Trio of Middlesbrough writers come back to their roots for talk

The Northern Echo: TALKING SPORT: Harry Pearson, the author who wrote 'The Far Corner'

4:51pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A HAT trick of North-East football writers will be holding a discussion on the beautiful game and their writing ahead of this Saturday’s Middlesbrough match.

It's my fault, admits Karanka as Boro spurn chance to go top of the Championship

The Northern Echo: FRUSTRATION: Middlesborough's Adam Reach looks dejected after missing a chance to score Picture: Action Images / Alex Morton

10:48pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

AITOR KARANKA thinks he has to take the blame after watching Middlesbrough’s seven-match unbeaten run come to an end in frustrating fashion at Wolverhampton Wanderers last night.

Match Report: Wolves 2 Middlesbrough 0

The Northern Echo:

9:47pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

AFTER going seven matches without losing in the Championship, Middlesbrough were given a firm reminder of how just how tough it will be to force their way in to the automatic promotion spots at Molineux.

Team news: Four changes for Boro at Wolves

The Northern Echo: IN ACTION: Kenneth Omeruo in action for Middlesbrough

7:28pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

KENNETH OMERUO has returned to the Middlesbrough starting line-up as one of four changes by Aitor Karanka.

Aitor Karanka will ignore any promotion talk as Middlesbrough look to make it eight unbeaten at Wolves

The Northern Echo: Brighton and Hove Albion  v Middlesbrough Sky Bet Championship match at the Amex StadiumBrighton's Sami Hyypia alongside Aitor Karanka of BoroPhotograph taken by Simon Dack18 October 2014SD181014A (11648163)

7:02am Tuesday 21st October 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH could go top of the Championship with a win at Wolves tonight, but head coach Aitor Karanka insists he will ignore any of the hype surrounding his team’s promotion chances.

Adomah and Tomlin fit to face Wolves, but Clayton likely to miss out

The Northern Echo: HAPPY: Adam Clayton admits Middlesbrough's narrow win will give the squad a boost

2:26pm Monday 20th October 2014

ALBERT ADOMAH and Lee Tomlin are fit to face Wolves tomorrow night, but Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has revealed Adam Clayton could miss out through injury.

Ayala develops into integral member of Boro's first-choice backline

The Northern Echo: Dated: 30/09/2014
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7:00am Monday 20th October 2014

ONLY one of Middlesbrough’s defenders has started the club’s last five matches, so while Aitor Karanka continues to rotate the majority of his squad members, it is becoming increasingly clear that he views Daniel Ayala as a key part of his strongest selection.

Match Analysis: Brighton 1 Middlesbrough 2

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Monday 20th October 2014

AS a born-and-bred Teessider, Ben Gibson can gauge the state of Middlesbrough’s fortunes by the amount of calls and messages to his mobile phone. If his family and friends want to speak to him, things must be going well. If he’s getting the cold shoulder, it’s a safe bet results haven’t been quite as positive.

Match Ratings: Brighton 1 Middlesbrough 2

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Monday 20th October 2014

Match ratings and statistics from Middlesbrough's 2-1 win at Brighton

Adomah highlights pace as a key to Middlesbrough's recent success

The Northern Echo: Storm: Middlesbrough's Albert Adomah scored at Huddersfield on his way to grabbing 12 goals

4:15pm Sunday 19th October 2014

ALBERT ADOMAH has highlighted the pace of Middlesbrough’s attacking players as a key factor in the club’s recent run of success.

Tomlin's injury to be assessed today - but Middlesbrough team-mate Adomah is okay

The Northern Echo: FINISHING THE NIGHT OFF IN STYLE: Lee Tomlin strikes to secure the 3-1 victory

10:07am Sunday 19th October 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH'S medical staff will assess Lee Tomlin's leg injury later today after the forward was forced off at the half-time interval of yesterday's 2-1 win at Brighton.

