Before the season restarted, Boro were victorious in the Northern Victory League, and looked forward to competitive football again.
While striker George Elliott and keeper Tim Williamson were still at the top of their game, the team's chance at the championship had faded and they finished mid-table.
C., who are a football club based in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom. After three years it was clear that both clubs were becoming more successful and club officials knew that only an amalgamation would give them a serious chance of a place in the Football League.
The club retained its amateur status until 1889 when several members of Middlesbrough FC split to form Middlesbrough Ironopolis over a dispute.
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This article is about the history of Middlesbrough F. For a season-by-season record of league and cup performances, see Middlesbrough F. Both teams made their debuts as professional teams within a week of each other in December 1889.
Four years later, Middlesbrough enjoyed their highest finish to date, as they ended the 1913–14 season in third place, before the First World War intervened.