2009–10 Middlesbrough F.C. season

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Middlesbrough F.C.
2009–10 season
Chairman Steve Gibson
Manager Gareth Southgate
(until 20 October)
Gordon Strachan
(from 26 October)
Stadium Riverside
Championship 11th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League:
Adam Johnson (7)

All:
Adam Johnson (8)
Highest home attendance 27,342 (vs Newcastle United)
Lowest home attendance 12,474 (vs Manchester City)
Home colours
Away colours

During 2009–10, Middlesbrough F.C. are competing in the Football League Championship following their relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2008–09 season. They will also compete in the League Cup and the FA Cup.

Despite relegation and pressure from fans, chairman Steve Gibson backed Gareth Southgate to lead Middlesbrough back to the Premier League as manager.[1] However, on 20 October, both Southgate and football consultant, Alan Smith, were relieved of their duties with immediate effect.[2] With regular skipper Emanuel Pogatetz injured, Robert Huth was named captain at the start of the season.[3] After Huth's departure, that honour fell to Gary O'Neil.[4]

Team kit and sponsors[edit]

Middlesbrough entered into a new shirt supply agreement with Adidas for this season.[5] The new home shirt and goalkeepers' kit was announced on 18 June 2009.[6] The club's sponsorship agreement with satellite navigation firm Garmin continued into the new season. The new all-cyan away kit was not revealed until 13 August, the week after the season had kicked off.[7]

Transfers[edit]

Summer transfer window[edit]

Out of contract defender-cum-midfielder Matthew Bates ended much transfer speculation, which linked him with moves to Premier League clubs, by re-signing with Middlesbrough in a new three-year deal.[8] Middlesbrough's first signing of the summer saw in-demand winger Mark Yeates arrive from Colchester United for an undisclosed fee, reported to be worth an initial £500,000, plus £250,000 dependent on appearances.[9]

When Ross Turnbull left for Chelsea after seeing out his contract,[10] manager Gareth Southgate admitted he had yet to decide whether to promote Academy graduate Jason Steele or whether to sign an experienced goalkeeper.[11] On 6 July, the signing of experienced Welsh international keeper Danny Coyne was announced. The 35-year-old came on a free transfer from Tranmere Rovers, with the management stating that Coyne would compete with Brad Jones for the number 1 spot.[12]

After eight seasons at the club and over two-hundred Middlesbrough appearances, Academy graduate Stewart Downing joined Aston Villa for an initial £10 million, with a further £2 million dependent on appearances,[13] despite the player being injured and several months away from full fitness. Downing had been expected to leave this summer, after handing in a transfer request during the January transfer window, but his injury had cast doubt on a move.[14]

Mido reportedly sealed a season-long loan move to Egyptian side El Zamalek, for a fee of £450,000, with a further £1 million possible should they wish to make the move permanent at the end of the season.[15] The move was confirmed and completed on 3 August.[16]

With Mido's loan move sealed, Middlesbrough were able to complete the signing of striker Leroy Lita, who signed a three-year deal. Lita had been without a club since being released by Reading at the end of last season.[17]

On 17 August, Nathan Porritt went on loan to Darlington for 28 days; he made his professional debut against Crewe Alexandra the following day.[18]

Nearing the end of the transfer window, the number of departures started to increase, with captain Robert Huth and Tuncay Şanlı both moving to Stoke City. Huth's move was confirmed on 27 August, for a fee of £5 million, possibly rising to a Stoke-record £6 million.[19] Tuncay's move was confirmed the following day, with Stoke paying £5 million for the Turkish player.[20] Gareth Southgate said that, with Emanuel Pogatetz and Chris Riggott still on Boro's books, a replacement for Huth would be promoted from within, but another striker would need to be brought in to replace Tuncay.[21]

Afonso Alves move to Al-Sadd was completed on 4 September, as the transfer window in Qatar remained open longer than in England.[22] Keith Lamb later confirmed Middlesbrough received £7m for the move.[23]

Between transfer windows[edit]

Being in the Championship, loan signings are permitted between the transfer windows. Middlesbrough's first such signing was defender Sean St Ledger from Preston North End on a three-month loan with a view to a permanent transfer in January.[24]

A second loan signing, Hull City striker Caleb Folan, joined Middlesbrough on a three-month loan from 19 September.[25] Folan suffered an injury in training in October and only made one substitute appearance for the club, returning to Hull early at the beginning of December.[26]

On 23 September, John Johnson was loaned out to Northampton Town for one month.[27]

On 30 October they signed their third player on loan, Marcus Bent from Birmingham City on loan for two months.[28]

On 5 November Strachan brought in Aston Villa midfielder Isaiah Osbourne on a two-month deal.