Match Report: Brighton 1 Middlesbrough 2

The Northern Echo:

5:03pm Saturday 18th October 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH climbed to third in the Championship table as another polished away display resulted in a convincing 2-1 win over Brighton.

Karanka admits he cannot keep his Middlesbrough strikers happy

The Northern Echo: FINISHING THE NIGHT OFF IN STYLE: Lee Tomlin strikes to secure the 3-1 victory

7:03am Saturday 18th October 2014

AITOR KARANKA admits it is “impossible” to keep all of his strikers happy, but the Middlesbrough head coach is not about to abandon his preferred policy of regularly rotating his forward line.

Boro boss Karanka reveals depth of friendship with Spurs counterpart Pochettino

The Northern Echo: CLOSE TIES: Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has revealed he is close friends with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

7:03am Friday 17th October 2014

THE strength of Aitor Karanka’s relationship with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho might be well known, but Middlesbrough’s head coach has revealed his friendship with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is almost as close.

Boro warned not to underestimate Brighton despite their poor start

The Northern Echo:

5:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

STATISTICALLY, their opponents are the most out-of-form team in the whole of the Football League, but George Friend has warned his Middlesbrough team-mates not to underestimate Brighton when the two sides meet at the Amex Stadium this afternoon.

Youth policy was key to Velkjovic's Middlesbrough move

The Northern Echo:

5:25pm Thursday 16th October 2014

MILOS VELJKOVIC has revealed that Aitor Karanka's willingness to give young players a chance was a key factor behind his decision to join Middlesbrough on loan.

Karanka delighted to welcome Spurs youngster into the Middlesbrough fold

The Northern Echo:

2:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014

AITOR KARANKA is delighted to have completed the loan signing of Milos Veljkovic, with the teenager’s versatility having been a key factor in the Middlesbrough head coach’s decision to bring him to the Riverside.

Friend lauds Boro's squad strength - as Karanka prepares to add another Tottenham youngster

The Northern Echo: STRONG SQUAD: George Friend would not swap the current Middlesbrough squad for any other in the Championship

7:04am Thursday 16th October 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH are set to complete the loan signing of Tottenham youngster Milos Veljkovic later today - but George Friend says he already wouldn’t swap the current Boro squad for any other in the Championship.

Boro defender stars as England youngsters make Euro finals

The Northern Echo: Dated: 20/09/2014
Boro's Ben Gibson slides in to tackle Andre Gray during the Championship match between Middlesbrough and Brentford at the Riverside Stadium
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7:22pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH defender Ben Gibson played a starring role as England Under-21s qualified for next summer's European Championships courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Croatia in the second leg of their play-off.

Bamford chose England over Ireland despite family calls

The Northern Echo: Celebration: Patrick Bamford scored his second goal for Boro at Anfield on Tuesday

7:02am Tuesday 14th October 2014

PATRICK BAMFORD can help England Under-21s qualify for next summer’s European Championships tonight, but the Middlesbrough striker admits his family have tried to persuade him to switch allegiances.

Boro stay will help Omeruo shine in the Premier League says Ayala

The Northern Echo:

6:32am Monday 13th October 2014

KENNETH OMERUO has found the Championship to be the perfect stage to showcase he can become a big performer in the Premier League, according to the man standing side-by-side him on the pitch with Middlesbrough this season.

Fredericks feeling at home at Boro

The Northern Echo: Middlesbrough vs Blackpool at the Riverside Stadium Pictured is Boro's Ryan Fredericks and Blackpool's Edu Oriel

7:04am Thursday 9th October 2014

ONLY two seasons ago Ryan Fredericks was plying his trade as an attacking midfielder in the youth team at Tottenham. Now, the 21-year-old is fast establishing himself as one of Aitor Karanka’s most astute summer signings in a different role.

Karanka thinks new Boro winger will be Yan-tastic

The Northern Echo:

7:01am Wednesday 8th October 2014

AITOR KARANKA thinks Yanic Wildschut has a bright future on Teesside despite struggling to make an impact in the Championship since joining Middlesbrough.

