on 7/8 21:18
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'62 was my first match, don't remember too much about it except for the smells, pipe smoke, bovil and pish.

HorwichBoro Posted on 7/8 21:19
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

First game was in 1973 or 1974....sat in East End for a cup replay V Peterbrough. It was a night match and we won 2-0. Foggon got both goals. Was 7 year old at the time and to this day can still remember how green the pitch looked under the lights. Happy days.

MarlonD Posted on 7/8 21:19
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1977. 1st game against Birmingham or Coventry I think.

TenaciousDMC1978 Posted on 7/8 21:20
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Boxing Day 1987 against Blackburn. Slaven scored for us in a 1-1 draw. Was 9 years old at the time, been hooked ever since.

Up the Boro!

ElvisRamone Posted on 7/8 21:26
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Transitarmy - Know what you mean about night matches. It was always a special moment on a cold crisp Tuesday night. Climbing the Holgate steps from the Ayresome street turnstile and looking out onto the arena if you will. Blinding floodlights illuminating an emerald green pitch. Cigarette smoke wafting into the night sky, and Bernard Gent welcoming you to Radio Ayresome. (sigh)

MarlonD - if it was against Cov, I think we got beat that day. I remember leaving to the sounds of 'Terry Yorath is w_@nker, is a w_@nker'
Edit - wrong that was 1978.

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sponski2000 Posted on 7/8 21:30
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Since 1988 or was it 1989? I can never remember.

The good old days of always standing by someone who let rip the most evil farts in the middle of the Holgate. They certainly don't brew 'em up like that at the Riverside...thank fook!

London_Jinx Posted on 7/8 21:35
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100?

borokaza Posted on 7/8 21:37
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First match was in '79. Me and my brother used to get a squeeze with our dad, then he would sit us on one of the barriers in the Holgate so we could actually see some of the football. Although I always seemed to get a big bugger standing right in front of me!

staticrulz Posted on 7/8 21:40
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My first game was in 1986/87 season, I think it was against Brentford and I stood in the holgate with a few mates, we got a penna and Brian Laws took it and just after he struck it he collapsed in a heap I think he did his knee ligaments in

been hooked ever since

parmo69 Posted on 7/8 21:41
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Remember nicking in to my first match when the gates opened at 4.35 to watch the last 10/15 mins - aged 5 in 1969 - been hooked since !

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CHESTERLESTREETSMOG Posted on 7/8 21:43
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My 1st game at Ayresome Park was 1977/78 season. I was 11 years old. Home to the skunks. We were winning 3-1 with 2 minutes to go and the black n white tvvats scored twice in the last minute. Hated the feckers ever since !!

Beelzeebub Posted on 7/8 21:46
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First went to AP in the late 60s.

What most annoys me is people mythologising the old place (which I remember fondly) but was only rarely the cauldron of noise and passion that some would have you believe.

gravy173 Posted on 7/8 21:48
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Lennies last season 1993 regularly, although as im 26 that must be acceptable

JoeLaidlaw Posted on 7/8 21:49
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It's not about watching the Boro at Ayresome Park and having to feel privileged with what we have to offer now (top flight football that not very clever) that stopped me from going, itís about a team who have lost touch with reality, earn more in a weekend than I do in a year and have no working class routes.

I grew up with the likes of Eric McMordie as my hero and he summed it up last night in the Gazette.

He got up early and made sure everything was available on the building site before he went and trained each day. After each training session he would return and finish his shift on the building sites.

Some how, I couldnít imagine any modern day kid never mind football player wanting to do that.

EDDIE62 Posted on 7/8 21:50
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started off in the boys end v notts forrest in the late 70s then moved to the billingham end of the holgate good times and good mates

ml79 Posted on 7/8 21:50
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me since 1974 and your right some the negativity on here is realy pissing me off

BoRoBoY360_co_uk Posted on 7/8 21:52
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first game at the ripe old age of 7. did the clock ever work?

JoeLaidlaw Posted on 7/8 21:52
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When we sold Hodgson to Liverpool, he turned up at Burnley to support the Boro one Easter weekend after Liverpool had played earlier in the day.

John_Waynes_Jacket Posted on 7/8 21:55
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joe_l , if i remember it correctly it was peeing down and hodgy was unfortunatley adorned in some kind of leather suit.

JoeLaidlaw Posted on 7/8 22:06
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John_Waynes_Jacket - ?????

foggonsfplandiet Posted on 7/8 22:09
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Transit: I remember Hodgy being in the Holgate too - he was injured and rather than sit in the Director's box he joined the true fans, which sums up the bloke. I remember everyone singing,

"Hodgy, Hodgy give us a song........shhhhhhhhh" And Hodgy took a deep breath and sang....






















"SUNDERLAND!!!!"

addison_road Posted on 7/8 22:14
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Aye.......It's just not the same now!

John_Waynes_Jacket Posted on 7/8 22:14
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sorry joe, i just have a memory of driving across to burnley in the pouring rain for a night game and standing behind hodgy in the tea and burgers queue. must've been 81/82 or 82/83 time.

foggonsfplandiet Posted on 7/8 22:20
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Beelzebub: Whisper it quietly but your second sentence - you are absolutely right, mate.

