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5 things you don’t know about Middlesbrough

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Middlesbrough are one of the biggest clubs in the Sky Bet Championship with a proud history and good fan base.

Like many upon their discovery in 1876, they started in their own regional leagues, battling with the likes of Gainsborough and Thornby, and a famous rivalry with Ironopolis in the Northern League which they both dominated.

Middlesbrough were playing at Albert Park and Linthorpe Road until their move to Ayresome in 1905 and gained access to the Football League in 1899, getting backing from Newcastle United and Sunderland narrowly ahead of Blackpool.

Middlesbrough were regulars in the first division and rarely dropped below it and have only ever played one season in the third division.

The only thing lacking from Middlesbrough’s history is the silverware, but they have won three Division Two crowns, as well as the League Cup, and some other minor silverware such as the FA Amateur Cup.

But they have appeared in FA Cup finals as well as their heroic trip to the UEFA Cup final in 2006 where they were soundly beaten by Spanish side Sevilla.

Middlesbrough were in major financial trouble in 1984, but they were saved by local businessman and Boro fan Steve Gibson who has remained chairman ever since and is adored by fans.

Most of our success is down to the man and he deserves a lot of credit for the club’s survival.

Middlesbrough were founder members of the Premier League and stayed in it for around 13 seasons with the odd relegation thrown in, including the controversial 1996/97 season.

Middlesbrough have now been in the Championship since 2009 and have never looked like getting back under Gordon Strachan and, despite improvement under Tony Mowbray, it is Aitor Karanka that is taking Middlesbrough forward.

He took Middlesbrough to the play-off final last season but they lost, yet are now one of the favourites to go up this year.

FootballLeagueWorld writer Michael Hasan identifies five interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Middlesbrough…
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