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Match ratings: Fulham 4 Middlesbrough 3

5:06pm Sunday 26th April 2015


Heed boss is a wanted man and York set for changes after defeats

10:37am Sunday 26th April 2015

GARY MILLS could have taken charge of his last game as Gateshead manager – and it ended in defeat at Barnet.

Boro head coach left embarrassed by costly first half display at the Cottage

The Northern Echo: Dated: 03/03/2015
Sky Bet Championship
Middlesbrough vs Millwall at the Riverside Stadium tonight 
Goal! Middlesbrough 2, Millwall 0. Kike (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

9:34am Sunday 26th April 2015

AITOR KARANKA was embarrassed by the nature of a first half performance which proved the start of Middlesbrough’s downfall at Craven Cottage.

Full-time: Fulham 4 Middlesbrough 3

The Northern Echo: STRONG START: Kike, pictured celebrating during August's 2-1 win at Bolton, has enjoyed a successful start to his Middlesbrough career

5:09pm Saturday 25th April 2015

Full-time: Fulham 4 Middlesbrough 3

Newcastle boss does not respect Owen's opinion

5:44am Saturday 25th April 2015

AFTER a week when Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher have both criticised Newcastle United, John Carver has hinted that he does not respect the former England internationals’ opinions.

Patrick desperate for Dutch delight to end season on Wearside

The Northern Echo: Sunderland V Fulham. FA Cup 4th round at The Stadium of Light.
Patrick Van Aanholt with the ball.
Picture: TOM BANKS. (16886043)

5:19am Saturday 25th April 2015

PATRICK van Aanholt had been around the block before eventually moving to Sunderland, so that is why he is determined to ensure his big switch last summer does not end in disaster.

Janmaat and Carver do not want unwanted record at Newcastle

The Northern Echo: Newcastle centre-half Daryl Janmaat

5:09am Saturday 25th April 2015

JOHN CARVER should remember the six-month reign of Richard Dinnis at St James’ Park, when Newcastle United last lost seven matches in a row, so avoiding having such a record will be high in the head coach’s thinking this afternoon.

Sunderland could turn to Johnson but rule out Fletcher

The Northern Echo: back in action: Adam Johnson has been a second half sub recently and Dick Advocaat has not ruled him out of playing today away to Stoke City

5:08am Saturday 25th April 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT could turn to Adam Johnson at Stoke City this afternoon but Sunderland’s head coach has been hit with the news that another of the club’s most expensive buys may miss the rest of the season.

Storm misses out in China

5:22pm Friday 24th April 2015

GRAEME STORM bowed out of the Volvo China Open despite a spirited second round showing.

Sunderland weigh up options after Johnson is charged

6:21am Friday 24th April 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT was last night waiting to hear what action is going to be taken from Sunderland after their £10m winger Adam Johnson was charged with sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.

Carver desperate for happier times at Newcastle after protests

5:07am Friday 24th April 2015

AS fans of Newcastle United plan a longer term protest at the way Mike Ashley runs the club, John Carver has called for greater dialogue in the hope of seeing happier times return to St James’ Park.

Jonas returns but Newcastle keeper not heading for Palace says Carver

The Northern Echo: Newcastle United's Tim Krul walks off after the Barclays Premier League match at St James' Park, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 4, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Newcastle. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/PA Wire. R

3:30pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

JOHN CARVER knows nothing about any interest from Crystal Palace in goalkeeper Tim Krul – and Alan Pardew claims to be in exactly the same boat.

Storm's battle in China

11:41am Thursday 23rd April 2015

Graeme Storm faces another battle to make the cut at the Volvo China Open.

Jessica gets a taste of Bishop's new greens after Irish trip

6:00am Thursday 23rd April 2015

IRISH eyes were smiling on a County Durham golfer before she returned for a taste of a different green after landing back in the North-East.

Sammy's summer of change at Newcastle

The Northern Echo: Wear Tyne Derby at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.  Sunderland v Newcastle United.  Sunderland's Billy Jones and Newcastle's Sammy Ameobi.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (22460052)

5:39am Thursday 23rd April 2015

SAMMY AMEOBI could be heading for a summer double once he has helped secure Newcastle United’s stay in the Premier League.

