Late Drama As Boro Denied Chance To Go Top

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BEFORE THE MADNESS: Players warm up and fans fill the stands before Boro’s game against Blackburn

Controversy was abundant at the Riverside Stadium as Middlesbrough drew 1-1 with play-off chasing Blackburn Rovers in the dying seconds.

Patrick Bamford fired Boro in front in the 83rd minute before Rudy Gestede prodded in from a corner after a blatant foul on Smoggie keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos.

Aitor Karanka was outraged by the decision not to pull up the foul and was sent off for his protests by under fire referee Mark Clattenburg.

It was Clatternburg’s first game back from suspension but the fans won’t be wanting the controversial referee back anytime soon.


Middlesbrough made five changes from last weeks draw at Wigan as in came Kenneth Omeruo, Ryan Fredericks, Dean Whitehead, Patrick Bamford and Jelle Vossen.

The five players sacrificed were Ben Gibson, Emilio Nsue, Adam Clayton, Adam Reach and Kike.

Boro were without the suspended Clayton after his five yellow cards while Blackburn’s Jason Steele, on loan from Boro, was ineligible to play.

Both teams were in sparkling form before the game and had it all to play for as Middlesbrough had lost one in 13 games while Blackburn were undefeated in eight, winning four.

There was plenty going on before the game as the club welcomed back club legend Juninho.

He was introduced to a standing ovation from an 18,000 strong crowd as the Little Fella embraced his beloved fans.

A minutes applause was observed before the game in memory of former Boro manager John Neal who passed away at the age of 82 earlier in the week.

First Half

The game started brightly as captain fantastic Grant Leadbitter struck a vicious 25-yard shot that stung the hands of Simon Eastwood.

Moments later Jordan Rhodes tried a speculative effort but Dimi was on hands to save comfortably to reassure the Boro faithful.

Vossen was inches away from opening his account for the season as Bamford’s shot wasn’t dealt with and his attempt to stab over the line was prevented by Grant Hanley.

Daniel Ayala and Gestede had a clash of heads which saw the Spanish defender sporting a fashionable red head bandage, showing his true colours!

Ayala then had a header that flashed just wide of the post from a corner as Boro continued to get frustrated by not being in front.

Bamford tried two more efforts before half time as Simon Eastwood was Blackburn’s outstanding player and the difference between the two teams.

Second Half

The second half started rather quietly for Boro as Ben Marshall curling effort was parried away by Dimi.

Boro’s next chance brought a contender for save of the season as George Friend’s cross found Vossen’s head from point blank range but Eastwood managed to parry over the bar.

A goal for Boro was only a matter of time as they threw the kitchen sink at Rovers.

Blackburn had a huge chance to go in front as Markus Olsson found Gestede in the box and he headed straight at Dimi.

Persistence paid off for Boro though as Ayala headed down, Friend touched it into the path of Bamford and he rifled in from 12 yards to make it 1-0 with little time left.

Immediately Blackburn struck the post from the head of Shane Duffy as it crawled across the goal line and out of play.

Five minutes added time were indicated on the fourth officials board and when Blackburn won a corner, the pulsating action unfolded.

Two seperate and blatant fouls on Ben Gibson and Dimi saw Duffy nod the ball down for Gestede and he prodded in.

The incident left the Greek goalkeeper poleaxed on the floor for several minutes after the goal to leave the Boro players, staff and fans bewildered at how nothing was given.

Karanka, furious with the decision, confronted the fourth official but was then sent off by Clattenburg to add further controversy to the game.

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CRUCIAL MOMENT: Dimi is bundled and Gibson manhandled as Blackburn equalise. Thoughts Mr. Clattenburg? (Courtesy of Middlesbrough FC Twitter @Boro)

As the final whistle blew, players and coaches surrounded the referee as he had a lot to explain for a woeful display.


After the game, Middlesbrough Head Coach Aitor Karanka demonstrated his shock at the decision by saying: “It was unbelievable.

He added: “I don’t want to say we were robbed but everyone in the stadium saw the foul except the referee.

“I apologise for my behaviour and for my reaction to the decision. But the Blackburn staff were laughing with the fourth official.

“Our players still worked really hard today and they deserve to come away from the game with more than a point.”

The result see Middlesbrough miss the chance to go joint top as they drop to fifth on 33 points while Blackburn remain in sixth on 31 points.

