It’s cold in Boro – part 2

Last updated : 06 February 2003 By Martyn Elliott

Last week the senior game at the Riverside was postponed 27 hours before kick off, this time our boys were already at the ground before the pitch was ruled unplayable.

Unlike last Friday’s decision there was no suggestion from us that the call off was anything other than genuine, rather than just being a bit cold and they thought they might lose.

The cancellation was however bad news for Gary Speed, who had been hoping to prove his fitness after a hernia operation, and Tony Caig who was scheduled to make his United debut.

Meanwhile, Smoggies chief executive Keith Lamb has been defending his club after the decision to call off last Saturday’s game.

"In the opinion of both Cleveland Police and Middlesbrough Council who run our safety advisory group, the state of the stadium inside and out meant they felt it unsafe to play the game," he said.

But he did concede that he could understand our frustration, adding: "Football is an emotional and passionate game and Bobby’s spoken as he’s seen it.

"There was no problem between Middlesbrough Football Club and Newcastle United. I rang Freddy Shepherd to congratulate him on the acquisition of Jonathan Woodgate."

Or to cut the PR speak out of Lamb’s words "it wasn’t our fault, but it was wrong".