Few Boro players are remembered with more fondness than Rolando Ugolini.

A colourful character on and off the pitch, 'Ugo' was the son of Italians who moved to Glasgow when he was a baby. His parents ran a popular fish and chip shop in Armadale.

Having forged a big reputation in Scottish junior football, he spent some time on Hearts' books before joining Celtic where he found his route to the first team blocked by full international Willie Miller.

Shortly after taking up British citizenship, he joined Boro from Celtic for a £7,000 fee in 1948, quickly establishing himself as a popular keeper with both players and fans.

Known as 'The Cat', he made his debut against Chelsea - a team he'd turned down to join Boro - and was the club's regular goalkeeper over the next nine years. Agile, fit and a very good keeper, his theatrical style was the talk of Ayresome Park - and he was just as eccentric off it.

A noted dressing-room prankster, he once worried the club directors as to the state of his eyesight when one player remarked that Ugo had been eating large amounts of carrots. Teammate Brian Clough remembered him as a bubbly chap, "the sort of character that every club needs".

Many thought Rolando was unlucky not to represent his country, and he was also unfortunate to lose out for the last game of the 1955/56 season to Clough's future assistant, Peter Taylor, after dislocating his shoulder.

He moved on to Wrexham shortly after, and also had a brief spell at Dundee. His post-football career saw him run a betting shop.

Flags were lowered at the Riverside in April 2014 when news emerged that Rolando had died suddenly at his home in Edinburgh.