Team Line Ups

Middlesbrough: Dimi (GK); Fredericks (Nsue 45′), Omeruo, Ayala (Gibson 84′), Friend; Leadbitter (C), Whitehead; Adomah, Bamford, Tomlin; Vossen (Kike 74′)

Unused Subs: Mejias, Veljkovic, Reach Wildschut

Blackburn Rovers: Eastwood (GK), Baptiste, Hanley (Henley 41′), Duffy, Olsson; Tunnicliffe, Evans (Brown 86′), Williamson, Marshall; Rhodes (Conway 68′) Gestede

Unused Subs: Dunn, Varney, Taylor, Kean

Match Statistics

Possession: Middlesbrough 66% – 34% Blackburn Rovers

Shots (on target): Middlesbrough 25 (11) – 13 (6) Blackburn Rovers

Corners: Middlesbrough 15 – 6 Blackburn Rovers

Fouls: Middlesbrough 9 – 9 Blackburn Rovers

Yellow Cards: Middlesbrough 1 (Tomlin 56′) – 1 (Evans 55′) Blackburn Rovers

Attendance: 18,152 Man of the Match: Patrick Bamford

Blackburn Rovers Man of the Match: Simon Eastwood

Player Ratings:

Dimi Konstantopoulos – 6 – Easy day for him apart from getting poleaxed right before the goal

Ryan Fredericks – 6 – Had another strong first half before coming off injured

Daniel Ayala – 7 – Boro’s stalwart this season produces again as he was solid as a rock

Kenneth Omeruo – 6 – Struggled to find his feet but adapted quickly to the game

George Friend – 7 – Another reliable and energetic performance from ‘Gorgeous George’

Grant Leadbitter – 7 – Strong performance and unlucky not to score

Dean Whitehead – 6 – Comfortable with the ball but sometimes caught a bit slow defensively

Lee Tomlin – 7/8 – Fantastic ability to keep the ball and produce a pass

Albert Adomah – 6 – Didn’t really get into the game and was found lost out on the left

Patrick Bamford – 8/9 – Brilliant display of energy, hunger and class and thoroughly deserved a goal

Jelle Vossen – 7 – Should of scored a header but he worked hard and was a threat all game

Subs: Kike (5), Nsue (7), Gibson (N/A)

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Solas Fae (children’s performance) comes to Middlesbrough!: Post from Perform@tees

I was in the audience in the production of Solas Fae, which was roughly 50 minutes long. Personally I found the most challenging part of watching the production was figuring out the narrative of the show. However, the music of the violin and the quirky costumes has stuck in my head! From this experience I have learnt that a piece of dance can be very simple and portray different stories for each member of the audience. This became a learning curve for me and taught me to open my mind more when it comes to productions and story lines, very beneficial for my future projects!

Tasha Reay (2nd year, BA Dance)

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Karanka Expects Tough Test Against Blackburn

READY TO GO: Aitor Karanka has prepared his squad for the hard game against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday (Photo courtesy of The Gazette)

Middlesbrough Head Coach Aitor Karanka says his squad are fresh for the upcoming game against Blackburn as he anticipates another difficult game.

Last week’s away draw at Wigan ensured that Boro are now on a run of one defeat in 13 Championship games.

They remained in third place on 32 points as their opposition are creeping behind them in a very tight top of the Championship table in sixth on 30 points.

Karanka insisted though that his players are well equipped to get a result at the Riverside.

He said: ”We are looking forward to playing on Saturday in what will be another interesting game because Blackburn are only two points below us.

“They are the kind of team that are very organised, they don’t make many mistakes and they have some dangerous forwards.

“But the players I put on the pitch for Saturday I think are the best to do the job. I do have to think about future games.

“It was good last week because we played with less intensity because we still managed to get a point and Wigan have some talented players.”

A man earning a lot of praise around Teesside is on loan forward Patrick Bamford, whose current loan deal expires in January.

Karanka insisted though the club is going to every length to ensure that Boro can keep him until the end of the season:

“From today, the decision is in my hands. But we have to speak to the people at Stamford Bridge.

“I think he is very happy here so I don’t understand why he would want to leave in January.”

Middlesbrough have no fresh injury worries for the game but they will be without Adam Clayton who is suspended after receiving his fifth yellow card at Wigan.

Jason Steele, who is on loan at Blackburn Rovers from Middlesbrough, will be ineligible to play against his parent club.

In other Boro news, 18-year-old striker Bradley Fewster has signed on loan for Preston North End until the end of the season.

The move comes after the promising youngster fell down the pecking order with the arrivals of Kike, Jelle Vossen and Patrick Bamford.

