Ahead of today’s clash with Boro, I spoke to an old colleague Robin Sibley about all things Smoggies.
How long have you supported Boro?
I saw my first game in 1981 so almost 40 years of suffering as a boro fan, with a few highlights!
What’s your favourite moment as a fan? Season, game or anything other occasion.
2 games stick out watching us win the league cup against Bolton in Cardiff and on a personal level watching my son be mascot against qpr this February on his 10th birthday!
Tell us about a player that you were proud to have on the back of a shirt, if you didn’t is there one you wished you would’ve had?
I have never been one for having names and numbers on the back of my shirt but of the players I have seen pull on the shirt clearly Juninho would be the one name above all others, although old timers like dean glover and Gary Hamilton would have been considered if we had names and squad numbers when they played!
Are you happy with your dealings in this summer transfer windows so far? Is there any player you’d love to bring into your starting eleven? (Messi and Ronaldo cannot be considered!)
It’s clear things aren’t right with the boro at the moment, the parachute money has gone we have a few players on top salaries and there just isn’t enough money to go round.
We clearly lack in most areas in the pitch and have a rookie management team, even if we brought in half a team of messis I not think it would solve our current malaise.
If I had to pick one player then bringing back Ben Gibson for a bit of leadership and drive from the back would make us a stronger outfit.
What’s your hopes for the next season? Top ten, playoffs or automatic?
If we can avoid relegation this season then hopefully we can build and aim for the playoffs next year with some shrewd recruitment
Who are your three for the drop?
Lots of teams to pick from Barnsley, Wigan and stoke stand out
Who’s your danger man?
Easy to say assombalonga but wing on his day and a fired up tavernier can worry teams
Can you tell us about a rising star in the youth ranks?
Nathan wood looks like he is the next quality centre back from the boro production line
Prediction and scorers for the game?
Hope for a draw, 1-1 would be a great result
We’d like to thank Robin for answering our questions and wish him the best of luck for the season.
By Ryan Ingham