Karanka ready for Boro's final charge

The Northern Echo: APRIL 17: Middlesbrough Head Coach Aitor Karanka during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Middlesbrough at Carrow Road in Norwich, England. (Photo by Matt Bradshaw/ (23559887)

5:11am Thursday 23rd April 2015

AITOR KARANKA is confident that Middlesbrough have learned valuable lessons in their surge for an automatic promotion charge but has warned his players that nothing has been achieved just yet.

Golf shorts: Gray believes Slaley can help unearth a gem

6:00pm Wednesday 22nd April 2015

TALENTED EuroPro Tour golfer Kris Gray believes his success on the fairway highlights the benefits of being part of Slaley Hall’s junior golf programme.

Brilliant Boldon boys clinch title for Durham

5:10pm Wednesday 22nd April 2015

BOLDON duo Rhys Thompson and Gavin Nesbitt have clinched the honours in the Northumberland and Durham Inter County Foursomes.

Colback embarrassed by Newcastle's plight as worries increase on Tyneside

The Northern Echo: Newcastle United's Jack Colback and Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen (right) battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at St James' Park, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 19, 2015. See PA story SOCCER

5:32am Tuesday 21st April 2015

WITH the fans and boardroom at loggerheads with the way Newcastle United is being run and fears of relegation increasing after a sixth straight defeat, Geordie-born midfielder Jack Colback has admitted he is “embarrassed” by the club’s lowly position.

MATCH REPORT: Newcastle 1 Tottenham 3

The Northern Echo:

5:59pm Sunday 19th April 2015

ON a Sunday afternoon when it could easily have been more about the fans protesting outside St James’ Park than the events inside it, Newcastle United’s players and supporters combined to secure an unsatisfactory double.

TEAM NEWS: Coloccini returns for Newcastle to face Spurs

The Northern Echo:

3:18pm Sunday 19th April 2015

FABRICIO COLOCCINI has been instantly recalled to the Newcastle United starting line-up for the visit of Tottenham.

Armstrong not ready for Newcastle start just yet says Carver

The Northern Echo: Only start: Manchester United's Patrick McNair battles with Adam Armstrong and his only Newcastle top-flight start so far. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (15216976)

6:21am Saturday 18th April 2015

GOALS remain in short supply on Tyneside, but John Carver is not ready to thrust teenage talent Adam Armstrong in to the potentially career-damaging Premier League atmosphere from the start just yet.

Carver wants better times at Newcastle but questions boycott move

The Northern Echo: BOSS: Newcastle United manager John Carver reacts during the Barclays Premier League match at the KC Stadium

6:05am Saturday 18th April 2015


Has Wes Brown played his last game for Sunderland?

The Northern Echo: HANDS ON: Sunderland's Wes Brown holds back Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor

5:21am Saturday 18th April 2015

WES BROWN’S future at Sunderland is in the balance amid fears he could have played his last game for the club.

'I was sacked by my uncle for guiding Boro to the Champions League,' said Ben Gibson

The Northern Echo: Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson celebrates after the Sky Bet Championship match at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 3, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Middlesbrough. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/P

5:49am Friday 17th April 2015

BY now the vast majority of Middlesbrough’s fans are familiar with the identity of Ben Gibson’s uncle. What they might not know is how Steve Gibson, the club’s well-loved chairman, once sacked the talented defender - and he hopes to avoid a repeat.

Carver thinks a new captain should be considered at Newcastle

The Northern Echo: SLOTTING IN: Daryl Janmaat is expected to play at centre-half in Newcastle's next three matches - even though his experience of the position is extremely limited

5:16am Friday 17th April 2015

JOHN CARVER thinks Newcastle United’s dressing room is in desperate need of a leader to unite a dressing room to take the club in to a brighter future.

Promotion is not vital but it would be perfect admits Boro boss

5:10am Friday 17th April 2015

AITOR KARANKA has admitted that it would be wonderful for Middlesbrough to be hit the Premier League jackpot next year, but has reassured fans that going up is not vital for the club’s short-term financial future.