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No laughing matter as Bob gets honoured

HONOURED: Bob Mortimer (right) with his comedy partner Vic Reeves (left)

HONOURED: Bob Mortimer (right) with his comedy partner Vic Reeves (left)

WHEN leaving university with a qualification in Welfare Law back in the early 80s, comedian, TV presenter and lifelong Boro fan Bob Mortimer could not have dreamt of what was to follow.

The once solicitor has gone on to win multiple awards thanks to his famous partnership with Vic Reeves, whom Bob met in a London pub in 1986.

Hits like Shooting Stars, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer and Bang Bang It’s Reeves and Mortimer have earned Bob a place in British comedy history, and now he has been awarded with an honorary degree by Teesside University on November 28.

Speaking about being named among nine degree recipients, Bob said: “It’s great. I love Middlesbrough, for better or for worse.

“It’s where I was brought up, so if I had to choose a university to be honoured by, it would be without any doubt Teesside.”

The news came out of the blue for 55-year-old Bob who discovered that he would be taken to the Town Hall stage for graduation in the middle of filming the second series of House of Fools.

Being honoured by his hometown ranks highly in Bob’s career, and the former Grove Hill bin-man said he wanted to thank the people of Middlesbrough.

“I really like the people from Middlesbrough. I still know a lot of people there and I think they’re really good people,” said Bob.

“I know the honour doesn’t come from them and it actually comes from the university, but I’d like to think it comes from them.”

Having performed with Vic since the mid-eighties, Bob has shared the stage with his partner-in-crime for most of his career, but he says there are not any nerves ahead of the ceremony.

“I’m not nervous about accepting the award because I don’t think my brief is to be entertaining.

“I think it’s more to be inspirational to the students there who are graduating with their degrees.

“Let’s be honest though, I’m a just a daft a*** so I haven’t really got anything in my locker, but I’ll give it a go.”

GRADUATION: Bob will be honoured on November 28 at Middlesbrough Town Hall
BELOVED BORO: Bob at the old Ayresome Park
BELOVED BORO: Bob at the old Ayresome Park
INSPIRING: Bob will hope to inspire this years graduates
TEESSIDE'S SHOOTING STAR: Acklam-born comedian among list of nine to be honoured
VIC AND BOB: Partners in comedy-crime Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer

The special day is shared with other graduates from Teesside University’s School of Arts and Media, who have studies in Television and Film Production, Media Studies and Performing Arts amongst others.

Bob formed Pett Productions, an independent, regional production company in 2001 alongside Vic and entertainment producer Lisa Clark, and is still working towards giving young talent a helping hand.

He said: “I have tried in a tiny way with the BBC to help some people from Teesside who are interested in TV and that.

“I meet quite a lot of people who studied at Teesside. I just did a show called Drifters and that was directed by a lad who graduated here about four years ago.

“I did some work with Middlesbrough FC and the lad who’s doing the media there, Alex Larkin, and he’s graduating this year.

“That was all in the last six months so I’ve come across people from the area that are really making a go for it.”

Bob is currently filming the new series of House of Fools after it was commissioned for a second series earlier this year.

The BBC sitcom features Vic and Bob playing themselves and they are joined by Bosh (Dan Skinner), Beef (Matt Berry), Julie (Morgana Robinson) and Bob’s son Erik (Daniel Simonsen).

Speaking after a day of filming, Bob said: “It feels a lot better than the first series for us.

“It’s the first time we have ever done a sitcom so you learn a lot. We make mistakes but we think the second series is a lot more professional.

“We have a Christmas episode coming out and in that my son, Erik, requires a particular bobble hat for his present and we discover the only person who owns this hat is Phil Collins.”

Acklam-born Bob says he asked Dan Skinner to put on a full Teesside accent for the character Bosh, one similar to that of the infamous Boro Tin Tin YouTube videos.

“We didn’t ask him to copy Tin Tin but we wanted a full on Middlesbrough one. He tries his best because he’s a posh lad really.”

Growing up in the North East has obviously had an influence on Bob’s comedy and he has declared the people of Middlesbrough the funniest he’s ever met.

Bob added: “I think we have a lovely sense of humour up there. I go to most of the Boro away matches with my two boys and we laugh our heads off all the way through at the Middlesbrough lads.”

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‘Teething’ My Way into Industry :Post from Tees Made

new_tt_logo1-TOMMEE-TIPPEEIn the summer I conducted a 3 month internship as a junior designer with Jackel International under the Tommee Tippee brand. In the position I was given the opportunity to work with industry professionals in an in-house design department. In the role I was given the opportunity to develop design ideas for the company in a number of ways, working by myself in producing baby products and generating detailed research to support and show marketing teams the reasoning for the developed designs. I also worked with and alongside my colleagues to produce products for toddlers creating detailed sketch work, analysis and research to which we presented to groups from marketing, sales, quality control and manufacturing.

