Although Boro may be limited in resources just now, nothing at all will spoil Boro's big return to the Riverside tomorrow. A minute's applause. Everyone wear red. It will be emotional and it will be memorable. And for Neil Warnock it is the moment he has been waiting for since day one. Boro v Bristol City kick off 3pm and yes at long last, ladies and gentlemen we can take our seats down at the Riverside.

“I have waited the whole time since I came into the club for this,” Neil Warnock told me as he looked ahead to tomorrow's game. Because for the first time ever Neil Warnock will experience the home supporters. He has had plenty of abuse in the past as a visiting manager, not least because he often tended to win. But tomorrow he will be taking his seat in the Home dug out and you just know he will be giving us wave after wave in what will be such a special day.

There will be a minute's applause before kick off in respect to all that didn't make it through that terrible pandemic and also to show our thanks and admiration for the key workers, of which many will be guests of the club, seated behind the goal in the South Stand.

How apt that Nigel Pearson will be the visiting manager, as Nigel it was that led the Boro team out in the first ever game at the Riverside. Tomorrow he will bring his Bristol City team into town. And do you know when I said nothing will spoil the day, well the Robins have been perennial party-poopers over the years, spoiling Mogga's managerial debut amongst other unwanted shocks. Hopefully, that won't be the case this time around.

Boro are struggling to get a team out just now but Warnock's message is..
"I am hoping that whatever team I put out that they get behind us.”
The bigger picture from the boss is that with our help we can make our stadium somewhere that opponents fear to tread.
“We want to really make it into a fortress.”

On the subject of the Boro numbers game, Warnock was very candid.
“We are going to have problems at the minute until we increase the squad but whoever goes out will give it their all and I want the fans to get behind us and make it a red day isn’t it?”

The boss then said he will have to root around for his own dash of colour.
“I will see if I have got a red hanky or something. I don’t know whether I have…
I have got red pants on Rob but I can’t see me showing them, anyway.”

Perhaps a scarf would be more appropriate Neil. Someone sort the gaffer out with a Boro scarf.

See you all at the Riverside – and if you fancy a socially distanced pre-game chat and fanzine then I will be seated outside Base Camp in Exchange Square near the railway station. We can even have a drink and some scran. See you anytime after noon.

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