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WINTERS WORLD IN PHOTOS FEATURING UPS AND DOWNS WITH MIDDLESBROUGH AND RANGERS PROMOTION IS STILL ON
7th April 2015

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Monday and before heading to The Riverside for the Under 21 International game between England and Germany, I enjoyed the company for the fifth day running. He presented me with a pose that was immediately made my new wallpaper for my phone.

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Under 21 international at The Riverside. Don't get injured Ben Gibson!

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Germany ready to kick off at The Riverside. I'm sure all players have to be in their own half of the field of play!!

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It's surprising what sensible pricing can achieve; over 30,000 at the Riverside. High pitched screaming all night but a great way to get youngsters to a game and involved without breaking the bank.

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The first twenty minutes of the game were uneventful to put it mildly. Neither side looking like they wanted to do much other than keep possession, mind you the Germans looked more at ease with the ball and we were somewhat ponderous.

It was no surprise when the visitors took the lead and it was a magnificent first time shot from Kaiserslautern's birthday boy Philipp Hoffmann that put them in front. Above we see the England players returning after celebrating another good finish from Derby loanee Jesse Lingard that squared the game up at 1-1. Two early goals made my punt on three or more goals in the game look promising.

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Pesky Germans, celebrating in front of the North Stand after Hofmann grabbed their second to help them regain the lead.

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You'd have thought you were at a Coldplay concert as the stands displayed the eerie light show, no doubt hundreds of parents were fleeced by the street traders along with the scarfs etcetera. It has to be done. Won't be long before I'm introducing Oliver to watching football.

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After a second equaliser from Nathan Redmond, James Ward Prowse scored and the players rush to congratulate him. The late goals got my second bet of the evening up into the bargain, the only one that didn't come up was a nostalgic punt @ 16/1 on Ben Gibson to score, he came very close though.

Thousands of youngsters were taught the age old Teesside tradition of leaving early to get for a pint and come full time probably half of the 30,000 were heading homeward.

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Memories. Gareth Southgate at a post match press conference at the Riverside. Gentleman, looks and sounds much more confident than in his final beleaguered days as Boro boss. Hope he continues to have success. Sadly the England team was made up mostly of Championship players; a sad indictment of the Premier league and their policy of not giving home grown talent a chance.

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Wednesday evening and I received a selfie from old mate Howard Webb in Dallas. Pictured with him is an old drinking mate of mine from the Master Cooper.

Our Tuesday nights were special, don't know how he managed to train the following day. I didn't recognise him from the photo but its Gary Hamilton the former Boro midfield battler. Still remembers his time on Teesside very fondly.

Thursday evening and a Sportsman's Dinner at Shotton Hall for Peterlee Cricket Club, requested by good friend, Hartlepool United's Press Officer Mark Simpson. The guys a workaholic, puts a very good shift in for Pools but is equally dedicated to organising the annual fund raiser for the local cricket club.

Packed room close to 200, 50 up on last year. Must be the choice of speaker!!! Comedian, my mate Mick Munroe, mc'd by Phil Dunn another top guy, would be good to hear him back on the mike at Victoria Park!! Great audience, one table of arseholes at the back though. Why do people pay good money to attend a function then choose to behave like twats? They got both barrels and didn't spoil it for everyone else.

Unbelievable auction, usually bidders are limited but nigh on every table got stuck in, generosity that shows their support for the local community club. Despite only 20 miles up the road, it was 1.40am before I got home. Still hyper so a large stiff one and Eastenders before retiring for a few hours before the start of a football based Easter weekend.

The Riverside was going to be first port of call on Good Friday, then home to watch Sky Plussed Wigan v St Helens, a few races then Ipswich v Bournemouth followed by Derby v Watford. Fuck me, I didn't get time to go to mass!!!

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Good Friday and the start of a day that was going to have a rather strong sporting influence, Sky Plussed racing, Wigan v St Helen's, Ipswich v Bournemouth and Derby v Ipswich, before that though the little matter of a trip to The Riverside. I can't remember the last time I was so nervous going to a game. Surely we would beat struggling Wigan!!

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Isn't there some bollocks about the luck of seeing a black cat, or letting a lady bird fly home? I don't know if it extends to tiny spiders, but the one that rested on Eric Paylor's team sheet was spared a squashing as anything that helped Boro's promotion push had to be humoured. This is most definitely squeaky bum time.

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Here we go, the waiting over, now for the match, we usually don't beat Wigan, today just had to be different.

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Oh dear me, there's a piece of shit on the Riverside pitch today!!

