After nearly six years of watching football dominated by defensive tactics, new Boro manager Jonathan Woodgate has promised to bring attacking football back to Teesside.

“I want the players to play with high energy, I want them to press, I want to commit bodies forward– that’s what we ‘were’ like.”

Woody didn’t take long to mention how he wanted Boro to play an attacking brand of football when first appointed.

An ex-Leeds and England defender, born in the North East, with no managerial experience, jumping into his first job in Englands second tier has been successful for Boro before when Jack Charlton was appointed in 1973.

The successful era similarity does not end there..

With the squad numbers announced, 40% of the current crop of players are aged between 18 to 22.
A group of young local talent wearing the Hummel Boro shirt brings back many memories for Boro fans of a certain age–It’s the spirit of 86 when the phoenix rose from the flames.

With current names unfamiliar to fans of other clubs–Aynsley Pears (21), Djed Spence (18), Nathan Wood (17), Patrick Reading (20), Hayden Coulson (21)– plus new signings Marc Bola (21) and Marcus Brown (21) and academy breakthrough players Marcus Tavernier (20) and Dael Fry (21) Boro are building for the future once again.

They may not emulate the success of Big Jacks team, or even that of goalkeeper Aynsley Pears’ dad Stephen, who was Boro keeper in 1986, either way the future looks bright.

So where will Boro finish?

Statistically speaking somewhere around 7th to 9th, but with astute purchases, a new style and fresh approach, most Boro fans will be looking to the playoffs. #UTB