My time working in the position has allowed me to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the work that is conducted in a real life industry standard design company. The enthusiastic, fun and friendly team I worked alongside have all contributed to my understanding and further knowledge of industrial design. I will take away this knowledge and apply it to the work I conduct in the future hoping to develop my skills to help me secure that dream job.




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Third Year Nicole Patterson talks about her recent work experience at Dance Elite: Post from Perform@tees

I undertook my placement at DancElite school of freestyle dance which is based where I live, Peterlee. I completed the requested 24 hours over 6 weeks. Two hours a night, twice a week. During my placement, I worked closely with ages 3 to 18, making dances, taking warmups and rehearsing their competition routines. I believe the most challenging part of the placement was actually going there for the first week. Getting to know the students was quite nerve-wracking however, after the first week I grew close to the students and have now got a paid job at the school, teaching dance for two hours a week. The placement was very beneficial for me as it gave me an insight and a chance to put community dance teaching into practice. Doing the placement has assured me that the career path I once set myself will be the right decision.

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A Spanish kind of Christmas



CHRISTMAS decorations and music are filling the streets of Middlesbrough, making it hard to ignore the fact that Christmas is just around the corner.

It’s a time of year when people make lists of things to buy and if you’re a student, you are probably doing it on a budget!

So why not twist the tradition a little bit and instead of considering buying a gift for everyone, bake something instead.

By injecting a little Spanish Christmas tradition you can make a delicious, light and cheap dessert that everyone will love.

Here Tside introduces to you the Polvorones – or as they are known in Spain, Almond cookies. Make, share and enjoy them!


Ingredients and equipment you will need:

190g  plain white flour  

96 g cup ground almonds

120g  butter or margarine

 96g granulated sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Rolling pin


Large mixing bowl

Hand mixer

Baking tray

cookie cutter

Key points:

  1. Firstly preheat the oven to 350 C then reduce it to 250C  after eight minutes. Meanwhile slightly toast the flour in a pan on medium heat for eight minutes then leave to cool down.

Ingredients you will need
Put the flour in the pan
Mix it from time to time
Put the margarine in
Pour the sugar
Mix it in with the margarine
Add the cinnamon
You should have 4 ingredients
Add the ground almonds
This is what it should look like now
Then add the flour
Then mix it all
Keep mixing
Flatten the dough using a rolling pin
Cut out the cookies
Place them on a tray
Put them in the oven
And there you have it !

2. Once your cookies are ready to be cooked on a tray , leave them in the oven for 25-30 minutes at 250 C.



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Teesside University partners with landscape architects

BRIGHT SPARKS: Left-right: Stephen Blacklock – Technical Director, Colour; Peter Owens – Managing Director, Colour; Henry Fenby-Taylor – KTP Associate; Professor Nashwan Dawood, Teesside University; John Clayton, KTP Advisor, North East England and North Yorkshire.

BRIGHT SPARKS: Students work with the Colour team on new project

AN innovative Teesside University scheme is giving graduates valuable employment opportunities and helping them to secure that all important first job.

Knowledge Exchange Interships, a scheme run by Teesside University, offers talented graduates the opportunity to work with companies looking to solve a particular problem or implement a specific project.

Adam Hay, who studied Three Dimensional Designs at Teesside University, recently completed a 12 month KEI at Colour, a Landscape architecture and urban design company based in Newcastle and London.

He is now employed permanently at the company after impressing the team.

Adam said: ‘I’ve been using the technology to help the landscape architect. It’s meant I’ve been kept very busy with lots of new problems to solve and fix, and also learn new knowledge and skill sets.

‘It’s really helped to move me on in terms of furthering my skills.’

WORKING HARD: Adam contributed to the Build Sydney project.

WORKING HARD: Adam contributed to the Build Sydney project.

Over the course of his internship, Adam worked on projects such as the new Newcastle College Gateway faculty, and collaborated with Ryder Architecture on their winning bid in the Build Sydney 2013 virtual design competition for a new convention centre in Sydney, Australia.

Stephen Blacklock, Technical Director at Colour, said: ‘We’re extremely pleased with the work that we’ve been doing with Teesside University.

‘Adam’s KEI has allowed the company to take on more complex projects and is also helping the company drive efficiencies and work towards ISO accreditation which will help secure more work.

‘It’s fantastic that there are these different ways in which Teesside University has been able to support our business. We’re now thinking of running another KEI project in our London office.’

