Ahead of Boro's visit to the Hawthorns tomorrow afternoon (3pm), we take a look at some players to have featured for us and West Brom.
From rising through the ranks at York City to picking up a winners’ medal in Manchester United’s 1999 Champions League final success, Greening made the switch to Teesside in 2001 to link up with Steve McClaren again, who was assistant manager at Old Trafford. He scooped the club’s Player of the Year for the 2002/03 season, which earned him a place in the England squad, though he didn’t represent the Three Lions. He moved on to West Brom in 2004 and firmly established himself in the midfield at the Hawthorns and picked up their Player of the Year award in 2005/06. Making over 100 appearances for the Baggies, Greening headed to Fulham in 2009 and featured in their Europa League final defeat before spells with Nottingham Forest and a spell back at York sandwiched between two stints with Tadcaster Albion.
A player and a manager at both Boro and West Brom, Robson started with the Baggies and helped the Albion finish third in Division One and reach the quarter-finals of the Uefa Cup before being snapped up by Manchester United for a then British record transfer fee of £1.5million in 1981. He had a trophy-laden stay at Old Trafford, winning two Premier League titles, three FA Cups, two Charity Shields and a European Cup Winners’ Cup. England’s fifth highest capped player, Robson took on the role of player-manager at Boro in 1994, guiding us to the First Division title in 1994/95. He played his final match in 1997 and left in 2001. Following a short stint in the dugout at Bradford City, he returned to West Brom as manager where he escaped relegation having been bottom on Christmas Day.
Boro fended off strong interest from Manchester United for David Mills and was an integral part of Jack Charlton’s record-breaking 1973-74 Division Two Championship-winning side, scoring 11 goals including the one that clinched promotion against Luton. An 18-goal haul in 1977 was his best season in front of goal for Boro and then West Brom boss Ron Atkinson swooped to land Mills in 1979 to become Britain’s first half a million pound footballer. Injuries, loss of form and a switch to midfield at the Hawthorns limited him to just six goals in 59 appearances for Albion. After spells with Newcastle United and Sheffield Wednesday, Mills was back on Teesside with Boro where he scored 14 times to keep Willie Maddren’s side in Division Two.
A Boro Academy graduate, Morrison returned to the Riverside with West Brom back in August, with whom he’s been with since 2007. The Scotland international was a member of Boro’s FA Youth Cup-winning team in 2003/04, and he made his senior debut against Notts County in the FA Cup in January 2004. He featured in the Uefa Cup for Boro and started the final against Sevilla in 2006. Joining the Baggies in 2007, Morrison has clocked up nearly 300 appearances in over a decade, bagging personal accolades such as West Brom’s Supporters Club’s Goal of the Season for his strike against Blackpool – his first for the club – and the official Supporters’ Player of the Year.
A product of Manchester City's youth system, Ishmael Miller joined West Brom on loan under the stewardship of ex-Boro man Tony Mowbray. His 16 goals helped the Albion reach the Premier League, with his loan switch turning permanent at the Hawthorns. He remained there until 2011, with a loan spell at Queens Park Rangers and a move to Nottingham Forest after. His time at the Riverside came in the form of a loan stint for the 2012/13 season, where he netted six times in all competitions.
Spells at Boro and West Brom for Andy Townsend came at the latter stages of the Republic of Ireland international’s playing career. After making over a century of appearances for Chelsea and Aston Villa, Townsend helped steer Boro to the Premier League and struck up a strong partnership with Paul Gascoigne during his time on Teesside. Dropping down the pecking order at Boro saw Townsend move on to West Brom in Division One, and injuries limited him to just 17 appearances and forcing him to retire in 2000. After hanging his boots up, Townsend picked up the microphone to work as a co-commentator for ITV and BT Sport.
Glovesman Alan Miller joined Boro in 1994 after first team opportunities at Arsenal were rare, where he was third choice behind John Lukic and David Seaman. He had loan spells away from Highbury before joining us, including a short stint with the Baggies. With Boro he helped us seal promotion to the top flight in his first campaign. More loan stints followed before he eventually returned to the Hawthorns - first on loan then permanently - and he was a regular in between the posts, making over 100 appearances across his three spells with them, before he moved on to Blackburn Rovers.