Despite hailing from Scotland, Gary Hamilton made Middlesbrough his home, amassing 259 starts for us by the age of just 23.
Glasgow-born, Hamilton made his Boro debut at 17 in a 3-1 defeat against Bolton Wanderers, with the club relegated to the Third Division in 1986 under Willie Maddren.
However Hamilton played a key role in Boro’s return to the top flight, being a part of the side under the tutelage of Bruce Rioch who earned back-to-back promotions.
Boro were promoted to the top flight in 1988 following a two-legged Play-Off final against Chelsea, with Hamilton securing our place in the final by scoring the winning goal in the semi-final against Bradford City in extra-time.
Hamilton scored 28 goals in all competitions during his six-year stint on Teesside, with one of his most memorable strikes coming in the promotion-clinching campaign in 1988 against Plymouth, thumping home a volley from outside the box.
The Scotsman’s final appearance for Boro came in May 1989 against Sheffield Wednesday, with a 1-0 defeat confirming relegation to the Second Division.
Injuries shortened Hamilton’s career and despite several attempts at a comeback and playing a few games for Darlington, he officially retired from playing in 1992.
Hamilton’s name is inscribed into the Boro Brick Road outside the Riverside after topping a fans’ poll for former players to be a part of the feature.
Now, Hamilton is coaching in America with Houston Dynamos.