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2018–19 Middlesbrough F.C. season

The 2018–19 season is Middlesbrough's second consecutive season in the Championship in their 143rd year in existence, the club will also compete in the FA Cup and the EFL Cup.[1]

Middlesbrough
2018–19 season
ChairmanSteve Gibson
ManagerTony Pulis
StadiumRiverside Stadium
Championship7th
FA CupFourth Round
EFL CupQuarter-finals
Highest home attendanceLeague/All: 30,881 vs Leeds
(9 February 2019)
Lowest home attendanceLeague: 21,016 vs Bristol City
(2 April 2019)
All: 9,942 vs Notts County
(14 August 2018, EFL Cup R1)
Average home league attendance23,164
Biggest win5–0 vs Peterborough United
(5 January 2019, FA Cup R3)
Biggest defeat0–3 vs Aston Villa
(1 December 2018, League)

Season overviewEdit

The 2018–19 transfer window is club manager Tony Pulis' first official summer transfer window as Middlesbrough manager.[2] Pulis' first signing of the window was a defensive Paddy McNair, arriving from rivals Sunderland for £5 million.[3] Bristol City star defender Aden Flint subsequently joined the club for a fee of £7 million.[4] Sam Stubbs and Djed Spence then joined the reserves, both on free transfers, arriving from Wigan Athletic and Fulham respectively.[5][6] As August emerged, Andy Lonergan joined the club on a free transfer from rivals Leeds United.[7] On 8 August 2018, Middlesbrough completed the signing of Jordan Hugill from West Ham United on a season-long loan deal.[8]

Tomás Mejías, Martin Cranie, Tom Brewitt, Liam Cooke, Liam Hegarty, Jakub Sinior, Keiran Storey, Robbie Tinkler, Jay Wilson and Matthew Elsdon were all released at the end of the 2017–18 season.[9] Antonio Barragán then left the club to join Real Betis permanently,[10] having spent the previous season on loan there, while Mikael Soisalo and Fábio left to join Zulte Waregem and Nantes respectively.[11][12] Players who were loaned out included Joe Fryer to Carlisle United,[13] Hayden Coulson to St Mirren,[14] Luke Armstrong to Gateshead,[15] George Miller to Bradford City.[16] The club then said their goodbyes to their team superstars: striker Patrick Bamford to Leeds, centre-back Ben Gibson and winger Adama Traoré.[17][18][19]

SquadEdit

First team squadEdit

As of 30 August 2018.[20]
Squad No. Name Nationality Position(s) Date of Birth (Age) Previous Team
Goalkeepers
1 Dimitrios Konstantopoulos   GK (1978-11-29) 29 November 1978 (age 40)   AEK Athens
23 Darren Randolph   GK (1987-05-12) 12 May 1987 (age 32)   West Ham United
31 Andy Lonergan   GK (1983-10-19) 19 October 1983 (age 35)   Leeds United
Defenders
3 George Friend   LB (1987-10-17) 17 October 1987 (age 31)   Doncaster Rovers
4 Daniel Ayala   CB (1990-11-07) 7 November 1990 (age 28)   Norwich City
5 Ryan Shotton   RB (1988-10-30) 30 October 1988 (age 30)   Birmingham City
14 Sam McQueen L   LB (1995-02-06) 6 February 1995 (age 24)   Southampton
20 Dael Fry   CB (1997-08-30) 30 August 1997 (age 22) Academy
24 Aden Flint   CB (1989-07-11) 11 July 1989 (age 30)   Bristol City
25 Nathan Wood   CB (2002-05-31) 31 May 2002 (age 17) Academy
Midfielders
7 Grant Leadbitter   DM / CM (1986-01-07) 7 January 1986 (age 33)   Ipswich Town
8 Adam Clayton   DM / CM (1989-01-14) 14 January 1989 (age 30)   Huddersfield Town
15 Julien De Sart   DM (1994-12-23) 23 December 1994 (age 24)   Standard Liège
16 Jonny Howson   CM (1988-05-21) 21 May 1988 (age 31)   Norwich City
17 Paddy McNair   DM / CM (1995-04-27) 27 April 1995 (age 24)   Sunderland
19 Stewart Downing   AM / LM / RM (1984-07-22) 22 July 1984 (age 35)   West Ham United
21 Marvin Johnson   LW (1990-12-01) 1 December 1990 (age 28)   Oxford United
26 Lewis Wing   AM (1995-05-23) 23 May 1995 (age 24)   Shildon
27 Harrison Chapman   AM (1997-11-05) 5 November 1997 (age 21) Academy
28 Marcus Tavernier   LW (1999-03-22) 22 March 1999 (age 20) Academy
37 Muhamed Bešić L   DM (1992-09-10) 10 September 1992 (age 27)   Everton
Strikers
9 Britt Assombalonga   ST (1992-12-06) 6 December 1992 (age 26)   Nottingham Forest
10 Martin Braithwaite   CF / FW (1991-06-05) 5 June 1991 (age 28)   Toulouse
11 Jordan Hugill   ST (1992-04-06) 6 April 1992 (age 27)   West Ham United
18 Ashley Fletcher   ST (1995-10-02) 2 October 1995 (age 23)   West Ham United
39 Rudy Gestede   FW (1988-10-10) 10 October 1988 (age 30)   Aston Villa
  • L = Player on Loan

