Nigel Pearson enjoyed an Indian summer during his time with Boro, guiding us to two promotions and leading us out at Wembley in FA Cup and League Cup finals.
A few days shy of his 31st birthday when he put pen to paper with Bryan Robson's Boro, Pearson had long spells with Shrewsbury Town and Sheffield Wednesday, with whom he clinched promotion with and lifted a League Cup.
In Pearson's first season, Boro sealed a place in the Premier League in our last campaign at Ayresome Park, and the warhorse defender would lead us out at the Riverside for the first time.
Despite relegation in 1997, Pearson captained Boro to our two appearances in the nation's capital that campaign in the League Cup and FA Cup finals.
Pearson signed off his 17-year playing career on a high note, helping Boro bounce back to the promised land at the first attempt, finishing second in the First Division behind Nottingham Forest.
Overall, Pearson played over 100 times for the Teessiders during his four-year stay, netting five goals.
Following the end of his playing days, Pearson moved into management, which included a successful stint with Leicester City, steering them to promotion in 2014.