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Formed 1876.
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2004

Middlesbrough was formed in 1876 and, like many of the older football clubs, it was started by members of the local cricket club as a means of staying in shape during the winter. The club was elected to the Football League in 1899, their first ever win in the league being recorded against Grimsby Town. The club began its life playing at Linthorpe Road, before moving to Ayresome Park in 1903. They stayed at Ayresome Park for 92 years before moving to the Riverside Stadium, which holds 35,100. The club had financial difficulties in the 1980's, coming within ten minutes of failing to raise the necessary fee for the league registration in the 1986-87 season. They were saved by a consortium organised by board member Steve Gibson and the official company name changed to Middlesbrough Football and Athletic Club (1986) Ltd. Middlesbrough has always been a fairly successful club, with the vast majority of its professional history spent in the top two division of English football. They had to wait a long time to win any major silverware, with a League Cup win finally coming in the 2003-04 season against Bolton Wanderers. In 2006 the team reached the UEFA Cup final, only to lose 4-0 to Sevilla.


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