On 17 November 2009 Gordon Strachan signed his third player, Stoke City's Dave Kitson.[29]

Summary[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Previous Club Fee Ref
26 June 2009 Republic of Ireland Mark Yeates Colchester United Undisclosed [9]
6 July 2009 Wales Danny Coyne Unattached (Tranmere Rovers) Free [12]
3 August 2009 England Leroy Lita Unattached (Reading) Free [17]

Loans in[edit]

Date Player Club from Period Ref
15 September 2009 Republic of Ireland Sean St Ledger Preston North End 3 months [24]
19 September 2009 Republic of Ireland Caleb Folan Hull City Until 7 December 2009 [25][26]
30 October 2009 England Marcus Bent Birmingham City 3 months [28]
5 November 2009 England Isaiah Osbourne Aston Villa 2 months
17 November 2009 England Dave Kitson Stoke City 6 weeks [29]

Trials in[edit]

Date Player Club from Period Ref
January 2010 Netherlands Dominique Kivuvu NEC Nijmegen [30]
January 2010 England Nicky Weaver Dundee United [30]

Out[edit]

For departures of players out of contract at the end of 2008–09 see 2008–09 Middlesbrough F.C. season.

Date Player New Club Fee Ref
16 July 2009 England Stewart Downing Aston Villa £12 million [14]
27 August 2009 Germany Robert Huth Stoke City £5 million[Note 1] [19]
27 August 2009 Turkey Tuncay Şanlı Stoke City £5 million [20]
4 September 2009 Brazil Afonso Alves Al-Sadd £7 million [22][23]
30 June 2010 France Jérémie Aliadière Released Out of contract [31]
30 June 2010 England Chris Riggott Released Out of contract [32]
Note 1 Huth's initial transfer fee is £5 million, possibly rising to £6 million.

Loans Out[edit]

Date Player Club to Period Ref
3 August 2009 Egypt Mido El Zamalek Until end of season
Fee: £450,000
[16]
17 August 2009 England Nathan Porritt Darlington Until 14 September 2009 [18]
23 September 2009 England John Johnson Northampton Town Until 23 October 2009 (Later extended to 1 January 2009) [27]
19 November 2009 England Josh Walker Northampton Town Until 1 January 2010
7 December 2009 England Gary Martin Northampton Town 2 weeks (work experience)
7 December 2009 Republic of Ireland James Cronesberry Grimsby Town 2 weeks (work experience)
21 December 2009 England Ashley Corker Cheltenham Town 1 week (work experience)
France Didier Digard
23 February 2010 England Gary Martin Újpest 6 months [33]

Trials out[edit]

Date Player Club at Period Ref
May 2010 Netherlands Marvin Emnes Fortuna Düsseldorf [34]

Squad[edit]

The squad numbers for the 2009–10 season were announced on 27 July 2009. Brad Jones took over the number 1 shirt, while Matthew Bates moved to 4, pushing Gary O'Neil to 16. Most of the players with high squad numbers moved down the list to fill in the empty spaces. Mido was given the number 9 shirt before going out on loan, while Afonso Alves retained number 12 until he left.[35] Due to the numerous players who transferred in and out or who came on loan, many squad numbers were used by more than 1 player throughout the season.

