Karanka full of praise for former Boro midfielder Smallwood

Darlington and Stockton Times: ONE LAST HURRAH: Richard Smallwood, pictured with Bolton's Darren Pratley on Saturday, wants to give Boro fans something to cheer in the last two matches

2:53pm Thursday 30th October 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH head coach Aitor Karanka admits it was a difficult decision to let Richard Smallwood leave in the summer and he expects the Teesside midfielder to come out with a point to prove when his side play Rotherham on Saturday.

Mitchell stars following training ground talk

Darlington and Stockton Times: STAR MAN: Darlington's Adam Mitchell, who was in top form last Saturday. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

9:12am Thursday 30th October 2014

A training ground meeting was instrumental in Adam Mitchell’s return to form in last Saturday’s 3-0 win over Burscough, says Darington manager Martin Gray.

Hamilton feels far from comfortable

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN THE LEAD: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton

8:40am Thursday 30th October 2014

Lewis Hamilton has conceded to feeling far from comfortable as the battle for this year's Formula One world title heads into the home straight.

Serbian midfielder will get his chance, says Karanka

7:01am Thursday 30th October 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH head coach AITOR Karanka has revealed on loan midfielder Milos Veljkovic will get a chance to impress soon.

Gibson hoping for a double delight as his Middlesbrough career blossoms

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

4:12pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

WITH a potential appearance at next summer’s European Under-21 Championships accompanying the possibility of winning promotion to the Premier League with Middlesbrough, Ben Gibson has admitted that the next eight months could help define his career.

Dimi still hungry to succeed after reclaiming number one spot

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:03am Tuesday 28th October 2014

HE is fast approaching his 36th birthday, but Middlesbrough goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos admits he is as hungry as ever to succeed after reclaiming the number one jersey on Teesside.

Boro back to the top in Magpies victory

10:42am Tuesday 28th October 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH'S under-21 side secured a late win against North-East rivals Newcastle to go top of the table last night.

Match Analysis: Darlington 3 Burscough 0

Darlington and Stockton Times: Evo-stik league match at Heritage Park, Bishop Auckland between Darlington and Burscough.  Darlington's Amar Purewal opens the scoring.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (11928575)

7:34am Monday 27th October 2014

Darlington’s advantage at the top of the First Division North table is now three points. While Quakers eased to their eighth successive league win, nearest rivals Salford were held to a 2-2 draw by Mossley, and other challengers Droylsden lost 4-3 at Harrogate RA and Farsley lost 3-1 at lowly Padiham.

Match Analysis: Middlesbrough 1 Watford 1

Darlington and Stockton Times: CLOSE: Kike rues a near miss during the Championship match between Middlesbrough and Watford at the Riverside Stadium

7:02am Monday 27th October 2014

AWAY from the hype, hullaballoo and the hyperbole of the Premier League, it was refreshing to see an honest game of football high on quality.

Fredericks happy to go on the attack for Middlesbrough

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlesbrough vs Blackpool at the Riverside Stadium Pictured is Boro's Ryan Fredericks and Blackpool's Edu Oriel

7:01am Monday 27th October 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH defender Ryan Fredericks revelled in his attacking role at the weekend – and longs for more of the same.

Darlington 3 Burscough 0 - video highlights

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:01am Sunday 26th October 2014

Darlington today recorded an eighth successive win in all competitions by defeating Burscough 3-0. The victory extends Quakers' lead at the top of the table to three points as second-placed Salford City could only draw.

Darlington beat Burscough to extend lead at the top

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:39pm Saturday 25th October 2014

Darlington 3 Burscough 0

Match report: Middlesbrough 1 Watford 1

Darlington and Stockton Times: STRONG SQUAD: George Friend would not swap the current Middlesbrough squad for any other in the Championship

4:57pm Saturday 25th October 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH and Watford shared the points in an exciting draw at the Riverside Stadium.

Live North-East Football Live: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:34am Saturday 25th October 2014

Join The Northern Echo's sports team for live updates on all of the action in today's football fixtures

Gray inspired by Hall's world title fight

Darlington and Stockton Times: INSPIRED: Darlington manager Martin Gray. Picture: DAVID WOOD

9:09am Saturday 25th October 2014

Darlington manager Martin Gray recognises the characteristics that have given Stuart Hall an opportunity to become a two-time world champion, and says the boxer’s dedication and work-rate make him a role model for his players.

Dimi hopes a Boro promotion push will help achieve personal goals

Darlington and Stockton Times: BRAZIL BOUND: Dimi Konstantopoulos is set to be named in Greece's squad for the World Cup finals

7:02am Saturday 25th October 2014

DIMI Konstantopoulos admits he is keen to sign a contract extension at Middlesbrough, but insists he will put his own personal aims behind helping Aitor Karanka’s team win promotion.

Aitor Karanka admits he is still getting to grips with the Championship's unpredictable nature

7:01am Saturday 25th October 2014

ALMOST twelve months into his first managerial reign you could say things are going pretty well for Aitor Karanka, but the Middlesbrough head coach insists he will never stop learning when it comes to the Championship.

