23 January ~ Middlesbrough will be hoping to maintain their position at the top of the Championship this weekend when they face mid-table Nottingham Forest at the Riverside. In 1989 Forest, fourth in the top division, made the trip to the north-east looking for victory over a struggling Middlesbrough team. The game took place just a week after the Hillsborough disaster, with a minute’s silence held before kick-off.

During the match itself Stuart Ripley gave Boro the lead but Neil Webb and then Lee Chapman ensured the visitors were ahead at the break, after which Garry Parker and Chapman’s second made it 4-1. Boro mounted a late comeback, Bernie Slaven and Peter Davenport making it 4-3, but they couldn’t level and Forest took the victory. While Brian Clough’s team went on to finish third behind Arsenal and Liverpool, Middlesbrough managed just one point from their remaining three games and went down on the final day of the season.

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