CompetitionsEdit

Pre-season friendliesEdit

As part of their pre-season preparations, Middlesbrough faced Sturm Graz, Spennymoor Town, SV Sandhausen, Accrington Stanley, Rochdale and Hartlepool United.[21] Their match against Sunderland was abandoned at half-time because of storm conditions.[22]

ChampionshipEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
5 Aston Villa (O, P) 46 20 16 10 82 61 +21 76[a] Qualification for Championship play-offs
6 Derby County 46 20 14 12 69 54 +15 74
7 Middlesbrough 46 20 13 13 49 41 +8 73
8 Bristol City 46 19 13 14 59 53 +6 70
9 Nottingham Forest 46 17 15 14 61 54 +7 66
Source: EFL Official Website
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Head-to-head results[24]
(O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted.
Notes:
  1. ^ Aston Villa were promoted to the Premier League after beating Derby County in the Play-Off Final.[23]

Results by matchdayEdit

Matchday12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637383940414243444546
GroundAHHAHAAHHAAHAHHAHAAHHAAHHAAHAHAAHAHHAHHAAHHAHA
ResultDWWWWDLWDDWLWDDDWWDLDLWLWDWDWDLWWDLLLLLLWWWLWW
Position10112224223241134223366455555556555555888776777
Updated to match(es) played on 27 April 2019. Source: BBC Sport
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Result summaryEdit

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 20 13 13 49 41  +8 73 10 6 7 23 17  +6 10 7 6 26 24  +2

Last updated: 4 May 2019.
Source: BBC Sport

MatchesEdit

On 21 June 2018, the Championship fixtures for the forthcoming season were announced.[25][26]

FA CupEdit

The third round draw was made live on BBC by Ruud Gullit and Paul Ince from Stamford Bridge on 3 December 2018.[27] The fourth round draw was made live on BBC by Robbie Keane and Carl Ikeme from Wolverhampton on 7 January 2019.[28]

EFL CupEdit

On 15 June 2018, the draw for the first round was made in Vietnam.[29] The second round draw was made from the Stadium of Light on 16 August.[30] The third round draw was made on 30 August 2018 by David Seaman and Joleon Lescott.[31] The fourth round draw was made live on Quest by Rachel Yankey and Rachel Riley on 29 September.[32] The draw for the quarter-final was made live on Sky Sports by Jamie Redknapp and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink on 31 October.[33]

TransfersEdit

Transfers inEdit

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Team Ref.
1 July 2018 DF   Harold Essien Manchester City Undisclosed Academy [34]
1 July 2018 CB   Aden Flint Bristol City £7,000,000 First team [4]
1 July 2018 CB   Paddy McNair Sunderland £5,000,000 First team [3]
1 July 2018 CB   Sam Stubbs Wigan Athletic Free Academy [5]
4 July 2018 RB   Djed Spence Fulham Free Academy [6]
2 August 2018 GK   Andy Lonergan Leeds United Free First team [7]
18 August 2018 CM   Dan Ward Newcastle United Free Academy [35]
1 January 2019 CM   George Saville Millwall £8,000,000 First team [36]
24 January 2019 DM   John Obi Mikel   Tianjin TEDA Free First team [37]

