Great Adventures at the Teesside Unleashed Comi-Con


Joseph and his father James

The Teesside Unleashed Comi-Con opened its doors for the fifth time at the Marton Country Club and Hotel.

Special guest of the event was Jeremy Bulloch who played the villain Boba Fett in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi in 1983.

Dozens of stalls with trading cards, comic books, autographs and action figures were set up to offer everything geeks desire.

The event even featured a full-size Jabba the Hutt figure and a Princess Leia cosplayer to give fans the chance to become part of the Star Wars Universe.

Also professional costumers from crews such as Rebel Legion UK, 501st Legion, Reel Icons, ARC, Universal Alliance showcased their costumes.

Together with his Dad, 8-year old Joseph attended the event and entered the convention’s fancy dress contest, for a chance to win a prize.

Tside reporter Daniel Vinzens went with Joseph and his father and found a story about heroes and friendship that George Lucas couldn´t tell better.

Click the video to see the story of Joseph alias Starlord.


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FA Roadshow keeps on rolling through Teesside school


SPOT OF GOLF ANYONE?: Ben Gibson tries his hand at some mini-golf

A lucky Teesside school got the chance to meet some of England’s top professionals as part of the Together for England Roadshow.

England Under-21 and Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson and Manchester City Lioness Demi Stokes visited the students of Holmwood School in the Easterside area for a day of fun-filled activities.

The Together for England Roadshow is a nationwide campaign that travels to schools up and down the country to inspire young England fans by strengthening the national teams relationship with local communities.

The two professionals got involved in the Middlesbrough Sportability Club’s half-term camp as they tested their skills at archery, golf and table tennis with children aged from 8 to nineteen years old.

The day was a success for everyone involved as children from Holmwood got the chance to meet their international heroes and received goodie bags including tickets to see England Under 21’s fixture against Germany Under 21’s at the Riverside Stadium on 30th March.

Gibson said: “This campaign is a good chance to give something back to the local community and the kids in the area. It’s fantastic to be able to put a smile on their faces.

“Whenever I got the chance to meet a Middlesbrough footballer when I was a kid it was a fantastic experience so hopefully they will feel the same way about me coming today.

“It’s an honour to represent your country and its something I do with immense pride. That’s what you dream of as a kid. To do it in conjunction with Middlesbrough has made it a fantastic day.


TAKING AIM: Demi Stokes lines up her target in a game of archery

Stokes said: “I’ve been playing archery, golf and table tennis so I’ve just been having fun with them, getting to know the group and putting smiles on their faces.

“I’ve really enjoyed it and to be honest I think I’ve had more fun than the kids! But its nice to come in today and feel like you are giving back especially because the kids look up to you.

“I think its really good what England are doing and it just goes to show how close we are to the community.

“It’s important to show that whether it’s with a football or a golf stick that you are keeping healthy, going out and being active.”

The day and campaign further highlights Middlesbrough’s strength with its local community and helping young school children get involved with sport and healthy lifestyle.

Demi Stokes has made 11 England caps for the women’s first time and described what it was like to step out onto the pitch adding: “It’s really emotional.


PROUD: Youngsters gather round Gibson for a quick shoot to end the day

“Sometimes I feel like I am going to cry. It’s brilliant to see the other players either side of you and your family in the crowd. I sing the national anthem loud and proud.

Ben Gibson spoke about Middlesbrough’s efforts to get promoted back to the Premier League and his impressive season. He insisted their destiny is in their hands.

He said: “The onus is on us to go to keep winning games and go and defend our position at the top. If we do that and keep doing that the way we know we can then we should win the league but its a long way to go.

“I feel as though I’ve had a good season. I’ve improved as a player and learnt from my mistakes last season because its important to build on those.

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Riverside provides good luck charm for England in Under 21’s victory

England U21's vs. Germany U21's

PACKED: 30,000 capacity crowd filled the Riverside to see England Under 21’s in action

England Under 21’s came from behind twice to salvage a late 3-2 win over Germany Under 21’s in a friendly at the Riverside Stadium.

