Playing as emergency striker, McAndrew became the youngest Boro player to score a hat-trick when he stuck three past Sheffield United in 1976. 

It was as a centre-half, however, that he established himself as a regular and dependable first team star alongside Stuart Boam. 

When Boam left, McAndrew took over the captaincy, which he lost while in dispute with the club over the departure of manager John Neal. McAndrew played one more season in his first Ayresome spell, at the end of which Boro went down, before linking up with Neal at Chelsea for a tribunal-fixed fee of £92,500. 

McAndrew played just 20 games for the Blues, before returning to Boro as part of a deal that saw Darren Wood move in the other direction. 

After two more seasons, which saw Boro slip down the league and go into liquidation, McAndrew was released. In all he had played 353 games for Boro and scored 18 goals. 

Brief spells at Darlington, Hartlepool, Billingham Synthonia and Steve Gibson's Bulkhaul followed, before McAndrew moved into coaching as Brian Little's assistant at Darlington, Leicester, Aston Villa and Stoke City.