You can find out more about Teesside University’s schemes on the Get Ahead website.

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Britpop legends Cast have affinity with Teesside

CAST: Britpop legends come to Middlesbrough Town Hall on December 10

CAST: Britpop legends come to Middlesbrough Town Hall on December 10

CAST frontman John Power has declared the Britpop legends have an ‘affinity’ with northern towns ahead of the bands performance at Middlesbrough Town Hall next month.

The Liverpool band is touring throughout December following the release of their four re-mastered critically acclaimed albums earlier this year.

Since returning from an eight-year-hiatus in 2010, Cast have played in Teesside three times and Power says the band is looking forward to the fourth.

“We have an affinity with the northern towns and cities,” says John, 47.

“We tend to always have great shows there and the Town Hall is a really great venue.

“We enjoy ourselves on stage and the crowd tend to as well.”

The band released the free-download single ‘Baby Blue Eyes’ earlier this month and it has been defined as a ‘classic Cast track’.

“I recorded that in the studio and it sounds great, so we will be doing some more new material,” says John.

“The track will be featured on the forth-coming album next year. It’s really catchy.

“When we’re on the road I will be throwing around ideas with the lads, so come January or February we will be recording new stuff.”

BABY BLUE EYES: New single free to download

BABY BLUE EYES: New single free to download

Next year will be the 20th anniversary since the debut album ‘All Change‘ and there is certainly a feel of nostalgia within the band.

“There really is an affinity now to play all those old tracks to a new audience,” says John.

“Whether the re-mastered versions have added to that I don’t know, but it has made us aware of our back catalogue in a present time.

“It’s quite a great feeling 20-years down the line playing these songs which are still so relevant.”

Since reuniting, the Merseyside band have released a fifth album ‘Troubled Tiimes’, but John admits times have dramatically changed since the early days.

“Twenty-years-ago it would have been unheard of releasing songs for free, but we’re quite happy to give our stuff away now,” says John.

“Now everyone is also filming everything. I remember if someone was filming a gig they’d be thrown out for bootlegging.

“When Walkaway starts everyone has their phone out but it used to be lighters? It’s the same now but it’s all electrical.”

John, who played bass in The La’s, has stated that a reunion for the 80s rock band could still be possible.

“I have made my love moan for The La’s. Whether a reunion could actually physically happen I suppose is down to Lee and whether he wants to do anything about it,” admits John.

“I would say nothing is impossible in this universe.”

Tickets for Cast at Middlesbrough Town Hall on December 10 are priced at £22 and are available from

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Student braves cold and rainy night to raise awareness of the homeless


INTERVIEW: Reporter Lucy Moody interviewing Andy Preston and Anas El- Hamri

SLEEPING rough on the streets of Middlesbrough is a lifestyle for many.

So people from all backgrounds braved the cold wet night and slept rough at the Middlesbrough College campus by the docks to help.

The annual Big Tees Sleepout aims to raise awareness about homelessness and poverty in the local area.

Diane from Middlesbrough said: “I’ve raised nearly £100 so far.”

“I decided to take part in the big Tees Sleepout because of the Ex-British soldiers that are homeless.

“I always think about that because I have family in the Army.

“Ex-forces make up quite a big percentage of people that are homeless even though it’s getting better now, those poor lads are out on the streets.”



PARTICIPANTS: getting ready to sleep rough for one night

Steven, from Stockton, has experienced homelessness first hand.

He said: “I’ve lived in a hostel, then I worked in one, so I see homelessness every day and I just want to help.”

In one night Steven raised £130.



ORGANISERS: Andy Preston and Joanna Wake

I was one of the 160 brave souls to wrap up warm and bed down for a night out in the open.

Nothing could have prepared me for both the mental and physical challenge that lay ahead.

I joined the group of people at the college ready for my night out in the cold and wind.

The atmosphere was buzzing with excitement despite the rain that was falling.

Some of my fellow adventures had come well prepared with waterproof tarpaulins and a picnic supper.

However I wasn’t as well prepared…

I was determined to stop out so found myself a space on the ground surrounded by shivering campers all trying to find warmth from each other.

I certainly wouldn’t have made it through the night had I been on my own.

Here’s how my night went…


Following my sleepless night I spoke to ex solider Anas El- Harmi to find out how his night went…

It’s an event I would definitely recommend that everyone should experience once, I’d love to do it again but next time I hope the rain stays off and I’ll be better prepared.

If I see a homeless person on the street now I’ll be much more charitable.

If you would like to find out more about The Big Tees Sleepout, you can do so by visiting their website.

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