An England international and one of the top midfielders of his time, Paul Ince swapped the red of Liverpool for the red of Boro in the summer of 1999. 

Coming through the ranks at West Ham before going on to establish himself with Manchester United followed by a stint with Italian juggernauts Inter Milan, Ince was told by then Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier he was no longer part of his plans. 

The 31-year-old was snapped by the Teessiders for £1million, which saw him link back up again with his former Manchester United teammate Bryan Robson, winning an impressive array of silverware at Old Trafford. 

Midfield lynchpin Ince was handed the captain's armband at Boro following the departure of Andy Townsend. 

Ince played for England during the European Championships in 2000 and with over 50 caps to his name, he retired from international duty after the tournament. 

He retained the armband despite the arrival of Gareth Southgate, but his time on Teesside came to an end in the summer of 2002, where he would join Wolves. 

Since his retirement, he's been in the managerial hotseat at Macclesfield Town, two spells with MK Dons - where he clinched promotion from League Two and lifted the Football League Trophy in the same season - Blackburn Rovers, Notts County and Blackpool.