David Wheater warms up wearing a Save Our Steel T shirt - Photo-North News and Pictures

BORO continued their campaign against the closure of Redcar's Corus will continue at the Riverside on Saturday.

Players will once again wear Save Our Steel T-shirts for the warm up against West Bromwich Albion, as they have for their last two games.

The campaign began with a moving show of solidarity between players, fans of both sides and steelworkers ahead of Saturday's win over Ipswich Town.

Threatened employees and their families were given a fantastic reception as they paraded around the Riverside Stadium to the echoes of Chris Rea's Steel River.

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Chairman Steve Gibson added: "Middlesbrough Football Club exists for the community, for the people of Teesside - and the closure of the steel plants threatens to rip the heart out of our community.

"We cannot stand by and allow that to happen. We want the steelworkers and their families to know that we are behind them and will help their campaign in any way we can."

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Gibson he is calling on politicians in the area to play their part in saving Teesside's heritage.

"The people of Teesside have backed the Labour Party decade after decade, generation after generation and what are we getting from the Labour Party? Our message to the local MPs is, 'Save our steel or you're out'.

"We like to think that the football club is the flagship of Teesside. Well this is our town and these are our people and we have to do what we can to help them."

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Manager Gareth Southgate is proud that the club and the Boro fans are playing their part.

"The football club is very much the heartbeat of the community," he said.

"We have a chairman and players throughout our ranks who are from the area and who understand the feeling and mood in the town.

"Like the football club, the steel industry is very much part of that heartbeat. There have been lots of job losses in recent years and that has to stop."

Up to 4,000 Teesside-based Corus employees and contractors face redundancy after a consortium of steel magnates walked away from a 10-year deal to continue producing steel from Teesside Cast Products, effectively mothballing the blast furnace at Redcar.

Steelworkers believe the knock-on effect of the blast furnace being mothballed could condemn 10,000 Teesside families - many of them Boro fans - to an uncertain future.

To help further raise awareness of the effect the job losses would have on Teesside as a whole, Boro hosted dozens of Teesside steel workers.

Boro's support for the SOS campaign was also promoted over the Riverside PA system, on concourse televisions, on the stadium's giant scoreboards and in the club's matchday programme.