Middlesbrough F.c Best Players of All Time

Andrew Kovacs

Middlesbrough Football Club is a professional association football club based in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire. Established in 1876, they are one of the oldest clubs still playing today and compete in the English Football League Championship. The team has played their home games at Riverside Stadium since 1995 after previously spending 92 years at Ayresome Park from 1903-1995. Having been part of the original Premier League teams when it was founded back 19… , Middlesbrough have had many highs and lows over its history but remain an important part of England’s rich football heritage.

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1. Fabrizio Ravanelli

Fabrizio Ravanelli Career

  • 1986–1989: Perugia
  • 1989: Avellino
  • 1989–1990: Casertana
  • 1990–1992: Reggiana
  • 1992–1996: Juventus
  • 1996–1997: Middlesbrough
  • 1997–2000: Marseille
  • 2000–2001: Lazio
  • 2001–2003: Derby County
  • 2003–2004: Dundee
  • 2004–2005: Perugia
  • 1995–1999: Italy
  • 2011–2013: Juventus (youth)
  • 2013: Ajaccio
  • 2018: Arsenal Kyiv
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

One of the most prolific strikers in Italian football history, Ravanelli enjoyed a successful career with Perugia, Avellino and Reggiana. He made his debut for Perugia in 1986 and went on to score 41 goals in 90 appearances for the club.

In 1989, he moved to Serie A side Avellino where he scored 6 goals before returning to Reggiana two years later. 

After helping Reggiana win promotion back to Serie A in 1992, Ravanelli then spent three seasons at Fiorentina before retiring from professional football at the age of 34 due to injury.

Since retirement, Ravanelli has worked as a television pundit and played occasional games for amateur clubs around Italy Fabrizio Ravanelli played for Juventus from 1992-1996. 

Middlesbrough before returning to Serie A with Marseille. He had a successful international career with Italy, appearing in 22 matches.

After leaving Marseille, he managed Ajaccio in Ligue 1 (2011-2013) and Arsenal Kyiv in the Ukrainian Premier League (2018).

Also Played For: olympique de marseille

2. Stewart Downing


Stewart Downing Career

  • –2001: Middlesbrough
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2001–2009: Middlesbrough: 181: (17)
  • 2003: → Sunderland (loan): 7: (3)
  • 2009–2011: Aston Villa: 63: (9)
  • 2011–2013: Liverpool: 65: (3)
  • 2013–2015: West Ham United: 69: (7)
  • 2015–2019: Middlesbrough: 153: (9)
  • 2019–2021: Blackburn Rovers: 59: (2)
  • Total: : 597: (50)
  • 2001: England U16: 2: (0)
  • 2002: England U18: 3: (0)
  • 2002–2003: England U19: 7: (0)
  • 2004–2005: England U21: 8: (0)
  • 2007: England B: 1: (2)
  • 2005–2014: England: 35: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Downing started his career at Middlesbrough before moving to Liverpool in 2009. Downing is a versatile player who can play as a winger or an attacking midfielder.

Downing has made over 180 appearances for Middlesbrough and Liverpool, scoring 17 goals in the process. Downing recently joined Derby County on loan until the end of the season.

Downing is a popular figure within both Middlesbrough and Liverpool, having won numerous awards throughout his career including two Premier League titles with Anfield. 

Downing has represented England at international level on several occasions, most notably during Euro 2012 where he played in all three of England's matches en route to finishing third overall Downing was born in Liverpool, England and started his career with Sunderland.

He then played for Aston Villa before moving to Liverpool where he became a regular starter. Downing's most successful years came at West Ham United where he won the Premier League twice and the FA Cup once. 

After leaving Westham, Downing joined Middlesbrough on a free transfer. Downing has also represented England at various levels, including U16s through to U21s and B team level. He retired from international football in 2014 after helping England reach the World Cup semi-finals that year.

Stewart Downing is now considered one of Liverpool's all-time greats, having made over 600 appearances for the club throughout his career.

3. Gareth Southgate


Gareth Southgate Career

  • 1988–1995: Crystal Palace
  • 1995–2001: Aston Villa
  • 2001–2006: Middlesbrough
  • 1995–2004: England
  • 2006–2009: Middlesbrough
  • 2013–2016: England U21
  • 2016–: England

Gareth Southgate is a well-known English football manager, who has been in charge of the England national team since 2016. He started his career at Southampton before moving to Crystal Palace and Aston Villa later on.

In 2001, he was appointed as the manager of Middlesbrough and led them to promotion from the Second Division in 2002–03 season. 

After leaving Middlesbrough, he became the assistant coach at Chelsea under Carlo Ancelotti where he worked until 2014 when Gareth took over as caretaker manager after Roberto Di Matteo left for Bayern Munich.

He then led England to their first ever World Cup victory in Russia this year by becoming only the third man to lead his country into a World Cup final (after Alf Ramsey and Bobby Robson). 

Gareth has currently managed by England alongside Sam Allardyce with whom he has had successful spells together including winning three consecutive Premier League titles between 2015-2018.

Which made him one of only four managers in history to achieve this feat (the others being Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola & Jurgen Klopp).

4. George Boateng

George Boateng Career

  • 1994–1995: Excelsior
  • 1995–1998: Feyenoord
  • 1998–1999: Coventry City
  • 1999–2002: Aston Villa
  • 2002–2008: Middlesbrough
  • 2008–2010: Hull City
  • 2010–2011: Skoda Xanthi
  • 2011–2012: Nottingham Forest
  • 2012–2013: T-Team
  • 1995–1998: Netherlands U21
  • 2001–2006: Netherlands
  • 2014–2015: Kelantan FA
  • 2018–2019: Blackburn Rovers (U13)
  • 2019–2020: Aston Villa (U18)
  • 2020–2022: Aston Villa (U23 coach)
  • 2022–: Ghana (assistant coach)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Boateng was born in Ghana, and began his football career playing for Nkawkaw. He moved to the Netherlands to play for Feyenoord, where he made 68 appearances over three seasons.

Boateng then signed with Aston Villa, where he spent four seasons before moving to Middlesbrough in 2008. 

In total, Boateng has played 103 matches in the English Premier League and 46 games in the Football League Championship during his career George Boateng started his managerial career at Kelantan FA in 2014.

He was appointed manager of Blackburn Rovers U13s in 2019 and will also take charge of Ghana's national team from 2020 onwards. 

Boateng is known for his attacking style, which has seen him manage clubs such as Middlesbrough and Hull City to success. In total, he has managed 499 club appearances and 23 goals across all levels of football.

Also Played For: coventry city fc

5. Mark Schwarzer


Mark Schwarzer Career

  • : Colo Cougars
  • : Penrith
  • : Blacktown Association
  • : Marconi Stallions
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1990–1994: Marconi Stallions: 58: (0)
  • 1994–1995: Dynamo Dresden: 2: (0)
  • 1995–1996: 1. FC Kaiserslautern: 4: (0)
  • 1996–1997: Bradford City: 13: (0)
  • 1997–2008: Middlesbrough: 366: (0)
  • 2008–2013: Fulham: 172: (0)
  • 2013–2015: Chelsea: 4: (0)
  • 2015–2016: Leicester City: 6: (0)
  • Total: : 625: (0)
  • 1989: Australia U17: 6: (0)
  • 1990–1991: Australia U20: 8: (0)
  • 1993–2013: Australia: 109: (0)

Schwarzer started his career in Australia playing for Colo Cougars before moving to Europe to play for Marconi Stallions and Dynamo Dresden. 

Schwarzer made his international debut with Australia in a November 1993 friendly against Paraguay and has since represented the country at numerous tournaments including the World Cup, Copa America and Asia Cup.

After leaving Germany, Schwarzer spent two seasons with 1 FC Kaiserslautern before joining Melbourne Victory in 2007 where he won three A-League titles, an FFA Cup and was Premiers Plate winner in 2010/11 season. 

In 2011 Schwarzer moved back to Europe signing for French side Lille OSC until 2016 when he retired from professional football after playing 58 games across all competitions during his time at Marseille.

Since retiring from professional football, Schwarzer has worked as goalkeeping coach of Premier League club Chelsea (2016-present) under current manager Maurizio Sarri.

On 6 October 2018 Mark Schwarzer received an award as Australian of the Year by Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a ceremony held at Parliament House Canberra Senior career covers 2006–2017.

6. George Camsell


George Camsell Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1920[2]: Durham Chapel: :
  • 1921[2]: Framwellgate Moor: :
  • 1922[2]: Tow Law Town: :
  • 1922[2]: Esh Winning: :
  • 1923[2]: Durham City: 0: (0)
  • 1923[2]: Esh Winning: :
  • 1924–1925[2]: Durham City: 21: (20)
  • 1925–1939[2]: Middlesbrough: 418: (325)
  • 1929–1936: England: 9: (18)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

George Camsell was born in Framwellgate Moor, England on 27 November 1902. He started playing football at an early age and progressed through the ranks of his local club before making his professional debut with Sheffield United in 1923.

After spells with Birmingham City and Coventry City, he joined Blackpool in 1937 where he won the League Championship in 1939-40 and 1946-47. Camsell finished his career with a spell at Mansfield Town where he made 135 appearances over three seasons before retiring in 1951.

After retirement, George Camsell became involved in coaching and managed several clubs including Chester City.

Rochdale County and Wellingborough Town before passing away from cancer on 7 March 1966 aged 63 years old George Camsell was a prolific goalscorer during his time with Durham Chapel and Framwellgate Moor, scoring over 100 goals in total.

He also enjoyed a successful international career for England, being part of the team that won the World Cup in 1934. George Camsell later moved to Middlesbrough, where he spent 18 seasons as a player and helped them win multiple league titles.

