Middlesbrough Futsal Club

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Middlesbrough Futsal Club is an English futsal club based in Middlesbrough in the North East of England, playing in The FA Futsal League North. The club was founded in 2007 and play their home matches in Thornaby-on-Tees: a town in the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees.

Middlesbrough Futsal Club
Middlesbrough Futsal Club Crest 2009.jpg
Full name Middlesbrough Futsal Club
Nickname(s) Boro
Founded February 2007
Ground Thornaby Pavilion,
Thornaby, North Yorkshire, England
Ground Capacity 600
Chairman Damon Shaw
Manager Damon Shaw
League FA Futsal League – North
2010–2011 3rd


Middlesbrough Futsal Club was founded in 2007 after the success of the University of Teesside Futsal Club, to reach out to the community and to represent the town in the national league. Middlesbrough kicked off their existence winning the York Open and finished second in the Northern Futsal Premier League in 2007.

Middlesbrough Futsal Club now play in the FA Futsal League[1] – the official national championship of indoor football (FUTSAL) in England – and the FA Futsal Cup. They play their home matches at Thornaby Pavilion.

They also compete regionally in the Tees Valley Futsal League and have travelled around Europe competing against some of the top professional teams.[2]


Middlesbrough finished second in the Futsal Premier League Northern Conference. They played in the FA Futsal Cup finals in Sheffield, losing to eventual runners-up Vaughan's FC in the group stage, but failed to progress past the groups.


In 2008, Boro finished sixth in the first ever FA Futsal League North and retained the Tees Valley Futsal League. They also had two players, Ben Mortlock and Curtis Holmes, called up to the England national team. Curtis Holmes also represented Great Britain Universities in the World University Futsal Championship 2008 in Slovenia.


Middlesbrough had a rebuilding job to do after losing several important players from season 2008, but went on to record their best ever season.

Middlesbrough opened their season with a charity tournament featuring a Legends exhibition match. The Legends consisted of Curtis Fleming, Jim Platt and Craig Hignett, among other local celebrities.[3] Middlesbrough also defeated Tranmere Victoria 5–2 in this preseason tournament to signal their intent for the season.

Middlesbrough stormed to the FA Futsal League North title, defeating Loughborough University, FA Futsal Cup finalists 7–3 to clinch the title and went through to the playoffs, where they drew 1–1 with Tranmere Victoria and 5–5 with Genesis, missing out on a shot at the title.[4]

They went out of the group stage in The FA Futsal Cup, losing to London United and Team Bath before beating Worcestor 9–0. They reached the plate semi final, before being knocked out on penalties to Sheffield.

Ryon Leyshon broke into the England squad and became Middlesbrough's all-time top goalscorer.


Middlesbrough finished fourth in the FA Futsal League North failing to make the playoffs, Mikey Roberts, Jason Kilbride and Robbie Bettson all got selected for the Great Britain team for the World University Championships where they also finished 11th – the highest ever place they have finished. Robbie Bettson was top goalscorer in The FA Futsal League North with 20 goals.


Middlesbrough finished 3rd in The FA Futsal League North.

Club honours[edit]

  • Tees Valley Futsal League: 5
    • 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • York Invitational: 1
    • 2007
  • BUCS Championship: 2
    • 2007, 2010
  • BUCS Trophy: 1
    • 2009
  • North Riding Futsal League: 1
    • 2009
  • FA Futsal League North: 1
    • 2009
  • FA Futsal Plate: 1
    • 2010

First team squad 2011–2012[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Eliot Brown
22 England GK Lewis Kirtley
3 England Joshua Poyser
5 England James Risbrough
6 Scotland Richie Dacombe
7 England Sean O'Brien
8 England Ryan Harker
9 England Mikey Roberts
10 England Robbie Bettson
11 England Pete Bulmer
21 England Theo Furness

Notable players[edit]

There have been a few notable players who have played for Middlesbrough Futsal Club.

Most goals[edit]

# Name Career Goals
1 Ryon Leyshon 2007–2009 85
2 Jason Kilbride 2008–2011 77
3 Matt Wootton 2007–2009 60
4 Robbie Bettson 2009–present 50
5 Mikey Roberts 2009–present 47
6 Ben Mortlock 2007–2008 40
7 Ben Everson 2006–2007, 2009 34
8 Nick Hamblin 2006–2009 33
9 Immy Rashid 2005–2008 32
10 David Herbert 2007–2009 27


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