I remember Ayresome with affection but what we are living through NOW are the golden years - if only some folk would realise it and enjoy it instead of moaning.

John_Waynes_Jacket Posted on 7/8 22:26
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i think what really made ayresome seem better is that we were younger and it sort of was just easier and more fun standing around having a laugh with your mates rather than the all seater experience we have today

Rocky_Rhythm Posted on 7/8 22:27
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Me, and I still miss the place. I took my eldest lad to the last league game when he was three, so at least he could say he had been there when he grew up to be a Boro fanatic.

Unfortunately he's grown up to hate football. Though I'm not 100% sure I can blame it all on that early visit to Ayresome, it probably did scar him for life

PapaJohn Posted on 7/8 22:31
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regular from the mid 70s.

Sometimes looking back on something thats not available anymore clouds your judgement.

For me in exile , watching the Boro anywhere is special, pity some of the players pulling the shirt on dont feel the same.

Picol Posted on 7/8 22:32
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i miss the holgate. i was there for the majority of my visits to ayresome. and for the last ever game there. still sends shivers down my spine when i think of the "red army" chant that must have gone on for about 10 minutes in the second half...

my first ever game was when john hendrie scored "that goal" against millwall...

Shaun71 Posted on 7/8 22:34
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First 2 games were a 1-0 home win v Liverpool then a 5-0 thumping of Arsenal at the end of the 79/80 season. Regular since

addison_road Posted on 7/8 22:46
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Always remember playing Man City in the cup,must have been a big crowd as me Dad took us into the north east corner,hadn't been in there before.The old gadge was going around the ground with a megaphone telling the crowd to move forward to let more people in!It was a night match,and it was snowing and a hell of an atmosphere.Remember the crowd surging forward,and me shoe came off and i thought 'Shoite,i'll be walking home wearing one shoe'....but as the crowd went back,i stood on me shoe,as was able to pick it up...how lucky was that!

borobadge Posted on 7/8 22:55
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addison..

that man city game was it the 1st leg semi-final of the league cup 1975.....we won 1-0..lost the return @ maine road 4-0....sure they played and beat the jawdeese in the final..

ElvisRamone Posted on 7/8 22:59
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Addison - the self same thing happened to me in the Bob End one day. Only my trainer did come off, and about 5 minutes later I saw it soaring through the air on it's way onto the pitch. Got it back at half time though!

John_Waynes_Jacket Posted on 7/8 23:01
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we should have won that first leg by at least 2 or 3 goals but as ever in those days , just couldn't score.

the away game was horrible, city fans throwing stuff at us all match , spike hit the post early on then they get 4.

i think they beat newcastle 2 -1 in the final

addison_road Posted on 7/8 23:04
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Hmmm?....I went to Maine rd for the replay,of the match you mention BB.
The Ayresome game I'm thinking about seems to be earlier in my memory(could be wrong like)....I was thinking It was the F.A Cup?

BroughtonLad Posted on 7/8 23:05
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Me since 1966
Over the wall we go all coppers are Barstewards Boys End
1s/6d

ravsplumber Posted on 7/8 23:08
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First match Xmas '54 Division 2, huge crowd, we beat Leeds 1-0.

John_Waynes_Jacket Posted on 7/8 23:11
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addison, league cup would've been feb '76 i think

BroughtonLad Posted on 7/8 23:11
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I don't feel so old now ^^^^^^^^^^ lol ravsplumber

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addison_road Posted on 7/8 23:13
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ElvisRamone...

addison_road Posted on 7/8 23:17
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Could have sworn It was earlier than that....didn't we play them in the F.A Cup then?....mind you...It would have to be a replay,If It was a night match at Ayresome.

rustys_m8 Posted on 7/8 23:27
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First went in the 70's when my late father took me to see Leicester city play at Ayresome. He was a regular before that. Followed them everywhere from 1986 for a few years, then married, kids, etc. Season ticket holder a couple of seasons at the Riverside. Now occasionally watch them, tend to watch reserves now. You can't say following the Boro is boring. A small town in europe that has put the football team on the map.Up the Boro

yefrem Posted on 7/8 23:32
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Everyone did, there was 40,000 at Hartlepool against Port Vale 1986, 27,841 at the opening of Ayresome.

Average attendance during 1980 to 1985 of over 23,431, life was good them days.

yobbo1 Posted on 7/8 23:37
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1963 and have been hooked ever since. I totally agree with this post. I and many others like me have suffered for too long with the trials and tribulations of supporting MFC. Probably the worst performance I ever witnessed at Ayresome Park was our defeat to Darlington. How anyone can complain about the current Boro setup must be a very miserable b#gg#r to live with.
Yobbo

addison_road Posted on 7/8 23:37
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The old East stand must have been a sight to see before it became all seater for the World Cup....50,000 in Ayresome!!! fooking hell!!

norfolkred1 Posted on 7/8 23:43
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Around 72 with me dad then it was on me own, Holgate, BOB End then the odd Clive Road on occasion.

steve0 Posted on 7/8 23:49
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First time in 1963- 10 months old apparently. Clive Road stand as a kid, season ticket behind the goal with me brother and mam and dad, then regular in the Holgate end

mollteaser Posted on 7/8 23:53
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had a season ticket in the south terrace awwwww

ravsplumber Posted on 8/8 0:09
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"1963 v Bury ,Bryan Orritt scoring in 2-0 win when i was 7"

Mendyercar ....
Met Bryan Orritt's son at Scallywags in Toronto last year. A real nice lad, he's a big Boro fan, followed them all over Europe, works all over the world, lives in Doncaster.