7. Jim Platt


  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1971–1983: Middlesbrough: 481: (0)
  • 1978–1979: → Hartlepool United (loan): 13: (0)
  • 1978–1979: → Cardiff City (loan): 4: (0)
  • 1983–1985: Ballymena United: :
  • 1985–1987: Coleraine: :
  • 1976–1986: Northern Ireland: 23: (0)
  • 1984–1985: Ballymena United
  • 1985–1991: Coleraine
  • 1991–1992: Ballyclare
  • 1992–1993: Assyriska
  • 1995: Darlington (joint manager with David Hodgson)
  • 1995–1996: Darlington
  • 1997: Gateshead
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Jim Platt is an Irish goalkeeper who played for Middlesbrough and Hartlepool United in the 1970s. He made his debut for Middlesbrough in 1971, but spent most of his time with Hartlepool before moving on to Cardiff City in 1978.

After retiring from football, Platt worked as a coach at Boro's academy until he was fired in 2008 after disagreements with the club's new management team. 

In 2009, he became goalkeeping coach at Newcastle United under Alan Pardew, whom he later replaced as manager following Pardew's resignation in December 2014.

On 9 October 2017, it was announced that Platt had been appointed assistant manager at Championship side Reading FC under Jaap Stam Jim Platt was a manager and international player for Northern Ireland. 

He started his managerial career at Ballymena United in 1984 before moving to Coleraine two years later. In 1991, he took over as Manager of Coleraine from Billy Bingham and led them to the Irish Cup Final victory that year.

He then moved on to manage Darlington in 1995 where he stayed for just one season before joining Gateshead in 1997. 

Jim Platt retired from playing football following the completion of the 1996-97 season with Gateshead, having made more than 230 appearances for his country during a glittering career which spanned nearly 20 years.

8. Ugo Ehiogu


Ugo Ehiogu Career

  • –: Senrab
  • –1989: West Bromwich Albion
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1989–1991: West Bromwich Albion: 2: (0)
  • 1991–2000: Aston Villa: 237: (12)
  • 2000–2007: Middlesbrough: 126: (7)
  • 2006–2007: → Leeds United (loan): 6: (1)
  • 2007–2008: Rangers: 9: (1)
  • 2008–2009: Sheffield United: 26: (1)
  • 2012: Wembley: 0: (0)
  • Total: : 406: (22)
  • 1992–1993: England U21: 15: (1)
  • 1994: England B: 1: (0)
  • 1996–2002: England: 4: (1)
  • 2014–2017: Tottenham Hotspur Under-23s
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Ugo Ehiogu was born on 3 November 1972 in Hackney, London. He started his career with Senrab before joining West Bromwich Albion in 1989. Ehiogu made over 350 appearances for the Baggies and won two Premier League titles and a FA Cup during his time at the club.

In 2005, he joined Tottenham Hotspur where he spent six years before retiring at the age of 33 due to injury. After retirement, Ehiogu became an assistant coach with Manchester City but resigned after just three months in charge due to personal reasons.

Ehiogu died on 21 April 2017 from a heart attack aged 44.[1] Ugo Ehiogu began his managerial career at Tottenham Hotspur Under-23s in 2014.

He was appointed manager of Aston Villa in 1991 and led the club to Premier League promotion in 2000. He then spent a season as manager of Middlesbrough before leaving for Leeds United on a loan deal in 2006. 

After leading Leeds to the Championship title, he signed with Rangers following their relegation from the Premiership in 2009. In 2012, Ugo returned to England as interim manager of Wembley Stadium after Harry Redknapp left the club due to health reasons.

He left Rangers at the end of that season and took over as Manager at West Bromwich Albion two years later where he remained until his resignation in 2017 due to personal reasons.

9. Paul Ince

Paul Ince Career

  • 1982–1986: West Ham United
  • 1986–1989: West Ham United
  • 1989–1995: Manchester United
  • 1995–1997: Inter Milan
  • 1997–1999: Liverpool
  • 1999–2002: Middlesbrough
  • 2002–2006: Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 2006: Swindon Town
  • 2007: Macclesfield Town
  • 1989: England U21
  • 1992: England B
  • 1992–2000: England
  • 2006–2007: Macclesfield Town
  • 2007–2008: Milton Keynes Dons
  • 2008: Blackburn Rovers
  • 2009–2010: Milton Keynes Dons
  • 2010–2011: Notts County
  • 2013–2014: Blackpool
  • 2022–: Reading
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Paul Ince is a former English footballer who played as a midfielder. He started his career at West Ham United before moving to Manchester United in 1989.

After spells with Inter Milan and Reading, Ince retired from professional football in 1997. Ince has since managed several clubs, most notably Reading, where he currently resides as manager.

Paul Ince was born on 21 October 1967 in Ilford, London England.[1] He began playing football for local club West Ham United at the age of nine and made his first-team debut two years later.

His performances for West Ham attracted the attention of Manchester United scouts and he signed for the Red Devils in 1989[3]. 

During his time at Old Trafford, Ince won numerous titles including three Premier League titles (1991–93), an FA Cup (1992) and a European Champions League trophy (1994).

Having made 206 appearances over three seasons with Manchester United scoring 10 goals.

Also Played For: manchester united f.c

10. Julio Arca


Julio Arca Career

  • 1992–1999: Argentinos Juniors
  • 1998–2000: Argentinos Juniors
  • 2000–2006: Sunderland
  • 2006–2013: Middlesbrough
  • 2015–2018: South Shields
  • 2001: Argentina U20
  • 2000: Argentina U21
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Julio Arca is a versatile central midfielder who has played for clubs in Argentina, Spain and England. He was signed by Sunderland in January 2014 for £4 million.

Arca started his career with Quilmes before moving to Spanish side Valencia, where he won the Copa del Rey in 2006 and 2007. He then joined Barcelona, where he won three La Liga titles (2008-10), two Champions League crowns (2009-10) and the Club World Cup (2012).

In summer 2013, Arca moved to English side Manchester City but failed to win any silverware at the club. After leaving Manchester City, Arca spent time on loan at French club Lille before joining Sunderland on a permanent deal in January 2014. 

At Sunderland, Arca has been used as both a central midfielder and left wingback due to his versatility and attacking instincts off the ball; these have seen him score four goals from 21 appearances so far this season. 

Julio Andrés "Jules"Arca was born 31 January 1981 in Quilmes,[1] an industrial city of Greater Buenos Aires Province, Argentina.

His mother's family are Basque immigrants[5][6][7] while his father's family are Argentine Jews from Córdoba province. Who had emigrated to Israel prior to Julio Andrés' birth.

Jules began playing football aged six or seven with local team Independiente Juniors de Quilmes after being spotted practising by their coach while accompanying his parents during a shopping trip.

While attending college between 2001−2004 studying Business Administration, Jules also played semi-professional football for Racing Club Argentino Juniors – helping them reach promotion playoffs twice including runner up finishes behind.

River Plate UANL & Boca Juniors respectively –before deciding against continuing his studies due to lack of time available following Racing Club’s relegation from Primera División which led him pursue professional opportunities instead opting out of contract early 2004 making himself unavailable for selection until 2005.

when he rejoined Independiente juniors permanently scoring 9 goals across all competitions leading them eventually finishing 3rd division champions that year earning promotion back into top flight Argentinian league system ahead of new campaign 2006–07 appearing 48 times starting 36.

Also Played For: sunderland a.f.c, south shields f.c

11. Nigel Pearson


Nigel Pearson Career

  • 1980–1981: Heanor Town
  • 1981–1987: Shrewsbury Town
  • 1987–1994: Sheffield Wednesday
  • 1994–1998: Middlesbrough
  • 1998–1999: Carlisle United
  • 2006: West Bromwich Albion (caretaker)
  • 2007: England U21 (caretaker)
  • 2007: Newcastle United (caretaker)
  • 2008: Newcastle United (caretaker)
  • 2008: Southampton
  • 2008–2010: Leicester City
  • 2010–2011: Hull City
  • 2011–2015: Leicester City
  • 2016: Derby County
  • 2017–2019: OH Leuven
  • 2019–2020: Watford
  • 2021–: Bristol City
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Nigel Pearson is a former English defender who played for Sheffield Wednesday and Bristol City. He was appointed manager of Bristol City in November 2009, after previously being their assistant manager.

In his first season in charge, Pearson led the club to promotion to League One, where they remained until relegation at the end of the 2013–14 season. 

After two seasons back in League Two, Pearson guided Bristol City back up to League One as champions in 2016–17; this marked his third successive promotion with a different club.

On 10 July 2018 he was sacked by Bristol City following a poor run of results which left them 19th out of 20 clubs in the Football League.

He has also managed Trinidad and Tobago national team, Huddersfield Town, Notts County, Leeds United U21s, Barnsley U23s, Leicester City's reserve side Exeter Chiefs' development squad and Crawley Town's academy staff as caretaker-manager during December 2017 while Eddie Howe took leave due to ill health.

Nigel Pearson commenced playing senior football at Shewsbury Town before joining local rivals Sheffield Wednesday on 1 January 1981 aged just 18 years old making 153 appearances scoring 5 goals over six seasons including winning both The FA Cup (1985) & UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (1986).

It wasn't long before Graham made history when starting against Liverpool – becoming only second player ever behind Billy Bremner & Ian Rush from non-league Shewsbury town side Shrewsbury Town to play 100 league games for one club.

(After leaving Wednesday he would go on loan later that year join Notts County helping them gain promotion via playoff). 

On 12 May 1987 Nigel signed for reigning Division 2 Champions Sheffield Wednesday achieving many honours such as reaching European competition twice more losing finalists 1986/87 UEFA Champions Clubs Tournament then winners 1988/89 Intertoto Cup but never getting past.

First round proper until 1992 beating Feyenoord Rotterdam 3-1 aggie fans were ecstatic, gaining entry into prestigious Club World Championship held by Spanish giant Valencia CF.

Eventually losing 2-1 away from home after extra time despite having world-class players like Gary Speed (Aston Villa), Paul McGrath (Rangers), Chris Waddle (& Wimbledon) etc available.

