Mick McNeil's footballing talents were close to not being unearthed had it not been for the eagle eye of Boro coach Jimmy Gordon.
Studying to become an analytic chemist, it was when McNeil was turning out for Cargo Fleet when Gordon moved to secure his services for Boro.
His debut for the club came in an extraordinary game away to Brighton where Boro won 6-4.
He lost his place in the side to Ray Yeoman, but McNeil found himself back in the side and a mainstay in it when he switched to left back.
Becoming a regular in the Boro team as a forceful defensive player, McNeil earned international recognition with England despite playing in the Second Division. He went on to earn nine caps for the Three Lions and just missed out on a place in their World Cup squad in 1962.
After making just under 200 appearances for us, McNeil moved to Ipswich in 1964 where he won a promotion in 1968, retiring in 1971 to open a sports outfitters in Suffolk.