Personalised Football Calendar - Middlesbrough
Magnificent Gift Idea For Middlesbrough Fans!
Middlesbrough formed in 1876 and for many years promotion and relegation went hand in hand for the club. However, in 2001 Steve McClaren was hired as the new manager and a 'Riverside Revolution' soon followed. His idea of employing specific attacking and defending coaches quickly paid dividends and financial investment in players led to one of the greatest eras in Middlesbrough's history. During his five years at the club, Boro reached the FA Cup semi-final and a UEFA Cup final and in 2004, the team won the Carling Cup. McClaren would leave the club in 2006 to become manager of England - an appointment that would end in famous failure - but Boro continued to prosper from the increased security he left behind.
Our Personalised Calendars feature a range of Middlesborough match reports from our extensive newspaper archives, focusing on some of the best Boro games from the past fifty years. Starting from the month of your choice, these A3 Calendars are a great gift for any occasion and a popular choice for Middlesbrough supporters.
These Personalised Calendars feature a variety of games, including the following highlights from McClaren's successful reign.
In 2003, Boro thrashed Tottenham 5-1 in the league. Perhaps this was warning of things to come for the club as in 2004, Middlesbrough won the Carling Cup - their first major trophy. Middlesbrough faced Arsenal in the semi-finals and a 1-1 draw at the Gunners' stadium was followed by an exciting 2-1 victory at the Riverside. The team came up against Bolton in the final and beat them 2-1 to win not just silverware, but also a place in the UEFA Cup.
Boro defeated Banik Ostrava 3-0 at home in their first European fixture, but their competition would end shortly afterwards. However, a 1-0 win against Spurs at the end of the Premiership season guaranteed Middlesbrough another chance in Europe. This time they would seize their moment and go all the way to the UEFA Cup final. The club eventually lost to Seville, but two thrilling comebacks in the latter rounds would earn Boro much acclaim in the football world.
In the quarter-finals, Middlesbrough faced Basle. The opposition scored in the first twenty-five minutes, gaining a 3-0 lead on aggregate. However, Mark Viduka soon began the fight back. Massimo Maccarone scored Boro's fourth goal on the stroke of full-time and the team won 4-1 on the night, 4-3 overall. McClaren's men faced a similarly daunting task against Steaua Bucharest in the semi-final. Down 0-2 by the twenty-third minute, and with captain Gareth Southgate forced out of the game through injury, Boro levelled and then went ahead. Maccarone again scored a fourth goal with just a minute to go and Middlesbrough raced into the final. The semi-final score had finished 4-2 on the night, 4-3 on aggregate.
Calendar Contents At A Glance
Each Middlesbrough Football Calendar contains the following reproduced newspaper reports:
11th January 1976 - 'City held in a Boro- Hug!' (Middlesbrough beat Manchester City 1-0)
26th May 1988 - 'Blues on the Brink' (Middlesbrough beat Chelsea 2-0)
28th August 1995 - 'Loyal Hig nets a pay-off' (Middlesbrough beat Chelsea 2-0)
19th September 1996 - 'Fab 4' (Middlesbrough beat Hereford 7-0)
12th September 2001 - 'Mac saved by Murphy's Law' (Middlesbrough beat Northampton 3-1)
4th May 2003 - 'Sizzling Szil' (Middlesbrough beat Tottenham 5-1)
4th February 2004 - 'McLaren Final joy but it's no way Jose' (Middlesbrough beat Arsenal 2-1)
1st March 2004 - 'South Great' (Middlesbrough beat Bolton 2-1 in League Cup Final)
17th September 2004 - 'Don't Banik! The Boro deadly duo calm Euro nerves' (Middlesbrough beat Banik Ostrava 3-0)
11th May 2005 - 'Boro get on the Boat to Europe' (Middlesbrough beat Tottenham 1-0)
7th April 2006 - 'Miracle at the Riverside' (Middlesbrough beat Basle 4-1)
28th April 2006 - 'Riverside Miracle' (Middlesbrough beat Steaua Bucharest 4-2)
Alternative Gifts for Middlesbrough Fans
We have an exciting selection of alternative football gifts that are designed especially for Boro fans. These include our Personalised Diaries and a unique Personalised Football Book, which is smartly presented and can be treasured for years to come. Other more general football presents include our Spoof Football Headlines and Stadium Tours.
I Just Love It also has a range of attractive Personalised Image Calendars that cover a variety of themes, such as Best Dad, Football, Golf, Rugby and a special Beatles edition. Each A3 Calendar includes twelve colourful photographs, all of which cleverly incorporate your recipient's name.