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)

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]

Season overview

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]

Squad

First team squad

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

Competitions

Pre-season friendlies

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]

Championship

League table

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 matchday

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 summary

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

Matches

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

FA Cup

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 Cup

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]

Transfers

Transfers in

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

Transfers out

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

Loans in

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

Loans out

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

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