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'The older lads wish they could have played under Karanka years ago' says Boro forward

Darlington and Stockton Times: Man of the match: Middlesbrough's Lee Tomlin turns Vincent Kompany before hitting the post

6:16am Tuesday 27th January 2015

LEE TOMLIN has revealed the huge admiration and respect that there is within the Middlesbrough dressing room for Aitor Karanka as the head coach’s Riverside revolution earns its rewards.

Carayol comeback ends in Boro defeat to Brighton

9:40pm Monday 26th January 2015

MUSTAPHA Carayol made his long-awaited comeback from an injury lay-off for Middlesbrough’s Under-21s.

Bedale's Brown named in 20-man Walker Cup squad

Darlington and Stockton Times: Ben Stow in action during his round at Seaton Carew Golf Club. Picture: Tom Collins

2:39pm Monday 26th January 2015

BEDALE’S Daniel Brown has edged a step closer to appearing in this year’s Walker Cup team.

Carver preparing the Magpies for Hull test

Darlington and Stockton Times: Staying in charge? Newcastle United caretaker manager John Carver at Stamford Bridge

6:37am Monday 26th January 2015

JOHN CARVER expects to be in charge for Newcastle United’s return to Premier League action at Hull City as the search for a new head coach looks set to carry on until the summer.

Cup hero Bamford hints at working with Mourinho-like Karanka with Boro again

Darlington and Stockton Times: Opener: Middlesbrough's Patrick Bamford celebrates his side's first goal at the Etihad Stadium. Picture: PA

6:30am Monday 26th January 2015

PATRICK BAMFORD thinks Aitor Karanka has shown the managerial traits of Jose Mourinho after masterminding Middlesbrough’s heroic FA Cup victory over Premier League champions Manchester City.

Match analysis: Manchester City 0 Middlesbrough 2

Darlington and Stockton Times: Celebrations: Middlesbrough's Patrick Bamford, Kike and Adam Clayton celebrate

6:19am Monday 26th January 2015

FOR a club eyeing up a return to the Premier League this season, Middlesbrough delivered a Champions League performance. Manchester City could be crowned the best team in Europe come May, yet this was the day they were no match for brilliant Boro.

Match ratings: Manchester City 0 Middlesbrough 2

Darlington and Stockton Times: Man of the match: Middlesbrough's Lee Tomlin turns Vincent Kompany before hitting the post

4:32pm Sunday 25th January 2015

Goals:

Was Boro's FA Cup heroics at the Etihad the club's greatest win?

2:30pm Sunday 25th January 2015

BORO’S SIX OF THE BEST

Delighted Karanka hails his Boro winners

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6:26pm Saturday 24th January 2015

Full-time: Manchester City 0 Middlesbrough 2

Match report: Manchester City 0 Middlesbrough 2

Darlington and Stockton Times: Big time: Manchester City's Fernando (left) and Middlesbrough's Patrick Bamford battle as the latter forces in the opener

5:02pm Saturday 24th January 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH have dumped Premier League champions Manchester City out of the FA Cup after turning in a brilliant display at the Etihad Stadium.

Bamford keeping the faith with Boro ahead of City test

Darlington and Stockton Times: FAMILIAR FACE: Steve McClaren returns to the Riverside today of Derby

7:02am Saturday 24th January 2015

WHEN Middlesbrough walk out at the home of the Premier League champions this afternoon, there will be an argument for Aitor Karanka to send his players out Livin’ on a Prayer.

Boro boss rubbishes money talk as he plots City shock

Darlington and Stockton Times: Reunited? Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka could face each other again next season in the Premier League

6:41am Saturday 24th January 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH will attempt to stun one of the richest football clubs in the world this afternoon, with Aitor Karanka insisting money is not the reason his own team have become a force to be reckoned with in the Championship this season.

Big Ben keen to strike FA Cup shock at the Etihad with Boro

Darlington and Stockton Times: BIG YEAR: Ben Gibson is targeting success with both Middlesbrough and England this season

6:02am Saturday 24th January 2015

BEN GIBSON wants his latest trip to the Etihad Stadium to be a memorable one – just like it was a decade ago when he was a schoolboy following his beloved Middlesbrough.