Appearances and goals[edit]

Appearance and goalscoring records for all the players who are in the Middlesbrough F.C. first team squad during the 2009–10 season.[36]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Football League
Championship
FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Australia Brad Jones 23 0 23 0 0 0 0 0
2 DF England Justin Hoyte 32 1 30 1 1 0 1 0
3 DF England Andrew Taylor 13 0 12 0 0 0 1 0
4 DF England Matthew Bates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 DF England Chris Riggott 7 0 6 0 1 0 0 0
6 DF Austria Emanuel Pogatetz 13 0 13 0 0 0 0 0
7 MF Republic of Ireland Mark Yeates 21 0 19 0 1 0 1 0
7 FW Australia Scott McDonald 13 4 13 4 0 0 0 0
8 MF France Didier Digard 9 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
9 FW England Leroy Lita 41 9 40 9 0 0 1 0
10 FW France Jérémie Aliadière 21 4 20 4 0 0 1 0
11 MF Netherlands Marvin Emnes 18 1 16 1 1 0 1 0
12 FW Brazil Afonso Alves 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 DF Republic of Ireland Sean St Ledger 15 1 15 1 0 0 0 0
12 FW New Zealand Chris Killen 17 3 17 3 0 0 0 0
14 DF Germany Robert Huth 5 0 4 0 0 0 1 0
14 FW Republic of Ireland Caleb Folan 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
14 MF Republic of Ireland Willo Flood 11 1 11 1 0 0 0 0
15 MF Egypt Mohamed Shawky 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 MF Republic of Ireland Jay O'Shea 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
16 MF England Gary O'Neil 36 4 35 4 1 0 0 0
17 FW Turkey Tuncay Şanlı 3 2 3 2 0 0 0 0
17 MF Scotland Barry Robson 18 5 18 5 0 0 0 0
18 MF England Adam Johnson 28 12 26 11 1 0 1 1
18 FW Scotland Lee Miller 10 0 10 0 0 0 0 0
19 FW England Marcus Bent 8 0 7 0 1 0 0 0
19 DF Scotland Stephen McManus 16 1 16 1 0 0 0 0
20 MF Argentina Julio Arca 36 0 34 0 1 0 1 0
21 GK Wales Danny Coyne 26 0 24 0 1 0 1 0
22 MF England Josh Walker 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
23 DF England Jonathan Grounds 20 0 20 0 0 0 0 0
24 DF England Seb Hines 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
25 MF Australia Rhys Williams 34 2 32 2 1 0 1 0
26 MF England John Johnson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 DF England Joe Bennett 13 0 12 0 0 0 1 0
28 FW England Jonathan Franks 25 3 23 3 1 0 1 0
29 DF England Tony McMahon 22 0 21 0 1 0 0 0
30 GK England Jason Steele 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 DF England David Wheater 44 1 42 1 1 0 1 0
32 MF England Nathan Porritt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 FW England Dave Kitson 6 3 6 3 0 0 0 0
33 DF England Kyle Naughton 15 0 15 0 0 0 0 0
34 MF England Isaiah Osbourne 9 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
35 FW England Luke Williams 5 0 4 0 1 0 0 0
37 MF England Bruno Pilatos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 MF Scotland Cameron Park 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 DF England Ben Gibson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Pre-season[edit]

Summary[edit]

Top scorers
Australia Rhys Williams 4
England Adam Johnson 2

An early disruption to the new season's planning was the failure of Afonso Alves and Mido to return for the start of pre-season training. Alves returned a few days later, but it took Mido two extra weeks. He was heavily fined by the club and when he finally returned he had to catch up on missed fitness training and didn't tour with the rest of the team when they visited Scotland.[37]

Middlesbrough's pre-season campaign consisted entirely of away fixtures. Their pre-season got off to a good start with a 3–0 win over Macclesfield Town, fielding different line-ups in both halves, with only goalkeeper Danny Coyne remaining on the field throughout. This was followed by a strong 5–0 win over Dumbarton, although Didier Digard sustained a hip flexor injury. Boro were without recognised strikers for their friendly against Carlisle United, but continued their winning run with a 2–0 win.

A friendly against Darlington was planned for 29 July, but was cancelled at Darlington's request due to their long injury list. An alternative friendly against Oldham Athletic was swiftly arranged for the same night.[38] In that game, Middlesbrough came from a goal down to lead, 2–1, but let their lead slip and the game finished in a 2–2 draw.