BoroMod Posted on 8/8 1:04
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Started going regularly in 1988, not sure i'd fall in love with football i'd start going now.

Moloey86 Posted on 8/8 1:29
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Watched boro a few times at Ayresome from about 90-91 season onwards, though only started going really regularly in 95-96 season, fond memories of those early years though, Paul Wilkinson and Bernie leading the line and before that Mogga at the back, good times.

rick4974 Posted on 8/8 1:51
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me, from 1986 as a 12 yr old lad. and i must say, it was miles better watching boro at ayresome than the libraryside.

delier1908 Posted on 8/8 1:55
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1965/66 Been going ever since. Still not a 'true fan' apparantly as I sometimes like to analyse our failings!

rcmfc Posted on 8/8 2:07
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Truth is between 83 and 86 ayresome was populated by the smartly dressed characters most of you hate very existence of.

zaphod Posted on 8/8 6:07
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1956/7. I remember getting the 63 from Redcar on match days and then running to the bus station down the back streets after the match because the queues for the Football Specials on Linthorpe Road were enormous. Everybody seemed to go by bus in those days. I wonder how all those people (30,000 plus) got on buses.

As a little lad, I got accidentally kicked on the hand by a guy in workie boots. I've still got the scar!

I'm still just as excited about the start of the season as ever (except 1966/7, which was the nadir of my interest). Never grew up, really.

Big_Bogs Posted on 8/8 6:48
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1976 Everton FA cup won 3-2.

Fondest memories of South Stand Upper next to Clive Road End stamping feet and clapping to tune of 'We will rock you'.

Who's the deek head in the suit?

Chappy_112 Posted on 8/8 7:06
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Only the once

gibson Posted on 8/8 7:33
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From 1965 onwards.

borolad259 Posted on 8/8 7:33
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From about '69 (first game against Watford...can't even remember the score). Used to get a squeeze with my Dad at first, then started going to evening games with mates in the Boys End..then the Holgate.
Perhaps if the miserablists on this board, who've only seen football in the premiership era, had stood in the rain to watch second division football against the likes of Leyton Orient, they might appreciate just how lucky they are to watch the Boro that Gibson built.
I can recall times in the Holgate, that the fare on the pitch was so dull, Boro fans would start rucking with each other, presumably to keep warm.

gravy_boat Posted on 8/8 7:40
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First ever game was Grimsby in '85, stood in the chicken run with me old fella.

It was the season before relegation and liquidation, and we lost 3-1 to chants of 'what a load of rubbish'

And the numpties on here moan about a mid-table Premiership finish. *shakes head*

Archie_Stanton1 Posted on 8/8 8:33
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Feb 1980 - Boro 1 Sunderland 0

Derby_Red Posted on 8/8 8:45
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First game me dad took me to was a 0-0 v Arsenal, pretty sure it was Jan 1976, may have been 1975. Anyway, it was his idea of a birthday present.

The b stard.


silly_sod Posted on 8/8 8:47
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First game was a 3-0 win over Man City at the start of the 74-75 season - I'd have been 7 at the time.

Hardly missed a home game from then on in - first sat on the wall in the corner between the holgate and the north stand then fir about 18 seasons stood up near the floodlight in the same corner until Ayresome closed.

I was through the dark days and I was there at Hartlepool - I know when I'm well off.

KENDAL Posted on 8/8 9:11
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My first game was in the 66/67 season. Favorite player at that time was John O'Rourke.

guyb Posted on 8/8 9:21
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A couple of times from the early 80s. First match was the Liverpool 0-0 last time we were in Division One.

Started going properly from Jan 86 and yes, some people need a reality check.

Corcaigh_the_Cat Posted on 8/8 9:34
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September '64, beat Bolton 5-2 on a Tuesday night. Was a regular from late '66 until 4 years ago.

spelly Posted on 8/8 9:35
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Dad took me to see Boro 16th December 1978 - beat Chelsea 7-2 - Micky Burns scored 4 - thought it was going to be like that every week, poor misguided child.

northumboroland Posted on 8/8 9:48
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Can't remember first game or what year, but been going for over 30 years. God how it has all changed.

scuzzmonster Posted on 8/8 10:02
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Since 1976, I think. Coventry.