Gibson wants to build on club form by helping Southgate's England

The Northern Echo: YOUNG LION: Ben Gibson hopes a successful season at Middlesbrough can boost his international chances

7:02am Tuesday 7th October 2014

BEN Gibson believes a strong sense of togetherness is behind Middlesbrough’s recent form, and the young defender is keen to build on a good start to the domestic season by helping England’s Under-21s qualify for next summer’s European Championships.

Boro line up Sunderland match to boost promotion push

The Northern Echo: MADE PROGRESS: Aitor Karanka believes the core of a successful Middlesbrough team is already in place

7:04am Monday 6th October 2014

AITOR KARANKA has arranged a behind-closed-doors friendly with Sunderland on Thursday to try to keep his players primed for the Championship battle ahead.

Match Analysis: Middlesbrough 2 Fulham 0

The Northern Echo:

6:52am Monday 6th October 2014

WHEN Aitor Karanka transformed the Middlesbrough squad during the summer, he would not have imagined relying so heavily on the AA to come to his rescue in the Championship promotion race.

Match ratings: Middlesbrough 2 Fulham 0

The Northern Echo: Star turns: Middlesbrough's Adam Reach and man of the match Albert Adomah

4:36pm Sunday 5th October 2014

Match ratings from this weekend's match between Middlesbrough and Fulham in the Championship.

Boro boss satisfied with win but refuses to get carried away

9:00am Sunday 5th October 2014

AITOR KARANKA thinks Middlesbrough are well placed to build on a positive start to the season after closing the gap to the Championship’s leaders to just a point.

Live North-East Football Live: Saturday, October 4

2:13pm Saturday 4th October 2014

Keep up-to-date with the action involving the North-East's football clubs

Match report: Middlesbrough 2 Fulham 0

The Northern Echo:

4:57pm Saturday 4th October 2014

Full-time: Middlesbrough 2 Fulham 0

Fredericks has seen enough to suggest Boro can challenge at the top

The Northern Echo: Middlesbrough vs Blackpool at the Riverside Stadium Pictured is Boro's Ryan Fredericks and Blackpool's Edu Oriel

7:03am Saturday 4th October 2014

THEY have suffered a couple of set-backs over the past week, but Ryan Fredericks believes Middlesbrough have shown enough quality to suggest Aitor Karanka’s side will be challenging for promotion at the end of the season.

Karanka wants a response from his players after midweek disappointment

The Northern Echo: Aitor Karanka of Middlesbrough reacts to the foul on Patrick Bamford of Middlesbrough by Andre Bikey of Charlton (10839551)

7:03am Saturday 4th October 2014

AITOR Karanka has warned his Middlesbrough squad they will achieve nothing if they continue to put themselves ahead of the team.

Discipline is paramount as Karanka urges Boro squad to cut out "stupid" cards

The Northern Echo: Aitor Karanka of Middlesbrough reacts to the foul on Patrick Bamford of Middlesbrough by Andre Bikey of Charlton (10839551)

7:02am Friday 3rd October 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH head coach Aitor Karanka has admitted discipline will be crucial in his side’s quest for success this season having lost three players to suspension recently.

Woodgate still has part to play at Boro despite injury problems

The Northern Echo: HAPPY: Jonathan Woodgate

2:00pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

AITOR Karanka insists Jonathan Woodgate can still play a big part in Middlesbrough’s season despite the fact the defender is struggling for fitness.

Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson and Patrick Bamford called up to England Under-21 squad - but no place for Adam Reach

The Northern Echo: Dated: 20/09/2014
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11:09am Thursday 2nd October 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH pair Ben Gibson and Patrick Bamford have been included in Gareth Southgate's squad for England Under-21s.

Watson makes Darlington debut against Harrogate RA

The Northern Echo:

7:20pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

New signing Ian Watson comes straight into the Darlington side to make his debut at Heritage Park against Harrogate RA.