Could Cattermole be heading out of Sunderland?

The Northern Echo: Sunderland v Manchester United at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League.  Sunderland's Lee Cattermole and Santiago Vergini and Man Utd's Robin van Persie.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (9624469)

5:08am Friday 17th April 2015

STOKE CITY are one of a number of Premier League clubs looking to exploit the uncertainty at Sunderland by making a summer move for Lee Cattermole.

Beamish Park showcases Durham's future talent

The Northern Echo: TEE OFF: Fourth placed Jake Heron, 16, from Durham Sixth Form College tees off at Beamish Golf Club while Dyke House's Jack Ainscough, 15, and Barnard Castle's Jessica Hall looks on. Picture: ANDY LAMB (23165761)

6:09am Thursday 16th April 2015

A NUMBER of promising North-East golfers are shaping up nicely for a hectic summer after a record-equalling day at Beamish Park Golf Club this week.

Entries open for North of England showpiece, while amateurs can land a new watch

6:01am Thursday 16th April 2015

TOP golfers from the UK and Ireland are expected to compete in the North of England Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship being staged for its third year in September.

Match Report: Liverpool 2 Newcastle United 0

The Northern Echo:

10:09pm Monday 13th April 2015

JUST when John Carver must have sensed Newcastle United’s fortunes might just improve at Anfield, things got a lot worse for the head coach still harbouring ambitions of staying in the job full-time.

'Forget Fabrizio, it's about Boro' says in-form Bamford

The Northern Echo: Finish: Patrick Bamford adds Boro's second after a lovely pass from Lee Tomlin

6:58am Monday 13th April 2015

PATRICK BAMFORD has insisted ‘it’s not all about me’ after his latest goal at the Riverside Stadium earned comparisons to former Middlesbrough striker Fabrizio Ravanelli.

Tomlin helps Teesside forget about Boro's penalty petulance

The Northern Echo: Denied: Patrick Bamford had his penalty saved by goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. Pictures: North News

6:22am Monday 13th April 2015

Middlesbrough 2 Rotherham United 0

Woking end Heed's play-off hopes

5:13pm Sunday 12th April 2015

GATESHEAD are resigned to missing out on promotion to the Football League after a display manager Gary Mills described as the worst of the season.

Match ratings: Middlesbrough 2 Rotherham 0

The Northern Echo: Dated: 11/04/2015
GOAL ... Lee Tomlin fires Boro 1-0 ahead against Rotherham
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5:11pm Sunday 12th April 2015


Match report: Middlesbrough 2 Rotherham 0

The Northern Echo: Brilliant: Middlesbrough's Lee Tomlin leaves Vincent Kompany and the City defence behind after a lovely turn

8:10am Sunday 12th April 2015

LEE TOMLIN’S ninth goal of the season put Middlesbrough on course to stay in touch with the Championship’s leaders Bournemouth after a comfortable win over Rotherham at the Riverside.

Don't forget Ken Hodcroft's part in Pools turnaround says Ronnie Moore

The Northern Echo: Victoria Park, Hartlepool  -  Hartlepool FC chairman Ken Hodcroft. (22916719)

6:01am Saturday 11th April 2015

AROUND 2,000 travelling fans will head for Bootham Crescent today in the hope of witnessing Hartlepool United take another step towards preserving Football League status for a further year.

Advocaat always expected Sunderland would want him to stay

The Northern Echo: IDEAL MAN: Dick Advocaat’s current contract is due to expire at the end of the season - but he should be handed a longer-term deal

5:53am Saturday 11th April 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT has responded to a growing clamour for him to take over at Sunderland on a full-time basis after Sunday’s memorable scenes at the Stadium of Light by stating: ‘What did you expect?’

Gutierrez needs to start every game to land new Magpies deal

The Northern Echo: Wear Tyne Derby at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.  Sunderland v Newcastle United.  Newcastle's Jonas Gutierrez appeals a decision.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (22459993)

5:48am Saturday 11th April 2015

JONAS GUTIERREZ must start the last seven games to trigger a new contract clause in his Newcastle United contract, with head coach John Carver insisting he is not thinking about new deals.