Guis_Boro Posted on 8/8 10:11
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Me. Regularly since 1974. Before that it was the odd game here and there with my brother. The first game I can remember going to was a night match against Huddersfield, I can't remember the score though.

bear66 Posted on 8/8 10:13
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Since '75

Accusations about Bandwagon jumpers from the Robbo days are a bit harsh - at least there is expectation that we won't just get relegated each year and frustration that we aren't pushing to be top half every season - I think that's what we wanted through the Ayresome days but, apart from a few years, we were a yo-yo team - keep up the EXPECTATION and FRUSTRATION - it's the new world of the Riverside

YouLyingGet Posted on 8/8 10:21
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First match in 76 as a nipper then started going on with the lads from 87. Completely different matchday experience now, I really miss that buzz entering the Holgate and how green the pitch always looked from the dark stand.- I could never stop myself bounding up those steps.

As for atmosphere and singing there is no comparison, from the first "AAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY" to trying to get out down the Alley you felt part of it, not a spectator.

It strange because we're so much more successful now but those were great times - being winners on the pitch did not matter as much. Pride in defeat was important as well everyone, players and fans tried and there was a feeling of togetherness that has simply gone.

We shouldn't blame those too young to have had those experiences - the football world they know is very different from the one we knew and perhaps its us that should change our expectations. I know I'm not as critical as I should be and that's because I can't help remembering when we were truly awful.

I'd far rather its this way round than to be a Forest fan where the old gits remember success but the youngsters don't even have that to hang on to.

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BobUpndown Posted on 8/8 10:42
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yep, early to mid 70's onwards..

some aspects of Ayresome I don't miss and Riverside is much better, others Ayresome was different class..

Standing..
Villa ZDS semi..
Holgate..

maybe it seems better because I was younger and each game was an experience. Riverside and football is too tame and the football now lacks contact and passion..

tho we've had the best of times at the Riverside, think we're stuck as a middling team at the moment bit like Coventry were years ago..

GaryHamiltonsTash Posted on 8/8 10:52
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1st game was in '88, I was about 7... 1-0 win against Wimbledon. Gary Hamilton with the only goal, hence the username. I still love watching the review of the season (even though we got relegated) and had a room full of those posters you got free in the Gazette of the players. It was like sleeping with 7 or 8 blokes with massive heads just looking at you.

craigb81 Posted on 8/8 11:07
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first game was about 88/89, holgate end against blackburn in old second division. got beat 3-0

B_Hills Posted on 8/8 11:21
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think i have the record here first game with my dad and grandad sometime in the 1953 season. Like a lot of other old timers on here i get sick of seeing all the shÁt on here about our divine right to be a top premiership club. We are what we are, just thank god we have Gibbo, cos i saw it through Amer and i can tell you it wasnt great !!!!

KENDAL Posted on 8/8 11:24
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B HILLS,

Do you know the Kinver Close area??

Linthorpe_exile Posted on 8/8 11:27
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... since the sixties... famously (to me anyway) very nearly killed (no exaggeration) in the crush to get in to see the promotion game v. Oxford utd. Kept the life but lost a sandshoe *thinks could reveal true identity* . IMO The Boro has ALWAYS had a large mebership of the effin moaning gadgies brigade. It wouldn't matter what we won or who we signed.





*deep wistful sigh*

KENDAL Posted on 8/8 11:29
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Exile, that was probably the best game ever at Ayresome, I'll never forget it. Do you remember the nutters on the Holgate roof?

Snoop_Smog Posted on 8/8 11:32
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Cought the last two seasons as a 14 year old, had to save my pocket and dinner money all week to get in. Loved it.

Linthorpe_exile Posted on 8/8 11:36
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Kendal,
It pains me to recall this, but after the rescue (yanked out of the crowd as i was disappearing to the floor by a policeman) I walked home in tears (only a nipper at the time) so all I saw were the photos in the gazzette. The Attendance must have been well over 40k for a Div 3 game.... I'd been to every other match that year as well...











*tears well up*

lion_rampant Posted on 8/8 12:40
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from '77 occasionally,from '85 religiously, from '90 regularly

However much they try at the riverside, theyll never recreate the matchday experiences i had in the holgate (only the uefa cup quarter and semi have come anywhere near

the season ticket sell-out and working in a betting shop broke the habit for me in '95 and now im an occasional again.

funny how things work out

LeitrimBoro Posted on 8/8 13:07
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I remember the oxford game as well. To this day I have never seen so many people queuing to get into a match. The crush to get in was unbelievable. The men passed all the kids over their heads to the front near the turnstiles and you waited until yer dad arrived to get a squeeze in.
People climbing over the walls to get in. Incredible memory's.

Slipslider Posted on 8/8 13:12
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Me since 1975, saw last 5 games of that season 4 wins 1 draw, thought it would always be like that!
First Game Boro 2 - Stoke 0
Platt
Craggs Boam Maddren Spraggon
Armstrong Sounesss Murdoch
Mills Hickton Foggon

gordyp Posted on 8/8 13:17
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3rd division Stan Anderson and all, Full Ayresome Angel regalia of white coat, safety helmet and stripey walking stick-I lived and breathed for the Boro-totally barmy

BoroPhil Posted on 8/8 13:19
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1st game was in 1990, I was there when we played Milwall in 1994, Feb-ish, was on a sunday, live on Tyne Tees and there was about 6,500 there. Good game iirc, think we won 4-2.

vince76 Posted on 8/8 13:19
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Me, first game v Sheff Wed '83. Stephen Bell (RIP) for us, big Nige for them I believe.

