BILLY'S CONTRACT looks at our neighbours


Borer fans are something else. Only beaten at home once, currently (albeit temporarily) riding second in the Championship table, and their crowd attendances are really appalling.


Just before Christmas they had a top of the table clash with The Happy Hammers. I would have expected around 28K in attendance. The crowd was 18K (1.5K from West Ham).

On Boxing Day they played Hull, and got a respectable 27K which was the best crowd they have had at The Cellnet since Manure play there three seasons back. (What? Only 27K to see Man Utd with Rooney/Scholes/Ronaldo etc?) Out of the 27K who attended the Hull game, 3.5 travelled up from nearby Humberside, but all the same 24K Borer fans is not bad by their standards."I hate the Boro with a passion, so much so that if they were playing Darlo in the Champions League final I would be shouting for The Loids."

It turns out that they beat Hull, and had another home game a few days later against lowly Peterboro. If other results went their way on the day, the Borer could be joint top of the league going into the New Year. All the perfect ingredients for a bumper crowd for the Smoggies.

As it turned out, a bumper Crowd of 18,899 turned up, almost 9K down on the previous home game. What is going on there? All I can say is it a good job they are near the top of the table other than anywhere else in that league - can you imagine what their crowds would be? Contrast to West Ham, who despite dropping in to the Championship regularly get crowds of 30k plus.

Postscript

As many regular readers know, I hate the Boro with a passion, so much so that if they were playing Darlo in the Champions League final I would be shouting for The Loids.

That said, I do like Tony Mowbray, and I take my hat off to him for taking a team of no-hopers to the dizzy heights they currently occupy. However my worst nightmare would have been attending the Middlesbrough v Peterborough fixture on New Year’s Eve. Could you imagine the pain of having to listen to two lots of supporters from opposite ends of the country singing in that neanderthal way “Come on Boro, come on Boro, come on...”