Their final game saw Middlesbrough again come from behind. Rhys Williams scored his fourth goal of pre-season to level the tie against Millwall. The game, which finished 1–1, was a benefit match for former Lions and Republic of Ireland striker Richard Sadlier.[39]

Results[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Note: Results are given with Middlesbrough score listed first. Man of the Match is according to mfc.co.uk.

Game Date Venue Opponent Result
F–A
Attendance Boro Goalscorers Man/Men of the Match
1 18 July 2009 A England Macclesfield Town 3–0 728 Arca 71' (pen.), Emnes 86', Franks 88' Yeates (1st half), Franks (2nd half)
2 22 July 2009 A Scotland Dumbarton 5–0 O'Neil 6', Dunlop 42' (o.g.), Aliadière 45', A. Johnson 70', Williams 73' Not named
3 25 July 2009 A England Carlisle United 2–0 2,420 A. Johnson 4', Williams 80' O'Neil
4 29 July 2009 A England Oldham Athletic 2–2 1,139 Williams 58', Huth A. Johnson
5 1 August 2009 A England Millwall 1–1 3,620 Williams 81' Huth

Championship[edit]

August[edit]

Middlesbrough kicked off the English football season with a televised Friday night game at home to last season's play-off finalists Sheffield United. With Brad Jones injured, Danny Coyne was handed his debut, along with Mark Yeates, while pre-season top scorer Rhys Williams started the game in midfield. As was their problem last season, Middlesbrough struggled to create chances in front of goal. Yeates and Adam Johnson were lively on the wings but with a lack of physical presence up front, the home side were unable to score, even following the introduction of new boy Leroy Lita in the second half. The defence coped well to keep a clean sheet, as the game petered out to a 0–0 draw.[40]

A long trip to Swansea City brought a first away victory in the league since November, and ended their club record run of twelve consecutive away defeats. With Didier Digard out injured for two to three weeks, Gary O'Neil—who delayed a hernia operation to play—lined up in midfield, while Lita was handed his first start up front. Adam Johnson scored Boro's first goal of the season when his cross-cum-shot slipped past Swansea goalkeeper Dorus de Vries. Marvin Emnes got Middlesbrough's second while substitute Tuncay Şanlı, still expected to leave before the end of the month, headed home the third from a Johnson corner. The 3–0 win was their biggest away from home since August 2005.[41]

A second consecutive away win followed at Scunthorpe. Adam Johnson latched onto a fine ball from Gary O'Neil and lobbed it over the head of Scunthorpe goalkeeper Joe Murphy. Their second goal came in a frantic start to the second half. Rhys Williams was brought down in the box with just two minutes played, and the referee awarded a penalty. Murphy saved Johnson's spot kick, but Johnson got to the ball first and was subsequently brought down by the Scunthorpe keeper. A second penalty was awarded, and this time Johnson fired home. Scunthorpe had plenty of chances to mount a comeback but Danny Coyne pulled off a series of good saves to maintain his side's record as the only one yet to concede a goal in the Championship.[42]

Middlesbrough's winning run continued with a 2–0 win over Doncaster Rovers. Marvin Emnes had to be taken off with a head injury following a collision with Doncaster goalkeeper Neil Sullivan. His replacement, Tuncay, put Boro ahead almost immediately after his introduction, while Leroy Lita got his first goal for the club in the second half. The win moved them top of the table, until Cardiff regained the spot the following day.[43]

Boro suffered their first loss in the Championship, away to Bristol City, going down, 2–1. A Nicky Maynard stoppage time finish condemned Middlesbrough, having scored earlier in the game as well. This was the visitors' first game without Robert Huth and Tuncay Şanlı, who had both moved to Stoke City.[44]

September[edit]

Following the international break, Middlesbrough played against Ipswich Town, winning, 3–1. Gary O'Neil scored his first for the season, which was followed up by substitute Jérémie Aliadière's brace in the second half. However, a penalty was conceded in stoppage time in Ipswich's favour, ending Boro's Riverside clean sheet streak this season.[45]

Middlesbrough continued their great start to September, defeating Sheffield Wednesday, 3–1. A Darren Purse own goal equalised the game, followed by second half strikes from Jérémie Aliadière and Adam Johnson which led the side to victory.[46] Following Newcastle's loss to Blackpool, Middlesbrough leapfrogged Newcastle into 2nd, and are only one point behind WBA.

