Boro reaped the rewards of George Elliott going against his family wishes to pursue a career in football, with more than 15 years of service and an impressive goal haul.
A centre forward with an eye for goal, Elliott was the first of several frontmen who starred for their club and earned recognition for England.
Playing inside right in his early years, Elliott's transition to a central role brought great success, finishing as the club's leading scorer seven out of nine campaigns from 1910 - 1923 and he's also Boro's second highest-ever goal scorer with 213.
Elliott holds the record for the most goals in a competitive fixture for Boro when he bagged 11 in a 14 - 1 rout of Houghton Rovers in a reserves fixture.
After winning his first international cap against Ireland in 1913, Elliott played against the same opponents in only the second international to be played at Ayresome Park.
After several injuries, he played his last game against Southampton in April 1925 and despite attractive offers from Sunderland and Newcastle, he decided to retire that summer.