Boro’s fifth all-time appearance maker, Jim Platt is revered as one of our greatest goalkeepers with more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in our history.

His time on Teesside spanned over five different managers, and he finished with 481 appearances in between the sticks for Boro.

Hailing from Northern Ireland, Platt was on the verge of joining Liverpool until Ray Clemence was snapped up Bill Shankly from Scunthorpe United.

Platt joined Boro from Ballymena after being recommended by their manager and ex-Boro star Alex McCrae for a fee of £7,000.

Willie Whigham and Pat Cuff were ahead of Platt in the goalkeeping pecking order at Boro and while he waited to claim the number one jersey, Platt netted a hat-trick for the reserves against Lincoln as an outfield player.

The glovesman got his hands on the number one spot in 1971 and went on to play 112 consecutive games for Boro.

Under manager Jack Charlton, Platt was part of the Boro side who clinched promotion to the top flight in 1974, comprehensively topping the division by 15 points.

His Boro form saw him capped for Northern Ireland, but was limited to 24 caps for his country due to Pat Jennings.

Although he faced stiff competition for Northern Ireland’s number one spot, Platt was part of the team who won the last Home Championship in 1984.

Platt scooped the Boro Player of the Year award twice during his 12-year stay, clinching the prize in 1972 and 1981 along with being named the North-East Player of the Year.

He went into management with Ballymena United for one season before managing Coleraine for six seasons, with short spells at Ballyclare and Assyriska following.

Platt returned to the North East in the dugout at Darlington, alongside David Hodgson, and Gateshead.