Gareth Southgate‘s men fell behind in either half with a brace from Phillip Hoffman but goals from Jesse Lingaard, Nathan Redmond and the winner from captain James Ward-Prowse earned England a hard fought win.

England’s late rally extends an excellent run of form going into the Under 21’s European Championship in the Czech Republic with plenty of optimism surrounding Southgate’s side.

They won their qualifying group in convincing style after nine wins and one draw from 10 games makes them one of the early favourites to win the competition.

A crowd of over 30,000 saw the action at the Riverside which also saw a proud moment for Boro local boy Ben Gibson who started for England in front of his beloved Boro fans.

It was a very cagey start to the game with Germany posing the biggest threat with some intricate passing in the final third. In typical English fashion, Southgate’s men were keeping the ball but provided no real danger.

And it didn’t take long for the German’s to mark their stamp after Phillip Hoffman (14′) killed a cross dead a lashed home into the bottom corner, leaving keeper Jonathan Bond rooted and the Riverside stunned.

England eventually responded seven minutes later with the first chance of the game when Redmond’s curling cross found Lingaard at the back post but he was denied by Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Burnley striker Danny Ings was England’s high profile player and he showed his worth cutting inside from the right and driving low only to be denied by ter Stegen on 33 minutes.

From the resulting corner, Gibson could of made his night extra special with a goal and probably should of. But his header produced another great save from Barca’s deputy.

England made the breakthrough before half time when Carl Jenkinson’s positive run and cut back found Lingaard (34′) inside the box and he comfortably stroked home to equalise.

Shortly before the half time whistle, Liverpool’s Emre Can tested the finger tips of Bond with a curling free kick but the Watford goalkeeper dealt with the effort well.

Into the second half and Germany replied instantly with some fantastic build up play that cut right through the heart of the England defence that even the national team would of been proud of.

Julian Korb’s chipped cross found Hoffman (50′) at the back post and he prodded home to hand the initiative back to the Germans.

After their goal, Germany were having a lot more possession of the ball and England were struggling to reintroduce themselves back into the game.

Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry came at half time and was causing a few problems in the final third, as he beat John Stones and drove low towards goal but was denied by Bond.

Redmond provided England’s first major threat in the second half on 75 minutes when his 25 yard strike was dealt with once again by ter Stegen. This kick started a bit of momentum as the Riverside crowd got behind the Under 21’s.

Substitute Alex Pritchard cut inside from the left and opened up some space for Redmond, he took his time and struck a deflected shot (80′) that nestled into the bottom corner.

The Germans were then stunned when Jenkinson got his second assist of the game, releasing Ward-Prowse (82′) as he calmly stuck home to give England the lead for the first time in the game.

England controlled the remainder of the game in rainy conditions and should of made it four when Ings latched onto Pritchard’s saved effort but he tamely shot straight at ter Stegen.

The final whistle blew to rapturous celebrations from the Riverside as the result marked a big statement from Gareth Southgate’s men going into the European Championships this summer.

Team Line Ups

England Under 21’s (4-2-3-1): Bond (GK); Jenkinson, Stones, Gibson (Keane 75′), Garbutt; Foster-Caskey (Chambers 86′), Ward-Prowse (C); Lingaard, Hughes (Pritchard 66′), Redmond; Ings

Germany Under 21’s (4-5-1): ter Stegen (GK); Korb, Ginter, Knoche, Gunter; Lietner (Kimmich 45′), Can, Bittencourt (Gnabry 45′), Meyer (Schulz 69′), Younes (Malli 79′); Hoffman

Match Statistics

England Under 21’s 3-2 Germany Under 21’s

Possession: England Under 21’s 47% – 53% Germany Under 21’s

Shots (on target): England Under 21’s 15 (10) – 8 (5) Germany Under 21’s

Corners: England Under 21’s 5 – 2 Germany Under 21’s

Fouls: England Under 21’s 15 – 13 Germany Under 21’s

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Dr Neil Armstrong. Post from History at Teesside

Neil Armstrong

It is with great sadness that the History Section at Teesside University learned of the tragic and sudden death of our friend and colleague, Dr Neil Armstrong.

