Formed in 1876, Middlesbrough played at Ayresome Park for 92 years, before moving to the Riverside Stadium in 1992. They won the League Cup in 2004, and got through to the 2006 UEFA Cup Final. They’re known as the Boros, or the Smoggies.
Middlesbrough itself is an industrial town formed in 1830, though its history as a settlement dates back much further. It was once settled by Angle tribes, and then Vikings
If you’re in the area: Climb to the top of Rosebery Topping and take in majestic views over the North York Moors, or see the Boro play at Riverside Stadium.
Burnley FC were among the founder members of the Football League in 1888, and are one of the very few teams who’ve won all top four professional divisions of English football. Known as the Clarets for their deep red home shirts, they ascended to the Premier League for the 2016-17 season.
Burnley itself is a town in Lancashire, close to the ancient woodlands of the Forest of Bowland, one of Britain’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It began life in the Middle Ages as a collection of hamlets, and grew into a major industrial centre in the 20th century.
If you’re in the area: Spend some time exploring the Forest of Bowland, a region of fells, valleys and of course, forest. You can even go gliding at the Bowland Forest Gliding Club. You should also check out the famous sculpture known as the Singing Ringing Tree, which sings when the wind blows through it.
Hull City, known as The Tigers for their black and yellow strip, was founded in 1904. They play their home games at the KCOM Stadium, and their highest achievement today was to reach the final of the 2014 FA Cup.
Hull the place, full name Kingston upon Hull, is Britain’s City of Culture for 2017. It started life as a port town where the monks of Meaux Abbey exported their wool, played a key role in the English Civil Wars, and today is loved for its Old Town and Museum quarter, along with its many traditional pubs.
If you’re in the area: In 2017, Hull’s City of Culture status will see it host a vast number of events, including theatre, dance, film, music and art exhibitions – it’s a great time to visit!
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