A Boro fan and Secretary of the Cleveland Art Society, Alan Morley has drawn inspiration from the Teesside landscape for over four decades.
Many Boro fans will be familiar with Morley’s artwork as one of the early illustrators of Fly Me To The Moon. Among Morley’s notable contributions to the fanzine was its iconic moon, for which the Middlesbrough artist drew inspiration from the Clangers television show popular to children of the 1970s.
Closer to terra firma, Morley’s ‘Alan Foggon’ is based on an Evening Gazette newspaper cutting of the Boro forward’s attempts at an overhead kick during a disappointing FA Cup defeat at St Andrew’s in 1975. Conversely, ‘Physical Effect; Psychic Effect’ (Goal from the Holgate)’ pays homage to the magic beginning of Modernism blending visible things and subjective things. The visiting team does not exist and it is all about Boro red - nothing else is as important although the green of the Ayresome Park pitch is unavoidable.