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WINTERS WORLD FEATURING A CHOICE BETWEEN MIDDLESBROUGH OR RANGERS
25th August 2014

Sunday and before settling down to a day in front of the TV watching the football ventured to the baths to watch Oliver have his swimming lesson. Waste of time, he looked tired and just wasn't having any. Tantrum, that judging by who his father and Grandpa are is obviously in the genes!

Still the Aguero last minute second goal for Manchester City got me a "late goal" double up after Daniel Sturridge's winner for Liverpool. At least that provided me with some stake money for the next two nights "investments".

Monday and I start to doubt my own mind. Clyde at home in the "Whatever it's called Cup" in front of what will definitely be the smallest crowd I've seen at Ibrox or stay at home and watch the game on TV. No decision really, sarnies packed and off up the road again. Fuck the boardroom politics, the quality of play, the tactics etc etc, its all about supporting the team. Well that's my view!

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A tweet asked me the question: "What happened to the we'll support them from the pavements, mentality?" Good point, mind you the club could have helped; with the kids still off school a 10 admission and incentive for children could have helped boost the attendance.

It was Sarah, Cameron and myself making the trip today and after the problems around the Metro centre last Friday we headed off via the scenic route to avoid any delays. It worked and we were soon (three hours later) parked up easily near the ground. Sarah and I headed to the Ibrox Bar and Cam to the WRC.

You really wouldn't have thought that there was a game on. The Copland Front was probably the most densely populated area in the ground but the numbers didn't protect you from the wind. It was Baltic.

Pleased to see Simmo in goal as I've always thought that you should keep your number two keeper match fit, I later found out it was change out of necessity as Bell was injured. Not happy with the show boat pony playing and that was going to get worse later on in the night.

Apart from being fucking useless and gifting yet another gaol to the opposition he was guilty of far worse. I felt for Clyde, they were totally outclassed and Rangers didn't ease up but that is no excuse for taking the piss.

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The Red faction were up for it, an expectant victory against the Owls. Our collective hopes were soon battered, just like Boro's defence.

Keeping possession and running them ragged is one thing but taking the piss with crowd pleasing flicks and back heels is not on. He fully deserved a couple of "polite" reminders from Fergie's men late on, then the coward rolls round on the ground like the fanny that he is. I'm sorry but if we are going to beat the Hibs and Hearts of this division this man has to go!

It was a procession and far too easy, but perhaps the Rangers of the last two seasons would have struggled to get the first goal and kick on. Yes it could have and should have been double figures but let's not be greedy.

With Rangers to win both halves, to win to nil and to win by four or more goals all looking good at half time I decided on further investment; Nicky Clark to score first goal of the second half, he went inches wide with a clever header then got crocked! My bet lasted ten minutes. Much amusement to the Leven lads but they had an even better laugh as Moshni gifted the late consolation goal. Nasty bastards!!

Benefit of small crowds, no traffic, so away and down the road, passengers dropped off home for a large one and bed by 2am. Yet another good day out following the Bears.

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Saturday afternoon and I had chosen the Riverside for Boro v Sheffield Wednesday rather than Ibrox. Big mistake!

Tuesday and match number four in five days, a trip to Bolton to hopefully watch Boro get back on track after the undeserved setback at Leeds. Another good away following over 1,200 taking the total to around 4,500 that have followed the Boro in the last eight days to three away games.

That combined with four home games in the month of August, it's certainly been an expensive month for the Boro faithful.

The car was packed with the Gazette and Northern Echo's finest, the banter was sharp but there wasn't perhaps the air of misplaced confidence as on Saturday going to Leeds.

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Just under 2,000 Sheffield Wednesday supporters made the trip to the Riverside on Saturday afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed themselves as their side thrashed Boro.

We arrived over two and half hours before kick off and approaching the main entrance were then sent 180 degrees round to the far side of the ground to pick up our passes before having to make the return back to the press entrance. Seemed a bit silly!

Still they provide decent scran, with sausages, potatoes and veg. Bit of banter with Iain Dowie who was working for Sky then took my seat in the Gods. Another case of expecting a midget as the leg room was guaranteed to stop blood circulating.

