What It Means: Mamucium, the Latin version of the Ancient British Mamm, the breast-like hill, later Mancunium. Ardwick, City's original home, was Atherdwic village in 1282, and a posh suburb until the mid 19th century.
Why It's There: The chester gives it away, a Roman fort to keep the local Brigante tribe at bay, and a swampy, sleepy backwater until Flemish immigrants started weaving in the 13th century, then everybody else did when it was found to be surrounded by coal. Cottonopolis a century before Middlesbrough's Ironopolis, claims to be the home of the industrial revolution, and keeps claiming to be the home of railways. But it only built them thanks to the same kind of transfer policy its football clubs have pursued for the last 30 years, paying people from the north-east to move there.
Why They're There: founded as a church team, St. Mark's West Gorton, in 1880, became Ardwick in 1887, and Manchester City in 1894, two years after joining the league.
First Footing: October 1903, Boro's second season in Division One. When they were promoted City were relegated then cam straight back up.
Local Heroes: Billy Meredith, Don Revie (the player), Matt Busby (the player), Francis Lee (the player), Bert Trautmann, Colin Bell, Denis Law, Joe Mercer.
Local Villains: Matt Busby (the manager), Don Revie (the manager), jealousy/Judas syndrome; Francis Lee (the chairman), promised transformation and duly delivered - from Division One to Division Three in two years; Thaksin Shinawatra, bought the club for £81M, sold it a year later for £200M, later jailed in his absence by Thai courts; Gary Cook, Chief Exec who criticised Richard Dunne for "not being a household name in Beijing", backed Shinawatra morally, and topped it all by welcoming Uwe Rösler to the Manchester United Hall of Fame. And of course Peter Swales, chairman with one shotgun barrel permanently aimed at his manager, the other at his foot, sacking 11 managers, once after finishing second, another after successive fifth places.
High Point: 1968-70, all three major trophies in successive years, and a Cup-Winners Cup. The last five years - two titles, twice runners-up.
Low Point: 1998, a season in what's now League One; any season in the Champions League; last season, the utter failure of finishing fifth.
Boro Highs: 8-1 (May 2008), 6-0 (October 1903), 6-1 (April 1906), 5-0 (September 1922), 3-0 (September 1974), the first Division One win at Ayresome Park in 20 years.
Boro Lows: 0-2 (February 1920, December 1977, March 2007), and 1-3 in the first-ever FA Cup tie at Ayresome Park in March 1904.
Sky-High Point: 2-0 (September 1992) Boro's first win (and Bernie Slaven's first goals) in the Premier League, and therefore for some the first-ever win over City!
Hello to: Jim Thackeray (October 1904), James Tyldesley (September 1906), Tom Dixon and Edward "Fishy" Verrill (November 1907), John Jones (March 1909), Walter Holmes (February 1915), Bob Ferguson (August 1936), Eddie Holliday (August 1965 -second time round), Alan Willey (September 1974), Dave Thomas (March 1982)
Goodbye to: Peter Desmond (October 1949), Ollie Norris (November 1953), Mike Angus (March 1982); and Aitor Karanka (March 2017).
Boro Hero: Andy Wilson (February 1922) hat-trick in 5-1); George Elliott (September 1922) hat-trick in 5-0; Afonso Alves (May 2008) hat-trick in 8-1- and the only one at the Riverside against anybody in 19 years; and George Camsell (December 1926), both goals in 2-1 win to add to the five he'd scored at Maine Road a day earlier to take Boro top and the gap from one to five points.
Boro Villain: Tommy Johnson 0-2 (February 1920) both goals on his City debut; Don Revie (September 1952) the only other man to score two for them, but in a 5-4 Boro win; Steve Vickers (February 2001) turned Andrei Kanchelskis cross into his own net with no-one anywhere near him
Boro Bad Boy: Steve Vickers (April 1998), off for "headbutt" on Lee Bradbury, like Fellaini/Aguero but without any contact; Keith O'Neill (February 2001), no doubt in this case after waist-high tackle on Gerard Wiekens
City Sinner: Shaun Wright-Phillips (November 2002), off for wild lunge at Jonathan Greening; Richard Dunne (May 2008), off after 14 minutes, precipitating 8-1. And Lee Bradbury (April 1998), dramatic leap holding his head after Steve Vickers nodded at him, and the ref fell for it.
Typical Boro: 0-2 (March 2017) the first time City won away in the FA Cup sixth round since 1955
Typical City: the only team to win the title and get relegated next season (1938), and to score and concede over 100 goals (1958). And to reach the FA Cup final and get relegated and the only team to lose a final to team who were relegated. It was no surprise to many fans when they beat Barcelona in November but could only draw with Boro three days later. And of course the only team to take the lead at home to Boro then fail to win this season.
Don't Mention: Steve Daley, Kevin Reeves and a string of other 80's mega-fee flops who helped the club from the brink of a second title to the Second Division.
Unexpected Item in Bagging Area: Michael Reiziger (December 2004), had Shaun Wright-Phillips in his pocket for 90 minutes in unfamiliar left-back role, the only time he looked like a Champions League winner with 72 caps.
The Floodgates Open: December 1995, Juninho's first goal in England in 4-1 win.
And Creak Close: 1-0 (January 1976), John Hickton's last goal at Ayresome Park.
Foot in Mouth Moment: March 1904, Boro manager John Robson made a speech after the first cup tie at Ayresome Park, which City won 3-1, saying he'd been after a new ground for 10 years and wouldn't be satisfied until Middlesbrough won the FA Cup. So it wasn't the gypsy curse, it was Robson's restless ghost. And it took 94 years and another Robson to even make the final. Malcolm Allison (August 1979), who said after Boro's 3-0 demolition of his City side that they could win the league. If he was angling for the job it took him five years to get it.
Omen Corner: Boro have never been relegated from the top division after beating Sunderland at home.
Your Boys Took One Hell of a Beating: Johnny Marr, Jason Manford, Alan Carr, Timothy Dalton, Rick Wakeman, Freddie Flintoff, Mark Radcliffe, LS Lowry, Ricky Hatton, Alan Rickman, and a two-faced, foul-mouthed drunken slob from Burnage called Gallagher. Yes, Frank Gallagher, Shamless's resident idle philosopher (even though he's based on another outside from Burnley). Plus a similar picture of health, Mark E Smith, who clearly based his recruitment policy with The Fall on Peter Swales' with City managers.