Derby Day part 3 – The not so local, local derby

Phil Ascough, author of the excellent Kissing The Badge, covers the not so close local derby between Middlesbrough and Hull City.

Two teams with more in common than many people realise met in the Championship’s big Boxing Day clash.

Don Revie was born in Middlesbrough and later played for Hull City before reaching the pinnacle of the game as manager of the team that fans of Boro and Hull love to hate. Steve McClaren’s first club as a player was Hull. His first as a manager was Boro.

Dean Windass, Andy Payton and George Boateng are among the players who have starred for both clubs. Another is Nick Barmby, installed as caretaker manager at Hull after the departure of Nigel Pearson, another Boro legend.

Similarities too in sponsorships, with both sets of shirts carrying the logos of businesses that will ease your cash worries in return for your treasured possessions. Continue reading

My first game – Joseph Short

Leeds United v Middlesbrough
The English Premiership
Elland Road
11 May 1997

Only a few weak imprints of my first game are now carved on the back wall of my memory, and they are fading. A seven-year-old’s recollection of the final match of the 1996/97 Premier League is hardly one to be trusted, and so substantial newspaper archiving has been required for me to contextualise a baking hot day at Elland Road.

Leeds had dismissed their title-winning manager Howard Wilkinson earlier in the season, and seemed destined for years of mid-table obscurity. This was, however, a situation far favourable to Middlesbrough’s. With a sudden three-point reduction for failing to ‘fulfil a fixture’ against Blackburn, Boro were deep in the relegation pot. They needed to win. Continue reading