Forshaw can deliver in promotion race claims Boro boss

The Northern Echo: stand-in: Adam Forshaw, right, will be called on today to replace the suspended Grant Leadbitter in Boro’s midfield

5:32am Saturday 11th April 2015

ADAM FORSHAW will slot in to the Middlesbrough midfield today with Aitor Karanka confident his £2m buy is capable of keeping Championship title thoughts alive and kicking on Teesside.

Winning the derby was similar to winning the Premier League claims Sunderland keeper

5:11am Saturday 11th April 2015

IT might be hard to believe, but the feeling of winning the Premier League can be replicated by enjoying a much-needed derby day victory at the wrong end of the table. Or at least that is what Costel Pantilimon thinks after experiencing both during his four years in England.

Dick Advocaat wants job done in five Sunderland games

The Northern Echo: Sunderland's Head Coach, Dick Advocaat before the game against West Ham United during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 21, 2015. See PA story SOCCER West Ham. Photo credit shoul

5:08pm Friday 10th April 2015

DICK ADVOCAAT has warned Sunderland’s players to forget about last Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby heroics by focusing on preserving Premier League status within the next five matches.

'Same again Marlon' says Pools boss amid injury fears

The Northern Echo: FOOTBALL: Hartlepool United's Marlon Harewood takes on the Southend United's defence Picture: DAVID WOOD (22513837)

6:02am Friday 10th April 2015

RONNIE MOORE will not rush striker Scott Fenwick back to action for Hartlepool United’s pivotal relegation encounter with York City tomorrow, but has demanded the same again from Marlon Harewood.

Karanka calls for a united Teesside to help Boro's promotion charge

The Northern Echo: Middlesbrough's manager Aitor Karanka during the Sky Bet Championship match at The Riverside, Middlesbrough. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 14, 2015. See PA Story SOCCER Middlesbrough. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/PA Wi

6:00am Friday 10th April 2015

AITOR KARANKA has called for Teesside to unite in a bid to push Middlesbrough over the line in the Championship promotion race after being surprised by the ‘negative atmosphere’ hanging around the Riverside Stadium.

Press conference update: Boro boss thinks Ben Gibson is better off on Teesside

The Northern Echo:

2:00pm Thursday 9th April 2015

AITOR KARANKA thinks Ben Gibson can fulfil a childhood dream of playing with Middlesbrough in the Premier League – despite growing interest in him from top-flight clubs.

Golf shorts: More opportunities for young golfers in Durham

5:28am Thursday 9th April 2015

DURHAM’S junior golf order of merit is up and running again with young players from across the region chasing a place in the grand final.

Will McIlroy and Stenson lead European charge at Augusta

The Northern Echo: Tiger Woods tees off on the fourth hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Monday, April 6, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). (22518983)

5:14am Thursday 9th April 2015

CONSIDERING the quality which has existed, it is hard to believe that there has been no British winner of The Masters since 1996. To broaden it Ryder Cup style, there has not even been a European winner since 1999.

Why did Wear-Tyne derby hero Jermain Defoe's volley mean so much to him?

The Northern Echo: Hero: Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe takes in the adulation of the fans at the final whistle on Sunday.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (22460048)

7:00am Tuesday 7th April 2015

IN the Premier League era, footballers often churn out the party line and are accused of saying things that are perceived to be what the fans would prefer to hear.

How can Newcastle avoid a sixth defeat in a row to Sunderland?

The Northern Echo: Wear Tyne Derby at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.  Sunderland v Newcastle United.  Newcastle players after Sunderland's goal.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (22459947)

5:01pm Monday 6th April 2015

THERE was both frustration and anger among Newcastle United’s fans when they left the Stadium of Light on Sunday after watching a fifth successive defeat to Sunderland.

Let's take control of the title race says Boro defender ahead of Hornets test

The Northern Echo: Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson celebrates after the Sky Bet Championship match at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 3, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Middlesbrough. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/P

5:45am Monday 6th April 2015

BEN GIBSON thinks Middlesbrough have an opportunity to crank up the pressure on the rest of the Championship’s title challengers by taking advantage of a second earlier Easter kick-off.


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