A naturally gifted left-sided player, Middlesbrough-born Stewart Downing had two spells with his hometown club and went on to be a star name elsewhere, too. 

Born in Pallister Park, Downing joined the club while he was at school and was seen as one of the brightest graduates of Boro's Academy. 

Downing made his debut in a defeat away to Ipswich Town in 2002, and was then handed his Riverside bow three days later when he replaced Benito Carbone against Chelsea. 

He quickly established himself in the Boro side, regularly weighing in with vital goals and assists, which earned him England recognition when he made his debut against Holland in 2005. 

Downing was an influential figure in us reaching the Uefa Cup final in 2006, producing a stunning performance in the semi-final against Steaua Bucharest as we battled back to secure a place in the final. The winger played a part in all four goals for Boro, including Massimo Maccarone's winning header. 

His displays that season sealed a place on the plane for England in the 2006 World Cup, where he made three appearances all off the bench. Downing went on to become a regular feature for the Three Lions, and has 35 caps to his name, going close to beating Wilf Mannion's record as England's most capped player when he was with Boro. 

Boro's top appearance maker in the 2008/09 season, Downing's last appearance came against the club he would join the following campaign - Aston Villa - who he joined in a £12million deal. 

He'd then earn a big move to Liverpool for a reported £20million fee, but would only spend two years at Anfield before switching to West Ham. 

But a return home was on the cards in 2015 for Downing when he was snapped up by Aitor Karanka to bolster Boro's promotion bid. 

He was a part of the side to clinch a place back in the Premier League, and he surpassed 400 games in Boro colours - a landmark which saw him captain the side away to Swansea City. 

Downing joined Blackburn Rovers at the end of his Boro deal in June 2019, shortly before his 35th birthday.