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The second biggest home support of the season at the Riverside watch the kick off against Wigan. They were backed by a bumper away following by the standards, 457!!

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Celebration time as fans and players rejoice after Patrick Bamford's early opener. There should have been more goals but one was enough. I still fear that our inability to finish teams off and take our chances could cost us dearly. Hopefully not for the first time in my life I'll be totally wrong.

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Needs must and the annoying tactic of ball retention near the corner flag helps see out time and move Boro back to the top of the table. Home now to watch Watford and Bournemouth.

I had a feeling now that this was going to be our day. I'd picked up on Jordan Hugill scoring for Hartlepool, somewhat belatedly after last weekend's betting injustice. A 25/1 winner on the gee-gee's and now we needed late goals and all teams to score in evening matches.

Never in doubt. More importantly Boro did stay top of the league, now we've got to stay there till the end of the season. I've booked a week away but delayed departure until after the Fulham game. Travelling back through the night to the airport is a small price to pay to follow the Boro back to the promised land.

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Jelle Vossen is popular with the Boro fans, but also with his home supporters. 60 FC Genk lads made the pilgrimage to Teesside to see their star forward in action at the Riverside. Hope they enjoy our weak beer during their stay.

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Saturday and the one football free day of Easter. Took advantage of the better weather and headed to Whitby. Oliver never far away from a fire engine.

Bad news though - Lady Ibrox has kicked the side of her stable rendering herself lame and out of the aimed for very winnable run at Redcar on Easter Monday. As our trainer stated, if there wasn't bad luck he'd have no luck at all!!! At least it meant I would be able to fully concentrate on matters in front of me on the pitch at Vicarage Road instead of trying to do that as well as watch the race on my phone.

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Sunday morning and up at 6.30am, a couple of pick ups and just over three hours later parked up at the Rolls Royce club and reday for Rangers v Hearts.

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Situated in the corner of the lower Sandy Jardine close to the Blue Order lads, so a noisy afternoon was guaranteed.

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Signs that the good old days are returning, off the field progress, on the field much better and in the stands a renewed confidence. So much better than what has happened earlier this season. On the pitch things could just be coming good at the right time.

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Confidence appears to be back, easy to lay the blame on Ally and heap praise on Stuart McCall. More than that though, the feel good factor is back and that atmosphere created by the fans being back on side is very significant.

Footballers are affected by the vibes coming from the stands, empty seats and groans at every misplaced pass don't help. Today was going to be a perfect example.

The fans were there in the first half to support the team, but more importantly towards the end after Jig's needless sending off left us hanging on after Hearts pulled one back.

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They came to gloat, but Hearts fans got a reminder that the Rangers are coming back. Got a funny feeling that the normal pecking order will soon be restored, with Hearts and the others playing for third place.

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You're not singing anymore! I am though as Newcastle loanee Vuckic gets my anytime scorer bet up. The bookie overpaid me as well, Result!!

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Full time at Ibrox and it's bouncing, real good buzz about the place, now for a three hour drive home before an even earlier start on Monday with the hope that this very good Easter gets even better.

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5.45am alarm call and off to Watford. This is the big one, surely we won't fuck it up AGAIN!! The southerners like to knock the North but this location isn't exactly Paradise. The ground has been significantly improved but the location isn't the best. Still, it's what happens on the pitch that matters and they have strikers who score goals!!

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Biggest home crowd of the season for Watford, the place was bouncing.

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Helped of course by the usual Boro sell out from the loyal Red Army.

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Here we go! Nervous expectation but inside the worry that our lack of fire power would leave us wanting. The team selection creates even more worries.

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Tits up; after a pretty even opening it was inevitable that Troy Deeney would be the man who scored against us, as per usual. After conceding it was always unlikely that we would score. In truth never even came close.

Disappointment doesn't even come close to describing it. Bad day on the betting front, thankfully three goals and a late one in Palace v Manchester City helped pull back the deficit.

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Full time and Boro players have thanked the fans and troop off probably realising that it could now be the playoffs. Two home games now that are really the most must win ever games ever!!

Up to Dumfries for Rangers game against Queen of the South on Thursday, working locally Friday night then two more games over the weekend, Boro v Rotherham on Saturday and Rangers v Raith on Sunday. Keeping the faith, the dream goes on.

THE WEEK AHEAD

Monday night and up to Sunderland to see the musical Wicked. Tuesday night and Boro v Wolves, Friday and the long trip to Norwich before a few days in the sun before the hopefully final away game of the season at Fulham.

Enjoy your week.

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 Sportmanís 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.

Have a good week.





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