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Ayresome Park Memories

Eric Paylor and John Wilson

Ayresome Park, home to Middlesbrough Football Club for most of the 20th century, will always have a special place in the hearts of followers of the club. It is now 10 years since the ground’s closure, and it seems a fitting moment for the publication of this revised and updated edition of the best-selling Ayresome Park Memories, by Eric Paylor and John Wilson.

As well as a new foreword by John Hendrie, the last player ever to score a goal at Ayresome Park, there is a new introduction and a photograph section showing what has happened to the site of the ground since the turnstiles were closed for ever back in 1995. An index has also been added for this new edition.

In all the book is a comprehensive and fascinating look at Middlesbrough’s history at Ayresome Park. The authors recreate great games from the club’s past, tell the story of the stadium throughout its 92-year period as home to the heroes in red and white, and include the memories of legions of players and supporters who were the lifeblood of the club during the 20th century. A detailed statistical record of ’Boro’s fortunes at Ayresome Park completes the picture – making this lovingly researched and written book a homage to a great club and a great stadium.

About the Authors

JOHN WILSON was born in Stockton and has been a Middlesbrough supporter for 45 years. He is a graduate of the Open University, a former deputy headteacher and college tutor, and now deals in sporting memorabilia.

ERIC PAYLOR was first introduced to Ayresome Park when, as a cub reporter on the Hartlepool Mail, he covered Middlesbrough’s glory years under Jack Charlton. He later progressed to the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette and was appointed chief sports writer in 1985.




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