Middlesbrough have today announced that they will take on both Mansfield Town and Rochdale in two pre-season friendlies away from home before the start of the 2017/18 Championship season.

Boro are back in the Championship after relegation from the Premier League last season and will be looking to bounce straight back at the first time of asking under the management of new gaffer Garry Monk.

Monk’s first game in charge of his new side will come on Wednesday 19th July, when he takes his squad to Field Mill to face League Two outfit Mansfield. The Teessiders have only played Mansfield once in the last 30 years. This game came back in the 2008 FA Cup when Boro came out on beating Mansfield 2-0 in their own back yard.

Three days after Monk’s first game in charge his side are then set to travel to Lancashire to face League One side Rochdale at Spotland. These two sides last met competitively in the Freight Rover Trophy back in February 1987. The game finished 0-0.

While these games are only friendlies, they will be a good chance for Monk to see what his squad is capable of and where he stands ahead of the 2017/18 season. The League One and Two sides should both prove to be a good test for Monk and his newly assembled Boro squad.

The two friendly games will be preceded by a warm-weather training camp and followed by a further friendly held at Boro’s home ground, the Riverside. This friendly itself is expected to be announced by the club in due course and is likely to take place on the weekend of Saturday 29th July.

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