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  Nickname: Boro
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Stadium: Riverside Stadium (attendance: 35049)


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League Cup winners: 2004
  Formed in 1876 by members of the Middlesbrough Cricket Club who were looking at ways to keep fit during the winter. Attempted to join the Football League in 1892 after linking up with the oddly-named Ironopolis Football Company, but their bid failed and the two teams went their separate ways. Backed by subsequent fierce rivals Sunderland and Newcastle, Middlesbrough finally gained access to the Football League in 1899. The club moved to Ayresome Park four years later and, bar brief flirtations with the Second Division in the 1920s, spent almost fifty years in the top flight. However, following relegation in 1954, the next two decades were spent in the second tier and below. Former England star Jack Charlton took charge in 1973 and guided the team back into the First Division. Their spell in the top flight ended in 1982 and the club almost went out of business in 1986. However, Boro was saved by lifelong fan Steve Gibson whose massive investment led to a move to the modern environs of the Riverside Stadium in 1995 and saw the club enter the FA Premier League era. Boro came within touching distance of silverware on three occasions, but were beaten finalists in both the FA Cup and League Cup in 1997, and again in the League Cup the following year. However, their 128-year wait for a major trophy ended in the 2004 League Cup final when they beat Bolton 2-1 at the Millennium Stadium.
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