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We Are Teesside
The old Ayresome Park turnstiles
A Farewell to Ayresome
Patrick tells his story of Ayresome Park being demolished in 1996. He was one of the few fans who visited the stadium during those dark months and kept a record of the progress. See his photos and video of the end of an era at the Boro.
Patrick Murray is not just any Boro fan – he is what I would describe as a superfan.
Please don't take my Boro away
He told me that he knew the security guards at the stadium. He says, “I knew them all. I lived in Whinney Banks so I’d just pop along and ask if I could take some photos.
“They’d let you just wander around and I’d say goodbye on the way out just to show I hadn’t taken anything. They were just there to keep an eye on things before the auction. I’d just go along and keep taking photos to show what was happening.”
A lifelong fan
Patrick began collecting Boro and other football paraphernalia as a young boy growing up around the corner from Ayresome Park.