Neil was a talented colleague, scholar and teacher. Anyone who worked with him knew the uncompromising dedication and dry wit that made him popular with both staff and students.

An expert on the history of Christmas in the nineteenth century and on religion in twentieth-century Britain, Neil contributed immensely to every aspect of the work of the History Section since joining us in June 2010.

Margaret Hems, head of the History Section, said:

“Neil’s death is a grievous loss not only to those of us who worked with him in History at Teesside University, but also to the wider community of social and cultural historians, nationally and internationally. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

We at Teesside send our sincerest condolences to Neil’s wife Catriona and his wider family.”

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All monsters are human: AHS review

American Horror Story is a horror-drama series, each season takes place in a new setting. 

The show aims to cater for every fear by throwing a variety of horror at the screen and manages to keep the audience gripped from the beginning.

Serial killers, aliens, evil nuns, mad Nazi doctors, witches, clowns, school shootings, exorcisms, things going bump in the night/day and some sort of poltergeist in a gimp suit, all make an appearance in this erotic thriller.

Up to now there have been four seasons: Murder House, Asylum, Coven and Freak Show.

The fifth season is expected to premiere around Halloween with 13 all-new episodes and it has now been confirmed that Lady Gaga will be joining the cast.

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The one thing this show promises is that people will die horribly, and people will be terrified by it.

During the first season a dysfunctional family move into a horror house with a lot of history. It is definitely not your typical haunted house plot.

The writing is fast paced and doesn’t stretch things out like many long winded series. It doesn’t take its time to get the ball rolling. This show never leaves you much chance to breath before springing another traumatic event your way.

Every season the same handful of recurring actors are brought back to life with different characteristics. Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, and Sarah Paulson have appeared in every season up to now, but rumours show that Jessica Lange may not be making an appearance in the upcoming season Hotel.

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The first season of the FX television series aired in 2011

Certain stories in AHS are actually inspired by true crimes that have happened in the past. In season one, the Black Dahlia storyline was true and based on an aspiring actress who was brutally killed in 1947.

Season 2 showed Alma and Kit a couple who were inspired by Betty and Barney Hill, a famous interracial couple who claimed they were abducted by aliens in the 60’s.

The Axeman of New Orleans was a real serial killer. The letter Danny Huston’s character types during The Axeman Cometh is the same letter the real Axeman penned back in 1919, asking people to play jazz or ‘get the axe.’

Almost all performers are inspired by real “freaks.” Freak Show draws inspiration from past performers, even Twisty is similar to John Wayne Gacy, the infamous “killer clown.”

This is what makes the show unique, it doesn’t follow traditional TV horror shows.

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Three is the magic number for cup winners

THIRD YEAR IN A ROW: The team celebrate winning the Northern Conference Cup once again

THIRD YEAR IN A ROW: The team celebrate winning the Northern Conference Cup once again

THE Teesside University mens’ basketball are celebrating bringing home silverware once more.

The team won the BUSC Northern Conference Cup beat Chester University 77-74 in a thrilling final at Maiden Castle Sports Hall in Durham.

This is the third year in a row that the side have won the coveted competition.

Club chairman Thompson Charuma was ecstatic after retaining the cup.

Thompson said: “Considering we had lost a lot of senior players, it has really been a great team effort with everyone paying their role.

“All of our hard work this season has paid off in both the league and the cup.

“In the league, we’ve done really well.

“However, after three years undefeated in the cup, I’m quite speechless!”

It was a case of deja vu for the basketball side, having won the Northern Conference Cup last year in Leeds.

The side won last year’s final after beating Salford University 100-96 in double overtime.

Just like last year, the 2015 final was an incredibly close encounter with just three points in it between the two finalists.

However, it was Teesside that would win the cup for the third season running.

The side has been a force reckoned both in the cup and the league, looking to win league after coming up short last year.