HolgateEnd Posted on 8/8 13:19
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I did. From 1985 with my old fella.

jimmythewondercat Posted on 8/8 13:21
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First games were in 1972 I think - we always stood in the same spot on a little raised piece of concrete in the Holgate corner under the floodlight on the main stand side.

Dad was a copper so he got us both in free on the nod. Happy days!

Salford_Boro Posted on 8/8 13:21
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I did first game was October 1990 against Bristol Rovers and we got BEAT. I'm still going back.

BOBEND Posted on 8/8 13:43
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Me, hence the name although spent most of my early years 74-75 onwards in the Holgate before moving to the East End seats from 80-81.

Borobadge described it brilliantly, walking to the ground from the "yella" at twenty past seven, the noise of the holgate in full voice, the smells of oxo, pies and pipe tobacco wafting through the air and the sight of the flood lights lighting up the whole sky and illuminating the rich green Ayresome pitch...I wish we could go back!

The banter and humour in the crowd was also fantastic although it simply wouldn't be tolerated now.

Just to be there was an experience which unfortunately can't be said of the Riverside.

BOBEND

Supernovaheights Posted on 8/8 13:55
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Dad took me 81 or 82 beat liverpool( i think)was a pool fan until that night the noise from the holgate was unbelievable. Started going regular in 88

lion_rampant Posted on 8/8 14:04
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BOBEND - youve summed up the magic for me, walking up the steps and seeing the pitch floodlight was almost religious

I miss the Holgate

moxzin87 Posted on 8/8 14:07
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My first ever Boro game was at Ayresome. Hearts, in a friendly, in 1994. Only time I got to go. 1-1 the score? Sure I would have fallen in love with it given half the chance. Whats for sure is that the walk to and from the ground was a lot more interesting.

KENDAL Posted on 8/8 14:24
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BOBEND,
You hit the nail on the head there. Maybe it felt better because it was more of a working mans atmosphere in the 60s/70s.
Football stadiums now are far too sanitised.
Just watch somewhere like Old Trafford, when Utd score, everyone stands up and politely applauds.

chubster74 Posted on 8/8 14:28
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My first game was a play off game against Notts County when Lawrence was the manager. My dad had got free tickets of the brewery and we came down from Durham were we lived back then. I still have the programme from that day!!!

info_freako Posted on 8/8 14:31
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GrimsbySmoggy

Sheff Utd 3-3 that was their ridiculous hi-viz shirts wasn't it? and now it's Chelskis HAHAHA

My first was a night Simod cup tie when we went down 2-1 to Palace around 1988 I think. Holgate end every time except when they shut it for the Anglo Italian cup, and once in the East end for the famous Ripley "pie seller" goal!

Happy days - mind you I wouldn't swap the last 10 years for anything

skiprat Posted on 8/8 14:32
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I can't actually remember what my first game was but can remember being dotted around the ground, mostly in the East Stand and Holgate.

Went to a few Anglo-Italian cups as well as playing football in the gym with the junior reds when I was about 10.

A few other memories..

Boro v Sundarland, think Sunderland took a 2 goal lead only for us to get right back at them late on, straight from the kick off Wilkinson and Hendrie combined and were charging forward, Wilko went to shoot when Hendrie was wide open in the middle and he didn't pass it to him!

I also missed a half time penalty when we played Grimsby

CliveRdCorner Posted on 8/8 14:39
re: How many on here watched us at Ayresome?

I remember a few things from the seventies as well. Firstly playing Liverpool and the scousers were singing ' I'll walk a million miles along your neck...Jackie charlton '. We were right next to them in the east end seats to my dads horror I went towards them and started shouting aggresively Haisly Paisley waisley. All I got was a few laughs from them till dad hauled me back.

The next one was against Everton there was a big blues fan with a rattle and a cowboy hat singing ' Everton are magic ' all the way through the game in the east end seats. Everyone was well peed off when they took a 2-0 lead. In the second half we came back to 2-2 and the everton fan was literally banging his head against the seats as the whole stand laughed at him. I remember a copper had to come over and just give him a nod to settle down.

Later when I stood in the holgate there was a huge urn with oxo in, if you were early it would be weak as pess, but if you were late it would come out like treacle. There was about 3 pies for the whole end !!!!!

Dundee_Gadgey Posted on 8/8 14:43
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remember Ayresome well, winning nothing going nowhere blah blah balh. We have moved on, different times different aspirations...

Duncan_Blackheart Posted on 8/8 15:11
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Brucie Rioch's Red and White Army!

HolgateWall Posted on 8/8 15:13
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We have a large thread going here and hardly a moan.

KENDAL Posted on 8/8 15:31
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I never was successful in climbing the hospital wall and getting in the Holgate for nowt. Though I used to stand at the top of the steps behind the goal and watch other lads making it in.

Arthur_horsfield Posted on 8/8 15:36
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Saw my first game at Ayresome Park in 1966 on the day a true Boro legend made his debut. John Hickton.

The opposition? Workington Town.

