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Bryan Robson Dinner November 2014
MIDDLESBROUGH FORMER PLAYERS ASSOCIATION
ROBBO’S RETURN FOR 20-YEAR AYRESOME CELEBRATION
Bryan Robson is set for a Riverside return. The former player-manager will lead a Boro comeback with his promotion-winning team of 1994-95 for a dinner to mark the 20th anniversary of Middlesbrough’s Ayresome Park farewell.
Among the returning heroes who took part in Boro’s last-ever season at Ayresome Park 20 years ago are John Hendrie – scorer of the ground’s last ever goal – and Craig Hignett, who scored the first goal at the Riverside Stadium.
Organised by Middlesbrough Former Players Association, the fundraising dinner takes place on Friday, November 28, the night before Boro host Blackburn Rovers at the Riverside.
More stars of 1994-95 who will be in attendance include Steve Vickers, Curtis Fleming, Alan Moore and Graham Kavanagh.
Former Players Association chairman, treasurer and secretary Alan Peacock, Gordon Jones and Jim Platt will also be in attendance.
In his first season as player-manager, former England and Manchester United captain Robson guided Boro to the Football League title.
Promotion was all but secured with a 2-1 victory over Luton Town in the last-ever game at Ayresome Park, with Hendrie scoring both goals.
Platt, who was part of another famous Boro promotion team in 1974, said: “Our dinners are always great nights of nostalgia and laughter, but this one promises to be very special.
“Incredibly, it’s already 20 years ago that Boro played their last football at Ayresome Park. We felt we couldn’t let the milestone pass without marking it with a celebration dinner.
“I’m sure supporters will be excited to be there for the return of Bryan Robson and many of the other popular players of that team – and we’re in talks to bring a few more too.”
Tables are now available for what promises to be a great occasion for Boro fans, with a three-course dinner followed by a question-and-answer session with Robson and his fellow Boro heroes.
The night will also feature a prize raffle and special auction featuring many superb MFC-related items, several signed by past and present Boro heroes. The event starts at 7pm with dinner at 7.30pm. Dress code is smart casual.
Tables of 10 are priced just £400, with individual tickets £40 each.
For more details about the Former Players Association, visit www.middlesbroughfpa.com
Jim Platt (MFPA Secretary) is available for interview.
MFPA Golf Day 2nd September 2014
We had our annual Golf day at Wynyard Golf Club when former players from Middlesbrough joined in teams competing for prizes. Also joining in were Lee Sharpe ex Man. Utd., Micky Horswill ex Sunderland, Richie Pitt ex Sunderland, Dick Malone ex Sunderland and Alan Shoulder ex Newcastle.
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