George Hardwick


FA Cup sixth round replay defeat to Burnley.

Great Britain, England and Boro legend Wilf Mannion

1949: Record home attendance of 53,596 achieved against Newcastle United on December 27. Boro's side includes England internationals Wilf Mannion, left, and George Hardwick. Andy Donaldson becomes first five-figure transfer when signed from Newcastle.

1952: Walter Rowley takes over as manager when David Jack resigns.

1954: Rowley departs as Boro are relegated to Division Two after 25 years of First Division football. Bob Dennison is the new manager.

1955: Boro lose 9-0 at Blackburn, the club's worst ever defeat.

1957: Ayresome Park hosts its first game under floodlights, a friendly against Sunderland.

Brian Clough in action for Boro

1958: Brian Clough nets five goals in an opening day 9-0 win over Brighton, a club record win.

1963: Bob Dennison leaves the club to be replaced by Raich Carter.

1966: Ayresome Park hosts World Cup finals fixtures involving Russia, Italy, North Korea and Chile. Stan Anderson takes over as manager in April but it's too late to save Boro from relegation to Division Three for the first time in club history.

1967: Promotion from Division Three at first attempt, thanks to a final day 4-1 win over Oxford United.

1970: Another FA Cup run ends with defeat in the quarter-finals, 2-1 to Manchester United in a replay.

Jack Charlton

1974: Former England international Jack Charlton ends his first season in management with Boro finishing the season at Second Division champions with a record number of points - 65.

1975: Yet another FA Cup quarter-final defeat, a 1-0 loss to Birmingham.

1976: Boro win the Anglo-Scottish Cup and reach the semi-final of the League Cup, losing 4-1 to Manchester City over two legs.

1977: Liverpool defeat Boro 2-0 in the FA Cup quarter-final. Charlton resigns and is replaced by John Neal. Billy Ashcroft is first six-figure buy when signed from Wrexham.

1978: Yet again, the FA Cup quarter-final proves a major stumbling block. This time Boro lose 2-1 to Orient in a replay.

1979: David Mills is sold for a British record fee of £500,000 to West Brom.

Ex Boro boss John Neal - Photo-Empics

1981: John Neal leaves and Bobby Murdoch takes over as manager.

1982: Boro are relegated to Division Two. Murdoch is dismissed and Malcolm Allison is brought in.

1984: Allison is replaced by Willie Maddren as Boro boss.