Also Played For: sheffield wednesday f.c

12. Massimo Maccarone


Massimo Maccarone Career

  • 1996–1998: Milan
  • 1998–2000: Milan
  • 1998: → Modena (loan)
  • 1998–1999: → Prato (loan)
  • 1999: → Varese (loan)
  • 1999–2000: Prato
  • 2000–2002: Empoli
  • 2002–2007: Middlesbrough
  • 2004–2005: → Parma (loan)
  • 2005: → Siena (loan)
  • 2007–2010: Siena
  • 2010–2011: Palermo
  • 2011–2014: Sampdoria
  • 2012–2014: → Empoli (loan)
  • 2014–2017: Empoli
  • 2017–2018: Brisbane Roar
  • 2018–2020: Carrarese
  • 1995: Italy U15
  • 1995–1996: Italy U16
  • 1998–1999: Italy U20
  • 2000–2002: Italy U21
  • 2002: Italy
  • 2022–: Ghiviborgo
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Massimo Maccarone is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for Ghiviborgo. Maccarone started his career at Milan before spending time on loan with Prato and Varese.

He has made over 250 appearances in the Italian top-flight, scoring 44 goals from midfield or forward. 

In 2010, he joined Palermo after being released by Milan following their relegation to Serie B; he spent two seasons with the Sicilian club before retiring in 2012 due to injury.

On 28 October 2015, Maccarone returned to action for Ghiviborgo as a substitute in their 2–1 home win against Paganese. 

Massimo Maccarone was born on 6 September 1979 in Galliate, Italy[4], and is currently 43 years old.Massimo Maccarone is a Italian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Empoli.

Massimo started his career at hometown club, Empoli, before moving to Middlesbrough in England in 2002. He played for Parma and Siena on loan during his time in Italy before returning to Empoli permanently in 2007. 

In 2010, he transferred to Palermo where he helped the side stay afloat until being released midway through the 2011-12 season after making 18 appearances total.

He then joined Serie B side Sampdoria but left them again just six months later due to financial difficulties at the club. In 2014, Maccarone signed with newly promoted Serie A team Empoli and has since made 99 appearances for "The Eagles". 

In 2018, he moved clubs once again joining Brisbane Roar FC of Australia's A-League competition where he currently remains contracted.

Also Played For: euro u21

13. Afonso Alves

Afonso Alves Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2001–2002: Atlético Mineiro: :
  • 2002–2003: Örgryte: 39: (23)
  • 2004–2006: Malmö FF: 55: (29)
  • 2006–2008: Heerenveen: 39: (45)
  • 2008–2009: Middlesbrough: 42: (10)
  • 2009–2010: Al Sadd: 13: (2)
  • 2010: → Al-Rayyan (loan): 7: (8)
  • 2010–2012: Al-Rayyan: 27: (19)
  • 2012–2013: Al-Gharafa: 4: (0)
  • Total: : 227: (136)
  • 2007: Brazil: 8: (1)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Afonso Alves is a Brazilian striker who has played for Atlético Mineiro and Corinthians. He was part of the Brazil squad that won the 2002 World Cup. Afonso Alves started his career at Atlético Mineiro, joining them in 2001.

During his time there he scored 41 goals in 101 appearances. After leaving Atlético Mineiro, Afonso Alves signed for Corinthians in 2006 where he spent two seasons before moving to Valencia on a free transfer in 2009. 

In Spain, he helped Valencia reach the UEFA Champions League Final in 2010 and win it three years later after beating Manchester United on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the final.

On 30 January 2017, Spanish club Sevilla announced they had agreed terms with Afonso Alves to sign him on a three-and-a-half year contract.

At international level, Afonso Alves has represented Brazil over 100 times scoring 34 goals including 10 goals at the 2002 World Cup which saw Brazil triumph over Italy becoming world champions for just the second time ever (the first being their own tournament victory back in 1950).

He also competed at Euro 2004 & 2008 as well as Copa América 2007 & 2015 - winning all four tournaments respectively.

14. Franck Queudrue

Franck Queudrue Career

  • : Lens
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1997–1999: Lens B: 41: (7)
  • 1999–2002: Lens: 42: (2)
  • 2001–2002: → Middlesbrough (loan): 28: (2)
  • 2002–2006: Middlesbrough: 122: (9)
  • 2006–2007: Fulham: 29: (1)
  • 2007–2010: Birmingham City: 47: (3)
  • 2010: → Colchester United (loan): 3: (0)
  • 2010–2012: Lens: 32: (2)
  • 2012–2013: Red Star: 25: (2)
  • Total: : 369: (28)
  • 2000: France B: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Franck Queudrue is a French left back who has played for Lens, Marseille and Newcastle United in the Premier League. He started his career at Lens before moving to Marseille in 2001 where he spent six seasons.

In 2007, Queudrue signed for Newcastle United but only made five appearances before being loaned out to Ligue 2 side AC Ajaccio the following season. 

Queudrue returned to Newcastle in 2009 and helped them win promotion to the Premier League that year as well as appearing in the 2010 FA Cup Final defeat against Chelsea.

He joined Tottenham Hotspur on loan during the 2012-13 season but was released by Newcastle at the end of that campaign without making an appearance for them again.

On 31 August 2013,Queudrue signed with Montpellier HSC on a two-year contract after leaving Tottenham Hotspur without making another appearance for them or any other club since his release from Newcastle United four years earlier.

After just one season with Montpellier, Queudrue joined Saint-Étienne on a two-year deal.

Following Saint Etienne's relegation from Ligue 1 at the end of 2018–19,[5][6]Queudruce moved into retirement indicates current team.

15. Joseph-Désiré Job

Joseph-Désiré Job Career

  • 1992–1993: Vénissieux
  • 1993–1996: Lyon
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1996–1999: Lyon: 41: (11)
  • 1999–2000: Lens: 24: (4)
  • 2000–2006: Middlesbrough: 94: (19)
  • 2002: → Metz (loan): 13: (2)
  • 2005–2006: → Al-Ittihad (loan): 28: (9)
  • 2006–2007: Sedan: 28: (10)
  • 2007–2008: Nice: 12: (3)
  • 2008–2009: Al-Kharitiyath: 23: (10)
  • 2009: Diyarbakırspor: 8: (0)
  • 2010–2011: Lierse: 10: (3)
  • Total: : 281: (71)
  • 1997–2008: Cameroon: 51: (9)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Joseph-Désiré Job was born on 1 December 1977 in Vénissieux, France. He started his career with Lyon in 1993 and went onto make over 200 appearances for the club before retiring at the end of the 2013/14 season.

In his time with Lyon, Job won two Ligue 1 titles and was also a part of their Champions League campaign in 2006–07. After retirement from playing, Job took up a coaching role at Marseille where he currently remains as manager (although he has been linked with other managerial vacancies).

Joseph-Désiré Job is widely regarded as one of the greatest left wingers to have ever played the game and is still regularly called up to represent his country, most recently appearing during Euro 2016 qualifying matches. 

Job was born on December 4, 1984 in Yaoundé, Cameroon. He started his career at the age of 18 with Lyon where he made 41 appearances and scored 11 goals over a three-year period.

In 1999, Job moved to Lens where he would make 24 appearances and score four goals before departing for Middlesbrough in 2000. 

After two seasons with Middlesbrough, Job transferred to Metz in 2002 on a loan deal from Lyon; after scoring 13 times during his time there he returned permanently to the French club shortly afterwards. 

In 2005, Job joined Al-Ittihad as a free agent after leaving Middlesbrough and quickly became an integral component of their attack.

However due to financial difficulties at the Arabian club he returned home midway through 2006 season without having played any games for them firstly joining Sedan before re-joining Nice later that year.

Since 2007, Job has been playing professionally in Turkey with Diyarbakırspor (2008), Lierse (2009) and currently Gençlerbirliği Süper Lig side Konyaspor (2010). 

Job has represented Cameroon 63 times between 1997–2008 including UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying matches against Israel which they won 2–1 thanks to a goal from Samuel Eto'o who had just come off the bench late into extra time despite being heavily booed by Israeli fans beforehand.

16. Stuart Parnaby


Stuart Parnaby Career

  • 199?–2000: Middlesbrough
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2000–2007: Middlesbrough: 91: (2)
  • 2000: → Halifax Town (loan): 6: (0)
  • 2007–2011: Birmingham City: 47: (0)
  • 2012–2014: Middlesbrough: 17: (0)
  • 2014–2015: Hartlepool United: 5: (0)
  • Total: : 166: (2)
  • 1998–1999: England U16: 11: (1)
  • 2000–2001: England U18: 8: (1)
  • 2002: England U20: 4: (1)
  • 2002–2003: England U21: 4: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Stuart Parnaby began his career at Middlesbrough before joining Birmingham City in 2008. Stuart is a right-back and has played for England at youth level.

Stuart is currently with Wigan Athletic, where he has made over 100 appearances since joining the club in 2014. Stuart Parnaby made his Middlesbrough debut in 2000 and went on to make 166 appearances for the club.

Stuart had spells at Halifax Town, Birmingham City, Hartlepool United and Middlesbrough before joining Ipswich Town on loan in 2012. Stuart returned to Boro later that year but was released by new manager Aitor Karanka at the end of the season.

Stuart signed a one-year deal with League Two side Hartlepool United in January 2015 but left after just five appearances due to injury problems. Stuart has since retired from playing football and is now focusing on his career as a coach.

17. Chris Riggott

Chris Riggott Career

  • 1999–2003: Derby County
  • 2003–2010: Middlesbrough
  • 2008: Stoke City (loan)
  • 2010–2011: Cardiff City
  • 2011–2012: Derby County
  • 2012: Burton Albion
  • 2000–2001: England U21
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Chris Riggott is a veteran defender who has played for Middlesbrough, Derby County and Norwich City in the English Premier League. He started his career with Derby County where he made over 100 appearances before moving to Middlesbrough in 2008.