Middlesbrough's biggest test of the season came the following week, against West Bromwich. After a bright start, Rhys Williams conceded a foul and former Boro trainee Chris Brunt scored his first of two, following a deflection off Julio Arca. Everything went downhill from hereon, with West Bromwich dominating proceedings. Their second came from a goalkeeping miskick, as Danny Coyne left his line to clear, but only to Brunt, who finished from 50 yards out into an empty goal. Boro, played poorly, offering one of their worst performances so far. This result dropped the Boro to third, below Newcastle United, and affected their goal difference greatly. After the game, Gareth Southgate admitted his team had been 'battered'.[47]

Middlesbrough started off brightly against Coventry City, taking a 2–0 lead into half time, with goals coming from St Ledger and Rhys Williams. However, two second half goals to Coventry, including one in the 5th minute of stoppage time from Leon Best condemned Boro to a disappointing draw.[48]

Results[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Note: Results are given with Middlesbrough score listed first. Man of the Match is according to mfc.co.uk.

Game Date Venue Opponent Result
F–A
Attendance Boro Goalscorers Man of the Match
1 7 August 2009 H Sheffield United 0–0 23,541 Wheater
2 15 August 2009 A Swansea City 3–0 16,201 A. Johnson 32', Emnes 52', Tuncay 82' O'Neil
3 18 August 2009 A Scunthorpe United 2–0 8,274 A. Johnson (2) 28', 53' (pen.) Coyne
4 22 August 2009 H Doncaster Rovers 2–0 22,041 Tuncay 17', Lita 71' Huth
5 29 August 2009 A Bristol City 1–2 14,402 A. Johnson 80' (pen.) Arca
6 12 September 2009 H Ipswich Town 3–1 19,742 O'Neil 17', Aliadière (2) 66', 85' Arca
7 15 September 2009 A Sheffield Wednesday 3–1 21,722 Purse (o.g.) 19', Aliadière 49', A. Johnson 85' A. Johnson
8 19 September 2009 H West Bromwich Albion 0–5 22,725 Williams
9 26 September 2009 A Coventry City 2–2 16,771 St Ledger 40', Williams 45'+3 Jones
10 29 September 2009 H Leicester City 0–1 18,577 Lita
11 3 October 2009 A Reading 2–0 17,638 St Ledger 12', Lita 55' Lita
12 18 October 2009 H Watford 0–1 18,957 O'Neil
13 20 October 2009 H Derby County 2–0 17,459 A. Johnson (2) 22'(pen.), 59' Lita
14 24 October 2009 A Preston North End 2–2 16,116 O'Neil 43', A. Johnson 67' O'Neil
15 31 October 2009 H Plymouth 0–1 21,141 Williams
16 7 November 2009 A Crystal Palace 0–1 15,321 Hoyte
17 21 November 2009 H Nottingham Forest 1–1 22,710 Lita 5' Jones
18 28 November 2009 A Peterborough United 2–2 10,772 Kitson 28', 58' Kitson
19 5 December 2009 A QPR 5–1 13,949 Kitson 31', Lita (2) 50' (pen.), 60', O'Neil 75', Yeates 87' Lita
20 8 December 2009 H Blackpool 0–3 18,089 Yeates
21 13 December 2009 H Cardiff City 0–1 17,232 Yeates
22 20 December 2009 A Newcastle United 0–2 49,644 Pogatetz
23 26 December 2009 H Scunthorpe United 3–0 20,647 A. Johnson 11' (pen.), Williams 45', Aliadière 46' Williams
24 28 December 2009 A Barnsley 1–2 18,001 Hoyte 23' Riggott
25 16 January 2010 A Sheffield United 0–1 23,974 Not awarded
26 23 January 2010 H Swansea City 1–1 16,847 Flood 58' Coyne
27 26 January 2010 A Doncaster Rovers 4–1 10,794 A. Johnson (2) 30', 90'+1, Franks 45'+2, Lita 66' A. Johnson
28 30 January 2010 H Bristol City 0-0 17,865 Wheater
29 6 February 2010 A Ipswich Town 1–1 21,243 Wheater 62' McManus
30 9 February 2010 H Barnsley 2–1 17,775 Killen 24', O'Neil 35' McDonald
31 13 February 2010 H Peterborough United 1–0 18,412 Robson 7' Robson
32 16 February 2010 A Blackpool 0–2 7,936 Wheater
33 20 February 2010 A Nottingham Forest 0–1 25,498 McManus
34 27 February 2010 H QPR 2–0 17,568 Robson (2) 39' (pen.), 45'+2 (pen.) Robson
35 6 March 2010 A Cardiff City 0–1 19,803 O'Neil
36 13 March 2010 H Newcastle United 2–2 27,342 Robson 36', McDonald 74' Robson
37 16 March 2010 A Derby County 2–2 27,143 Robson 15', Lita 90' Robson
38 20 March 2010 H Reading 1–1 17,082 Killen 47' Jones
39 23 March 2010 H Preston North End 2–0 16,974 Killen 29', Franks 90' Jones
40 27 March 2010 H Watford 1–1 14,038 Lita 55' McManus
41 3 April 2010 H Crystal Palace 1–1 18,428 McDonald 15' Williams
42 5 April 2010 A Plymouth 2–0 11,770 McManus 22', Franks 90'+4 Robson
43 10 April 2010 H Sheffield Wednesday 1–0 19,932 McDonald 40' Wheater
44 17 April 2010 A West Bromwich Albion 0–2 22,548 Jones
45 24 April 2010 H Coventry City 1–1 20,771 McDonald 52' L. Williams
46 2 May 2010 A Leicester City 0–2 30,223 Jones

