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Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray backs Amelia Lily to win the X Factor

Crunch Sports Staff in Soccer 10 December 2011
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Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray has backed X Factor finalist Amelia Lily to win the competition this weekend.

17-year-old Amelia was given a signed Middlesbrough shirt at a homecoming gig this week in her hometown and the Boro boss said: "I'm a big X Factor fan. Everyone in the Mowbray household watches the show and we will be cheering on Amelia this Saturday, as will everyone at the club.

"We all watch the show on the coach when we are travelling home from away matches and we are all supporting Amelia to win the contest.

"It's causing great excitement and we wish her every success."

Amelia's father, Barry Oliver, said he was grateful for the support and told the club's official website: "We're relaxed about this weekend and there's no pressure on her because she's in the final and whatever happens now is a bonus.

"If anyone has been on an emotional rollercoaster it's Amelia and she has handled it really, really well.

"I'd like to see her win for the area more than anything because it would be good for Teesside and it will make it extra special coming at Christmas time."

Mowbray, who this week was named BBC North East Sports Personality of the Year, added: "Our family watch religiously - in fact, I missed half of a Barcelona match the other week to watch, that's how much we watch the X Factor in our house.

"We're all Amelia Lily fans and we heard the cheers on Wednesday when she turned up at her home, which is not too far away from where I live.

"We'll all be watching and cheering her on and I think the people of Teesside and the people of the North East should be getting behind her.

"For a young girl of 17 she's got a quite amazing voice and she's shown great personality and strength of character after being out the competition to being back in it.

"Let's hope she can pull it off at the weekend."

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