The name Bruce Rioch is synonymous with Middlesbrough Football Club, and rightly so for his managerial leadership after liquidation in 1986.

Shaun Wilson


Born in Aldershot, he moved to Luton as a schoolboy and joined his local side Luton Town, turning professional in September 1964.

He made his first team debut just a few months later and was a regular member of the side that won the Fourth Division title in 1968.

A big money move followed to Aston Villa, and he later played for Derby County, Everton, Birmingham City and Sheffield United.

He also captained Scotland during their ill-fated World Cup campaign in 1978.

In 1982 he became player/manager at Torquay Utd and joined Middlesbrough initially as first team coach in January 1986.

The following month, after Willie Maddren’s departure, he became Boro boss. Too late to prevent relegation to Division Three, Rioch found huge success the following season when guiding the side to promotion at the first attempt.

One promotion swiftly became two, as the club reached the top flight for the first time since 1982 after successfully winning the play-offs.

He led the club to their first Wembley appearance in 1990 but left before the showcase game with the side languishing near the foot of Division Two.

He had successful spells as manager at Millwall and Bolton Wanderers, before a frustrating time at Arsenal, where his legacy was bringing in Dennis Bergkamp.