But with a third cup in a row, the Teesside Univeristy Men’s basketball team have left a huge impact on the BUCS.

It’s been a hugely successful year in sports for the university.

Along with the success of the basketball side, the Teesside women’s hockey team won their league in convincing fashion going through the entire season unbeaten.

Teesside University have had quite the season in the world of sports.


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Conquering women’s basketball team capture league title

CHAMPIONS: The women’s team who had a dominating year, winning the title and making their mark

CHAMPIONS: The women’s team who had a dominating year, winning the title and making their mark

THE Teesside Women’s team have capped off a dominating season, by securing promotion and losing just once in a historic season for the players.

The University team won the BUCS Basketball Northern 3B Division in March, wrapping up the season by beating the Newcastle University Womens 2nd team 49-37.

The team’s league win also earned them promotion to Division 2 for the new season.

Captain Karen Daley praised the team’s efforts after a hugely successful season for the side.

“It feels really good to have won the league.

“If you had said to me when we started playing last year that we would have won the league this year, I wouldn’t have believed you!”

“We’ve developed a lot from last year but this year we played very well and it’s gone pretty well for us.

Karen says the team have become a lot closer both on-and-off the court, contributing to their success.

Karen said: “I think we’re a lot closer as a team as it’s not just about basketball.

“We got out together and we’ve become a lot closer and better friends.

“We all push each other and support each other which helped up improve.”

The team won all but one of their games this season, with the only loss of the season coming against York St. John University.

Despite losing the chance to end the season unbeaten, Karen is still proud of the accomplishments of the team.

Karen said: “We would have liked to go through the season winning all the matches but at the end of the day, we got the job done and won the league.

“We just have to take that on board and try to improve on that next season!”

“The men’s team have always had a great team and this is the first year that the women have won anything.

“That motivated us and a lot of us come from quite good teams and that motivated us to do well for Teesside too.”

The league win also earned them promotion to Division 2.

Karen is relishing the chance to go up against stronger competition.

“It’s gonna be good and going to be a challenge.

“We’re looking forward to going up against better teams and hopefully that’ll push us and make us better as well.”

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Adam Reach: ‘The Premier League is very much in sight’


AMBITIOUS: Reach wants to be playing with Middlesbrough in the Premier League this time next season

Middlesbrough winger Adam Reach believes it will be a disappointing season if the club do not get promoted to the Premier League.

In an exlcusive interview with Tside, Reach spoke about the teams ambitions this season, his break in the first team and his previous loan spells.

Reach made a blistering start to his Middlesbrough career scoring on his first team debut against Doncaster Rovers in final game of the 2010/2011 season.

Since then he has gone on to make 64 appearances in all competitions scoring five goals.

Reach said that despite a recent wobble in form, promotion to the Premier League is very much in the hands of the team.

He said: “We are joint top of the league at the minute and the Premier League is very much in sight.

“We’ve got 10 games left now so we do need to enjoy this part of the season, pick the points up and hopefully get promoted like we all want.

“We’ve got big games coming after big games coming up so you don’t want to be looking at the table and seeing other results. You have to get on with your own.

“For me personally, I’m just going to enjoy this part of the season. This time last year I was playing against teams like Crawley and Stevenage.

“I think if we play with our same confidence and concentration then we will be okay.”

Reach went out on loan to Shrewsbury Town and Bradford City last season to give himself a chance of first team action and impressed in his time at both clubs.

Having broken into the first team this season, Reach added that hard work has eventually paid off for him.

“It’s all about timing in football. Opinions matter a lot as well.

“I’ve been out on loan, got the experience and I think this season I came back a different person with a different sense of confidence.

“I see this season as progression and I want to keep improving from next season onwards. I’m only 22 so its about learning and improving as a player.

“I’ll try play my best for the rest of this season, work hard in the summer and hopefully I’ll be playing with Middlesbrough in the Premier League.”

Reach has been one of Middlesbrough’s star performers in different stages of the season and was thrust into the limelight scoring the equaliser in their historic Capital One Cup clash with Liverpool.

