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Stadium 02/04/2021

Everything You Need To Know About MFC’s Riverside Stadium

To commemorate the Riverside Stadium turning 25 years old, we wanted to answer all of your Riverside stadium questions and even show you the new 25 Years collection and junior collection, including clothing, stationery and even chocolate!  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Middlesbrough Football Club (@theboroofficial) When was the Riverside Stadium built?  Construction work started on the Riverside Stadium in 1994 and continued into 1995 and was completed by the Taylor Woodrow Construction company. The design was completed by The Miller Partnership and the structural engineer... Read More

Man kicking ball 01/04/2021

Football Bookings: Everything You Need To Know

Whether you are stood on the sidelines of your little one’s football game and frantically searching for the rules of football bookings after they’ve made a questionable tackle or if you just want to clarify the rules after a booking on TV – we’re here to clarify everything you need to know about football bookings.  What does a yellow card mean in football? Receiving a yellow card is a caution to a player who has committed a serious offence or misconduct. There are 6 offences which can lead to a... Read More


6 ways to make your new football boots fit

The day you get new boots is an exciting one! But what happens when you put them on and they’re too tight? Here at MFC Online Direct, we feel your pain (and not just with the blisters) so we have put together our top tips to make sure your new boots fit perfectly.  Making sure that your football boots fit right is an important factor for your performance during football training and on game day.  If they are too tight – you’ll be in pain. If they are too loose... Read More

Football pitch goal 03/12/2020

Everything you should know about football positions

With 11 players on the pitch, each has their own dedicated position and role to play in the beautiful game – but what are these positions and what is their purpose? Here at MFC Official Direct, we have created a guide which explains defenders from strikers and outline actions which certain players can and cannot perform. We’ll work our way down the pitch and start with… Goalkeeper  Main responsibility: stop the opposition from scoring. The most defensive player on the pitch. Oversees defence and advises play from the back. Can... Read More

Five a side pitch 24/09/2020

6 ways to step up your 5 a side game

It’s the one night of the week which is yours. The floodlights beat down, you have your MFC training kit on, and all your mates are around you – it’s the only time you get to unleash your inner Messi. It’s 5 a side night!  But do you find that you don’t always play the best that you can? Here at MFC Official Direct, we’re going to give you all the tips you need to step up your 5 a side game.  1. Be tactical It’s supposed to be fun,... Read More


7 things you should know about referees

Do you know your Collina from your Merk? Referees are vital to the beautiful game and are there to enforce the rules ensuring that all players are safe and playing a fair game (even though there may have been a few controversial referees that haven’t in the past). Here at MFC, we’re going to give you the facts you should know about referees so that you can impress your friends and maybe even win a pub quiz.  What is the role of a referee in football? This one may sound... Read More


How to Clean Football Boots

A step by step guide Putting on your football boots and working hard can often end with muddy results. What’s more, cleaning them can feel like a chore when you know that you’ll be lacing them back up in no time and getting back onto the pitch.  When you are heavily into your football, cleaning your boots can be the last thing on your agenda. But, what if by cleaning your boots regularly, you’ll be able to prolong your boot life? While you might not think that cleaning your football... Read More

Middlesbrough 19/09/2019

What to do in Middlesbrough: A guide to making the most out of what’s on your doorstep.

Middlesbrough, the home of the parmo and smoggie accent. An underrated tourist destination that offers a unique combination of the contemporary and the historical. But Middlesbrough is so much more than its stereotypes, it offers an upcoming city-vibe with the town’s independents putting Middlesbrough back on the map. Home to just under 140,000 residents, Middlesbrough’s beauty is entangled within the contrast of the industrial against the natural. Go to a football match. Middlesbrough Football Club is a great way to get involved with the football frenzy whilst still keeping it... Read More