League Cup[edit]

Middlesbrough were given a first round bye. They faced Nottingham Forest in the second round.[49] Despite Middlesbrough taking the lead through Adam Johnson, they lost the game in extra time 2 – 1. This was Middlesbrough's first loss for the season.[50]

Round Date Venue Opponent Result
F–A
Attendance Boro Goalscorers Man of the Match
2 25 August 2009 A Nottingham Forest 1–2 AET 8,838 A. Johnson 43' Wheater

FA Cup[edit]

Middlesbrough were given a first round bye. They faced Manchester City in the third round. With the only goal scored by Benjani Mwaruwari for City, Middlesbrough finally lost, 0–1.

Round Date Venue Opponent Result
F–A
Attendance Boro Goalscorers Man of the Match
3 3 January 2010 H Manchester City 0–1 12,474 O'Neil

Staff[edit]

Before the season began, a shakeup in the backroom team saw Malcolm Crosby leave his post as assistant manager, a role he had held for three years, since Gareth Southgate began as manager. He had joined Middlesbrough two years prior to that, as manager of the reserve side.[51] Head of sports science Chris Barnes, sports psychologist Michael Caulfield, fitness coach Frank Nuttall and masseuse Dave French also left the club as part of a restructuring of the back room team.[52]

Gareth Southgate's former manager at Crystal Palace, Alan Smith, was brought in as a football consultant. Southgate and chairman Steve Gibson discussed the matter in detail before the appointment, which sees Smith take a behind-the-scenes role, rather than being involved on the training pitch or in the dressing room.[53]

On 20 October, Gareth Southgate and Alan Smith were both relieved of their duties with immediate effect.[54]

On 3 May, the day after the final game of the season, Middlesbrough announced that first team coach Colin Cooper, goalkeeping coach Stephen Pears and reserve team coach Martin Scott had all been relieved of their duties, with Gordon Strachan planning changes for a promotion push next season.[55]

Other events[edit]

A special promotion on Half Season Cards was launched in early December, which offered fans who bought the tickets a chance to "win" a full refund, if Middlesbrough won their first four Championship games after Christmas. However, following feedback from a number of existing Season Card holders, who had paid their money up front long before the season began, the special offer was swiftly withdrawn.[56]

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