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John Hickton visits Riverside
John Hickton visited the Riverside for the opening match against Birmingham for the 2014/2015 season. He witnessed a great performance from Middlesbrough and prdicted that "Boro" would gain promotion this year. Probably a little early but John was adament and said that each year he had come up to watch Middlesbrough and this was the best he had seen for quite some time. He was particularlly pleased to see Kike score and play well. He was impressed with the overall team and thinks Kike could be the centre forward Boro have been searching for for a long time.
Alan Willey made a rare visit to Teesside from where he lives in America.
Alan signed for Middlesbrough in 1973 and made 27 appearances before moving to America to join Minnesota Kicks. He had previously been over on loan and made such an impression that Freddie Goodwin the Minnesota manager paid £40,000 to make him a permanent player.
Alan along with John Hickton,Frank Spraggon,Peter Brine and Stan Cummins joined the former Birmingham manager at Minnesota.
Alan and Stan stayed but John unfortunately broke his leg in his first match and had to come home whereas Frank satyed and played a full season.
Alan made it big in America. In his first year he scored 16 goals. Next season he scored 5 goals against New York Cosmos who had Carlos Alberta and Franz Beckenbauer playing. He actually was asked as a special guest to tour Europe ith The Cosmos.
Charlton Champions Dinner Photos
Rolando Ugolini sadly suddenly died yesterday on 10th April. Rolando played 335 games for Middlesbrough between 1948-1956. He was a gentleman who came down twice a year from his home in Edingburgh to watch his beloved Middlesbrough.
Born in Italy he came over to Scotland age 3 with his father. He joined Celtic as a boy and was later transferred to Middlesbrough were he starred in goal for 8 years before moving on. It was at Middlesbrough where he had his best goalkeeping days and he will be remembered fondly by those who saw him play.
Carling Cup Dinner 2nd March 2014
Photographs from our very successful Carling Cup 10th Aniversary Dinner held at The Riverside on Sunday 2nd March 2014.
A fabulous evening was had by everyone who attended. All the speakers were tremendous with Steve Harrison being particularly funny taking off Franck. Steve McLaren spoke of his passion to win the Carling Cup for Middlesbrough and George Boateng and Franck Queudrue spoke of their pride in winning a major trophy and the wonderful reception they received from the Middlesbrough fans.