Wilf Mannion is widely regarded as the greatest player to pull on a Boro shirt. 

The mecurial Mannion was a masterful dribbler and all-round entertainer and is Boro's most capped player, appearing 26 times for England. 

In January 1940, his career was interrupted by the war and he went off to France, only to return five months later in the famous retreat from Dunkirk.

Once the league programme resumed for the 1946/47 season, Mannion was back in his rightful place at Boro, scoring their first league goal of the post-war era.

Making his England debut in April 1947, Mannion's career with the national side included a hat-trick against Eire and a trip to Brazil for the 1950 World Cup.

There were five more seasons of top-flight football, but when Boro were relegated at the end of the 1953/54 season, Mannion decided to call it a day.

Although he was tempted back to play for Hull City, it was a brief return. The Football League suspended him for articles he had written and he left to play for non-league sides.

He returned to Teesside, sadly passing away in April 2000. Fans lined the streets in tribute to a true legend as his funeral cortege made its way through the town.

Mannion was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2004 at the National Football Museum, and a statue was erected outside the Riverside Stadium. 

The Wilf Mannion Statue outside the Riverside Stadium