Our Ultimate Middlesbrough Five-A-Side Team - What’s yours?

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My all time Boro 5-A-side team is built upon a strong Teesside backbone with two rocks in defence, quick thinking attacking midfield maestros and a forward who scored goals for fun.

Goalkeeper - Stephen Pears

Probably the greatest shot stopper that the clubs ever had. It will prove to be difficult for our opponents to score past Stephen, that's if they can get the ball off our midfield pairing. 

Defender - Willie Maddren

A colossal defender who should have been a regular for England during the 70s and would have done if he'd played for a more glamorous club. Willie had it all and provides the defensive balance to supplement the attacking nature of the team. 

Midfield - Wilf Mannion

South Bank's and Teessides greatest ever footballer. Tommy Lawton said of Wilf, "There is no question about it - Wilf was a genius. He had a football player's brain to start with - one which didn't need to be coached. He was quicksilver in his thought." 

Midfield - Juninho

I've never seen a finer player than Juninho play in my lifetime, diminutive in size but a giant whilst on a pitch. He's the perfect partner for Wilf to bring a fast moving passing game to the side.

Striker - Brian Clough

The one thing about having Brian as the main striker in the side is that he will guarantee goals and comes with a record of 197 goals in 213 whilst playing for his home town club. Another good thing is that there's only four other players that he can fall out with, which should allow him to concentrate on getting on the end of the supply from Juninho and Wilf.


Peter Taylor -  I'll include Cloughie’s best mate as a sub to keep Brian happy.

George Hardwick - The man off the pitch, keeping everybody together.

Jamie Pollock - Another local lad who can be brought on to shake things up if things are getting hot on the pitch.

Callum Cooke - I've brought Callum along for the experience and to inject some young blood into the team if needed.

George Camsell - Boro's record goalscorer who can easily replace Brian if the whinging gets too much.


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