GH: Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough (25 points)

Last updated : 16 December 2007 By @blades_mad1889
Club Guide

Team: Middlesbrough FC
Ground: Riverside Stadium
Capacity: 35,100
Date Visited: 1 January 2007 (v Sheffield United)

Stadium and Pitch: 7/10

The BT Cellnet Riverside Stadium was built in 1995 and the club opened the ground upon there promotion to the Premier League; at the time it was a stead fast ground and very futuristic.

Unfortunately now it is level with the times but could go with some much needed improvement; the facilities are very basic whilst the ground was a nice ground to visit but nothing special.

Fans were housed behind goal on the upper tier (there was no upper tier) according to the match ticket. To the left of us was a nice double tiered stand whilst the remainder of the ground were singled tiered with all the corners filled in.

Programme: 7/10

Unfortunately the 'Red Square' programme was very square and didn't offer too much to the imagination with only three pages dedicated to the visitors and didn't feature all the players; just passing information about Paddy Kenny, Chris Morgan, Phil Jagielka and Rob Hulse, although Keith Gillespie was handed a full page all to himself (how nice!).

Performance and Result: 6/10

:: Middlesbrough 3-1 Sheffield United ::
Sheffield United succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at the BT Cellnet Riverside Stadium, but put somewhat of a brave fight when Phil Jagielka (45) netted a spot kick to draw the match level and cancel out Mark Viduka's (36) strike. However the home side came out in the second half with Yakubu (69 & 76) finishing off the game, his latter a penalty past make shift keeper Paul Gerrard.

Atmosphere: 5/10

The atmosphere was less than impressive with the home fans failing to get behind their team and looking like they had turned up to a mass funeral rather than a football match.

Overall: 25/40

:: Previous Visits to the Riverside Stadium ::

  • 01.01.2007 - Middlesbrough 3-1 Sheffield United