A chairman, a head coach, and a team made on Teesside. 

It’s a point of pride for our club - and part of what makes it unique.

More than 15 years have passed since Boro last played a league match without featuring a product of the club’s youth system.

April 2004 was the last Teessiders team not to include a one-time Boro youngster. Extend that to the full matchday squad, and its back a further six years to April 1998.

The likes of Stewart Downing and Ben Gibson, and more recently Dael Fry, Lewis Wing and Marcus Tavernier have risen through the ranks to pull on the famous red shirt.

Jonathan Woodgate is another who grew up watching the Boro, and now says he has ‘the best job in the world’ in the home dugout at the Riverside.

The Boro boss wants a team built on Teesside spirit and steel, and one that can rise to the challenge in the upcoming run of games, starting with league leaders West Brom on Saturday (3pm).

That spirit comes from the stands too, and the fans who also call Teesside home - who Woodgate and his team will be counting on once again to roar them on at the Riverside.

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