BREAKING NEWS: BORO have completed the signing of Cameroon international defender André Bikey on a one-year contract, with a further year's option, following a training period with the club

Thursday, September 13, 2012

12- Bikey Signs For Boro

BORO have completed the signing of Cameroon international defender André Bikey on a one-year contract, with a further year's option, following a training period with the club.
Free agent Bikey, who has played in the Premier League for both Reading and Burnley, becomes Boro's 12th signing of one of the busiest summers in club history.

The 27-year-old spent a period on loan with Bristol City and played a pivotal role in the Robins' survival last term, featuring in seven of their last eight fixtures, during which time City were unbeaten.

He has represented his country more than 20 times and his versatility will add to Tony Mowbray's options after Rhys Williams' long-term injury.

"I'm excited about the chance of helping Middlesbrough get back into the Premier League," says Bikey. "The club just missed out on the play-offs last season and I can sense the ambition to go one better this year."

Manager Tony Mowbray said: "André is a player I have liked for a long time. He is a different type of centre-half to what we have got.

"He is a very powerful defender who has real physicality and he also has good technical ability. André hasn't played a great deal of football in the last year but when he gets up to speed our supporters will see the qualities he possesses."

His full family name is André Bikey-Amougou but the name that will appear on his shirt is simply 'Bikey'. 

Andre Bikey - Photo by Graham Bell

Friday, August 24, 2012

11 - Ishmael Joins On Loan

STRIKER Ishmael Miller is delighted to be reunited with Tony Mowbray after joining Boro on a season's loan from Nottingham Forest. 

The powerfully-built 25-year-old renews a successful acquaintance with Mowbray, having enjoyed the most successful spell of his career to date when the Boro manager was his boss at West Brom.

Miller, who is 6ft 3ins tall, began his career with hometown club Manchester City but his career took off after he joined up with Mowbray on loan at The Hawthorns in July 2007. He scored seven goals in 21 league games and was called into the England U-21squad.

His form led to a move to the Baggies on a permanent basis for £1.4m in the January transfer window that season and now he's hoping to repeat that success with Boro.
"I'm very happy and excited to be reunited with Tony Mowbray and Mark Venus," Miller told this afternoon.

"Tony gave me my first shot of playing regular first-team football and I will always be grateful to him for that.
"Playing for Tony was the best time of my career so far."

Miller spent 14 months on the sidelines with a cruciate knee ligament injury sustained after a clash with Portsmouth goalkeeper David James in December 2008. He later went on loan to Queens Park Rangers, helping Neil Warnock's side win the Championship title.

He moved on to Forest for an initial fee of £1.2m in August 2011 and he scored four goals in 13 starts for the Midlands club last season.
"I have had a few injuries but hopefully they are now all behind me. I'm feeling great and feeling strong," Miller said.

"I'm just relishing the opportunity to play for Boro. I was excited when I heard Tony Mowbray was interested in me. I had a few different options, but Tony knows what I can do and I really enjoy working with him. 

"I like the style of football his teams play and he also made me a better player. I would have liked to work with him for longer and now I have that opportunity.

"I had ups and downs with Forest but I am very grateful to them. They are a massive club with a great fan base and wish them all the best.

"Tony Mowbray is clearly stamping his own authority on the team and hopefully I can show the fans what I can do."

Ishmael Miller - Photo-Graham Bell, MFC

Sunday, August 19, 2012

10 - Boro Beat Premier For Josh

 JOSH McEACHRAN turned down offers from the Premier League to choose Boro for the next stage of his development as one of the most exciting young talents in English football.

The 19-year-old had plenty of attractive alternatives, but not for the first time this summer, manager Tony Mowbray beat off the competition, convincing him to come to the Riverside.

"The competition was quite stiff, not just from the Championship but Premier League clubs also wanted to take him on board," said Mowbray.

"The boy felt he needed to come and play some football and we'll give him the platform to do that if his performance levels warrant it.

"I've spoken to a few of the Chelsea staff and they appreciate the way we like to play and the reputation we have, and I think that helped our cause.

"He went on loan to Swansea last season and didn't play, for whatever reason. Hopefully we can find the right environment for him to come here and impact on our team and help us."

McEachran trained with his new team-mates on Monday after a agreeing a one-year loan deal and goes straight into the squad for the first home game of the season, against Burnley.

