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Legends launch history pack

BORO legends were on hand to launch an education pack that will teach local youngsters about the football club’s past while they learn.

Gary Gill joined pupils from Ayresome Primary School at an event at the Riverside Stadium before Paul Kerr attended a launch at Teesside University for the Boro-themed education pack.

The pack is the brainchild of lifelong Boro fan Alan Spence, project director of Middlesbrough 86, a scheme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund that has run a series of initiatives to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the club surviving near financial disaster in the mid-1980s.

It features a series of learning activities and uses Middlesbrough FC to teach primary and secondary school children national curriculum subjects.

These include history, citizenship, art and design, physical education, business, maths, geography, economics, drama and business.

The packs, which are being distributed to schools across Teesside, feature subjects for key stages 2, 3 and 4 such as footballers’ diets from different eras, kit designs, football merchandising and the geography of football clubs.

Best Boro team ever

A Team to Remember: the best Boro team

So the BEST Boro team according to the votes counted at this special event is:


Thanks to all those who came to our Team to Remember event on Friday.

Although it was not easy to reach a consensus on the best Boro team of all times, we really enjoyed this unique experience of a discussion with Boro stars - Jim Platt, Gordon Jones and Eric Paylor

Who would be your best 11?

Rise from the Ashes

This is a documentary that Matty Brown has put together. It is based on the story of how Middlesbrough Football Club survived from the skin of their teeth in 1986 as they were on the brink of existence following liquidation. The club went on to achieve success in reaching cup finals in the 90s and then finally winning the Carling Cup in 2004 and reaching the UEFA Cup final in 2006. The documentary features an in-depth interview with Boro fan and radio commentator Alistair Brownlee.

You can see part one below

We have the winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Poster Design Competition. The competition was organised by Middlesbrough 86 Project in collaboration with Middlesbrough Council and Middlesbrough Football Club.

In total we have received 250 entries from schools across Middlesbrough.

We have chosen five winners in total, one from each age group from 7 to 11 years old.

The winners can be seen in the video below

History Calling Boro Fans

The Middlesbrough 86 Project is asking fans of all ages to share their experiences and memories of supporting Middlesbrough Football Club down the decades.

The Heritage Lottery Fund-backed project, which has been responsible for a range of events to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the club's rescue from the brink, has now enlisted a team of trained oral history researchers to record the memories of ordinary Boro fans for the sake of posterity.

And the Winner is?

Judging took place this week for our recent Poster Competition

Again a big thank you goes to the 250 Artists / Designers / Visionaries for getting involved.

Thank you also to your teachers for taking the time to support and submit your great work.

Judging took place at the riverside on tues 20th with Anthony Emerson, Angela Harrison, Allison Potter and Alan Spence.

And the Winner is... WATCH THIS SPACE... announcement coming soon

News Roundup

Since the Back from the Brink exhibition opened in January we have hardly be out of the news with one of the most popular exhibitions at the Dorman Museum - 'Back from the Brink', which has already attracted more than 13,000 visitors.

You can read about the new George Best shirt, which has been added to the exhibition on the BBC, FMTTM, lovemiddlesbrough website and MFC website, as well as the Evening Gazette.

We have also been featured in the latest Late Kick Off episode, starting from 20 mins 36 secs.

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