Dowson returns for Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times: BACK IN ACTION: Darlington’s David Dowson

9:11am Friday 24th October 2014

Darlington will finally welcome David Dowson back into the squad when they face Burscough at Heritage Park tomorrow.

Karanka insists Boro can cope without captain Grant

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlesbrough's Manager Aitor Karanka gives words of encouragement to Grant Leadbitter

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7:02am Friday 24th October 2014

AITOR Karanka is confident Middlesbrough can cope without Grant Leadbitter tomorrow and will not accept the captain’s absence as an excuse for a bad result against Watford.

Karanka: Watford the ideal test after Wolves defeat

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

AFTER suffering a disappointing defeat against Wolves on Tuesday night, Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka sees Saturday’s visit of second-placed Watford as the ideal game to test his team’s mettle.

'We are good enough to target the top two' claims defender after Boro set-back

Darlington and Stockton Times: Returning: Adam Clayton should take his place in the Boro midfield against Watford

6:10am Thursday 23rd October 2014

GEORGE FRIEND has responded to the set-back of losing for the first time since August by admitting that Middlesbrough are targeting a top two spot in the promotion race this season.

Darlington looking to strengthen squad

Darlington and Stockton Times: LOOKING TO STRENGTHEN: Darlington manager Martin Gray. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

9:11am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Darlington are looking to strengthen their wafer-thin squad, manager Martin Gray has revealed, but admits to facing problems when attempting to lure players to the club.

Trio of Middlesbrough writers come back to their roots for talk

Darlington and Stockton Times: TALKING SPORT: Harry Pearson, the author who wrote 'The Far Corner'

4:51pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A HAT trick of North-East football writers will be holding a discussion on the beautiful game and their writing ahead of this Saturday’s Middlesbrough match.

It's my fault, admits Karanka as Boro spurn chance to go top of the Championship

Darlington and Stockton Times: FRUSTRATION: Middlesborough's Adam Reach looks dejected after missing a chance to score Picture: Action Images / Alex Morton

10:48pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

AITOR KARANKA thinks he has to take the blame after watching Middlesbrough’s seven-match unbeaten run come to an end in frustrating fashion at Wolverhampton Wanderers last night.

Match Report: Wolves 2 Middlesbrough 0

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:47pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

AFTER going seven matches without losing in the Championship, Middlesbrough were given a firm reminder of how just how tough it will be to force their way in to the automatic promotion spots at Molineux.

Team news: Four changes for Boro at Wolves

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN ACTION: Kenneth Omeruo in action for Middlesbrough

7:28pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

KENNETH OMERUO has returned to the Middlesbrough starting line-up as one of four changes by Aitor Karanka.

Aitor Karanka will ignore any promotion talk as Middlesbrough look to make it eight unbeaten at Wolves

Darlington and Stockton Times: Brighton and Hove Albion  v Middlesbrough Sky Bet Championship match at the Amex StadiumBrighton's Sami Hyypia alongside Aitor Karanka of BoroPhotograph taken by Simon Dack18 October 2014SD181014A (11648163)

7:02am Tuesday 21st October 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH could go top of the Championship with a win at Wolves tonight, but head coach Aitor Karanka insists he will ignore any of the hype surrounding his team’s promotion chances.

Spennymoor and Darlington make changes for cup tie

Darlington and Stockton Times: DEBUT: Matty Lovegreen made his first start on Saturday for Darlington. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

9:12am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Spennymoor Town and Darlington will both select under-strength teams when they meet this evening in the Durham Challenge Cup.

Adomah and Tomlin fit to face Wolves, but Clayton likely to miss out

Darlington and Stockton Times: HAPPY: Adam Clayton admits Middlesbrough's narrow win will give the squad a boost

2:26pm Monday 20th October 2014

ALBERT ADOMAH and Lee Tomlin are fit to face Wolves tomorrow night, but Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has revealed Adam Clayton could miss out through injury.

Quakers maintain momentum with seventh win

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN FORM: Leon Scott, left, celebrates with Alan White after the defender scored his third goal in as many games. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

9:10am Monday 20th October 2014

The personality of the Darlington team could be seen in their low-key reaction to a seventh successive victory on Saturday.

Match Ratings: Brighton 1 Middlesbrough 2

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 20th October 2014

Match ratings and statistics from Middlesbrough's 2-1 win at Brighton

Ayala develops into integral member of Boro's first-choice backline

Darlington and Stockton Times: Dated: 30/09/2014
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7:00am Monday 20th October 2014

ONLY one of Middlesbrough’s defenders has started the club’s last five matches, so while Aitor Karanka continues to rotate the majority of his squad members, it is becoming increasingly clear that he views Daniel Ayala as a key part of his strongest selection.

Match Analysis: Brighton 1 Middlesbrough 2

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:00am Monday 20th October 2014

AS a born-and-bred Teessider, Ben Gibson can gauge the state of Middlesbrough’s fortunes by the amount of calls and messages to his mobile phone. If his family and friends want to speak to him, things must be going well. If he’s getting the cold shoulder, it’s a safe bet results haven’t been quite as positive.

