Mark Viduka will always be remembered at Boro for his fantastic goals and classy displays during his three seasons at the Riverside.
The big Australian forward, with a strong Croatian background and cousin of their national side’s star and captain Luka Modric, made the switch to Boro in July 2004 from Leeds United, with previous spells at Melbourne Knights, Dinamo Zagreb and Celtic.
Viduka scored on his full debut for Boro in a 2-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage, notching a further seven during the 2004/05 campaign.
Melbourne-born, Viduka found the back of the net on 16 occasions the next season, and played a pivotal role in our route to the Uefa Cup final in 2006.
Viduka scored in both of the famous comeback triumphs against FC Basel and Steaua Bucharest, earning him the man of the match awards in both ties.
He featured in the Uefa Cup final defeat by Sevilla and had an appeal for a penalty waved away in Eindhoven.
His form for Boro that season got him a place on the plane to Germany for the World Cup, where he captained the Socceroos to the last 16 of the tournament.
Finishing with over 40 caps for Australia and 11 goals for his nation, Viduka’s final season on Teesside saw him bag an impressive 19 goals.
He made the north-east switch to Newcastle in the summer of 2007, departing Boro as the leading scorer at the Riverside with 32 – a record that still stands today.
Viduka’s two-season stay at St James’ Park brought seven goals and he brought the curtain down on his career in 2009.