Shaun Wilson

shaun.wilson1971@gmail.com

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The Ayresome Angels still evoke memories from a bygone age, and their legend still echoes on matchdays: ‘We are the Ayresome Angels and we never miss a match. We all follow the Boro.’

It all started after Boro were relegated to Division 3 in 1966 after several seasons of decline. As the club started to move in the right direction, the local youth population started to mass, gathering together in the Holgate End, inventing new chants and songs.

The dress code started to change, and white lab coats daubed with players' names and safety helmets started to appear. A HQ was acquired in Woodlands Road with the help of the club and backing of a local brewery.

Away trips were meticulously planned and well supported. A FA Cup tie at Mansfield Town in January 1967 was particularly notable for the travelling contingent of 10,000 fans in a 17,000 crowd.

In September 1967 the Angels featured in the Football League Review, which went in every matchday programme in the country.

By 1969, the football landscape was changing and the group was disbanded after hooliganism started to filter into the game.