Maybe our attendances will be down this season, but I'll garentee the average will be bigger than just about every season at Ayresome Park from my 1st game there until my last against Luton in 1995.

bigtl_billingham Posted on 8/8 15:37
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first game - October 1978 against Wolves, Sat in the East end Seats with my dad.
We won 2-0 - Wahey !!

BOBEND Posted on 8/8 15:40
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I got over the wall a couple of times KENDAL but I was more successful at getting a "squeeze" I don't think I paid until I was about 14, maybe that's where the club is going wrong now?

Let the kids in for nothing!!!

HolgateWall Posted on 8/8 15:43
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bobend - I remember getting a 'squeeze' When i was a kid. No wonder we never knew the real attendance figures for a game. Could you imagine that happening now?

roarythelion Posted on 8/8 15:44
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me, from 1986 onward.

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Funtime_Franckie Posted on 8/8 15:45
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Since 1973 but am still pessimistic about this season I'm afraid.

BOBEND Posted on 8/8 15:51
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I think we had an average of 16,000 to 18,000 but i'm sure you could add another 10,000 kids to that figure.

HolgateWall Posted on 8/8 16:09
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I remember as a kid going in the 'Boys End' and climbing over the wall into the 'bob end' when the bobbies weren't looking.

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B_Hills Posted on 8/8 16:51
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Kendall I lived in Langridge so yes i do

Crava Posted on 8/8 18:21
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Since 79/80 season. Had a season ticket evey year since 80/81 apart from 2 seasons when I was at college and I got a job selling burgers and pies at Ayresome so I could watch the games for free! The pies were like rocks and the smell of those burgers still haunts me!

BroughtonLad Posted on 8/8 18:24
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B Hills....I lived in Langridge (No 3) back in the 60's

borobadge Posted on 8/8 20:20
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The thing about Ayresome is,not just the myths, stories and history of the place..

but also the very fact that it was so embedded into the local community..

with row upon row of terrace streets running in all directions off it, local corner shops and bus routes on all sides it was in your face all the time..you walked past it to go to school, you passed it on your way to yer mates, i sometimes just stood outside and examined it..it became part of your soul, every corner you turned produced something different, the stands had a life that breathed a 'class' and an history, the cobbold street at the wrought iron gates, the small (pathetic by todays standards)indescript club shop that felt like you were in the living room of your best mates house, in dreamland worshipping Middlesbrough F.C...

The large red double wooden gates with a commisioner on them and the 'posh' hotdog stand behind it, the new bricks to the external wall of the East Stand, the sub station with 'ayresome south' on the identification tag......the angles access into the Bob End, the view of the social club doors and wondering when you would get in there with all the gadgies, dogs roaming about outside, women going about their daily chores, lads sat on garden walls, old men tipping thier cap as they passed their own front door with a belly full of ale from t'rose or the clevo...

we cant go back, our memories will live with us forever, we play our football down at the riverside, its 'our' home....the designers dream, the salesmans showroom, the blaggards bijou it has given us a fresh start and a new identity and its fit for purpose, but it aint got what Ayresome had.




what Ayresome had was LIFE.

Nedkat Posted on 8/8 20:36
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The town had life then ! The difference from then to now, is absolutely remarkable. All those old fashioned boozers, where yer got yer drink and sat chatting with yer mates. None of those TV's, no music, no chavs trying to look hard, just good people excited to be going to see the lads.

Winter games when Ayresome Park had it's own private giant refrigerator, which turned that ground into it's own little Arctic Circle. Match over, leaving the ground, the smells of men and ciggies, leaving by the Clive Road gates, and all the way down Clive Road the local people in those little terraced houses would be looking out of their windows at you, inside their goldfish bowls with the Christmas trees twinkling, and the streamers around the windows.

plymuff_diver Posted on 8/8 20:42
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I did. First game - 1977, a 1-1 draw against Liverpool. The scorer for them that Saturday being a league debutant - one Mr. K. Dalglish.

I much preferred the cr@ppy old ground, especially night matches.

rozi Posted on 8/8 20:42
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3 of us, my first season also was 66/67, Big John is still my all time faourite player. First took my boys when they were 7 and 8, that's 28 years each for Jimmyrav and JonSina. I still miss standing in the Holgate end. Question for JohnWaynesJacket - it wasn't you who peed down the back of my legs the night we got promoted was it??

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BoroSniper77 Posted on 8/8 20:51
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My first season was the 94/95 Robson as manager.

borobadge Posted on 8/8 23:33
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hoof !..this has legs...

there are more stories and accounts of life @ Ayresome out there..

TS10exile Posted on 9/8 0:17
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My first game at Ayresome was mentioned already, the 2-2 draw with Everton in 1977, sat in the East end seats next to an Everton fan, moved for the 2nd half though cos he was shouting too much.
Was as much enthralled by the Holgate jumping around as by the football on the pitch.
The chicken run was to become my Ayresome home eventually until they ruined it by putting seats in it.
I've lived away from the area most of the time since we moved to the Riverside and although we've had the most succesful period in our history whilst there it doesn't feel like home to me because i've only been there about 15 times.

