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Encyclopedia > Middlesbrough F.C
Full name Middlesbrough Football Club
Nickname Boro
Founded 1876
Ground Riverside Stadium,
Capacity 35,100
Chairman Steve Gibson
Manager Steve McClaren
League FA Premier League
2003-04 Premier League, 11th
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Home colours
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Away colours

Middlesbrough F.C. are an English football team, commonly known as 'Boro. They are currently in the Premier League. They play at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough. Their manager is Steve McClaren, and the chairman is Steve Gibson.

Middlesbrough won the League Cup in 2004, the club's first major trophy since its formation in 1876.

Members of Middlesbrough Cricket Club founded Middlesbrough Football Club in 1876. This was a common practice at the time because football was seen as a game to be played in cricket's off season. Middlesbrough FC turned professional in 1889, returned to amateur status in 1892 then became professional for good in 1899.

The club faced huge financial problems in the 1980s, falling briefly into liquidation in 1986. At the end of that year, the club was brought back to life through the influence of Teesside businessman Steve Gibson, founder and chairman of Bulkhaul Limited, which was established in 1981 and is dedicated to the global transportation of bulk liquids, powders and gasses. He was quick to bring the club back onto a sound financial footing and then build on that foundation to create the modern club. Gibson, a lifelong Boro fan, has often been seen as a fan funding his passion, rather than a businessman working for profit. This meant that the fans were quickly won over, although success was slow in coming.

Never a highly-regarded or particularly fashionable club, Middlesbrough needed to establish a solid structure to attract better players. The first step in creating a successful top flight team was Gibson's appointment of former England captain and Manchester United legend Bryan Robson as the team's player-manager. Robson brought with him some of his former Manchester United teammates along with the winning mentality of that team. In his first season as manager, the club was promoted to the Premiership.

Middlesbrough are arguably the strongest their team has ever been coming to the end of 2004. Although they will clearly never be as big a club as their local rivals Newcastle United or Sunderland, they finally managed to win heir first ever major trophy came with victory over Bolton Wanderers in the 2003-04 League Cup, and with the high-profile signings of several major players, including Mark Viduka and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who have formed one of the Premiership's strongest strike partnerships.


Current first team squad

  1. Mark Schwarzer
  2. Michael Reiziger
  3. Franck Queudrue
  4. Ugo Ehiogu
  5. Chris Riggott
  6. Gareth Southgate
  7. George Boateng
  8. Szilard Nemeth
  9. Massimo Maccarone (on loan to Siena)
  10. Malcolm Christie
  11. Carlo Nash
  12. Gaizka Mendieta
  13. Ray Parlour
  14. Joseph Desire-Job
  15. Mark Wilson (on loan to Livingston)
  16. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
  17. Stewart Downing
  18. Doriva
  19. Stuart Parnaby
  20. Colin Cooper
  21. Andrew Davies (on loan to QPR)
  22. James Morrison
  23. Matthew Bates
  24. Andrew Taylor
  25. Anthony McMahon
  26. Danny Graham
  27. David Wheater
  28. Boudewijn Zenden
  29. Mark Viduka

External link

  • Official site (http://www.mfc.premiumtv.co.uk)
  • ComeOnBoro.com (http://www.comeonboro.com)
  • 4thegame.com's Middlesbrough page (http://www.4thegame.com/club/mfc/)

FA Premier League 2004/05

Arsenal | Aston Villa | Birmingham City | Blackburn Rovers | Bolton Wanderers | Charlton Athletic | Chelsea | Crystal Palace | Everton | Fulham | Liverpool | Manchester City | Manchester United | Middlesbrough | Newcastle United | Norwich City | Portsmouth | Southampton | Tottenham Hotspur | West Bromwich Albion

FA Premier League seasons

1992-93 | 1993-94 | 1994-95 | 1995-96 | 1996-97 | 1997-98 | 1998-99
1999-00 | 2000-01 | 2001-02 | 2002-03 | 2003-04 | 2004-05 edit (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Template:FA_Premier_League&action=edit)

Football in England

League competitions

The FA

Cup competitions

FA Premier League FA Cup
The Football League (Champ, 1, 2) England
League Cup
Football Conference (Nat, N, S) FA Community Shield
Northern Premier League (Prem, 1) List of
Football League Trophy
Southern League (Prem, 1W, 1E) FA Trophy
Isthmian League (Prem, 1, 2) Records FA Vase
English football league system FA NLS Cup

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