Despite receiving a lot plaudits this season, Reach insists that he doesn’t let it get to his head and tries to get on with his football.

“I’m the type of player who likes to keep myself to myself to I don’t get too over the top with things like that.

“If anyone is praising you, you just take it as a complement and makes you want to keep going to get even more.

“When I scored that goal at Liverpool, it didn’t even register. It was just all shock.

“I’m not exactly known for my headers. I just found myself in there and it went in. But thats what we want, more nights like that.”

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Teesside student leads England futsal charge

RUNNING THE SHIP: Ben proudly captaining the England Fustal team as he and his side march on

RUNNING THE SHIP: Ben proudly captaining the England Fustal team as he and his side march on

A TEESSIDE graduate is looking forward to leading the English futsal charge as the side targets the next World Cup.

Ben Mortlock is currently the Captain of the England Futsal national side and has been in the fold since 2008.

The former Teesside University student has had a long history with the sport.

Ben started playing futsal in a Sunday League team in Grimsby.

He took his love for the sport to Teesside University, joining the Middlesbrough Futsal Club set up the year he first began studying there in 2005.

Ben is very grateful to not only the university but also Damon Shaw, owner of the team, for helping him take his talents to new heights.

Ben said: “They put the funding in when we needed it and the university campus and facilities were integral, because it was perfect for our sports playing there.”

In 2006, he went to trials for the Great Britain University team to take part in the World Universities Futsal Championship in Poland.

When Ben left Teesside in 2008, Ben got into the England set up along with fellow Middlesbrough Futsal player Curtis Holmes.

Ben now currently leads the charge as captain and is grateful to have the support of the club and manager Peter Sturgess.

Ben said: “It’s an amazing thing to be able to captain your country.

“The most valuable thing for me is the faith the manager has got in me after I’ve played for him for seven years and the players have been very supportive.

“I find it more important the fact the lads and the manager have got a lot of respect for me and obviously to lead your country is amazing.”

Ben and the rest of the team have just competed in the qualifying preliminary rounds of the UEFA Futsal European Championships in Malta.

The team went unbeaten for the last eight games in the tournament, but went out on goal difference to the eventual group winners Latvia.

Ben said it was disappointing to go out in that manner, especially having ended the campaign on such a high.

Ben said: “To go out in goal difference is disappointing but when you get the better end of the fustal tournaments, you need to be a bit more clinical and we didn’t do enough.”

England are now looking forward to the 2016 Futsal World Cup as the preliminary rounds start later this year.

Ben is relishing the preliminaries and welcomes any and all competition on the road to the finals in Colombia.

Ben said: “We don’t mind who we play and to be honest, we’re not really afraid of anyone.

“There are a few teams like France that we’d like to avoid in the draw for the preliminaries but this our chance to make people take notice.”

Ben believes that the sport has grown in popularity in the UK over the last few years, particularly in the North-East.

With the likes of the Middlesbrough Futsal club, the options are there for people to get into the sport.

He advises those in the region to make use of the growing futsal scene in Teesside, with plenty of opportunities to get involved.

Ben said: “In Middlesbrough, futsal’s really quite big.

“It’s a great place to get involved in futsal, there’s a lot going on and I think there’s a couple of local leagues and the facilities at Teesside are great for it.

“There’s also places you can play around the area and get involved with so students of Teesside, Middlesbrough is a great place to get started.”


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Teesside University hosts a vintage extravaganza

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VINTAGE HEAVEN – Teesside University students showing an interest in handmade bow ties.

OVER 20 local businesses took Teeside University back to 1940’s Britain.

Entrepreneurs At Tees collaborated with Lottie & Jack Vintage to bring local businesses to the Teesside University Vintage Fair to exhibit and sell their merchandise.

From crafts, homemade foods to vintage clothing Middlesbrough businesses showcased their wonderful produce.

Culture and Showbiz Editor for Tside Natalie Devonshire went along to the event.


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