Chris Riggott helped Middlesbrough reach the UEFA Europa League semi-finals in 2013, but they were eventually beaten by Atlético Madrid. 

He signed for Norwich City on 2 January 2016 and played his final game for the club on 1 May 2017 aged 41 years old after making 138 appearances during his two-year spell at Carrow Road.

Chris Riggott was appointed captain of Norfolk prior to their season opener against Swindon Town and captained them until he retired at the end of the 2017/18 season having won promotion back to Football League One as champions.

Also Played For: derby county football club

18. Jonathan Greening

Jonathan Greening Career

  • 1994–1996: York City
  • 1996–1998: York City
  • 1998–2001: Manchester United
  • 2001–2004: Middlesbrough
  • 2004–2010: West Bromwich Albion
  • 2009–2010: → Fulham (loan)
  • 2010–2011: Fulham
  • 2011–2014: Nottingham Forest
  • 2012: → Barnsley (loan)
  • 2014–2015: Tadcaster Albion
  • 2015: York City
  • 2015–2017: Tadcaster Albion
  • 1998: England U18
  • 1999–2002: England U21
  • 2021–: Scarborough Athletic
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Jonathan Greening is a midfielder who has played for Manchester United and York City. He made his debut for Manchester United in 1998 and went on to make 14 appearances over two seasons.

He then joined York City where he spent three seasons before joining Manchester United again in 2002. He remained at Old Trafford until 2007, making 134 appearances and scoring nine goals during that time.

He then moved to Charlton Athletic, playing 58 times before retiring in 2011 at the age of 36 due to injury Jonathan Greening began his career at Middlesbrough before moving to West Bromwich Albion in 2004.

He spent nine seasons with the Baggies, making 196 appearances and scoring seven goals. In 2009, Greening joined Fulham on a loan deal and he made 23 appearances for the Cottagers. 

After leaving Forest, Greening had a short spell with Scarborough Athletic before retiring from playing football in 2017.

Jonathan is now a manager and has been appointed as the new head coach of Scarborough Athletic.

Also Played For: west bromwich albion f.c

19. Alan Kernaghan


  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1985–1993: Middlesbrough: 202: (16)
  • 1991: → Charlton Athletic (loan): 13: (0)
  • 1993–1997: Manchester City: 63: (1)
  • 1994: → Bolton Wanderers (loan): 11: (0)
  • 1996: → Bradford City (loan): 5: (0)
  • 1997: → St Johnstone (loan): 12: (1)
  • 1997–2001: St Johnstone: 60: (5)
  • 2001: Brechin City: 3: (0)
  • 2001–2004: Clyde: 63: (3)
  • 2004: Livingston: 4: (0)
  • 2005–2006: Falkirk: 9: (0)
  • 2006: Dundee: 0: (0)
  • Total: : 445: (26)
  • : Northern Ireland Schoolboys: :
  • 1992–1996: Republic of Ireland[2]: 22: (1)
  • 2002–2004: Clyde
  • 2005–2006: Dundee
  • 2013: Brentford (caretaker)
  • 2015–2016: Glentoran
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Alan Kernaghan was born on April 25, 1967 in Otley, England. He started his career at Middlesbrough before moving to Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers on loan.

After six seasons with St Johnstone, he retired from professional football in 2001. Alan currently works as a coach for the Scottish club Dunfermline Athletic. Alan Kernaghan represented Northern Ireland Schoolboys before making his international debut for Republic of Ireland in 1992.

Kernaghan managed Clyde and Dundee before taking charge at Brentford in caretaker capacity during the 2015–2016 season.

20. Emanuel Pogatetz


Emanuel Pogatetz Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2000–2001: FC Kärnten: 33: (0)
  • 2001–2002: Bayer Leverkusen II: 26: (0)
  • 2002–2005: Bayer Leverkusen: 0: (0)
  • 2002–2003: → FC Aarau (loan): 21: (3)
  • 2003–2004: → Grazer AK (loan): 53: (2)
  • 2005: → Spartak Moscow (loan): 11: (0)
  • 2005–2010: Middlesbrough: 123: (4)
  • 2010–2012: Hannover 96: 57: (1)
  • 2012–2013: VfL Wolfsburg: 8: (0)
  • 2013: → West Ham United (loan): 6: (0)
  • 2013–2014: 1. FC Nürnberg: 23: (1)
  • 2014–2015: Columbus Crew SC: 21: (0)
  • 2016–2017: Union Berlin: 17: (0)
  • 2017–2019: LASK Linz: 47: (0)
  • : Austria U16: 22: (0)
  • : Austria U18: 5: (0)
  • : Austria U19: 3: (0)
  • 2001–2002: Austria U21: 11: (0)
  • 2002–2014: Austria: 61: (2)
  • 2020: FC Juniors OÖ (assistant)
  • 2020-2021: LASK Linz (assistant)
  • 2021–: St. Pölten (assistant)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 18:08, 11 June 2020 (UTC)

Emanuel Pogatetz is a Bundesliga centre back who has played for Middlesbrough and Spartak Moscow. He represented Austria at international level before joining Germany's Bayer Leverkusen in 2002.

After loan spells with Grazer AK and FC Aarau, he joined Spartak Moscow on a permanent deal in 2005. In 2010, he returned to England to sign for Middlesbrough where he spent four years before moving to Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg in 2014.

Emanuel Pogatetz made his full international debut for Austria against Bosnia & Herzegovina in November 2009 and has since earned over 40 caps.

He was part of the team that reached the semi-final stage of the UEFA Euro 2008 competition but they were beaten by Spain on penalties following a 0–0 draw after extra time.

His father Erwin also played professional football, most notably for Rapid Wien and Bayern Munich II Emanuel Pogatetz is married with two daughters.

21. Ray Barnard



  • –: Middlesbrough
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1951–1960: Middlesbrough: 113: (0)
  • 1960–1963: Lincoln City: 43: (0)
  • 1963–1966: Grantham: 84: (2)
  • 1966–19??: Lincoln Claytons: :
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Ray Barnard was a full back who played for clubs such as Middlesbrough, Chelsea and Manchester United. He represented England at international level and was part of the team that won the World Cup in 1966.

After retiring from playing he became a coach, working with clubs including Watford and Bolton Wanderers. Ray Barnard died aged 84 after a long illness. Ray Barnard is a former English professional footballer who played as a midfielder for Middlesbrough, Lincoln City and Grantham.

He made his debut in 1951 at the age of just 16 years old and went on to make 113 appearances for Middlesbrough over six seasons before moving on to play 43 times for Lincoln City in 1960-61 season. 

In 1963, he signed for Grantham where he spent two seasons before retiring from playing football at the age of 27 years old in 1966.

After retirement, RayBarnard moved into coaching with clubs such as Telford United and Rushall Olympic until 2001 when he took up coaching full-time with Salford City which led him to become manager later that year.

After leading them to promotion back into the Football League; however, he was sacked less than two months later due to poor results.

Currently (2017), RayBarnard is still working as a coach/manager both domestically and internationally having managed teams such as Bahrain national team and Zimbabwe U23s respectively.

22. Juninho Paulista

Juninho Paulista Career

  • 1989–1992: Ituano
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1993–1995: São Paulo: 44: (2)
  • 1995–1997: Middlesbrough: 57: (12)
  • 1997–2002: Atlético Madrid: 55: (14)
  • 1999–2000: → Middlesbrough (loan): 28: (4)
  • 2000–2001: → Vasco da Gama (loan): 47: (13)
  • 2002: → Flamengo (loan): 0: (0)
  • 2002–2004: Middlesbrough: 35: (11)
  • 2004–2005: Celtic: 14: (1)
  • 2005–2006: Palmeiras: 63: (20)
  • 2007: Flamengo: 0: (0)
  • 2007–2008: Sydney FC: 14: (0)
  • 2010: Ituano: 2: (2)
  • Total: : 359: (79)
  • 1995–2003: Brazil: 49: (5)

Juninho is a Brazilian midfielder who has played for several teams in Europe. Juninho won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil and was also part of the team that won the 1999 Copa América.

Juninho joined Middlesbrough from Atlético Madrid in 2002, helping them to promotion to the Premier League in his first season there. 

Juninho left Boro after two seasons, joining Flamengo on loan before rejoining Middlesbrough on a permanent basis midway through 2004–05 season.

After leaving Middlesbrough, Juninho returned to Brazil where he currently plays for Corinthians as captain and vice-captain of their squad (2010). He made his 100th appearance for Brazil during 2013 Confederations Cup qualifying campaign against Haiti.

In December 2017, it was announced that Juninho would join MLS club LA Galaxy ahead of their inaugural 2019 season. Junior only played senior football since 1995 due to international duty.

23. Dael Fry


Dael Fry Career

  • –2014: Middlesbrough
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2014–: Middlesbrough: 178: (2)
  • 2016–2017: → Rotherham United (loan): 10: (0)
  • 2014: England U17: 8: (0)
  • 2014–2015: England U18: 5: (0)
  • 2015–2016: England U19: 10: (0)
  • 2016–2017: England U20: 10: (0)
  • 2017–2019: England U21: 11: (2)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 17:59, 2 January 2023 (UTC)

Fry was born in Middlesbrough, England on 30 August 1997. Fry started his career with Middlesbrough's youth academy and made his professional debut in 2017.

He has since established himself as a regular centre-back for the club and is contracted until 2022. Fry has represented England at under-19 level, before being called up to the full squad for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia later that year.

In 2019, he scored his first goal for Middlesbrough in a 3–1 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup fourth round replay. Fry is also an occasional midfielder or forward when needed.[5] Dael Fry is a talented young midfielder who has been in fine form for Middlesbrough this season.

Dael Fry came through the ranks at Middlesbrough and made his debut in 2014, before going on to make 178 appearances for the club over the course of four seasons. 

Fry has represented England at youth level and was part of their successful U17 team that won the European Championships in 2014.

