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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.
He was sold to Montreal where he was leading scorer for 3 years playing along side Gordon Hill ex Man. Utd. and Tony Towers ex Man City players. He was voted Montreal most valuable player.
Later he went on to pay in the National Indoor League where he scored 240 goals.
Alan is such a big name in America that he was voted into The U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame.
It was great to catch up with Alan as I remember him as a young player at Boro. We talked about football people(Boby Murdoch and John Neal who sold him) and good memories. Unfortunately an hour was not a long time to hear everything about his time in America and his short time at Middlesbrough. He did recall he scored 2 goals against Sunderland and this didn't go down well at home as everyone was Sunderland including Alan himself.
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.
Charlton Champions Dinner
A dinner is being held at The Riverside to celebrate 40 years since Jack Charlton took Middlesbrough back to the 1st Division after several years in the wilderness. The team that won promotion did so in style wnning by a record number of points and by a 15 point margin when it was only 2 points for a win. All of that team is expected to attend with the exception of Willie Maddren and Bobby Murdoch who sadly are no longer with us.
Jack Charlton,Graeme Souness,John Hickton,Stuart Boam etc have already confirmed their attendance for the evening.
Tickets go on sale after The Carling Cup Dinner on 2nd March and will be in great demand.
John Craggs, Alan Foggon and Jim Platt attended the Leeds match which ended in a disappointing 0-0 draw.