Redcar Athletic U-12A play in the TJFA Division Three and have enjoyed their first season of 11-a-side football. They try to play an attractive, passing game and their team spirit is exceptional. The team managed to win the TJFA Challenge Cup final at MFC's prestigious Rockliffe Park training ground last season and are hoping to defend it this year.
As a whole club, Redcar Athletic were formerly known as Teesside Athletic Football Club. The club changed their name in May 2010 to make themselves more synonymous with the community it serves. Redcar Athletic FC are an FA Community Club with a tots' section for three-to-six year-olds. They have teams from U-7 to U-18 for both boys and girls, as well as three senior teams.
Currently the club has around 250 junior members aged from three to 18.
Middleton Rangers FC have become great friends of Middlesbrough FC since attending the Nottingham Forest game in 2010-11 and the Ipswich match in 2011-12. This year the team are back again and are taking part in the player walkout and post-match penalties, as well as providing ball persons.
Middleton Rangers Juniors were founded in 2003 by parents in Middleton St George and provide youth football to children in the Darlington and surrounding areas. In season 2004-2005 the club joined the Teesside Junior Alliance League and had three teams playing small-sided football. But by 2007-2008 the club got bigger still with teams at U-8, U-9, U-10A, U-10B, U-11, U-12, U-13A, U-13B, U-14, U-18 and girls U-11.
Successes included the U-10s B team finishing runners-up in the Russell Foster League. They also won the European Cup in Holland as well as the Allstar's Cup and were runners-up at Mount Pleasant. The U-8s, U-9s, U-10s and U-11 A teams all finished the season strongly in their respective divisions. The girls finished their season in a fantastic second place in the North Riding Girls League Division Two.
In 2009, former Middlesbrough and Darlington player Neil Maddison became president of Middleton Rangers JFC. Neil has been a regular supporter of the club for several years now and we are delighted to have him as club president.
All at Boro love having Middleton Rangers back at the Riverside and we look forward to seeing them again next year. If you would like to become part of their fantastic football club as a player, manager, coach or a sponsor please call chairman Les Hughes on 07834 858969.
The Avenue Primary School, who are taking part in the guard of honour, is one of the smallest primary schools in Middlesbrough but has a big appetite for learning and to forge partnerships with the local community. Middlesbrough FC are delighted to be supporting a local club that, like us, is driven to succeed and promotes what is best about our town. The school is located in the Nunthorpe area and recently had a visit from MFC's very own Roary the Lion!
Wynyard Village U-13s have been together since U-9 level and over half their current squad were involved in the club five years ago. Their team is based on fun and friendship, which is why they have stayed together for so long. The team are here today to take part in the post-match penalty experience and would like to say a big thank-you to Neil Ince for organising this day.