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Match preview – Middlesbrough FC vs Millwall: Wilder takes charge of first game as Boro Boss

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Middlesbrough welcome Millwall to the Riverside on Saturday afternoon knowing a win would take them ahead of The Lions in 9th place. 

Although they currently sit 14th, there is just four points separating them from the top six. 

Chris Wilder makes his return to management and will be hoping to get off to a decent start as Boro look to end their winless run. 

The decision to sack manager Neil Warnock came as a surprise to many following the well-earned 1-1 draw away at Promotion hopefuls West Bromwich Albion.

Boro sit just four points adrift of the play-offs and with January fast approaching, new man Wilder will be looking forward to the challenge. He is likely to be backed in the transfer window in an attempt to drive the club toward the top end of the Championship. The opportunity to become the clubs manager was too big to turn down for the former Sheffield United man. 

Young Striker Josh Coburn is in fine form in front of goal and will be looking to build on his record of scoring in consecutive games – a feat he has achieved for the first time in his career. 

The leaky nature of the Middlesbrough defence is an issue that Wilder will need to sort immediately. His side have shipped six goals on three separate occasions already this season and need to find some form of the club is to fight for a place in the play-offs. He is no stranger to the task at hand. 

For Millwall, their unpredictability was to the frustration of the majority of their fanbase as Rowett’s side started the campaign slowly. However, The Lions have managed five wins from their last eight games and find themselves just a point outside the play-off places. 

Despite this, Millwall played out a 1-1 draw with relegation favourites Derby County last time out and failed to take advantage of being a player up for the final 25 minutes. 

The nature of the Championship makes this fixture a crunch match as both sides seek to avoid dropping into the bottom home. A win for either side could build some much needed momentum. 

Millwall came away as 1-0 winners the last time the two sides met as Gary Rowett’s side secured all three points courtesy of a an own-goal from defender Grant Hall.

 

Team news:

Wilder has had nearly two weeks to work with his squad ahead of the 3pm clash at the Riverside on Saturday. The new boss will have to decide whether to make any significant changes from the squad who played in Warnock’s final game. 

A number of players have made progress with their recoveries during the international break as Onel Hernandez and Andraz Sporar return to bolster the attacking options for the home side. Matt Crooks also returns after serving his one game suspension following his five yellow cards. 

Centre-back pairing Shaun Hutchinson and George Evans are set to return to the match-day squad to face Millwall. Both Sheyi Ojo and Matt Smith might feel like they have a chance of a start given the attacking shortcomings in recent games. 

Millwall head into Saturday’s fixture without Daniel Ballard due to a head injury as Rowett faces no other serious fitness problems. They currently have suspension worries and travel to Teeside with the opportunity to play a full strength team. 

Form:

MFC: W W W L L D

Millwall: L W W L W D

What are your thoughts ahead of the Championship clash at the Riverside?

Will Wilder make any changes? 

Join in the conversation and have your say…

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Police Alerted After Newcastle United Fan Urinates On Statue Devoted to Sunderland Legend

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Police have been alerted about social media footage which appears to show a Newcastle United fan urinating on a statue of Sunderland football legend Bob Stokoe.

The tribute, outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light ground, recreates the late Stokoe’s famous dance across Wembley’s turf after he had masterminded the club’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Leeds United.

Footage has now emerged on social media of a male wearing a Newcastle United change shirt while apparently urinating on the statue.

In response to the images, a Sunderland Football Club spokesperson said on Monday: “This matter has been referred to the police and we will not be making any further comment at this moment in time.”

Stokoe, ironically, is also a hero and an FA Cup winner on Tyneside. Born in 1930 in Mickley, in Northumberland, the central defender made 261 appearances for Newcastle United and was a member of their 1955 FA Cup final winning team.

Arriving at Sunderland in November 1972 while they were struggling towards the bottom of Division Two, he plotted the club’s FA Cup final triumph in May the following year before guiding the Black Cats back to the top flight in 1976.

He resigned just months later following a poor start to their Division One. Stokoe died at the age of 73 in 2004 in Hartlepool after suffering from pneumonia.

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Newcastle Fan Gets ‘Attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in Bar With Sunderland First Team

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A video was published to Twitter which shows a Newcastle fan get ‘attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in a bar with the Sunderland first team.

Twitter user @rheppellhardy, who has since deleted his account following backlash, wrote a tweet on Wednesday night explaining what happened in a Stack venue, before the post started to gain traction.

He said: “Why the fuck has the actual Sunderland first team come and started on me and big Premier League Aiden McGeady ripped me top in the stack 🤣🤣🤣.

 

He issued the above video before captioning it with: “Someone who I’ve never heard of said how much are yous on ur skint 🤣 league 1 yina”

Again he wrote in another post: “Scuse me mate can a have a word, do you know who I am” 🤣🤣 No fucking clue mate”

There were plenty of reaction tweets too….

@worthy_noah: “I remember my first pint aswell mate”

@worthy_noah: “Not sure I went on like this much of a cock like”

@MackemTalk_: “You saw the state of you lad he’d Snap you in half But again You had to act like the Big man Because Your boyfriends where with you”

Did you see what happened?

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Fans urged to clap at Newcastle match in memory of teen

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Mason Kirk (Credit: Family Picture)

Fans are being encouraged to clap at Newcastle match on Saturday in memory of teen who died from cancer.

Mason Kirk passed away suddenly from a rare form of cancer in January – ITV reports.

The family of the 17-year-old are urging people to clap at the 17th minute of the Newcastle vs Brighton match.

His dad Michael told ITV News Tyne Tees: “After complaining about back pain for several weeks and unsuccessful trips to a walk-in centre, and his GP, I took him to A&E where he received an MRI scan that showed lesions in his spine.

“We were transferred to the RVI, which is where we received a diagnosis no parent wants to hear – aggressive and inoperable late-stage ATRT cancer in his spine and brainstem”

“Mason died on the 27 January, just nine days after he was diagnosed.

“It’s took awhile for me to pull myself round (as I suffer from severe mental illness). So I decided to begin organising something to raise awareness of ATRT and teen cancer, and to pay tribute to our beautiful brave son.

“Mason was an avid Newcastle United fan, I took him to his first game when he was 6 and he caught the NUFC bug. Later, he and his friends bought season tickets.”

Michael continues: “Mason’s memory will live on through myself, his Mam Leanne, his little brother Alfy, cousin Liam and the rest of our family.

“He was the nucleus of our lives…our world is shattered but we cannot let our courageous son’s story go untold.”

“We realise things are tight for a lot of us at the minute but we’d like any donations to go to Great North Children’s Hospital or the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”

ITV also said that Mason will feature in the programme.

Go here to donate to Great North Children’s Hospital.

Or to donate to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation go here.

 

 

 

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