"Six foot two, eyes of blue, Stuey Boam is after you" was a favourite Boro chant of the 1970s belted out in appreciation of their committed central defender and captain. 

In between winning the Boro Player of the Year award in his first and last seasons at the club, Boam was the rock on which the team relied. 

Bought by Stan Anderson for £50,000 from Mansfield in 1971, Boam made his debut in the same game as another tenacious tackler, Nobby Stiles, who he would replace as skipper for the 1973/74 championship-winning season.

Boam's early partner was Bill Gates, but it was alongside Willie Maddren that the defensive foundation was formed to launch the club to the Second Division title.

In nearly 400 games for the club, it was a big disappointment that such a well-respected figure could not lead them to further glories but the defensive strength Boam brought to the team was never quite matched up front.

However, it was still quite a shock when this popular Boro stalwart moved to rivals Newcastle for £170,000 in August 1979, with Irving Nattrass moving in the opposite direction.