On that day

Big-spending Boro undone by no-show

April 24, 2009
By John Brewin
Middlesbrough currently find themselves staring down the abyss of relegation, their first in twelve years. This season's travails have largely resulted from an inexperienced group of players failing to compete with better funded clubs while their young manager falters. Many in the game see their imminent demise as understandable given the club's debts and a lack of resources.

By contrast, at the end of 1996-97, a big-spending Boro lost their Premier League status after reaching the finals ...

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