Boro boss not thinking about City's pre-match flight from Doha

Darlington and Stockton Times: POPULAR: Manchester City's on-loan midfielder Frank Lampard

6:38am Friday 23rd January 2015

AITOR KARANKA wants Middlesbrough to ensure nothing is taken for granted in the Championship promotion race, once his players have put on a show against Premier League champions Manchester City tomorrow.

Press conference update: Boro defender Kalas in race to be fit to face Manchester City

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW ARRIVAL: Tomas Kalas will make his second loan appearance for Middlesbrough against Huddersfield this afternoon

2:29pm Thursday 22nd January 2015

AITOR KARANKA will give young Middlesbrough full-back Tomas Kalas every chance to prove his fitness to face Manchester City in the FA Cup.

Newcastle and Sunderland named in football rich list's top 30

Darlington and Stockton Times: Top twenty: Newcastle's St James' Park might not have Champions League football but has financial clout

11:08am Thursday 22nd January 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED and Sunderland have both been named in this year’s top 30 in Deloitte’s annual football rich list.

Harrogate pro confident of a strong 2015 on Tour

Darlington and Stockton Times: Better times? John Parry was on song at Tour School

6:47am Thursday 22nd January 2015

JOHN PARRY is back on the European Tour stage this week and his mere presence has filled him with plenty of confidence for the rest of the year.

Golf's new era while Boro golfer looks to sparkle in Morocco

Darlington and Stockton Times: Trip: Chris Wall is competing inn Morocco

5:02pm Wednesday 21st January 2015

ONE of professional golf’s biggest sponsors has urged the sport’s decision makers to be “brave” in entering a new era.

Match report: Middlesbrough 2 Cardiff City 1

Darlington and Stockton Times: Staying put: Boro will see more of Patrick Bamford in the second half of the season. he's pictured alongside Blackburn Rovers' Craig Conway during their game on Sunday at Eqood Park. Picture: Mick Walker/CameraSport

10:56pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

Middlesbrough 2 Cardiff City 1

Boro boss turns sights to City test after 'perfect' warm-up

Darlington and Stockton Times: NO JACKET REQUIRED: Middlesbrough's manager Aitor Karanka removes his jacket at Ewood Park. Picture: Mick Walker/CameraSport

11:50pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

AITOR KARANKA thinks his Middlesbrough players will head in to Saturday’s FA Cup trip to Manchester City in the perfect shape after climbing in to the Championship’s top two last night.

Team news: Reach returns for Boro

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BORO GOAL TWO ... Albert Adomah celebrates after scoring Boro's second goal to secure victory in the Championship match between Middlesbrough and Fulham at the Riverside Stadium
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7:08pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

ALBERT ADOMAH has been left out of Middlesbrough's starting line-up for tonight's Championship game with Cardiff at the Riverside.

Nothing imminent in Newcastle's head coach search as striker hunt goes on

Darlington and Stockton Times: EMBARRASSED: Newcastle United caretaker manager John Carver feared the worst after Southampton	Picture: Adam Davy/PA

6:48am Tuesday 20th January 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED spent a first day in Dubai training in the rain yesterday while managing director Lee Charnley weighs up whether to make an appointment before the end of the month.

Karanka dismisses tiredness talk as Boro eye up a top two spot

Darlington and Stockton Times: Back in business: Middlesbrough's Lee Tomlin scored twice against Huddersfield

6:34am Tuesday 20th January 2015

AITOR KARANKA does not think Middlesbrough are suffering from tiredness and believes his promotion-chasers can climb back into the Championship’s top two by securing back-to-back wins tonight.

Defoe's arrival could hand Graham his golden chance at Sunderland

Darlington and Stockton Times: Replacement: Jermain Defoe was replaced by Danny Graham in the second half at White Hart Lane

6:02am Tuesday 20th January 2015

FORGOTTEN man Danny Graham could prove to be the biggest beneficiary at the Stadium of Light following the arrival of Jermain Defoe at Sunderland.

In The Ring: Jeff joins Bradley in the pro game and gets ready to rumble

Darlington and Stockton Times: Brothers in arms: Bradley and Jeff Saunders

3:07pm Monday 19th January 2015

THE next generation of fighting talent will shine through in Gateshead early next month and there’s none better to headline the Relentless Promotions bill than Sedgefield debutant Jeff Saunders.

Magpies head for Dubai with Carver calling for clarity

Darlington and Stockton Times: Competitive: Newcastle United's Massadio Haidara takes on Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne and Dusan Tadic

6:16am Monday 19th January 2015

JOHN CARVER has called for Mike Ashley to clear up the uncertainty surrounding Newcastle United’s search for a new head coach before the squad return from a warm weather training camp in the Middle East.

