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We'll knock 'em out.

Byline: Audrey Forbes

Die-hard Boro fans have greeted the next UEFA Cup tie with unshakeable confidence.

The club face Austrian side Graz AK in the last 32 of the competition and if they win will meet Sporting Lisbon or Feyenoord in the battle of the final 16.

But proud fans were left unfazed by yesterday's draw, which will make Boro the third British club which will face the Austrian side.

The European glory the club is enjoying is a lifetime dream for Glenn Kemp, 50, of Redcar.

He said: "I'm 50 years old now and this is the first time I've seen Boro play in Europe. I think it's truly wonderful.

"I think they'll put in a good show. I don't think that Graz are that good a team."

Geoff Stocker, 42, of Whinney Banks, Middlesbrough believes the challenge lies after the Graz cup tie.

"Graz isn't a bad match, it's the next ones that will be harder. I think we'll knock Graz out.

"It's good we're in Europe - we should be with this team. It's the best team we've ever had."

Alan Whelan, 50, of Hartburn, Stockton said: "I've been looking forward to this all my life.

"I'm quite happy with the draw against Graz. I think we'll go through. If they get through to the last 16 that would be great."

Jennifer Logan, 30, of Fairfield, Stockton said the team have done surprisingly well: "I think they'll do well against Graz because they're a good squad.

"It might be a bit of a problem after that, but it would be good if they got in the last 16."

Meanwhile Lauren Williams, 16, of Hartlepool is confident the side will triumph on the European stage.

"I think Boro have done brilliantly in UEFA and they'll do well. They'll get right through," she said.

Lizzie Kemp, 13, of Sacred Heart School said: "I think we'll thrash them all! I've watched most of the games. I think Hasselbaink will seal it for us."

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Dec 18, 2004
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