With our game kicking off later than other Championship games I was hopeful that my Acca tracker would soon be bleeping to advise me of goals in games on my Goals Galore coupon. It was to be an unsuccessful night as one team let me down in a couple of games. There was eventually going to be success at Bolton though.

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Blow the whistle ref, my Rangers to win to nil is safe!! That is until the umpteeneth Moshni fuck up gifts Clyde a last kick goal. The man is a fucking liability!

Boro started brightly as at Leeds, smooth pacy passing but with only one man up front there was little support from midfield. Bolton were dangerous in counter attacks and when Craig Davies burst clear and was tripped in the penalty area I feared the worst for Seb Hines.

He had to go, but he and Boro got lucky, possibly a game changer and Boro got back into it when former Boro favourite David Wheater handed us an equaliser on a plate.

Boro got on top again and late on came one of those magical moments; Kike's late winner secured three winning bets. A late goal, the third goal in the game and an anytime Kike goal, thank you very much.

Boro fans had been in good voice, with one of my favourites, "Sit down you scruffy cxxx's" being used to goad the home supporters ending with a witty impromptu "Just like in Cardiff we beat you 2-1".

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Good to see Steve Simonson get a game at Ibrox on Monday, I thought it was a sensible move to keep in fresh but then found out Cammy Bell was injured! Not so happy that Moshni was playing.

Post match Dougie Freedman was livid and rightly so, still shit happens and after Saturday perhaps the old suggestion that things and decisions even themselves out might be true.

Early night; was in bed before 1.30am. A few days break from football now until Saturday and the day when after watching Boro and Rangers first nine games of the season the choice had to made as both teams are playing on the same day.

Thursday and Friday no football so enjoyed the company of my Grandson, Saturday and missing my first Rangers game of the season. The choice was the Riverside to watch Boro take on Sheffield Wednesday. That was to be a big mistake as whilst Rangers eased to another comfortable victory against Dumbarton despite again conceding another late goal Boro put in a totally out of character horror show.

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Monday evening and the long trip once again to Ibrox to watch Rangers take on Barry Ferguson's Clyde in the Challenge Cup for a place in the quarter finals!

Confidence was high but Boro just didn't turn up and another cock up from our Spanish flapper gifted the Owls an opener. Then they just walked all over us.

One up front isolated the defence all over the place and midfield ran ragged. Fortunately on the betting front an early goal, a late goal, a Leadbitter goal and more than three goals made it a profitable afternoon, the only good thing to come out of it!!

Watched the racing and Sky Plussed Rugby League Challenge Cup final then went to the pub to drown my sorrows!!

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A sparsely populated Ibrox on Monday evening. Whatever happened to the "We'll watch them from the pavements" attitude??

THE WEEK AHEAD

Sunday speaking in Bradford, Bank Holiday Monday and weather permitting out with Oliver for the day.

Tuesday another day of choice, unfortunately Sedgefield is an evening meeting so cant do that as both Rangers and Boro are playing. Cup ties that hopefully will see both sides progress. I'm back at the Riverside to see Andy Little's Preston.

Wednesday Catterick races, Thursday childminding then Friday attending and speaking at a Junior football club's Golf Day at Washington. Saturday and I'm lounge guest for Jim Platt for Boro v Reading. Then as it's an international break so off to Madeira for a week.

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A third away game in eight days but still 1,297 Boro fans make the journey across the Pennines to Bolton on Tuesday night.

Are you planning a Speakers Evening or fundraiser? You can be assured that as well as speaking I will give maximum help to fundraising on the evening with my auctioneering skills, contact me regarding availability on jeffwinter@jeffwinterentertainmentandmedia.co.uk.

Just a thought, nowadays many smaller organisations have stopped doing Sportman's evenings mainly due to the economic recession and the increasing costs. If your club doesn't have the numbers to support the traditional speakers evening then why not book me for a one man show, I regularly do these, my normal After Dinner slot followed by a Q & A session and fundraising activities. I can assure you there is more than enough content to fill the night.

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Tuesday evening and my fourth game in five days as Bolton and Boro enter the field of play before their Championship clash.

My charity account for MND is still open and taking donations to try and raise funds for the society that works so hard to help people suffering from the disease and I am still hoping people will contribute. Please help me help them.

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Have a good week.

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In it together - the Boro players acknowledge the fans support after securing three points at Bolton.





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