Middlesbrough Preview

The New Saints will take on English Sky Bet Championship side Middlesbrough at Park Hall Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

The match against The Smoggies will kick off at 15:00pm.

The fixture will be the first game that The Saints will play in since being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by SK Slovan Bratislava.

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 then 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.

Middlesbrough were founded in 1876 and play their home games at Riverside Stadium.

Tickets can be purchased from The Venue and will cost £8.00 for adults, £4.00 for concessions and only £1.00 for children.