John Hendrie holds a special place in Boro folklore having scored the last-ever goal at our former home Ayresome Park.
As well as finding the back of the net for the last time at Ayresome Park, Hendrie also bagged Boro’s first-ever Premier League hat-trick when he notched three against Blackburn Rovers in 1992.
After beginning his career with Coventry, the Scotsman moved to Bradford City where his career took flight, spearheading the Bantams’ promotion to the Second Division with Boro denying the West Yorkshire side a second successive promotion in 1988.
Hendrie’s sparkling form for Bradford caught the attentions of then Boro boss Bruce Brioch, who were pipped to his signature by Newcastle United.
Following Newcastle’s relegation, he moved back to West Yorkshire with Leeds United and, despite playing just one season with the Whites where he claimed a Second Division Championship medal, his impact at Elland Road saw him voted in the top 100 Leeds players in 2000.
But Boro eventually got their man in 1990, with Colin Todd paying £500,000 for his services.
He marked his arrival on Teesside with a wonder goal against Millwall, collecting the ball from deep inside his own half and weaving his way through the Lions defence before he slotted home.
Boro fans saw the best of Hendrie under the stewardship of Lennie Lawrence, who switched him from the flank to a central position, forging a strong partnership alongside Paul Wilkinson.
Hendrie added another promotion to the top flight when he helped Boro finish second to book our place in the inaugural Premier League.
Our top scorer in the final campaign at Ayresome Park, Hendrie marked the last-ever game before the switch to the Riverside with two goals against Luton Town in the penultimate game of the season, with a draw against Tranmere Rovers on the final day securing top spot.
Having made over 250 appearances and scoring 52 goals for Boro, Hendrie finished his career in South Yorkshire with Barnsley, renewing his partnership alongside Wilkinson to help the Tykes reach the Premier League.