But while Mowbray is delighted with is new recruit, he says it's important to keep it in perspective and he won't be piling too much pressure on the England U-21 international.

"He's only a very young by who has bags and bags of talent and he has to apply that talent on the Championship stage," he said.

"It's different to the Premier League, it's more hurly-burly. Whether he can cope with that physically is a challenge for him, of course, but with the ball he will make some good decisions and there will be some passes that can make an impact for our team.

"He's in the squad, he's fit, he's been on a pre-season tour with Chelsea and played three or four games over in America.

"I see no reason why he can't come straight in and we'll see if he makes an impact."

McEachran was recently handed a five-year contract by the Blues, who clearly rate him as one of the future.

"Chelsea see it as a development for the boy," said Mowbray. "I've always liked his talent. He'll bring ball-retention, he's a very technical and creative footballer.

"He's a young guy I think has an interesting future in the English game and I can see him being a top, top player in a few years' time.

"Hopefully his ability will rub off on our team. Josh can pick and see passes and he's not in the Mustpaha Carayol mode, who's fast and dynamic and can go past players, he's a player with a lovely appreciation of the football. But I'm sure he will help our cause."

Meanwhile, Mowbray is working hard to make a further breakthrough in the transfer market before the August 31 deadline.

"We probably do need at least another one in," he said.

Josh McEachran - Photo-Graham Bell, MFC

Saturday, August 18, 2012

9 - Jayson Signs Two-Year Deal

 SWISS goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler was on the bench for Boro's opening game at Barnsley after completing his move.

The 6ft 4ins tall former Basel player has been on trial with Boro for much of the summer as Tony Mowbray looked for back-up for number one choice Jason Steele.

A Swiss U-20 international, Leutwiler has won two caps at that level and has also been called into U-23 squads.

He has signed a two-year contract.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Bury 1 - 2 Boro - League Cup

Scorers  Emnes, 33; Ledesma, 61; Hughes, 63.

 Bury Carson; Skarz, Sweeney, Worrall, Schumacher (Capt), Bishop (John-Lewis 77), Carrington (Marshall 63), Elford-Alliyu (Cullen 67), Sodje, Hughes, Jones. Subs Belford (gk); Picken, Lockwood, Jones, John-Lewis.

 Middlesbrough Steele; Hoyte, R Williams (Capt.), Woodgate, Friend, Bailey, Thomson, Leadbitter, Carayol (Reach 46), Emnes, Ledesma (L Williams. 61). Subs Ripley (gk); McManus, Halliday, Park, Maine.

Referee Mick Russell, Hertfordshire.

Sent-off: Sodje, 90+2, foul on Luke Williams.


Bury None

Middlesbrough None

Attendance 2,964 (1,121 Boro) Conditions Warm and dry with a very gentle breeze.

Website Boro Man of the Match Grant Leadbitter

MFC-SG Man Of Match Kevin Thomson

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Squad Numbers For 2012/13

*Hightlight New Signing.

1 Jason STEELE
2 Justin HOYTE
4 George FRIEND
5 Merouane ZEMMAMA
6 Stephen McMANUS
9 Marvin EMNES
10 Nicky BAILEY
11 Emmanuel LEDESMA
15 Seb HINES
19 Mustapha CARAYOL
20 Julio ARCA
21 Stuart PARNABY
23 Curtis MAIN
24 Cameron PARK
25 Adam REACH
27 Scott McDONALD
31 Connor RIPLEY
33 Richard SMALLWOOD
38 Faris HAROUN
39 Jonathan WOODGATE 

Shooter Met Tony Mowbray and Steve Gibson

Singapore Boro Supporters… 

Peter “shooter” Schott, the Chairman of the Middlesbrough F C Singapore Supporters Club visited the Riverside in April this year and was honored to be invited into Mr Steve Gibson’s box for the home game against Southampton.

What an excellent day, the atmosphere in the Stadium was electric and once the team had overcome the disappointment of conceding an early goal…Boro went on to be worthy winners and certainly looked like EPL contenders…that game is now history, the 2012/13 season is upon us and never have we anticipated so much before the start of a campaign, some astute purchases by TM and lots of energy and talent from the magnificent pool of local academy players…surely, EPL is within our grasp! 

