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Who could be Boro’s breakout youth star for next season?

Along with the parmo, heavy industry and hosting Miley Cyrus in Stewart Park, Middlesbrough is probably best known for its football team having a great youth system. The likes of Stewart Downing, Ben Gibson and James Morrison are those usually mentioned as the picks of the bunch. In more recent years, however, Boro have seen […]

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Boro’s Three Most Underrated Players This Season

If you were to ask Middlesbrough fans for their Player of the Season votes, during this period of no football, one would imagine that votes would be split. Players such as Ashley Fletcher and Daniel Ayala would each get nominations, with Paddy McNair possibly gaining a number of votes for his early season displays. The […]

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VftH Podcast: Boro’s ‘season review’ and how to progress when football returns

In what has been one of the most unbelievable 18-day period since Middlesbrough played their last game of Championship football, at The Valley against Charlton Athletic, a lot has changed. At this current time, it feels like every where you turn you are hearing “Coronavirus this,” “Lockdown that” “COVID-19 something-or-other.” While these are all essential […]

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Woodgate shouldn’t blame the youth – they’re the reason Boro aren’t bottom

Following Middlesbrough’s 1-0 loss away to Barnsley on Saturday, boss Jonathan Woodgate was questioned as to why he fielded a more experienced side rather than include the player who have performed well so far for Boro, this season. Woodgate seemed to take a shot at the young players saying “You need experienced players at times. […]

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Woodgate’s Plan B needs a rethink

One month on from Jonathan Woodgate’s Manager of the Month award and it is almost as if December never happened. Off the field, the weather is worse than ever and the Christmas trees and light-adorned houses are a faint memory. On the field and Middlesbrough look to have forgotten all about the great form they […]

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Wigan Athletic v Middlesbrough: Match Preview

Off the back of a battling display at Griffin Park, which ultimately saw Middlesbrough return to Teesside empty handed, Jonathan Woodgate now takes his team accross the Pennines to the DW Stadium for a showdown with Wigan Athletic. Since Woodgate was given the final Manager of the Month award of the 2010-2019 decade on January […]

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Transfer Deadline Day Live Blog

Transfer deadline day is upon us! Jonathan Woodgate’s first January window as a manager will slam shut at 11:00pm tonight. It has been a reasonably busy one, with three signings and a few loan exits also. Patrick Roberts, Lukas Nmecha and Dejan Stojanovic all arrived on Teesside this month. There have been a few links […]

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Five centre backs that Jonathan Woodgate could look to this month

After the temperatures in the respective technical areas had cooled down following Middlesbrough one-all draw with Birmingham City in mid-week, attention turned to the January transfer window. Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate was quizzed on possible January signings ahead of a ten day break due to his side being knocked out of the FA Cup earlier […]

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How Jonathan Woodgate is emulating his former manager with loan moves

If I were to ask a Boro fan what were the main staples of Aitor Karanka’s time at Middlesbrough Football Club, you would probably say ‘a strong defence and ability to grind out victories.’ Not far behind that, however, would probably be the recruitment that took place, and being able to turn the middling, average […]

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Match Preview: Can beleaguered Boro continue home form?

At this moment, it feels like the level of optimism surrounding Middlesbrough is fully dependent on the result of the last match. After the best first 30 minutes fans had seen in a long time against Hull, and a first win in 10 games over Barnsley, it began to feel like Boro were turning a […]