Saints to play Boro

The New Saints have confirmed that they will play English Sky Bet Championship side Middlesbrough on Saturday the 2nd of August.

The match against The Smoggies will kick off at 14:30pm and will be played at The Saints’ Park Hall Stadium.

The friendly will also pit TNS manager Craig Harrison against one of his former clubs. The 36 year old came through the ranks at The Boro and broke into the first team aged only 19. The former defender made his debut for Middlesbrough against Barnet in an English Football League Cup victory and helped his side reach a second successive final in the thMiddlesbrough_cresten named Coca-Cola Cup.

Craig’s debut season was a huge success.  During the end of season awards, he was voted the Players Young Player of the Year and also won the Fans Player of the Year, which really showed how highly rated he was at The Riverside Stadium.

The Gateshead born Harrison, went onto make another 25 first team appearances that season and was part of the squad that helped the Teesiders achieve promotion to the English Premier League, during the 1997/1998 campaign.

The following season, he went on to make another six appearances for Middlesbrough as well as helping David Moyes’ Preston North End reach the Football League Second Division playoffs during a seven game loan spell.

In total, Harrison played 31 times for the club before joining London based, Crystal palace in August, 2000.