Thank you Steve Gibson, good luck TM and all the players, staff and loyal fans at the Boro, the Asian support remains strong and devoted. 

Ariff Ahmad 
Middlesbrough FC 
Official Singapore Supporters Club 

Peter & Tony Mowbray

Peter & Steve Gibson

Friday, August 3, 2012

8 - Justin Re-Joins

JUSTIN Hoyte became Boro's eighth close season signing when he agreed a new two-year contract this afternoon. 

 Hoyte, whose current deal expired earlier this summer, has been training with the rest of the squad for several weeks and is expected to be in action against York City tomorrow in David McGurk's benefit game at Bootham Crescent.

 "It's great to get everything signed and now I can concentrate on the new season," says the 27-year-old defender who joined Boro from Arsenal four years ago following a season-long loan with Sunderland.

 "We have a lot of new faces and there is a great atmosphere in the dressing room. There is competition throughout the whole squad and that will drive everyone on to do well.

 "Middlesbrough is a fantastic club and I have really enjoyed my time here. The North-East is now my second home and I feel very settled in the area.

 "I really believe we can make a strong challenge this season and I'm looking forward to playing my part."

 Manager Tony Mowbray says: "Justin has been training with us for a few weeks and he brings qualities to the squad, which is all about balance.

 "Every player has strengths and weaknesses and I feel the balance of our squad will be enhanced by the strengths he brings. One of his qualities is his superb athleticism."

 Hoyte, a former England U-21 international, has made 108 appearances since joining from Arsenal and is versatile enough to play in both full-back positions.

Justin Hoyte - Photo-Camersport

Thursday, August 2, 2012

7 - Boro Seal Mustapha Deal

Middlesbrough have completed the signing of winger Mustapha Carayol from Bristol Rovers for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old, Boro's seventh summer signing, has put pen to paper on a three-year contract at the Riverside Stadium.

Boro manager Tony Mowbray told the club's official website: "I'm delighted that he's agreed to sign for us as there was competition for his signature from within the Championship.

 "I see him as young, exciting player who can give us a different dimension and option. I'm looking forward to seeing him perform for us.

 "He's played his entire career so far at a lower level, but I see the potential for him to be an exciting addition to our squad and I'm sure he will excite the fans and be a player they can enjoy watching."

Carayol, who follows Christian Burgess, George Friend, Grant Leadbitter, Emmanuel Ledesma, Stuart Parnaby and Jonathan Woodgate into the Riverside, started out at Swindon, moved on to MK Dons and has had spells at Torquay, Lincoln and Rovers.

Mustapha Carayol - Phoito-Graham Bell, MFC

6 - New Friend of Boro!

BORO have completed the signing of Doncaster Rovers defender George Friend for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old left-back or centre-back completed his medical at Rockliffe Park after agreeing a three-year contract.

Friend becomes Tony Mowbray's sixth summer signing following the arrival of Grant Leadbitter, Stuart Parnaby, Christian Burgess, Jonathan Woodgate and Emmanuel Ledesma.

Boro beat off competition from two other Championship clubs to secure the highly-rated Doncaster captain, who was named Player of the Year and Player's Player of the Year at The Keepmoat Stadium last season.

"I think George will be a good signing for us," says Mowbray. "He's a versatile player who can play at centre-half and left-back. He's very athletic and very mobile and has all the attributes you look for in a player.

"He's going to create really good competition to get into our side."

Friend believes his move to Boro will boost his chances of playing in the Premier League again. He savoured a brief taste of the top flight with Wolves as a youngster and is anxious for more.

"Middlesbrough finished just outside the play-off places last season and Tony Mowbray is building a really strong squad here," he says.

"I took that into account when deciding to move here because my ambition is to help this club achieve promotion.

"It has been fairly crucial to make then right choice, and a big attraction was how the manager (Mowbray) likes to play football. I've seen what he has done at previous clubs and his teams like to pass the ball. "I hope I fit into that category and I can't wait for the season to start.

"The manager has made some quality signings this summer and these are exciting times for Middlesbrough."

Barnstaple-born Friend started his career at Exeter City and helped the West Country side regain their Football League status with a Conference play-off triumph over Cambridge United at Wembley in 2008.

George Friend - Photo-Graham Bell, MFC