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Middlesbrough 2008

Only two days after a remarkable 8-1 victory over Manchester City at The Riverside, the Boro 1st team players stepped aside to make way for an altogether different pedigree of players aiming to match the recent exploits of Alves and Downing. The Football Aid match certainly promised to be something a bit different for the Riverside faithful.

Tuesday 13th May 2008
Middlesbrough Home vs Middlesbrough Away
The Riverside
Match Officials: Colin Piggott, David Ward and Colin Thurlow
Legends: Lennie Lawrence and Bernie Slaven

In the end it was a closely contested game at the Riverside with the home team claiming a narrow 2-1 victory.

It proved to be a lively start by both sides and, despite plenty of encouragement from celebrity managers Lenny Lawrence and Bernie Slaven, there were no real tests for either goalkeeper in the early period. The first good chance fell to the away side after Trevor Lince was brought down when through on goal. Lince certainly kept the home defence busy and the away side were denied the opener after a fine save from Michael Norman from the resulting free kick.

Norman was soon called into action again and had to be quick off his line to prevent the away team scoring from a good through ball. The goalkeeper was keeping his side in the match and just when the away team began to pressure further it was the home side that scored the opening goal. Stephen Liddell's 25 yard strike was against the run of play but proved to be exactly what the home side needed to boost their confidence as the half progressed.

With half-time looming the away side created two great chances to claim an equaliser. Darren Smith found himself through on goal and a good save was needed by Michael Norman to prevent the shot finding the net. Lince then showed good skill in the penalty box for the away side, but a good block by the home defence meant that their lead was safe as the whistle blew for half time.

Half Time: Middlesbrough Home 1-0 Middlesbrough Away

Following the break the home side looked energised as Vinny Woodrow missed a good chance to score their second of the match. But all was forgiven in the 56th minute when Woodrow produced a fantastic finish high into the top left corner of Tom Honeyman's goal, extending their lead. Woodrow soon had another chance and forced a good block from away midfielder Andy Hamilton.

The away side knew that goals were needed and began to pressure the home team as they had in the first half. Lince saw a powerful effort go over the crossbar, before away striker Paul Tribe pulled one back from a well-taken shot after breaking into the box in the 78th minute. The away side pushed hard for an equaliser in the closing minutes and Darren Smith was very unlucky with his header bravely cleared off the line in the dying moments by the Home team's David Hill.

Full Time: Middlesbrough Home 2-1 Middlesbrough Away

Man of the Match (Home) - Michael Norman

Man of the Match (Away) - Andy Hamilton

Moment of the Match - David Hill

Home Team: M. Norman, R. Hornbrook, D. Parry, G, Parry, S, Liddell, A. Middleton, D. Hill, T, Kirton, J. O'Sullivan, V. Woodrow, D. Stevenson, K. Short, S. Gibson.

Mascot: Lewis Kirton

Away Team: T. Honeyman, T. Lince, B. Hobbins, I. Fenny, S. Jordan, K. Hobbins, A. Hamilton, P. Tribe, D. Smith, R. White, S. Jordan, S, Marshall, A. Mullin.

Mascot: Annie Lince


There are a wide selection of fantastic action photos available from Matt Nuttall Photography for this match, please visit his website for full order details.

In addition there is a superb DVD available, it includes footage of the pre-match build up as well as full match action and can be ordered by contacting Shane Wilkinson on tel - 07976 509335, or by e-mail at -

A percentage of all these sales will go towards Football Aid’s nominated charities.