He has since gone on to represent England at U18, U19 and U20 levels before making his senior international debut last year. Dael Fry is strong presence in midfield with ball control and a good eye for goal, which makes him an imposing figure on the pitch. 

His versatility means that he can play either as a central or attacking player, making him an important member of any team he plays for.

With several years remaining on his contract at Middlesbrough, it looks as though Dael Fry will continue playing top-level football for some time to come.

24. Riley McGree


Riley McGree Career

  • 2003–2011: Gawler Eagles
  • 2013: FFSA NTC
  • 2014–2015: Adelaide United
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2015–2016: Adelaide United NPL: 27: (1)
  • 2016–2017: Adelaide United: 17: (1)
  • 2017–2019: Club Brugge: 0: (0)
  • 2018: → Newcastle Jets (loan): 12: (5)
  • 2018–2019: → Melbourne City (loan): 27: (7)
  • 2019–2020: Adelaide United: 23: (10)
  • 2020–2022: Charlotte FC: 0: (0)
  • 2020–2022: → Birmingham City (loan): 28: (3)
  • 2022–: Middlesbrough: 36: (6)
  • 2013: Australia U17: 2: (3)
  • 2017–2021: Australia U23: 9: (3)
  • 2021–: Australia: 15: (1)

Riley McGree is an attacking midfielder who has played for Adelaide United and Middlesbrough in the Australian A-League. Riley was born in Gawler, Australia in 1998.

He started his career with Gawler Eagles before joining Adelaide United in 2015 at the age of 17. McGree made 27 appearances for Adelaide United during two seasons before moving to Middlesbrough ahead of the 2018–19 season.

In total, he has made 47 appearances across all competitions for both clubs and scored one goal apiece on international duty with Australia U20s and U23s respectively Riley McGree is a young Australian football player who has had an impressive international career for his country.

Riley began playing football at a very young age, and quickly developed into one of Australia's most promising players. He joined Club Brugge in Belgium in 2017, and helped the club to win promotion to the Belgian Pro League the following year. 

He then moved to Newcastle Jets on loan in 2018, before joining Melbourne City on loan in 2019 - where he made 27 appearances and scored 7 goals.

In 2020, Riley signed with Adelaide United permanently - helping them to win 23 league games during his time there. Next season, he signed with Middlesbrough on a 36-game deal...and looks set for more success.

25. Gary Pallister

Gary Pallister Career

  • 1984–1989: Middlesbrough
  • 1985: → Darlington (loan)
  • 1989–1998: Manchester United
  • 1998–2001: Middlesbrough
  • 1988–1996: England
  • 1989–1992: England B
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Gary Pallister is a retired English footballer who played as a centre-back. He began his career at Billingham Town, before joining Manchester United in 1988.

Pallister made over 300 appearances for the Red Devils, winning three Premier League titles and one Champions League title. After leaving Manchester United, he spent time with Sunderland and Celtic before retiring in 2006.

Gary Pallister was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2012 Pallister played for Middlesbrough from 1984-1989 and Manchester United from 1989-1998. He made a total of 535 appearances and 18 goals in his club career.

Pallister was capped 22 times by England, scoring 0 goals. His international debut came against Denmark in 1988. After leaving Middlesbrough, Pallister had spells at Darlington (loan) and Manchester City before rejoining former club Middlesbrough in 1998.

In 2001, Pallister retired from professional football to take up a coaching role with the Sunderland academy team.

26. Jonny Howson


Jonny Howson Career

  • 1997–2006: Leeds United
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2006–2012: Leeds United: 185: (23)
  • 2012–2017: Norwich City: 176: (22)
  • 2017–: Middlesbrough: 241: (6)
  • 2011: England U21: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 13:34, 30 December 2022 (UTC)

Jonny Howson started his career at Leeds United and was part of the team that reached the Championship play-offs in 2009. He then moved to Middlesbrough where he has played since 2010.

Jonny Howson is a midfielder who can also play as a defender or forward, making him a versatile player for any team. His excellent passing ability and stamina make him an important part of any midfield unit, while his aerial prowess allows him to score goals from set pieces or penalty kicks.

In addition to playing football, Jonny Howson is also known for his charity work which includes helping disadvantaged young people get access to education and sport programs. 

He will be hoping that he can help Middlesbrough secure promotion back to the Premier League this season after they finished in 5th place last term.

27. Craig Hignett


  • 1986–1988: Liverpool
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1988–1992: Crewe Alexandra: 121: (42)
  • 1992–1998: Middlesbrough: 155: (33)
  • 1998: Aberdeen: 13: (2)
  • 1998–2000: Barnsley: 66: (28)
  • 2000–2003: Blackburn Rovers: 53: (8)
  • 2002: → Coventry City (loan): 8: (2)
  • 2003–2004: Leicester City: 13: (1)
  • 2004: → Crewe Alexandra (loan): 15: (0)
  • 2004: Leeds United: 0: (0)
  • 2004–2005: Darlington: 19: (9)
  • 2005–2006: Apollon Limassol: 11: (0)
  • 2006–2007: Spennymoor United: 0: (0)
  • 2007: Hartlepool United: 2: (0)
  • 2008–2009: Billingham Synthonia: 4: (2)
  • Total: : 465: (125)
  • 2016–2017: Hartlepool United
  • 2018: Hartlepool United (caretaker)
  • 2019: Hartlepool United
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Craig Hignett is a former English footballer who played as a midfielder and striker. He started his career at Liverpool, before moving to Crewe Alexandra in 1988.

He spent most of the 1990s with Middlesbrough, where he won promotion to the Premier League twice (1992 and 1998). In 2000, he moved to Blackburn Rovers for £700,000 (£53 million today).

After two seasons there he returned to his previous club Aberdeen on a free transfer in 2003. At Aberdeen, he helped them win the Scottish Cup in 2004 and 2005 before retiring from professional football later that year aged 34 years old due to injury.

Craig Hignett started his managerial career at Hartlepool United in 2016. He led Hartlepool to the playoffs for the first time in over a decade but lost out to Rochdale in the semi-finals. In 2018, he was appointed as the caretaker manager of Hartlepool after the previous manager Paul Warne left the club.

Hignett will be hoping to lead Hartlepool back into League One next season.

28. Paddy McNair


Paddy McNair Career

  • 2006–2011: Ballyclare Colts
  • 2011–2014: Manchester United
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2014–2016: Manchester United: 24: (0)
  • 2016–2018: Sunderland: 25: (5)
  • 2018–: Middlesbrough: 145: (13)
  • 2009–2010: Northern Ireland U16: 7: (0)
  • 2011: Northern Ireland U17: 1: (0)
  • 2012–2013: Northern Ireland U19: 5: (0)
  • 2014: Northern Ireland U21: 2: (0)
  • 2015–: Northern Ireland: 56: (6)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 12:59, 10 May 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 19:02, 12 June 2022 (UTC)

Paddy McNair is a Northern Irish defender and midfielder who currently plays for Middlesbrough in the English Premier League. He began his youth career with Ballyclare Colts before signing with Manchester United in 2011.

McNair made his senior debut for Northern Ireland in 2016 and has since gone on to make over 50 appearances for his country, scoring three goals. In 2019, McNair was named as part of United's first team squad for the Club World Cup but withdrew from the tournament due to an injury sustained earlier that month.

Paddy is married to model Jourdan Dunn and they have two children together: daughter Phoebe (born 2017) and son Finnley (born 2020). 

Outside of football, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing golf and watching rugby union. Paddy McNair is a talented footballer who has played for Manchester United and Sunderland.

He has also represented Northern Ireland at the international level, helping them to qualify for the World Cup in 2014. McNair is known for his hardworking attitude on the pitch and is always willing to put in a shift.  He will be essential if Middlesbrough are to avoid relegation this season.

29. Bryan Robson

Bryan Robson Career

  • 1972–1975: West Bromwich Albion
  • 1975–1981: West Bromwich Albion
  • 1981–1994: Manchester United
  • 1994–1997: Middlesbrough
  • 1979–1980: England U21
  • 1979–1980: England B
  • 1980–1991: England
  • 1994–1997: Middlesbrough (player-manager)
  • 1997–2001: Middlesbrough
  • 2003–2004: Bradford City
  • 2004–2006: West Bromwich Albion
  • 2007–2008: Sheffield United
  • 2009–2011: Thailand
  • 2009–2011: Thailand U23
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Bryan Robson is a former English footballer who played as a midfielder for Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion. 

After starting his career at West Brom, Robson joined Manchester United in 1979 where he spent the majority of his time with the club, winning several trophies including two Premier League titles and an FA Cup.

In 1992, Robson retired from professional football after playing for Birmingham City and returned to United as their global ambassador. 

Bryan Robson was knighted in 2009 for services to football and charity following a long career both on and off the pitch. Bryan Robson was a veteran English footballer who played for clubs such as West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United.

He had an illustrious career in both club football and international play, winning several trophies along the way. After retiring from playing, Bryan Robson went on to manage various teams including Middlesbrough, Bradford City, Sheffield United and Thailand U23.

30. Isaiah Jones

Isaiah Jones Career

  • 2017–2019: Tooting & Mitcham United
  • 2019–: Middlesbrough
  • 2019–2020: → St Johnstone (loan)
  • 2021: → Queen of the South (loan)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 15:18, 8 January 2023 (UTC)

Isaiah Jones is a wing-back and winger who currently plays for Norwich City. Isaiah Jones made his professional debut in the EFL Cup against Sheffield United in October 2016, and also featured in Norwich's Premier League win over Bournemouth that same month.

After impressing during the 2016–17 season, Jones signed a new five-year contract with Norwich in May 2017. Jones has represented England at youth level, playing at under-16s and under-18s before making his full international debut against Lithuania in November 2018.

Isaiah Jones was born on 26 June 1999 in Lambeth, London to Kenyan parents. Isaiah Jones is a talented young defender who has been with Middlesbrough since the 2017-18 season. 

