There's been plenty of players to wear the red and white of Boro and Sheffield United. We take a closer look at a few of them prior to our visit to Bramall Lane tonight (7.45pm).
Well known for his aeroplane-style celebrations, Fjortoft helped propel Boro towards the Premier League during his brief time on Teesside. He joined Boro for a then club record fee in 1995 for £1.3million, and bagged 15 goals in 39 games. He goes down in Boro folklore having scored the second goal at the Riverside in the first-ever game there – a 2-0 win over Chelsea. Fjortoft made the switch to South Yorkshire in 1997 to link up with the Blades, helping them reach the Play-Off final, but were unsuccessful against Crystal Palace.
Former Boro youngster Harry Chapman had already had a loan spell with one South Yorkshire-based side Barnsley during the 2015/16 season and remained in the same part of the county with another loan stint with Sheffield United. He was limited to only 14 games for the Blades during their promotion-winning campaign due to an injury sustained in November, but he scored four times, including his first hat-trick in an FA Cup tie against Leyton Orient. Harry returned to the fold for the Blades in April, who went on to secure their place in the Championship.
Ugo arrived on Teesside at the start of the new Millennium having firmly established himself at Aston Villa. He played in the heart of defence in our Carling Cup final success in 2004 over Bolton Wanderers, one of over 120 appearances for us during his seven-year stay. After a brief loan spell with Leeds United and a short stint in Scotland with Rangers, Ugo linked up with the Blades, playing 17 times and scoring once in a victory over Preston. His final game came on Boxing Day 2008 when he was forced off through injury, spelling the end of his professional playing career.
After leaving Boro at the end of the season having signed on a short-term basis on January transfer deadline day, the Blades swooped for his services on September 1. The utility man made his debut in the red and white of Sheffield United against Nottingham Forest in November and has featured a further three times for Chris Wilder's side this campaign, most recently coming off the bench in last week's 3-3 draw with Aston Villa. Winger Marvin Johnson is currently on loan at Bramall Lane from Boro.
Scottish midfielder Barry Robson arrived on Teesside in 2010 from Celtic, and wrote himself into Boro folklore by netting the fastest goal at the Riverside, taking just 24 seconds to find the back of the net in a 3-1 win over Reading. After a brief stay in Vancouver after he departed Boro, Robson returned to these shores with Sheffield United in 2013, penning a short-term contract at Bramall Lane. He scored twice in 18 appearances for the Blades before finishing his career back in Scotland with Aberdeen.
A product of the Boro Academy and captain of the side who won the FA Youth Cup in the 2003/04 season, Tony had eight years with Boro where he amassed over a century of appearances. Eventually his time at the Riverside came to an end in 2012 after being released, and moved to Bramall Lane for a two-year spell. The Blades missed out on promotion during his time there, and headed to Blackpool then Bradford City after his time there. He’s now plying his trade with Oxford United.
A career spanning over 20 years, Brian had three spells at Bramall Lane, with his first seeing him help Sheffield United to promotion to the First Division where they preserved their top flight status for a place in the inaugural Premier League. He joined his hometown club Leeds United before returning back to the Blades, followed by a brief spell with Benfica, and linked up with Boro in 1998. During his time on Teesside, Brian scored 19 goals in 79 games across his three years with us. Leicester City and West Ham were his next destinations after leaving the Riverside, followed by another spell at Elland Road, with brief stints at Sunderland and Perth Glory before his career was wrapped up at Bramall Lane.