Millwall 2-2 Boro, 2018/19

Marcus Tavernier elated with an unlikely Boro point

The Teessiders made a slow start to the season in baking heat in South London, with Aiden O'Brien and Lee Gregory putting a Millwall side including future Boro man George Saville into a 2-0 lead at the break. 

Things looked bleak for Boro as we entered the final five minutes, but substitutes Marcus Tavernier and Lewis Wing helped set up goals for Martin Braithwaite and George Friend respectively, the latter netting in the seventh minute of injury time to snatch an unlikely point.

The comeback set the tone for a strong start to the season for Boro, who went the first eight games of the campaign unbeaten.

Boro 1-1 Stoke City, 2016/17

Alvaro Negredo celebrates his first Boro goal

Boro were celebrating being back in the top flight as we welcomed Stoke City in August 2016.

A roaring Riverside carried Boro into the lead as debutant Alvaro Negredo bundled in from Gaston Ramirez's knock-down. The Teessiders could and perhaps should have had more in a dominant first-half display.

But Stoke struck back to claim a share of the spoils as Xherdan Shaqiri's free-kick crept past Victor Valdes in the Boro goal.

Boro 2-0 Birmingham City, 2014/15

Kike with an acrobatic effort against Birmingham

Goals from Kike and Dani Ayala handed Boro a solid start to a season that ended at Wembley.

Ayala nodded home the first past Darren Randolph with 33 minutes played, and fellow Spaniard Kike sealed it with a debut goal with 66 on the clock.

Following a fourth-placed finish that season, Boro would fall to defeat at the hands of a Norwich City in the Play-Off final.

Boro 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur, 2008/09

Mido celebrates a goal against his former employers

The Teessiders came out on top after a late flurry of late goals in this meeting with Spurs.

David Wheater grabbed the opener on 71 minutes after Afonso Alves had hit the bar, and Boro’s lead was doubled by Mido against his former club 15 minutes later when he deflected Didier Digard’s striker into the bottom corner.

A late own goal from Robert Huth set nerves jangling, but Boro held on for a deserved three points.

Boro 2-2 Newcastle United, 2004/05

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scores his first Boro goal, despite Newcastle's protests

A controversial first Boro goal from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink rescued a point in this Tees-Tyne derby.

The Magpies had taken an early lead through Craig Bellamy at the Riverside, before the summer signing from Chelsea found Stewart Downing for Boro’s equaliser.

Alan Shearer’s penalty put Newcastle back in front, but in the games dying embers, another Dutch ex-Blue, Bolo Zenden, crossed for Hasselbaink to bundle home – with the away defenders furiously claiming Jimmy had used his hand to get it over the line.

Coventry City 1-3 Boro, 2000/01

Alen Boksic celebrates scoring against Coventry

Another game, another striking debutant stealing the headlines.

This time it was Alen Boksic, the Croatian international scoring a penalty and a delightful chip to sink the Sky Blues after another man making his Boro bow, Jospeh Desire Job, had given us the lead with a smart header.

John Eustace hit one in reply for Coventry, but not enough to prevent victory for Bryan Robson's side.

Boro 3-3 Liverpool, 1996/97

Ravanelli's iconic celebration gets its first Riverside showing

Fabrizio Ravanelli’s virtuoso performance was at the heart of an end-to-end thriller with Liverpool at the Riverside.

The White Feather was a club-record signing from Champions League winners Juventus that summer, and joined an exciting Boro side that also included the likes of Juninho and Emerson.

Ravanelli bagged a hat-trick that day, the first of 16 Premiership goals he’d get that season, as Boro three times came from behind to level things up.

It was the start of a rollercoaster season that ultimately ended in heartache - Boro reached both major domestic cup finals and were ultimately beaten in both, and a three-point deduction ultimately resulted in the club's relegation to the second tier.

Arsenal 1-1 Boro, 1995/96

Nick Barmby gets off the mark for Boro

August 1995 saw Bryan Robson’s newly-promoted Boro would begin life at the newly-built Riverside with a 2-0 win against Chelsea, but not before beginning the campaign with a very respectable point away at Highbury a week earlier.

Summer signing Nick Barmby, acquired from Spurs where he had spent his youth career, was the villain for the home fans as he marked his Boro debut with the opening goal in North London.

Ian Wright would score the equaliser, and both sides had to settle for a draw.

Robson guided Boro to a respectable 12th place finish, his side having peaked at fourth earlier in the season after losing just once in the opening 10 games.

Notts County 2-3 Boro, 1992/93

Alan Moore in the red of Boro

Irish teenager Alan Moore made a sparkling introduction in this opening day match up with The Magpies.

Moore provided an assist for Paul Wilkinson before two goals of his own, the second a wonderful dipping volley, as Boro made the perfect start to life in the second tier following relegation.

Boro 4-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers, 1989/90

Trevor Putney makes his Boro bow against Wolves

Wolves headed to Ayresome Park as Division Three champions, and on the back of a second successive promotion. Boro, on the other hand, having earned consecutive promotions of our own, had just been relegated from Division One.

The goals flowed for Boro, who were wearing a familiar-looking red shirt.

Bernie Slaven, an ever-present that season, scored two of 32 goals he’d bag in total, while Mark Proctor and Peter Davenport also netted in a 4-2 win.

Boro 2-2 Port Vale, 1986/87

Tony Mowbray leads Boro out at Victoria Park

Not the most spectacular of results, but nonetheless one of the most important games in Boro’s history.

With the threat of liquidation looming, it was vital that Boro fulfilled this opening day fixture, and as the gates of Ayresome Park had been locked shut, it had to be played at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park.

Archie Stephens scored twice for Bruce Rioch’s side, who following a remarkable turnaround would celebrate promotion that year.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Boro, 1979/80

Bosko Jankovic

An impressive start to the season for Boro at Spurs, with David Armstrong, Micky Burns and Bosko Jankovic on the scoresheet in this 3-1 victory. 

The Teessiders ended the campaign in ninth spot in the top flight, a finish Boro wouldn't equal until twenty years later and wouldn't best until our seventh-placed finish in 2005.

Birmingham City 0-3 Boro, 1974/75

Alan Foggon

Having been promoted as runaway Champions the previous season, Jack Charlton’s Boro kicked off their season with an impressive win away to the Blues.

John Hickton scored the opener, followed by a brace from in-form Alan Foggon at St Andrew’s.

It was the beginning of a strong campaign for Boro, who would finish in seventh - missing out on a European spot by just one place.

Boro 2-1 Sunderland, 1972/73

Stan Anderson

A double from Malcolm Smith handed Boro opening day victory over our North East neighbours.

The Teessiders were managed by Stan Anderson, a Sunderland lad who had made more than 400 appearances for the Black Cats, before playing for both Newcastle and Boro.

A shock FA Cup defeat to Plymouth the following January would spell the end of the Anderson era at Boro – Harold Shepherdson would take over for the remainder of the season and guide Boro to a fourth-place finish in the Second Division. Sunderland, meanwhile, would beat Leeds United to win the FA Cup.

Boro 9-0 Brighton & Hove Albion, 1958/59

Brian Clough

Our biggest ever league win came on the opening day of the 1958/59 season, as Boro ran riot against visiting Brighton.

Captain Brian Clough helped himself to five of the goals in a rude awakening for the newly-promoted Seagulls, while there was also a brace apiece for Alan Peacock and Bill Harris.