Reliable and stylish, Dicky Robinson was brought to Boro after team manager David Jack spotted him playing for Mandale Juniors.
Originally he was tried on the left wing but eventually he became a full-back. The player was hard-to-beat, tough, classy, speedy and intelligent. Good in the air, he preferred the centre-half role but was too effective playing wide to bring into the middle.
Although he had previously made Football League North and FA Cup appearances for the club, his full league debut came in Boro's first post-war league game, as George Hardwick's fellow full-back away to Aston Villa.
The only goal in his entire Boro career was against Sunderland, which was as good a time to score a goal as any.
Golf was his other sporting love and, as a boy, earned extra money caddying for Sunderland players Johnny Mapson and Eddie Burbanks. In an amusing twist, his caddy in the 1951 PFA Championships was his own team boss, David Jack.
After a league and cup total of 416 appearances a series of niggling injuries forced him out of the game but a year later, he returned as a trainer for Barrow.