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Match Preview – Middlesbrough FC vs Preston North End: Wilder seeks his first win as Boro manager



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Middlesbrough welcome 16th place Preston North End to the Riverside on Tuesday evening knowing that a win could see them move into the top half of the Championship table. 

Following the 1-1 home draw with Millwall in Chris Wilder’s first game as manager, fans will be hoping Boro build on that performance to claim all 3 points against Preston tomorrow night. 

The visitors know a win could take them above the club from Teeside. 

Boro are winless their last 4 games (all-comps) as the gap between them and QPR in the play-off places has grown to six points.

However, Wilder was full of praise for his sides efforts on Saturday afternoon, acknowledging their hard-work as the former Sheffield United boss implemented a new style of play. 

Despite having 3 games in the space of a week which will be tough on the squad fitness, Middlesbrough have a great opportunity to gain some momentum going into the Christmas period and could fight their way up the table. 

The home side have taken 10 points from an available 15 in their last five games at the Riverside and are welcoming a visiting team with a questionable record on the road.

Credit: boroofficial instagram – Wilder’s first game at the Riverside

Despite, beating promotion hopefully Bournemouth a few weeks back, Preston have only one one in their last five away games.

Frankie McAvoy’s side have been in woeful form of late, winning just once in their previous ten matches in the Championship. The teams are just two places apart at the bottom of the league and will be hoping to transform their seasons, starting with a victory in the game tomorrow. It promises to be a feisty one. 

PNE are heading into their match on Teeside following a narrow defeat to strugglers Cardiff at the Deepdale Stadium. Having taken the lead in the 2nd minute courtesy of striker Sean Maguire, they were unable to hold out as The Bluebirds mounted a second half comeback with both goals coming within 20 minutes of the restart. 

Back-to-back setbacks against lesser teams, Cardiff and Nottingham Forest have left North End at the foot of the table in 16th spot. Despite losing just two of their nine home games this season, McAvoy’s squad have a terrible away record, collecting just six points in the same amount of fixtures. 

It’s hard to chose a winner between the two sides as their recent head-to-head record shows two victories each in their previous five meetings.

Boro eased to a 2-0 victory in this fixture last season and will be hoping for a similar result heading into Tuesday evening,

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With his side hit by fatigue in the closing stages of their last game, Wilder may consider making changes to his starting eleven ahead of the important clash with Preston on Tuesday evening. 

Neil Taylor could feature at wing-back after his free transfer last week, while Onel Hernandez is also available and could make the starting eleven.

Dael Fry and Marcus Browne are still out injured and are not expected to be match-fit until 2022.

Duncan Watmore has been in poor form this season and may miss out. Ache Ikpeazu or Josh Coburn are both in contention to replace Watmore.

Preston may recall both Josh Earl and Daniel Johnson to their starting XI as players suffer with tiredness. Liam Linsday hasn’t featured since the start of October but will be hopeful to get some minutes at the Riverside. 

Ched Evans (calf) and Matthew Olosunda (Hamstring) are doubtful as the pair are yet to string together a run of games this campaign.

On-loan Cardiff City Winger Josh Murphy is out for a few weeks with an ankle injury as attacking midfielder Isaiah Brown is also set to miss out. Ex Sunderland Striker Conor Wickham is still unavailable following his hamstring injury sustained in the Carabao Cup fixture with Cheltenham Town.

With the list of names missing for the team from the North-West it looks to be a tough midweek fixture but as both sides have struggled for goals, this one is hard to call.


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



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



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



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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