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2018 Day 11 - Boro

Today we don our face masks and head over the Transporter Bridge to Middlesbrough

Played: 125 (116 league, 4FAC, 5LC)
Won: 49 (45 league, 2FAC, 2LC)
Drawn: 37 (36 league, 1LC)
Lost: 39 (35 league, 2FAC, 2FAC)

Full record against Boro: 

  P W D L F A
SJP 58 31 16 11 99 57
AP/R 58 14 20 24 69 84
League 116 45 36 35 168 141
SJP(FA)* 2 1 0 1 6 4
AP* 2 1 0 1 3 3
SJP(LC) 2 1 1 0 1 0
AP/R 3 1 0 2 4 6
AP(ZDS) 1 0 0 1 0 1
Cup 9 4 1 4 14 13
Tot 125 49 37 39 182 154

* includes FA Cup qualifying games in 1896 & 1898


SJP: 62
Nunthorpe Road: 2
Ayresome Park: 46
Riverside: 15

Most common scores:

Won: 1-0 (eleven times - 8H, 3A)
Drawn: 1-1 (fifteen times - 7H, 8A)
Lost: 0-1 (thirteen times - 4H, 9A)
It wasn't until February 1931 that either side had scored five against each other, when 'Boro won 5-0 on Tyneside. United gained swift revenge with a 5-1 victory at Gallowgate in August 1932.


Newcastle have lost just one of their most recent 14 fixtures against the smoggies.
The first four meetings of the sides were all won by Boro - their best-ever run of form


MFC league doubles over NUFC: 7 (1902/03, 1930/31, 1949/50, 1951/52, 1961/62, 1977/78, 1991/92)
NUFC league doubles over MFC: 9 (1903/04, 1904/05, 1906/07, 1932/33, 1964/65, 1995/96, 1996/97, 2001/02, 2003/04)

Most games in a season: 4 (1990/91)

Longest gap between games: December 1964 to November 1974

First: Saturday January 21st 1893 Newcastle 2 Middlesbrough 3 (FA Cup)
"The man who had the hardihood to predict the defeat of Newcastle United would have been looked upon in Tyneside as little better than a lunatic." (Athletic News)

Saturday March 13th 2010 Middlesbrough 2 Newcastle (Championship)
"Fair play to Newcastle. They worked very hard, they kept digging in there and they got something from the game. Newcastle didnít want to get beat but we helped them in that. But it was a good game. It was one of the best games I have seen since I came here." (Boro boss Gordon Strachan)

Best: Wednesday August 29th 1962 Newcastle 6 Middlesbrough 1
"A Barry Thomas hat trick and a sensational spate of second half shooting by two-goal Ken Hale turned St James' Park into almost floodlit beer garden of gaiety last night." (Newcastle Journal)

Saturday February 14th 1931 Newcastle 0 Middlesbrough 5
"Newcastle were never outplayed to the extent that the score would suggest, but they were clearly the inferior team the finishing of the forward being especially poor." (Leeds Mercury).

NUFC v MFC gallery:

November 1974: scoreless at the Boro in Division One

May 1990: A 1-4 Ayresome reverse in Division 2

February 1996: Tino torment on Teesside

October 2000: A 3-1 PL success at the Riverside

January 2006: A 2-2 draw on Tyneside

March 2010: twos apiece at the Boro in the Championship

NUFC v MFC - moment in history:

August 1998: packing them in

Newcastle's preparations for the 1998/99 season did little to aid any followers looking to boost their air mile account; two hops to Dublin, one home game and a slightly surreal tournament on Teesside.

In addition to ourselves and fellow Premier League side Boro, the two day JD Sports Cup featured Italians Empoli and a Benfica side managed by future Magpie flop Graeme Souness and including crack Continentals including.....Brian Deane.

United's first opponents were the Portuguese side and after a 0-0 stalemate we lost 3-4 in a penalty shootout in front of just 5,430 fans. Empoli then beat Boro 1-0, meaning that the 3rd/4th place playoff on the Sunday was a Tees-Tyne derby - and the final no interest to man nor beast.

Matchday was overshadowed by
some ludicrous events surrounding the sale of Newcastle winger Keith Gillespie - that morning's papers claiming we'd flogged him to Bryan Robson's smoggies.

At a time when good club PR was in short measure, manager Kenny Dalglish gave one of his worst TV interviews, claiming he knew nothing about the sale - which by the Monday had fallen through
when the player failed a medical after verbally agreeing a five year deal at the Riverside.

On the field and United trailed 0-1 at half time before Alan Shearer levelled from the spot with an audacious chipped effort shortly after Gazza had been subbed for the home side.

With no further scoring, a blue-clad Newcastle side then won 4-3 on penalties, thanks in part to a pair of saves from newly-arrived goalkeeper Lionel Perez. 

Some JD Sports bigwig then presented the Magpies with what appeared to be
Jim'll Fix It badges on ribbons as around 1,000 Toon fans in a smaller crowd than the previous day ironically applauded.

PS: The Cup eventually went to Benfica, who beat Empoli 7-6 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. To the uninformed, the final appeared to have been played behind closed doors, such was the lack of fans.

To no great surprise, this was to be the only staging of the JD Cup.

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