MIDDLESBROUGH crowd favorite David ‘Spike’ Armstrong is excited to be meeting up with a group of his former team-mates for a special reunion live event.

An Evening with Boro Legends will feature a collection of the club’s most popular players from the glory period at Ayresome Park during the mid-70s.

The event will see such greats as Armstrong, Alan Foggon, Jim Platt, John Craggs and Frank Spraggon.

Hosted by BBC Tees radio presenter Paul ‘Goffy’ Gough, the reunion takes place ahead of the Easter break on Thursday, April 18th at the North Ormesby Workmens Club in Middlesbrough.

The Boro legends will recall that most memorable season when Big Jack Charlton masterminded the romp out of the old Division Two and into the top flight of football.

“We are really looking forward to meeting the fans and to take them back to the good old days of the Holgate End in the fabulous old Ayresome Park – the home of that most unique atmosphere,’’ said Armstrong.

“Those were very special times for so many fans and a brilliant part of the club’s history.

“We very rarely get together to do this kind of live event and we just wanted to spend a bit of time together over the Easter holidays and to relive the period with the supporters.

“We are getting together on the Thursday morning and having lunch together in the town before the show - I keep saying we don’t do the meets often enough.

“Goffy contacted us and said the Boro supporters needed some positive times and we all quickly agreed to do it. The response has been fantastic!’’

He added: “We are showing some lovely footage from our time together and reliving those most wonderful times.

“The lads have been searching through their old memorabilia and memories and it will be a lovely event to be a part of for this one-off - we can’t wait.

“We are not getting any younger and I’m just thrilled that this night is happening.

“A friend of mine from Redcar called me the other day to say that he is bringing his three sons to the show as they had been raised on the stories of that period when we were all together – that was so touching and it made me realise how that 70s period still resonates with a passion in 2019.

“It only seems like last week that I was making my way from Durham City each day to go for training with these lads over on Hutton Road in town. It’s an industrial estate now, but the happiest days are always on instant recall for me.’’

Armstrong added: “We have so many Big Jack stories that we could probably fill the night about him – we should write a book because each time we meet up we add to the catalogue of them.

“He is so unique and a giant of a figure with the supporters. We all still get a thrill when people see us at the games and want to recall those years … they were very magical.

“I live and work in Southampton these days, but the Boro result is the one I still go for on match days.

“My family are still in Durham and we have arranged a big get together for over 20 of us at home over the Easter break – and of course I will be attending the Stoke City game at the Riverside on Good Friday.

“We need to keep positive and get behind the lads. Even in Southampton I can see the frustration of the fans. I think they just want some displays that excite them.

“I know Tony Pulis well from our time together at Bournemouth and he is experienced enough to know the demands of the fans. We are still very much in the mix.’’

The remaining tickets – prices at £15 - for An Evening With The Boro Legends on Thursday, April 18th are available from the club on Westbourne Grove in North Ormesby, or via Goffy Media – tel – 07990 – 588 424 and online at  https://www.wegottickets.com/event/465870