CliveRdCorner Posted on 9/8 0:20
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TS10 Exile - see my earier post that has to be the same everton fan - wearing a cowboy hat singing EVERTON ARE MAGIC over and over again as they went into a 2-0 lead

CliveRdCorner Posted on 9/8 0:23
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Everyone must remember when the lights went out season 74-5 - everyone was looting up and down Linny road as the whole area had a power cut

TS10exile Posted on 9/8 0:29
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it could well be the same bloke, can't remember him wearing a cowboy hat though.

Mat_Evans Posted on 9/8 1:15
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I did but nothing like the old guard, although at the same time i started off, not so much at the bottom but at a level of mundanity. Started going around 91' 92 i can't remember my first game either but we were languishing towards the bottom of the old 2nd division.

Previously to me going the whole family (male population) would come round ours at about 12 for fish and chips and a bit of saint and greavsie, then everyone would leave for the pub and i'd be stuck with the women. I begged to be taken cos i hated the blokes leaving me, when they were all dressed in their red and white scarfs , then coming back later usually despondant and gutted.

Finally got the chance, and went into the holgate, perched on the barriers surrounded by the evans clan. loved it absolutely loved it. For me the most over riding memory was the smell and the worry of falling off the barriers when (if) we scored. I still love the smell of the burger fans and the bovril. I've been very lucky, as all the time i've spent watching boro has consisted of us achieving more and more year upon year. We seem to be plateauing out a little now. My only wish is that i had the chance to experience the holgate and the match day experience with all my mates, rather than growing up too young to have the chance.

Mat_Evans Posted on 9/8 1:16
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double

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wishywashy Posted on 9/8 2:45
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ME 1984

FOOK GIBBO

TTTeesside_Trev Posted on 9/8 3:42
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1st game was in 1969, when I was 5 and felt old enough to walk the 100 yards along Clive Rd where I lived, with my mates and crawl under the Turnstiles. Can't remember who we played as we just used to watch and listen to the Holgate. I was a regular home and away up until 2003 when I emigrated to Brisbane Australia. My last game before emigrating was Boro 5 v 1 Spurs last game of the season 2003. I also flew back for 3 days to go to the Carling Cup Final, which was Awesome. Also came back for a month at the end of December to see us go 5 games undefeated and score 15 goals.
PS do you think Gibbo would pay my airfare, so as to bring us a bit more luck?

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Johnnie_walker_blue Posted on 9/8 9:05
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Its easy to forget all the heartache that goes with being a Boro fan as we start another season in the prem. It certainly wasnt like this when I started going to the games regularly. I was 11 in 1985 and my dad who was born within sight of Ayresome had been taking me to the games for a few years without me really being that bothered. As soon as I expressed an interest in getting a season ticket and going all the time they locked the gates and it looked like we were out of business. That introduction to your team certainly makes you feel positive for all the progress we have made since. The good years under Rioch building a team that went straight through to Division 1, the wobbly years under Colin Todd and Lennie Lawrence, March 25th 1990 Our first Wembley appearance (bloody Tony Dorigo)I know it was only the ZDS but it was still Wembley.

We have come a huge distance in the past 20 years and we cant ever forget that. The problem we have now is the fact that we are never going to be in a position to really compete. Our pockets are simply not deep enough. We cannot compete with American or Russian or Thai Billionaires and the resources they can lavish on clubs now so we will always be also rans. We are a second tier Premier League club and it will take more than the resources of Steve Gibson and the fan base we have to take us on to the next level

HolgateWall Posted on 9/8 9:34
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it wasn't just during the season when we went to Ayresome park. During pre season training we would turn up at the ground and chase the players for autographs as they turned up for training. Then we would either hang around the ground until they arrived back from Hutton Road or, if we had bikes, we would follow them and watch them training. This is not possible now for a lot of kids with Boro training at Hurworth. The kids have not got the contact with the players they had in those days.

Please don't blame Gibson for things when they go wrong. The man had a vision and that is more than the Amers' and other ever brought to the club.We have lost contact with the club though.

LeitrimBoro Posted on 9/8 12:34
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I also remember that night match when the lights went out. I think it was Leicester, but I could be wrong. That was the last match my dad went too. "Amer`s getting no more money off me, lad"
Also remember taking my youngest boy to Ayresome. Robson was in charge. The gossom would have been 4 months old. We moved back to Ireland a couple of years later. The lad still supports the Boro, he gets plenty of grief from the Man U and Liverpool "fans" but unlike them we occasionally get over for a match.

super_keeper1 Posted on 9/8 12:56
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i went my first game was against oldham in 1988-89 i think

i remember we got beat 1-0 though

BossHogg Posted on 9/8 13:04
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Attending my first match at Ayresome in 1973, been a season ticket holder since 1982, so I guess you can count me in!

mick_dundee_Snr Posted on 10/8 10:08
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So theres a few of us then!!!

Cracking responses and some brilliant memories.

Those were the days.

CricksMariner Posted on 10/8 11:31
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Yep, those were the days alright. Came 4 times in the 80s and only saw us (Grimsby) lose once including a 4-1 and 5-1 victory in front of barely 5,000 fans. Also was there for our famous cup victory in 89 I think when Boro were in the top division and we were 4th from bottom of the 4th.

