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Left to right: Ironopolis Club doorman Jim, his sister, Ann Pitt, Kay Owens and Michael Irvine, Jim's nephew.

Ann Pitt, son Michael Irvine and Kay Owens met up with Ann's brother Jim, who is the doorman at the Ironopolis Club in Middlesbrough.

"Jim's family moved to North Wales years ago but wanted to come in to the 'Nops' as part of our Boro Fans United and go on my wall of fame," said Boro Fans United co-ordinator Sue Gardener.

All four attended the Leeds game before returning to Wales after the weekend.

Left to right: Ironopolis Club doorman Jim, his sister, Ann Pitt, Kay Owens and Michael Irvine, Jim's nephew.

DETAILS of a great initiative to bring Boro fans together all over the world...

Boro Fans United (BFU) was set up after the club's Carling Cup win in 2004 and aims to coordinate fans living in the same areas to help them get together.

It has since helped form 30 new Boro supporters clubs or groups around the world throughout the years since the BFU scheme has been set up.

If you are interested in forming a branch where you live, contact Sue at suem.g58@googlemail.com.

See our Supporters Club page for contact details of all the branches formed so far.

BORO Fans United founder Sue Gardener has thanked supporters all over the world who have taken part in the initiative with their very own dedication on the Boro Brick Road.

When Sue's husband, Terry, asked her what she wanted for a wedding anniversary, her answer was instant - if a little unusual!

Sue explained: "I said I'd like a brick and after the usual questions of which type of brick - house brick, Lego brick etc - I said a Boro Brick."

They took advantage of the special offer by ordering along with their Season Card application and she decided on the inscription "Boro Fans United - Cheers Sue G".

"It puts our BFU in the public eye and I thought was a good way to thank all our Boro fans abroad for their help in this scheme," Sue added.

The BFU scheme continues to go from strength to strength with around 30 new supporters club branches formed over recent years.

For more information contact suem.g58@googlemail.com. 

To find out more about the Boro Brick Road, click here.

You Are My Boro - Photo by Getty Images

THEY can't all be there for every game, but Boro exiles and fans around the world are making their presence felt on matchdays by bringing some colour to the Riverside.

Teessiders have populated distant corners of the globe since the days of Marton-born explorer Captain Cook and many still travel for work and leisure, while an increasing number of football fans with no connection to the area are adopting Boro as their team.

But the fortunes of the team are never far from their thoughts.

Now, as part of the Twe12th Man's ongoing drive to get the fans at the Riverside working together, supporters clubs from far and wide are leaving a permanent stamp on the stadium in the form of their own banners.

The idea came from Boro fans based in Newcastle, the group behind the imaginatively-titled Smog on the Tyne banner.

They contacted Sue Gardener, chair of Middlesbrough Official Supporters Club and coordinator of the Boro Fans United scheme in conjunction with mfc.co.uk, which has helped establish 27 worldwide Boro fan branches.

She in turn got in touch with Mick Dunne, of the School of Art and Design at Our Lady of St Bede's School in Stockton, to help with designing and making some of the banners.

Along with the main MOSC banner, which bears the legend Angels All Over The World, flags from Sweden, Norway, New Zealand, Canada and Newcastle have already been put up and Northern Ireland, Azerbaijan and Nigeria should follow soon.

A special MOSC banner was put up as a centrepiece for the individual flags and banners from around the world.

Sue says the scheme has come to fruition thanks to the club, MOSC, the Twe12th Man group and the school all working together.

"A lot of hard work by individuals and groups has gone into establishing these new branches of our supporters club," she explained.

"The flags and banners around the stadium are a way of acknowledging this work, as well as making it known that Boro have fans on every continent and not just around the Teesside region.

"As one branch member said to me, 'Even though we aren't big in numbers and can't attend live games at the Riverside, we give huge and excellent support to the Boro from around the world'."

Branches in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Nigeria, Northern Ireland and New York are among groups run by locals rather than Teesside exiles.