Herbert Bamlett became one of the youngest men ever to referee a cup final at the age of 32 in 1914 as Liverpool took on Burnley.
The next month he took over the hotseat at Oldham Athletic, shortly before war broke out.
After the war he left for Wigan Borough before joining Boro in August 1923.
When he joined Boro legendary keeper Tim Williamson had retired while striker George Elliott was coming to the end of his career, and in his first season the club was relegated to the first division, but Boro kept faith with him.
After a disastrous start to the 1926-7 season, Bamlett gave young George Camsell his debut in place of the injured Jimmy McClelland.
The results were dramatic and Boro became the talk of the country as the goals began to flow.
The team scored a record 122 goals with Camsell blasting a sensational 59 goals as the team powered to promotion.
But Bamlett was not around to see the Boro go up. He was sacked with the side on the brink of promotion, going on to manage Manchester United for the next four years.