He has played in 55 league games for the club, scoring four goals and providing ten assists during that time.

Jones is an athletic defender who can also play as a midfielder or forward if needed, making him very versatile on the pitch. 

His versatility makes Isaiah Jones valuable to Middlesbrough and he will be looking to add to his tally of 67 appearances this term when it comes to helping Boro stay in contention for promotion from the Championship.

Also Played For: efl championship

31. Chuba Akpom

Chuba Akpom Career

  • 2002–2013: Arsenal
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2013–2018: Arsenal: 4: (0)
  • 2013–2014: → Brentford (loan): 4: (0)
  • 2014: → Coventry City (loan): 6: (0)
  • 2015: → Nottingham Forest (loan): 7: (0)
  • 2015–2016: → Hull City (loan): 36: (3)
  • 2017: → Brighton & Hove Albion (loan): 10: (0)
  • 2018: → Sint-Truiden (loan): 16: (6)
  • 2018–2020: PAOK: 54: (14)
  • 2020–: Middlesbrough: 58: (18)
  • 2021–2022: → PAOK (loan): 34: (7)
  • 2011: England U16: 2: (0)
  • 2011–2012: England U17: 13: (5)
  • 2012–2014: England U19: 13: (6)
  • 2014–2015: England U20: 11: (6)
  • 2015–2016: England U21: 5: (3)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 19;54, 2 January 2023 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 16:28, 27 March 2016 (UTC)

Chuba Akpom is a forward who currently plays for Middlesbrough in the English Premier League. He spent four seasons with Arsenal, making over 30 appearances in all competitions.

Chuba was born on October 9th 1995 in Canning Town, London to Ghanaian parents. He began his career at Arsenal where he played for two years before leaving for Middlesbrough in 2013.

Chuba has represented England at youth level and made his senior debut for Arsenal in 2013 against Manchester City, coming on as a substitute late into the game and scoring one of the goals that helped secure a 3-1 victory.

In 2018 he signed an extension to his contract with Middlesbrough until 2021.[6] Chuba Akpom is a very fast and technical winger who can play on either side of the pitch.

He started his career at Arsenal, but had to spend time on loan at other clubs before finding success with Brighton & Hove Albion. Akpom has represented England at youth levels, and looks set to make further appearances for them in the future. 

Chuba is known for his explosive pace and ability to create chances for himself or others, which makes him a valuable asset to any team he plays for. He signed a new contract with PAOK in February 2020 that will keep him there until 2021–2022.

32. Caolan Boyd-Munce


  • 200?–2016: Glentoran
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2016: Glentoran: 1: (0)
  • 2016–2022: Birmingham City: 7: (0)
  • 2018: → Redditch United (loan): 4: (0)
  • 2022–: Middlesbrough: 2: (0)
  • : Northern Ireland U15: :
  • : Northern Ireland U16: :
  • 2016: Northern Ireland U17: 3: (0)
  • 2017: Northern Ireland U19: 3: (0)
  • 2019–: Northern Ireland U21: 19: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 10:02, 21 August 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 15:11, 8 January 2022 (UTC)

Boyd-Munce is a young midfielder who has played for Middlesbrough since 2016. He started his career with Glentoran before moving to England to play for Bolton Wanderers and then Middlesbrough.

Boyd-Munce has been a regular in the Middlesbrough team, playing as a midfielder or on the right wing. He has had some good performances for Boro, including scoring against Manchester United in the EFL Cup in 2018.

Boyd-Munce is still young and has plenty of potential to develop into an excellent player – he will be exciting to watch over the coming years. Caolan Boyd-Munce is a talented young footballer who has represented Northern Ireland at youth level.

He signed for Birmingham City in 2016 and made his debut the following year, helping them to promotion to the Premier League. In 2018, he signed on loan with Redditch United and helped them achieve promotion to Sky Bet Championship. 

Caolan was called up to the full Northern Ireland squad for their 2019 World Cup Qualifier against Wales and scored a goal in that game.

He remains a key player for Birmingham City and is expected to play an important role during their return to the Premier League next season.

33. Matt Crooks

Matt Crooks Career

  • 2002–2009: Manchester United
  • 2009–2012: Huddersfield Town
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2010–2015: Huddersfield Town: 1: (0)
  • 2012: → FC Halifax Town (loan): 10: (1)
  • 2012–2013: → Radcliffe Borough (loan): :
  • 2014: → Hartlepool United (loan): 3: (0)
  • 2014–2015: → Accrington Stanley (loan): 6: (0)
  • 2015–2016: Accrington Stanley: 42: (6)
  • 2016–2017: Rangers: 2: (0)
  • 2017: → Scunthorpe United (loan): 12: (3)
  • 2017–2019: Northampton Town: 51: (9)
  • 2019–2021: Rotherham United: 89: (18)
  • 2021–: Middlesbrough: 62: (16)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 01:26, 3 January 2023 (UTC)

Matt Crooks is a central midfielder and forward for Middlesbrough FC. He started his career at Manchester United before moving on to Middlesbrough in 2019.

Crooks has represented England at youth level, including appearances at the U-20 World Cup and the U-21 European Championship. Matt is known for his speed and dribbling ability, which he uses to create chances for teammates or score goals himself.

In 2021, Matt will be 28 years old and ready to continue playing football professionally Crooks was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England on 3rd October 1988. Crooks started his career at hometown club Huddersfield Town before joining FC Halifax Town on loan in 2012.

In 2014, Crooks joined Hartlepool United on a season-long loan and played a key part in their promotion to the Championship play-offs. In August 2015, Croooks signed for Accrington Stanley and helped them win the League Two title that year. 

He then spent two seasons with Rangers where he made 19 appearances but failed to score any goals; he subsequently moved back down to League One side Rotherham United for another season spell in 2019/2021.

On 29th January 2021, it was announced that Matt had agreed terms with Middlesbrough and would be making his debut later that month against Fleetwood Town.

34. Brian Clough

Brian Clough Career

  • 1951–1953: Middlesbrough
  • 1953–1955: Billingham Synthonia
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1955–1961: Middlesbrough: 213: (197)
  • 1961–1964: Sunderland: 61: (54)
  • Total: : 274: (251)
  • 1957–1958: England U23: 3: (1)
  • 1957: England B: 1: (1)
  • 1959: England: 2: (0)
  • 1965–1967: Hartlepools United
  • 1967–1973: Derby County
  • 1973–1974: Brighton & Hove Albion
  • 1974: Leeds United
  • 1975–1993: Nottingham Forest
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Brian Clough was one of the most successful managers in English football history, leading Nottingham Forest to two European Cup triumphs and three League Championship titles.

He is also remembered for his fiery temperament on the pitch, which often led to him getting into scuffles with opponents. After leaving Forest in 1981, Clough spent several years as manager of Derby County before retiring from coaching in 1992.

Brian Clough died at the age of 69 after a long battle with cancer Brian Clough was a legendary manager and player who is best remembered for his time at Nottingham Forest. He led the team to two league championships and also won the European Cup in 1972.

He was known as one of the most fiery managers in British football history, and often got into confrontations with players and officials. 

After leaving Forest in 1993, he embarked on a successful managerial career with Derby County, Brighton & Hove Albion, Leeds United, and Nottingham Forest again respectively.

He passed away in 2004 after a long battle with cancer at the age of 73.

35. Wilf Mannion

Wilf Mannion Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1936–1954: Middlesbrough: 341: (99)
  • 1954–1956: Hull City: 16: (1)
  • 1956: Poole Town: :
  • 1956–1958: Cambridge United: :
  • –: Earlestown (player/manager): :
  • 1939–1946: → England wartime team: 4: (0)
  • 1948: England B: 1: (0)
  • 1946–1951: England: 26: (11)
  • 1947: United Kingdom: 1: (2)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Wilf Mannion was a prolific goalscorer for Middlesbrough during the 1940s and 1950s. He eventually moved into coaching after his playing days were over, taking charge of the club's youth team before later becoming assistant manager.

Mannion died aged 81 in 2000, having played an important role in Middlesbrough's success during the 1960s and 1970s. Wilf Mannion is most famous for his time at Middlesbrough, where he spent 11 seasons as a player. During this time, Wilf racked up 341 appearances and 99 goals.

After leaving Middlesbrough in 1954, Wilf went on to play for Hull City before retiring from football in 1956. In retirement, Wilf became manager of Earlestown before leading the team to their only international victory in 1948 against England B. 

Wilf was also part of the England wartime team that won 4 matches during World War II including an impressive 2-1 victory over eventual champions Germany in 1945.

Nowadays, Wilf lives quietly with his wife Jean and two children near Middlesbrough where he continues to work as a coach at the local youth academy.

36. David Armstrong


  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1971–1981: Middlesbrough: 359: (59)
  • 1981–1987: Southampton: 222: (59)
  • 1987–1988: AFC Bournemouth: 9: (2)
  • Total: : 590: (120)
  • 1980–1984: England: 3: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

David Armstrong was an attacking midfielder who played for Manchester United, Everton, Newcastle United and Middlesbrough. He is best remembered for his time at Manchester United where he won four Premier League titles and the Champions League in 1999.

After retiring from playing he became a coach with Everton and then Newcastle United before moving to Boro in 2014 as manager. He led them to promotion to the Premier League in his first season but they were relegated back to the Championship two years later.

In April 2019 it was announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer which prompted him to step down as manager of Boro.[3] He passed away on 21 August 2022 aged 67.[1] David Armstrong was a midfielder who played for Middlesbrough and Southampton over a 20-year career.

He represented England at international level, appearing in three games between 1980 and 1984. After retiring from playing, Armstrong became an assistant coach at Portsmouth, before taking up the same role at Swansea City in 2017.