Adomah highlights pace as a key to Middlesbrough's recent success

Darlington and Stockton Times: Storm: Middlesbrough's Albert Adomah scored at Huddersfield on his way to grabbing 12 goals

4:15pm Sunday 19th October 2014

ALBERT ADOMAH has highlighted the pace of Middlesbrough’s attacking players as a key factor in the club’s recent run of success.

Tomlin's injury to be assessed today - but Middlesbrough team-mate Adomah is okay

Darlington and Stockton Times: FINISHING THE NIGHT OFF IN STYLE: Lee Tomlin strikes to secure the 3-1 victory

10:07am Sunday 19th October 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH'S medical staff will assess Lee Tomlin's leg injury later today after the forward was forced off at the half-time interval of yesterday's 2-1 win at Brighton.

Darlington claim magnificent seventh successive win

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:01pm Saturday 18th October 2014

Radcliffe Borough 0 Darlington 2

Match Report: Brighton 1 Middlesbrough 2

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:03pm Saturday 18th October 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH climbed to third in the Championship table as another polished away display resulted in a convincing 2-1 win over Brighton.

White wants Darlington to maintain momentum

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON THE DEFENSIVE: Alan White, centre, and Gary Brown form part of a Darlington defence that has kept seven clean sheets in 14 league matches. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

9:10am Saturday 18th October 2014

While promotion is Darlington's clear priority, progress in the FA Trophy would help maintain the momentum created with six successive wins, believes defender Alan White.

Karanka admits he cannot keep his Middlesbrough strikers happy

Darlington and Stockton Times: FINISHING THE NIGHT OFF IN STYLE: Lee Tomlin strikes to secure the 3-1 victory

7:03am Saturday 18th October 2014

AITOR KARANKA admits it is “impossible” to keep all of his strikers happy, but the Middlesbrough head coach is not about to abandon his preferred policy of regularly rotating his forward line.

Boro boss Karanka reveals depth of friendship with Spurs counterpart Pochettino

Darlington and Stockton Times: CLOSE TIES: Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has revealed he is close friends with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

7:03am Friday 17th October 2014

THE strength of Aitor Karanka’s relationship with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho might be well known, but Middlesbrough’s head coach has revealed his friendship with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is almost as close.

Boro warned not to underestimate Brighton despite their poor start

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

STATISTICALLY, their opponents are the most out-of-form team in the whole of the Football League, but George Friend has warned his Middlesbrough team-mates not to underestimate Brighton when the two sides meet at the Amex Stadium this afternoon.

Darlington midfielder to miss two months

Darlington and Stockton Times: EARLY EXIT: Darlington's Graeme Armstrong is treated before going off during Wednesday's 2-0 win over Ossett Albion at Heritage Park  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

9:11am Friday 17th October 2014

Darlington will be without Jordan Robinson for up to two months due to the serious facial injuries suffered last weekend.

Youth policy was key to Velkjovic's Middlesbrough move

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:25pm Thursday 16th October 2014

MILOS VELJKOVIC has revealed that Aitor Karanka's willingness to give young players a chance was a key factor behind his decision to join Middlesbrough on loan.

Karanka delighted to welcome Spurs youngster into the Middlesbrough fold

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014

AITOR KARANKA is delighted to have completed the loan signing of Milos Veljkovic, with the teenager’s versatility having been a key factor in the Middlesbrough head coach’s decision to bring him to the Riverside.

Friend lauds Boro's squad strength - as Karanka prepares to add another Tottenham youngster

Darlington and Stockton Times: STRONG SQUAD: George Friend would not swap the current Middlesbrough squad for any other in the Championship

7:04am Thursday 16th October 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH are set to complete the loan signing of Tottenham youngster Milos Veljkovic later today - but George Friend says he already wouldn’t swap the current Boro squad for any other in the Championship.

Match Analysis: Darlington 2 Ossett Albion 0

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:18pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

DARLINGTON scored a goal in each half to record their sixth successive win against Ossett Albion at Heritage Park and go back to the top of the table.

Robinson unavailable as Darlington aim to reclaim top spot

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Darlington will be without Jordan Robinson for this evening’s match with Ossett Albion as he needs an operation on the facial injuries sustained at the weekend.

Boro defender stars as England youngsters make Euro finals

Darlington and Stockton Times: Dated: 20/09/2014
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7:22pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH defender Ben Gibson played a starring role as England Under-21s qualified for next summer's European Championships courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Croatia in the second leg of their play-off.

Bamford chose England over Ireland despite family calls

Darlington and Stockton Times: Celebration: Patrick Bamford scored his second goal for Boro at Anfield on Tuesday

7:02am Tuesday 14th October 2014

PATRICK BAMFORD can help England Under-21s qualify for next summer’s European Championships tonight, but the Middlesbrough striker admits his family have tried to persuade him to switch allegiances.

Darlington captain Brown gets to grips with new role

Darlington and Stockton Times: (11372001)

9:13am Monday 13th October 2014

Darlington captain Gary Brown is still getting to grips with his new role having been moved to right-back this season, though he has revealed it’s a position he played in for the club a decade ago.

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