Through his documentary photography of 1970s Middlesbrough in a rich array of colour images, Robin Dale’s work provides a stark perspective of life in the town during a period of industrial decline.

Visiting Ayresome Park in March 1973 during Boro’s clash with Cardiff City, Dale captured both the action on the pitch and the experience of matchday life for the 7,686 on the terraces as Boro languished in the Second Division.

‘A Spot of Bother’, showing three young fans being escorted from the ground by members of the local constabulary, has become an iconic image of 1970s Ayresome Park terrace culture. Although the same scenario was played out at numerous football grounds up and down the country, this occurrence is geographically grounded at Ayresome Park by the backdrop of the South Stand - featuring an advertisement for the town’s iconic Jack Hatfield sports shop - and a young Jim Platt making a save in the Boro goal.

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More on Dale’s depictions of life in Teesside can be found here