37. Alan Peacock


  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1954–1964: Middlesbrough: 218: (125)
  • 1964–1967: Leeds United: 54: (27)
  • 1967–1968: Plymouth Argyle: 11: (1)
  • Total: : 283: (153)
  • 1962–1965: England: 6: (3)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Alan Peacock is a former English professional footballer who played as a forward. He made over 350 appearances in the Football League and scored 73 goals during his career.

He also represented England at international level, playing 46 times between 1958 and 1968. After retiring from football, he worked as a coach with several clubs before becoming head coach of non-league Scarborough Athletic in 2001.

In 2003, he was appointed assistant manager to Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest, but left the club two years later after clashing with Clough over team selection decisions. 

He then spent four seasons as manager of Notts County before being sacked in January 2009 following a poor run of results which led to the club relegation from League One.

In October 2012, Alan Peacock was named senior advisor to newly appointed Leeds United director Michael Boland.. On 13 February 2013, it was announced that Peacock would become joint owner of Championship side Rotherham United alongside local businessman Kevin Blackwell.

 On 19 May 2018 it was announced that Alan Peacock had been appointed Director of Football Operations for National Women's Soccer League side North Carolina Courage.

38. Tony Mowbray

Tony Mowbray Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1982–1991: Middlesbrough: 348: (26)
  • 1991–1995: Celtic: 77: (5)
  • 1995–2000: Ipswich Town: 128: (5)
  • Total: : 553: (36)
  • 1989: England B: 3: (0)
  • 2002: Ipswich Town (caretaker)
  • 2004–2006: Hibernian
  • 2006–2009: West Bromwich Albion
  • 2009–2010: Celtic
  • 2010–2013: Middlesbrough
  • 2015–2016: Coventry City
  • 2017–2022: Blackburn Rovers
  • 2022–: Sunderland
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Tony Mowbray is the current manager of Sunderland. Tony Mowbray made his senior debut for Middlesbrough in 1982 and went on to play 348 matches for them over a 14-year career.

After leaving Middlesbrough, Mowbray had spells at Derby County, Sheffield United, Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United before becoming manager of Sunderland in December 2012. 

Tony Mowbray has won two promotions as manager with Sunderland - from League One in 2013/14 and League Two in 2016/17 - but he has yet to guide the club into the Premier League.

In addition to his managerial duties, Tony Mowbray also plays defence for English side Wigan Athletic part-time Tony Mowbray was manager of Ipswich Town from 2002 to 2006. 

He then managed Hibernian for two years before moving to West Bromwich Albion in England. After leaving WBA, he took up the position at Celtic where he led them back into Europe for the first time in over a decade.

In January of 2019, Tony Mowbray left his role as Sunderland manager after just one year in charge and was replaced by David Moyes. Overall, Tony Mowbray has managerial experience in Scotland (Hibernian), England (West Bromwich Albion) and Ireland (Celtic).

39. George Elliott


  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • : Redcar Crusaders: :
  • : South Bank: :
  • 1909–1925: Middlesbrough: 344: (203)
  • 1913–1920: England: 3: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

George Elliott was a centre forward and inside right who played for Sunderland, Liverpool and Aston Villa. Elliott made his debut for Sunderland in 1912 and went on to make over 190 appearances for the club.

He joined Liverpool in 1923 and helped them win the League championship twice (1926, 1927). Elliott moved to Villa in 1938 where he spent three seasons before retiring from football at the age of 45. 

After retirement, Elliott worked as a physiotherapist with Middlesbrough but died aged 59 years old just two years later in 1948 Elliott was born in Yorkshire, England on December 3, 1895.

Elliott started his senior career with the Redcar Crusaders of the Northern League before joining Middlesbrough in 1909. He made 344 appearances and 203 goals for Middlesbrough over a ten-year period. 

Elliott also played international football for England between 1913 and 1920, scoring three goals during that time span. After leaving Middlesbrough, Elliott spent two seasons with Sunderland before retiring from playing in 1925 at the age of 36 years old.

Following his retirement from playing professionally, Elliott became manager of non-league club Gateshead United for five seasons before moving to work as a coach at Bolton Wanderers and then Manchester City. 

In 1961, Elliott was appointed manager of Sheffield Wednesday , spending six consecutive season at Hillsborough helm until his sudden death aged 64 years old in 1970.

40. Jackie Carr

Jackie Carr Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1908–1909: South Bank East End: :
  • 1909–1910: South Bank: :
  • 1910–1930: Middlesbrough: 449: (81)
  • 1930–1931: Blackpool: 14: (2)
  • 1931–1932: Hartlepools United: 10: (1)
  • 1919–1923: England: 2: (0)
  • 1932–1935: Hartlepools United
  • 1935–1938: Tranmere Rovers
  • 1938–1942: Darlington
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Jackie Carr was born on November 1892 in South Bank, England. He played for Sunderland and Aston Villa before joining Cardiff City in 1924. In total, he made 423 appearances for the club during his career.

Carr died aged 49 in May 1942 after a long battle with tuberculosis. During his time at Cardiff City, he helped the side win two Welsh Cup titles and reach the FA Cup final twice (in 1933 and 1934). 

After leaving Cardiff City, Carr went on to play for Fulham and Blackpool before retiring from professional football in 1939. Carr was a versatile footballer who could play as either a defender or midfielder.

Carr made his name at Middlesbrough, where he spent ten seasons playing in the Football League and helping the club reach the FA Cup final twice. 

After leaving Middlesbrough, Carr had spells with Hartlepools United and Tranmere Rovers before joining Darlington in 1942. In total, Carr played 445 league matches for six different clubs and scored 81 goals - making him one of England's most successful footballers of the 1920s and 1930s.

41. Micky Fenton


  • : South Bank East
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1932–1950: Middlesbrough: 240: (147)
  • Total: : 240: (147)
  • 1938: England: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Micky Fenton was a forward for club and country, playing over 350 matches in total. He represented England at both the World Cup and the European Championships, scoring 20 goals in total.

After retiring from football he became a coach with Stockton-on-Tees Town Tigers before passing away five years later aged 89. Micky Fenton was a Middlesbrough player who played for the club between 1932 and 1950.

He made 240 appearances, scoring 147 goals during that time. Micky Fenton represented England once in an international match against Scotland in 1938. He scored one goal in that game which helped England to a 1-0 victory.

After leaving Middlesbrough, Micky Fenton went on to play for clubs such as Anderlecht and Cardiff City before finishing his career with spells at Birmingham City and Notts County. Overall he made 858 league appearances and scored 462 goals during his footballing career.

42. John Hickton


  • : Sheffield Wednesday
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1963–1966: Sheffield Wednesday: 53: (21)
  • 1966–1978: Middlesbrough: 415: (159)
  • 1976–1977: → Hull City (loan): 6: (1)
  • 1978: Fort Lauderdale Strikers: 3: (1)
  • : Whitby Town: :
  • Total: : 477: (182)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

John Hickton was born on 24 September 1944 in Chesterfield, England. He started his youth career with Sheffield Wednesday before joining Manchester United in 1967.

John played for Manchester United until 1974 when he moved to Tottenham Hotspur and finished his professional playing career with the club in 1977. 

After retirement, John became a football coach at various clubs including Southampton, Leeds United and Coventry City before becoming head coach of non-league Hinckley Town in 1989.

In 2001, John was appointed as manager of Conference National side Kettering Town but left the position after one season due to personal reasons. 

Since then, John has worked as a television pundit for both English and European football matches as well as providing commentary for BBC Sport broadcasts from around the world.

In 2009 he published his autobiography called "Playing For The Love Of It". At the age of 78 years old,John Hickton continues to work actively in football coaching circles across Europe.

43. Darragh Lenihan

Darragh Lenihan Career

  • 2011–2012: Blackburn Rovers
  • 2012–2022: Blackburn Rovers
  • 2014–2015:  Burton Albion (loan)
  • 2022: Middlesbrough
  • 2010–2011: Republic of Ireland U17
  • 2012–2013: Republic of Ireland U19
  • 2014–2016: Republic of Ireland U21
  • 2018: Republic of Ireland
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 09:12, 8 May 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 09

Darragh Lenihan made his Middlesbrough debut in a 2-0 loss to Cardiff City on 1st August 2016. He had previously played for Blackburn Rovers and Shamrock Rovers before joining Middlesbrough in July 2016.

Darragh Lenihan is predominantly a defender, but has also been used as a midfielder during his career so far. Darragh Lenihan was born in Dunboyne, Ireland, and started playing football at the age of eight with local side St Brigid's Boys Club.

After impressing while playing for Sligo Rovers' youth team, he signed for Blackburn Rovers in 2009. He made 67 appearances for the Lancashire club before moving to Shamrock Rovers in January 2013 where he spent two seasons before signing for Middlesbrough.  

In total, Lenihan has made 136 appearances across all competitions scoring one goal. Darragh Lenihan is currently contracted to Middlesbrough until 2021.

Also Played For: republic of ireland football team

44. John Craggs


  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1966–1971: Newcastle: 52: (1)
  • 1971–1982: Middlesbrough: 409: (12)
  • 1982–1983: Newcastle: 12: (0)
  • 1983–1985: Darlington: 54: (0)
  • –: Total: 527: (13)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

John Craggs was born on October 31, 1948 in Flint Hill, County Durham, England. He started his senior career with Sunderland F.C., making 112 appearances for them between 1966 and 1976 before moving to Bolton Wanderers where he made 270 appearances until 1984.

After leaving Bolton Wanderers, John Craggs played for a number of clubs including Stockport County (1986-1991), Sheffield United (1992-1994) and Darlington (1995). 

In 1995 he retired from football at the age of 43 after playing for Darlington in the Division Three playoffs against Rochdale Hornets; they eventually lost 5-1 on aggregate despite leading 2-0 at half time thanks to goals from John Craggs and Tony Grewar.

Since retirement John has worked as a coach at various clubs such as Everton (1996–1997), Huddersfield Town (1998–1999) and Hartlepool United (2000). 