Transfers outEdit

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Team Ref.
1 July 2018 RB   Antonio Barragán   Real Betis Undisclosed First team [10]
1 July 2018 CB   Tom Brewitt AFC Fylde Released Academy [9][38]
1 July 2018 CM   Liam Cooke Free agent Released Academy [9]
1 July 2018 CB   Martin Cranie Sheffield United Released First team [39][40]
1 July 2018 CB   Matthew Elsdon Barrow Free Academy [9][41]
1 July 2018 RB   Liam Hegarty Free agent Released Academy [9]
1 July 2018 GK   Bobby Jones Wigan Athletic Undisclosed Academy [42]
1 July 2018 GK   Tomás Mejías   Omonia Free First team [39][43]
1 July 2018 DM   Jakub Sinior   Hellas Verona Free Academy [9][44]
1 July 2018 RW   Mikael Soisalo   Zulte Waregem Undisclosed Academy [11]
1 July 2018 CB   Keiran Storey Free agent Released Academy [9]
1 July 2018 DM   Robbie Tinkler Gateshead Free Academy [9][45]
1 July 2018 CM   Jay Wilson Free agent Released Academy [9]
13 July 2018 CM   Lewis Maloney Gateshead Free Academy [46]
18 July 2018 LB   Fábio   Nantes Undisclosed First team [12]
30 July 2018 AM   Callum Cooke Peterborough United Free Academy [47]
31 July 2018 CF   Patrick Bamford Leeds United £10,000,000 First team [17]
5 August 2018 CB   Ben Gibson Burnley £15,000,000 First team [18]
8 August 2018 RW   Adama Traoré Wolverhampton Wanderers £18,000,000 First team [19]
31 August 2018 DM   Julien De Sart   Kortrijk Free transfer First team [48]
1 January 2019 LB   Nathan McGinley Forest Green Rovers Undisclosed Academy [49]
9 January 2019 GK   Connor Ripley Preston North End Undisclosed First team [50]
28 January 2019 RW   Harry Chapman Blackburn Rovers Undisclosed Academy [51]
29 January 2019 CM   Grant Leadbitter Sunderland Free transfer First team [52]
31 January 2019 CF   George Miller Barnsley Undisclosed Academy [53]

Loans inEdit

Start date Position Nationality Name From End date Team Ref.
8 August 2018 CF   Jordan Hugill West Ham United 31 May 2019 First team [8]
23 August 2018 DM   Muhamed Bešić Everton 31 May 2019 First team [54]
30 August 2018 LM   Sam McQueen Southampton 31 May 2019 First team [55]
31 August 2018 CB   Danny Batth Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 January 2019 First team [56][57]
31 August 2018 CM   George Saville Millwall 31 December 2018 First team [36]
1 January 2019 LW   Rajiv van La Parra Huddersfield Town 31 May 2019 First team [58]

Loans outEdit

Start date Position Nationality Name To End date Team Ref.
1 July 2018 GK   Joe Fryer Carlisle United 31 May 2019 Academy [13]
9 July 2018 LB   Hayden Coulson   St Mirren 17 October 2018 Academy [14][59]
16 July 2018 CF   Luke Armstrong Gateshead 31 December 2018 Academy [15][60]
16 July 2018 CF   George Miller Bradford City 30 January 2019 Academy [16][53]
27 July 2018 GK   Aynsley Pears Gateshead 31 May 2019 Academy [61]
3 August 2018 MF   Alex Pattison Yeovil Town 31 May 2019 Academy [62]
9 August 2018 GK   Connor Ripley Accrington Stanley 8 January 2019 First team [63][50]
29 August 2018 LB   Nathan McGinley Forest Green Rovers 31 December 2018 Academy [49]
30 August 2018 CB   Enes Mahmutovic Yeovil Town 1 January 2019 Academy [64][65]
31 August 2018 LM   Marvin Johnson Sheffield United 31 May 2019 First team [66]
9 November 2018 CF   Tyrone O'Neill Hartlepool United 31 December 2018 Academy [67]
3 January 2019 CF   Martin Braithwaite   Leganés 31 May 2019 First team [68]
11 January 2019 CF   Luke Armstrong Accrington Stanley 31 May 2019 Academy [60]
31 January 2019 LB   Hayden Coulson Cambridge United 31 May 2019 Academy [69]
31 January 2019 DM   Ben Liddle Forest Green Rovers 31 May 2019 Academy [70]
31 January 2019 CB   Sam Stubbs Notts County 31 May 2019 Academy [71]
31 January 2019 AM   Stephen Walker Milton Keynes Dons 31 May 2019 Academy [72]
7 February 2019 GK   Andy Lonergan Rochdale 21 February 2019 First team [73][74]

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