Middlesbrough nostalgia on display

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Middlesbrough shirts from down the years will be on display at Base Camp Boro, Exchange Square
Middlesbrough shirts from down the years will be on display at Base Camp Boro, Exchange Square

Middlesbrough FC supporters can take a step back in time this weekend when shirts from the club’s history will be on display at an exhibition in the town.

Taking place at Base Camp Boro in Exchange Square on Saturday 12pm until 6pm, entry is free and the theme is Bryan Robson’s tenure as the club’s manager 1994-2001.

The Boro Shirt Museum will have on display a large selection of match-worn shirts, along with era-specific training gear and other relating memorabilia will be on display, enabling fans to relive the Robson era before and after the game at the Riverside Stadium against Coventry City.

A spokesman said: “There is a big football shirt collecting community on social media from around the globe, some of our shirts have come from New York, Australia, South America and Africa.

“Most of our collection is stuck in boxes in the loft, it seems a shame for keeping part of Middlesbrough’s history stored away, we discussed to join our collections together and to share them with Boro fans alike, that’s when the Boro Shirt Museum was born.

“Looking at a shirt from a specific match triggers a whole set of emotions, its nostalgia at its finest. Memories of old pubs, old friends and family which fans went to matches with many years ago.

“The memories of Ayresome Park, the smell of the Bovril, stood on the Holgate terrace, the memories of joy of special games, and the heartache of those ever-so-nears.

“The end game is to bring out a high-quality coffee table book in time for Christmas 2022. It will be photographs of our best 50-100 shirts from important games.

“Ex-players have also shown a keen interest in our project and have given us interviews of their playing career for our book.

“We are hoping Middlesbrough FC will buy into our project and maybe use us for functions at the club and promotional events.

“This is all non-profit. All funds raised from the book and future exhibitions are going to be donated to a mental health charity.”

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