Happy days indeed, shame how the fortunes of the 2 clubs have gone since then. We are just looking at our 4th consecutive season in the basement division.

B_Hills Posted on 10/8 11:48
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Broughton Lad i livecd at 48 do you know Geoff Butler and Terry Scaife ?

ripley_was_god Posted on 10/8 12:01
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since Rotherham '86, a young 6 year old....

was mascot 2 years later against everton in 2nd reply in feb....2-2 with them scoring 90 seconds from the end to go to a 3rd reply.....im sure most of you remember that night, the hairs still stand up on back of my neck, scared stiff in the tunnel, mogga looming over me after showing in his full kit before going out to play. mental.

still got the match ball from that game signed by the whole of Rioch's army, most be worth a few bob now....

boroandproud2 Posted on 10/8 12:06
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Since 1985 and ever since

HOGG1234 Posted on 10/8 12:35
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Yeah in the Holgate with the Billingham lads.Remember when they brought the Makams through the holgate cos they overflowed from the paddocks what a mistake!!
Remember Forest, God bless Craig French!!!!!

attonBORO Posted on 10/8 13:00
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my first game Boro v Arsenal 1977 FA Cup 5th round and ive been s ST since 1979/80.

Boro_in_Norton Posted on 10/8 13:02
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Since '77...

First season ticket in '88 (for 18th birthday)...

had one ever since.

rocky10 Posted on 10/8 14:33
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Me in '74 aged 6

Full time since I was 12

Season ticket since Riverside opened - not renewed yet

(house sale and trip to Majorca have all got in the way)

ayresome_82 Posted on 10/8 14:36
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Yeah, my first game was in 1991 against Oxford Utd.

andrewmitchell17 Posted on 10/8 14:41
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first game mowbray testimonial against the celts hence why i still follow there results. first season ticket was when i was 9 very last season at ayresome. the 4-0 against portsmouth singing we are top of the league.

walking through the awesome ayersome gates round to the left text was on where saw newcastle being beat by athletic bilbao if i remember saying to my dad is that good.... it sure is son he replied.

i never see this guy now but who was the guy with the radio attached to his ear all through the games?

mainly too young for any other memories but i do recall richard liburds (sp) home debut vickers at tranmere.

main memory has to be sunderland 2-2 game emotions everywhere my first live derby game russell had us all over that day but alan moore superb... i still never managed to see him cross beyond the right back.

but only vague memories i am still positive and will be boro season ticket holder forever barring money. come on boro bring on blackburn lets show the leadership of 86! stick together rally our troops

Bosco_Jankovic81 Posted on 10/8 15:41
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December 1982, Boro 0 v 1 Ipswich Town was my first game.

Bosco_Jankovic81 Posted on 10/8 15:42
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double post

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HolgateWall Posted on 10/8 16:04
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Anybody got any photo's to put up, team photo's etc? i don't know how to do it!!!

burydweller Posted on 10/8 16:10
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mid 1970s as a ten year old boy at the boro v oxford game that clinched promotion under big jack. I was a street urchin from cumberland road sporting a skinhead, I saw my self imposed posh cousins and uncles from acklam and nunthorpe behind the goal in the seat and they told me to "go away" because I had a skinhead and joined in the bob ends chorus of "your gonna get your fcuking heads kicked in" I am calmer these days

borobadge Posted on 10/8 16:16
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like these young scamps....

Link: e.i.e.i.e.i.ooooooo

Linthorpe_exile Posted on 10/8 17:42
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There is some really great stuff on this thread.

Couple or more pints before the game in the L'thorpe, sometimes YellerRose. Night matches when the place looked radioactive as you walked along whatsitsname street. Scarf on, left the painted "rattle" (how many of you had one of those eh?) behind after its debut in the sunshine versus Torquay united sometime in the sixties. Used to switch between Clive Road (few verbals with away fans!) and the Holgate. Slop buckets of OXO swilling about. As for the bogs...


attonBORO: That match v Arsenal in 77 - loads of trouble I seem to remember with darts flying and real heavy aggro at the general Hospital between 'already injured' fans. Some things best forgotten maybe.....

HolgateWall Posted on 10/8 18:09
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This is a good site {;)]

Link: Ayresome Park

wayvvee_dayvee Posted on 10/8 18:15
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first game was sometime in the late 60s against luton town
first night match v blackburn and we won 4-1 (would be nice to repeat that scoreline tomorrow)
does anyone remember the little old ugly guy selling the golden goal tickets in the holgate.....5 pence ya golden goal ......man he was frightening!

HolgateWall Posted on 10/8 18:28
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It is a good site if i could get it to open

Plazmuh Posted on 10/8 18:33
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Remember a testimonial when Eusabio played
pissed down all the match seated behind the goal
under a leaky pipe got soaked
great fun

borobadge Posted on 10/8 18:50
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holgate wall try this one..

Link: born is the king of ayresome park

HolgateWall Posted on 10/8 19:39
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Thats the one