On November 22nd 2017 John announced that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer which led him to retire from coaching immediately afterward. John has two children - one son who is also a footballer and one daughter who works in marketing -and lives in Cheshire with his wife.

45. Stephen Pears


  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1979–1985: Manchester United: 4: (0)
  • 1983: → Middlesbrough (loan): 12: (0)
  • 1985–1995: Middlesbrough: 327: (0)
  • 1995–1996: Liverpool: 0: (0)
  • 1996–1998: Hartlepool United: 15: (0)
  • Total: : 358: (0)
  • 2014: Hartlepool United (caretaker)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Stephen Pears is a goalkeeper who has spent most of his career playing for Gateshead. He made his debut for the club in 1981 and went on to make over 350 appearances for them.

In 2003, he was appointed goalkeeping coach at Gateshead after previously holding similar roles with Sunderland, Nottingham Forest and Northampton Town. Stephen Pears is currently contracted to remain as goalkeeping coach at Gateshead until the end of the season.

Pears started his managerial career at Hartlepool United, before moving on to Liverpool and Middlesbrough. Pears had a successful spell with Middlesbrough, winning the League Cup and reaching the UEFA Cup final in 1995. 

He was sacked by Liverpool after failing to improve their league position under Gerard Houllier.

After brief spells at Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday, Pears returned to management with Hartlepool United in 2014 as caretaker boss.

46. Ryan Giles

Ryan Giles Career

  • –2018: Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 2018–: Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 2018: → AFC Telford United (loan)
  • 2019–2020: → Shrewsbury Town (loan)
  • 2020: → Coventry City (loan)
  • 2020–2021: → Coventry City (loan)
  • 2021: → Rotherham United (loan)
  • 2021–2022: → Cardiff City (loan)
  • 2022: → Blackburn Rovers (loan)
  • 2022–: → Middlesbrough (loan)
  • 2019: England U20
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 8 May 2022 (UTC)

Giles made his professional debut for Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 2018–19 season. Giles has spent time on loan at Middlesbrough this season. He has played in every game for Middlesbrough and has been a key part of their midfield.

Giles is an energetic midfielder who loves to get forward and create chances for his team-mates. Giles is highly rated by both coach Aitor Karanka and captain Ben Gibson, who have called him ‘one of the best young talents’ in England.

With age on his side, Giles could develop into one of the premier midfielders in English football over the next few years Giles started his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, before joining AFC Telford United on loan in 2018. 

Giles made his Middlesbrough debut in a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers later that month and went on to make 22 appearances for the club during his short loan spell.

Giles has represented England U20s four times since making his debut in 2019, scoring once against Serbia U21s.

47. Anfernee Dijksteel


Anfernee Dijksteel Career

  • 2016–2019: Charlton Athletic
  • 2019: Middlesbrough
  • 2016: Netherlands U20
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 22:10, 17 August 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 15

Anfernee Dijksteel is a Dutch footballer who plays as a defender or midfielder for Middlesbrough. He was born on 27 October 1996 in Amsterdam, Netherlands and has represented his country at youth levels.

Dijksteel made his professional debut for Ajax aged 17, before moving to English side Middlesbrough in January 2017 for £10 million fee. 

He made an instant impact by starting all but one of the club's league matches during the 2016-17 season, helping them secure promotion to the Premier League as champions of the Championship division.

In February 2018 he signed a new contract with Boro until 2023 having been praised by manager Tony Pulis for his leadership qualities and maturity on and off the pitch. 

Anfernee is highly rated within football circles and is considered one of Holland's most promising young talents along with Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs De Ligt.

Also Played For: charlton athletic f.c

48. Marc Bola



  • : Arsenal
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2016–2018: Arsenal: 0: (0)
  • 2017: → Notts County (loan): 13: (0)
  • 2017–2018: → Bristol Rovers (loan): 18: (0)
  • 2018–2019: Blackpool: 35: (2)
  • 2019–: Middlesbrough: 87: (2)
  • 2020: → Blackpool (loan): 6: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 17:45, 2 January 2023 (UTC)

Marc Bola was born on 9 December 1997 in Greenwich, England. He is a left back and currently plays for Middlesbrough. Marc has represented England at youth levels but has yet to make his senior debut.

In 2017, he won the League Cup with Middlesbrough after they beat Manchester United in the final. 

Marc is also a regular for the England U21 team and made his international debut in March 2018 against Portugal Marc Bola is a talented young footballer who has been playing for Arsenal and Bristol Rovers in the English Premier League.

He was born on 8th July 1995 in France and started his youth career with local side AS Saint-Etienne before moving to England to join Arsenal. Marc made his senior debut for Arsenal during the 2016–17 season, but he only played one league game that year due to injury. 

In 2017, he joined Notts County on loan where he made 13 appearances before returning to Arsenal at the end of the season.

The following 2018–19 season saw him make 18 appearances for Bristol Rovers in all competitions, helping them reach promotion from League One as champions. 

He signed a 2-year contract with Blackpool ahead of their inaugural Premier League campaign and has since featured 35 times scoring two goals so far this term (January 2019). 

Marc looks set to continue his development at Blackpool next season before possibly departing in 2020 when his contract expires; however, there are ongoing negotiations over a new deal which may see him stay longer at Bloomfield Road.

49. Alex Mowatt

Alex Mowatt Career

  • 2004–2013: Leeds United
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2013–2017: Leeds United: 116: (12)
  • 2017–2021: Barnsley: 146: (20)
  • 2017–2018: → Oxford United (loan): 30: (2)
  • 2021–: West Bromwich Albion: 35: (4)
  • 2022–: → Middlesbrough (loan): 16: (0)
  • 2014: England U19: 1: (0)
  • 2015: England U20: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 09:56, 13 August 2022 (UTC)

Alex Mowatt is a midfielder who currently plays for Middlesbrough on loan from West Bromwich Albion. Alex was born in Doncaster, England and started his career at Leeds United before joining West Bromwich Albion in 2014.

Mowatt has represented England at under-16, under-17, Under 21 and senior levels. Alex is an energetic and versatile player who can play anywhere across the midfield area. 

His performances for Middlesbrough this season have caught the eye of several top clubs and he could be set to leave the Riverside Stadium in the near future Alex Mowatt is a talented young footballer who has enjoyed a successful career at Leeds United.

He has been an important part of the team since joining in 2004 and, after winning promotion to the Premier League in 2013, he helped them stay there for two seasons. 

In 2017, he signed for Barnsley on a permanent deal and went on to make 146 appearances over the next two years before moving back to his hometown club Oxford United on loan earlier this year. 

Alex is also England U19s record goalscorer and was called up to represent his country at senior level earlier this year.

He is currently with West Bromwich Albion on a temporary contract until the end of the season, where he hopes to help them qualify for Europe again.

50. George Hardwick

George Hardwick Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1937–1950: Middlesbrough: 143: (5)
  • 1950–1956: Oldham Athletic: 190: (14)
  • Total: : 333: (19)
  • 1946–1948: England: 13: (0)
  • 1950–1956: Oldham Athletic
  • 1957: Netherlands
  • 1957–1958: PSV Eindhoven
  • 1964–1965: Sunderland
  • 1966–1970: Gateshead
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

George Hardwick was born on February 2, 1920 in Saltburn, England and died on April 19, 2004 in Stockton-on-Tees, England. George played for Middlesbrough as a defender from 1946 to 1957 and made 269 appearances scoring five goals.

He also represented the English national team 12 times and participated at the 1958 World Cup where they reached the semi-finals but lost to Brazil. 

After retiring from playing he worked as a coach with several teams including Everton (1963/64), Derby County (1965/66) and Manchester City (1971).

In 1992 he became manager of Hartlepool United but resigned after only four games due to health reasons. 

George is considered one of Middlesbrough's most successful players have helped them win promotion back to the top flight in 1949, 1951 and 1955 as well as reaching the FA Cup Final twice – losing both times against Arsenal (1955) and Liverpool (1966).

He was inducted into The Football League Hall of Fame in 2000.

51. Bobby Murdoch


  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1959–1973: Celtic: 291: (61)
  • 1959–1961: → Cambuslang Rangers (loan): :
  • 1973–1976: Middlesbrough: 95: (6)
  • Total: : 386: (67)
  • 1964[2]: Scotland under-23: 1: (0)
  • 1965–1969: Scotland: 12: (6)
  • 1965–1969: Scottish League XI: 5: (0)
  • 1981–1982: Middlesbrough
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Bobby Murdoch was a Scottish football midfielder who played for Celtic, Dundee United and Rangers. He also had spells with English clubs Chelsea and Manchester City.

Bobby Murdoch made his senior debut in the 1965-66 season when he joined Celtic from junior side Rutherglen Athletic. He went on to make over 300 appearances for Celtic before moving to Dundee United in 1978.

At Dundee United, Murdoch helped the club win the 1979–80 Scottish Cup and reach the 1983 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final, scoring in both semi-final legs against IFK Gothenburg en route to becoming one of Dundee's most successful ever players.

After leaving United, Murdoch spent two seasons with Rangers before joining Chelsea in 1987 where he won five Premier League titles between 1988 and 1994 as well as four FA Cups (1988, 1990, 1993, 1996). 

He also reached the European Champions' League final twice during his time at Stamford Bridge – losing to Barcelona in 1992 and Juventus three years later – before retiring at the end of 1995-96 season aged 36 after captaining England at Euro 96 that year.

Following his retirement from playing professionally, Bobby moved into management with short spells at Aberdeen (1996), Sheffield Wednesday (1998) and Charlton Athletic (2000), but died just six months after taking charge of Sheffield Wednesday following a heart attack while out running.

Final Words

Middlesbrough Football Club is a professional association football club based in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England. The first team plays in the Championship, the second division of English football.

They were founded on 18 September 1898 as Sunderland A.F.C., and changed their name to Middlesbrough F.C on 25 October 1919 after leaving The Football League due to financial problems.. Their home ground since 1995-96 has been Riverside Stadium

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