Match analysis: Newcastle United 1 Southampton 2

Darlington and Stockton Times: Appeals: Newcastle United's Emmanuel Riviere claims for a penalty for hand-ball inn stoppage time

6:08am Monday 19th January 2015

ON the evidence of a cold mid-January evening outing at St James’ Park, caretaker manager John Carver has the players united and working for him. Give him the job then.

Magpies striker at double for Heed as York lose again

6:41pm Sunday 18th January 2015

GARY MILLS has hailed the debut display from Adam Campbell as the Newcastle youngster helped Gateshead return to winning ways with a 2-0 success at Nuneaton.

Match Ratings: Newcastle United 1 Southampton 2

Darlington and Stockton Times: Man of the match: Graziano Pelle, right, celebrates Southampton's winning goal after flicking through to scorer Eljero Elia

5:02pm Sunday 18th January 2015

Match statistics and player ratings from Newcastle's 2-1 loss to Southampton.

Carver thinks he can still do Magpies job but wants a quick decision

Darlington and Stockton Times: Appeals: Newcastle United's Emmanuel Riviere claims for a penalty for hand-ball inn stoppage time

1:25pm Sunday 18th January 2015

JOHN CARVER thinks there will be movement in Newcastle United’s search for a new head coach after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Southampton at St James’ Park.

Match report: Newcastle United 1 Southampton 2

Darlington and Stockton Times: Newcastle's Yoan Gouffran and Sunderland's Sebastian Coates during the Barclays Premier League match at St. James' Park, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 21, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Newcastle. Photo credit should read Ow

7:35pm Saturday 17th January 2015

Full-time: Newcastle United 1 Southampton 2

'Show me you deserve to start' is the message to Boro's strikers

Darlington and Stockton Times: STRONG START: Kike, pictured celebrating during August's 2-1 win at Bolton, has enjoyed a successful start to his Middlesbrough career

6:56am Saturday 17th January 2015

AITOR KARANKA has rubbished the theory that he likes to rotate his forward line by challenging his strikers to prove they deserve to start for Middlesbrough every week.

Explained: What went wrong for Sunderland new-boy Jermain Defoe in Canada

Darlington and Stockton Times: EMIRATES BOUND?: Mathieu Debuchy (left) is expected to join Arsenal once he has finished representing France at the World Cup

6:53am Friday 16th January 2015

JERMAIN Defoe has endured a frustrating time in Canada playing Major League Soccer. Ahead of the former England striker's move to Sunderland, The Northern Echo has been given an insight in to what went wrong on the other side of the Atlantic.

Defoe sweating on Jozy deal ahead of Spurs bow with Sunderland

Darlington and Stockton Times: Done: Jermain Defoe has completed his medical and discussions with Sunderland

6:39am Friday 16th January 2015

JOZY ALTIDORE arrived in Canada last night to finalise a move away from Wearside, with Jermain Defoe hoping the swap deal can be rushed through so he can make his Sunderland debut at his former club Tottenham tomorrow.

Karanka will not be spending big but reveals Boro's search for a midfielder

Darlington and Stockton Times: Suspended: Adam Clayton (right) is suspended after picking up a fifth yellow card in this game at Wigan last weekend

6:16am Friday 16th January 2015

AITOR KARANKA has warned Middlesbrough fans not to expect any big deals before the end of the transfer window – even if he is in the market for a new midfielder.

'I can score goals for Sunderland' says Defoe

Darlington and Stockton Times: Canada-bound: Jermain Defoe. Picture: Action Images

10:56am Thursday 15th January 2015

JERMAIN DEFOE has trained with his new team-mates and is ready to score the goals to fire Sunderland up the Premier League table.

Storm returns to Tour and wants more to follow

Darlington and Stockton Times: Tour guide: Graeme Storm, centre, is offering advice to Cameron Wallace, Jack Ainscough and Will Skipp, who are enrolled on a golf scholarship at Hartlepool's Dyke House College (16041540)

6:39am Thursday 15th January 2015

WHEN Graeme Storm tees off in Abu Dhabi today he will be the only golfer from County Durham on show. That in itself is not unusual. In fact it is what the area has got used to over the years.

