Patrick Monahan at Rockliffe Park - Photo courtesy of the Northern Echo

The loveable Teessider described his favourite football memories before returning home with a brand new show at Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt on Friday March 8.

Part of a 40-date national spring tour, Shooting From the Lip is jam-packed full of inspired anecdotes about being brought up on Teesside by his Iranian mother and Irish dad - all topped with brand new topical observations by the bucketload.

But before the tour kicks off, Patrick dusted off his boots for a behind-the-scenes look at Boro's Hurworth training ground.

A huge Boro fan, Patrick played schoolboy football for Coulby Newham and Boro's Junior Reds in Redcar.

Patrick said: "I used to play on the wing - basically running up and down without doing anything and chatting with people at the side of the pitch. People used to say I talked a great game.

"I went to my first Boro match when I was about 10. It was a night match at Ayresome Park. We were standing in the Holgate, Bernie Slaven scored twice, and I think all I could see was the back of someone's big old Parka.

"But I remember the floodlights and the crowd being fantastic - all proper exciting for your first match.

"Bernie Slaven and Tony Mowbray are still my all-time favourite Boro players. Tony Mowbray came to speak to us one night at Boro's Junior Reds at Redcar - that was a fantastic night - so it's great to see him back here as a great Boro manager."

"I still get to as many matches as I can when I'm back up here visiting family, and Jason Steele and Lukas Jutkiewicz are probably the two players I'd pick out as being something special. I could easily see Jason Steele playing for England in the not too distant future, but the whole squad all seem like great team players."

Patrick Monahan with Craig Hignett - Photo courtesy of the Northern Echo

Patrick, pictured above with Boro legend Craig Hignett, has enjoyed a busy time since winning ITV's Show Me the Funny in 2011.

A sell-out Edinburgh run and subsequent national tour 'Hug Me I Feel Good' followed the TV hit, including a barnstorming gig at Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Looking ahead to his Boro gig, Patrick said: "When all the tour dates came in, this is the one that absolutely stood out a mile for me. I've got absolutely nothing but great memories of growing up on Teesside, so the Town Hall always has something extra special as far as I'm concerned."

Patrick will be Shooting From The Lip at Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt on Friday March 8. Tickets are £14 and the show is suitable for 16 years-plus.

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*Stephen Leonard, from Billingham, wins two tickets to the show in our competition after correctly answering that Bernie Slaven and Tony Mowbray are Patricks' favourite Boro players. Thanks to everyone who entered.