It must be strange being a Middlesbrough fan.
Supporting a club that nobody else is the slightest bit bothered about.
Not many people have even really noticed they were in the Premier League this season, never mind the fact they finally slipped out of it last night.
Monday seeing a regulation 3-0 win for Chelsea, all but confirming their title win, just as it is all but mathematically certain that Middlesbrough will be one of the two very worst teams in this season’s top tier.
Their 36 matches have produced 26 goals and 28 points – the only purpose they have served is to take all six points off Sunderland.
When ignoring the matches against the Mackems, in the other 34 games Middlesbrough have registered only three wins all season and scored only 23 goals. In fact they have won less games overall than a quite dreadful Sunderland (six victories) and scored less goals – quite an achievement.
When it comes to the Middlesbrough fans, they have a hardcore, but it is a very small one.
Steve Gibson’s extravagant spending and recruiting the likes of Ravanelli, Emerson, and Juninho, brought in a a lot of people who just wanted to watch Premier League football back in the day.
Similarly, Middlesbrough have gone from a home average of 15,748 in 2013/14 and 19,562 in 2014/15.
To averaging 24,627 in their 2015/16 promotion season and now 30,574 in their one season Premier League stay.
A bit like the team and club overall, they will simply now melt away again.
The only good thing you can say about their existence is that in 26 Premier League matches, Middlesbrough have beaten Newcastle only three times.
There certainly won’t be many/any Newcastle supporters gutted that they won’t be able to make the unwelcoming trip to the Riverside next season.
With no natural rival, Middlesbrough fans have to latch on to Newcastle and Sunderland, or Leeds, if in the same division.
Many Boro supporters took great delight in swapping places with Newcastle 12 months ago, today hardly any Newcastle fans will give the reverse a second (or first) though – that says it all really.
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