Boro in no rush to replace Spurs midfielder

Darlington and Stockton Times: QUIET MONTH: Aitor Karanka does not expect to be overseeing a host of transfer activity in January

6:09am Thursday 15th January 2015

AITOR KARANKA will bide his time before making a further loan addition after opting against extending Milos Veljkovic’s time at Middlesbrough.

Ben Arfa blow will not affect Magpies as search for new boss goes on

Darlington and Stockton Times: AMONG THE GOALS: Hatem Ben Arfa scored as Newcastle reserves claimed a 5-2 win over Reading

6:02am Thursday 15th January 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED are confident Hatem Ben Arfa will not return to St James' Park despite learning that FIFA have failed to give the official go-ahead for his move to Nice.

Phil leaves classroom behind to work in golf

Darlington and Stockton Times: New role: Phil Graham is the new development officer for the Durham County Golf Partnership

4:47pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

PHIL Graham is swapping the classroom for the clubhouse as he starts a new job to help grow the game of golf in County Durham.

Could Defoe be Jermain man at Sunderland?

Darlington and Stockton Times: Farewell: Jermain Defoe applauds the fans after his last appearance for Tottenham, who he could make his debut against on Saturday

4:38pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

By Michael Ramsay

Milos set for Spurs return after Boro stint

Darlington and Stockton Times: FOCUSED ON THE BALL: David McGoldrick of Ipswich Town chips the ball past the attentions of Middlesbrough's Milos Veljkovic of Middlesbrough. Picture: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO

3:01pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH have turned down the opportunity to keep Milos Veljkovic on Teesside.

Is Jermain Defoe heading to Sunderland from Toronto?

Darlington and Stockton Times: EMIRATES BOUND?: Mathieu Debuchy (left) is expected to join Arsenal once he has finished representing France at the World Cup

6:48am Tuesday 13th January 2015

TORONTO want American striker Jozy Altidore to decide on his future before the end of the month as Sunderland weigh up whether to tempt Jermain Defoe to Wearside.

Magpies consider transfer options during head coach search

Darlington and Stockton Times: Targeted: Burnley's Danny Ings scores against Queens Park Rangers to show why Newcastle are interested

6:47am Tuesday 13th January 2015

NEWCASTLE UNITED are keeping an eye on the transfer market in the hope of bolstering the squad before the end of the month – even though the search for a new manager remains ongoing.

No place as bad as home for Black Cats

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sunderland's Connor Wickham beats Stoke City's Asmir Begovic to set up his sides third goal during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 4, 2014. See PA story

6:42am Tuesday 13th January 2015

Another week, another frustrating day at the Stadium of Light. After losing to Liverpool at the weekend, Paul Fraser looks at Sunderland's woeful home record in the Premier League.

Sunderland boss admits concerns but claims previous teams on Wearside were 'rubbish'

Darlington and Stockton Times: Manager meeting: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers talks to Sunderland boss Gus Poyet

6:38am Monday 12th January 2015

PUZZLED Gus Poyet has concerns about Sunderland’s slow progress after another lacklustre performance which has led to relegation worries resurfacing on Wearside - again.

Match analysis: Sunderland 0 Liverpool 1

Darlington and Stockton Times: Winner: Liverpool's Lazar Markovic (centre right) celebrates with Steven Gerrard after scoring

6:14am Monday 12th January 2015

MARIO BALOTELLI was shell-shocked by the icy temperatures and gusty winds at the Stadium of Light, but Liverpool’s players were not the ones caught cold during another alarming afternoon for Sunderland.

Match ratings: Sunderland 0 Liverpool 1

Darlington and Stockton Times: Man of the match: Liverpool's Lazar Markovic hit the crossbar with this scissor kick

6:02pm Sunday 11th January 2015

Goals:

Parry and Paisley start positively on Tour

Darlington and Stockton Times: Better times? John Parry was on song at Tour School

2:22pm Sunday 11th January 2015

HARROGATE’S John Parry made a positive start to the European Tour’s first tournament of 2015 in South Africa.

'Sunderland job more difficult than I thought' admits Poyet

Darlington and Stockton Times: Good and bad: Liverpool's Lazar Markovic hit the winner while Sunderland's Liam Bridcutt was sent off

10:55am Sunday 11th January 2015

GUS POYET has admitted turning Sunderland around has been tougher than he thought after another frustrating afternoon at the Stadium of Light.

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