Middlesbrough Football Club was formed in 1876 and turned professional in 1889. Like many other football clubs, it was formed by a group of local cricketers looking to pursue their sporting activities outside the cricket season.
Boro initially played their home games at Linthorpe Road before moving to Ayresome Park at the start of the 1903/04 season to tie in with their entry into the Football League. That was home until 1995 when Middlesbrough moved into the impressive all-seater Riverside Stadium. Footage from classic matches, as well as more recent games can be relived thanks to a selection of Middlesbrough FC season review DVDs.
Middlesbrough have never won the top flight championship in English football and their highest ever league finish occurred in 1913/14 when they ended up third in the First Division. The club reached a crisis point in 1986, after relegation to the Third Division. With only ten minutes to go to the Football League deadline the club was bailed out by a consortium lead by Steve Gibson and just managed to pay their League registration fee in time. The club was then officially renamed Middlesbrough Football and Athletic Club (1986) Ltd.
To date, Boro's only major Cup victory came in 2004 after winning the League Cup. Prior to that, they finished as runners up in the both the FA Cup and League Cup in 1997, and again in the League Cup in 1998. Boro also finished as runners up to Sevilla FC in the 2006 UEFA Cup Final.