Gibson admits Boro got their tactics wrong on Tuesday night

The Northern Echo:

1:27pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

BEN GIBSON admits Middlesbrough strayed too far from Aitor Karanka’s preferred tactical template as they laboured to a 1-1 draw with Blackpool on Tuesday night.

Karanka accuses his Boro players of putting themselves before the team

The Northern Echo: Middlesbrough's Manager Aitor Karanka

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7:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

AITOR KARANKA accused his Middlesbrough players of “playing for themselves rather than the team” as they failed to beat Championship basement boys Blackpool at the Riverside.

Match Ratings: Middlesbrough 1 Blackpool 1

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Match ratings and statistics from Middlesbrough's 1-1 draw with Blackpool

Match Analysis: Middlesbrough 1 Blackpool 1

The Northern Echo:

9:43pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

SO much for strolling to promotion then. If Saturday’s shut-out at Charlton served as something of a reality check after three successive league wins, last night’s 1-1 draw with a Blackpool side still rooted to the foot of the Championship provided further proof that Middlesbrough are far from the finished article.

Team News: Karanka rings the changes again as Boro face Blackpool

The Northern Echo:

7:02pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

AITOR KARANKA has made five changes to his Middlesbrough side for this evening's Championship home game with Blackpool.

Karanka praises Gibson's support from above

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

IF there was a template of how not to run a Championship club, Blackpool owner Karl Oyston would probably come close to fitting it. Starting pre-season with just eight contracted players, cobbling together a cut-price side that sits at the bottom of the table despite being in the Premier League as recently as 2011, touting around for a new boss when his current manager, Jose Riga, was still in position. And that’s just the last three months.

Press Conference Update: Karanka backs Adomah to bounce back from horror week

The Northern Echo:

2:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

AITOR KARANKA has backed Middlesbrough midfielder Albert Adomah to bounce back from a difficult five days that saw him miss a decisive penalty and receive a red card.

Match Analysis: Charlton Athletic 0 Middlesbrough 0

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Monday 29th September 2014

ON the face of it, it seemed a remarkable thing to come out with. “For me, this game was much more difficult than the game at Anfield,” said Aitor Karanka, after his Middlesbrough side had battled their way to a goalless draw at Charlton Athletic.

Middlesbrough's squad depth is coming up trumps

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Monday 29th September 2014

ANOTHER one down, but the games just keep on coming. By the time Middlesbrough have hosted Blackpool and Fulham this week, they will have played seven games in 22 days. Little wonder that Aitor Karanka is reluctant to keep naming the same players for every fixture.

Match Ratings: Charlton Athletic 0 Middlesbrough 0

The Northern Echo: HAPPY: Adam Clayton admits Middlesbrough's narrow win will give the squad a boost

7:00am Monday 29th September 2014

Bookings: Ben Haim (39, foul), Solly (74, foul), Adomah (75, foul)

Middlesbrough boss Karanka furious at Adomah dismissal

The Northern Echo: Unclear: Aitor Karanka did not see anything  when Boro and Huddersfield players came together

7:00am Sunday 28th September 2014

AITOR KARANKA has criticised the decision to dismiss Albert Adomah in Middlesbrough’s 0-0 draw with Charlton, and accused referee Gavin Ward of being overruled by his assistant, who was in a worse position to see the incident.

Match Report: Charlton Athletic 0 Middlesbrough 0

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5:02pm Saturday 27th September 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH were unable to make it four Championship wins in succession as they were held to a goalless draw at Charlton.

Live North-East Football Live Blog: Saturday, September 26

The Northern Echo:

5:08pm Friday 26th September 2014

Keep up-to-date with all the action as it happens involving the North-East's football clubs today

Patrick's scoring touch is music to the ears of Karanka at Boro following move from Chelsea

6:27am Saturday 27th September 2014

PATRICK BAMFORD is not the stereotypical footballer. He can play the saxophone, piano and violin, speaks four languages and has studied economics. What also comes as music to Aitor Karanka’s ears at Middlesbrough is that the forward also scores goals.



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