Ahead of Saturday's Championship match-up with Wigan at the DW Stadium, we take a look at some of our Latics links...
Nomadic striker Mido arrived on Teesside from Tottenham Hotspur for a reported £6m fee in 2008, and flew out of the blocks with a goal on his debut against Fulham followed up with another on his home debut versus Newcastle United. Those were the only two goals of his first season, however, owing largely to injury.
After a similarity strong start the following year, including goals against Liverpool and old club Spurs, Mido's Midas touch went missing once more, and he was allowed to join Wigan on loan in January 2009. There he linked up with countryman Amr Zaki, at the time one of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League. Mido scored twice in a dozen games for The Latics, an equalising penalty against Liverpool on his debut and the consolation goal in a 4-1 defeat to Arsenal. Further loan spells, including with West Ham United and a return to Ajax, followed, before Mido returned home with Zamalek, a club he'd later lead to victory in the Egypt Cup as a manager. His playing days ended in unceremonious fashion after a stint in Barnsley which amounted to just one appearance.
Stockton lad Cattermole rose through the ranks at Boro, impressing on his debut as a 17-year-old in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle United. An England youth international at almost every age level, he became the club's youngest ever captain at the age of 18 years and 47 days against Fulham in 2006 and played a small part in the UEFA Cup Final just three days later. The midfielder joined newly-promoted Wigan Athletic in July 2008 where he quickly cemented a spot in the Latics XI.
So impressive was his single season in Lancashire, Sunderland were persuaded to shell out £6m to bring Cattermole back to the north east in the summer of 2009. More than 200 appearances later, he remains a regular for the Black Cats.
Another Academy graduate to eventually swap the north east for the north west with Wigan is Andrew Taylor. The left-back, who hails from Hartlepool, made just shy of 150 Boro appearances in his six years with the club as a senior player before departing for Cardiff. He was a regular for the Bluebirds, too, over the next three seasons, the last of which was in the Premier League. Wigan brought in Taylor in June 2014, and although he'd spend a further three years of his career there, only the first was spent in Latics colours, the latter two on loan with Reading and Bolton Wanderers, the club he now calls home.
Former Everton trainee Forshaw lit up League One with Brentford, ending the 203/14 season as a promotion winner and the accolade of the division's Player of the Year. His performances convinced Wigan to pay upwards of £2.5m to aid their bid to return to the top flight, a decision no doubt aided by his former Bees boss Use Rosler taking the Latics hotseat. But Rosler's time in Lancashire proved a matter of months, Forshaw heading through the exit door soon after - come January he was Boro bound.
There he did earn promotion to the top tier, and his performances during our single Premier League season were impressive enough that, at one stage, rumours suggested Gareth Southgate was eyeing him for England duty. Always competing with a host of quality midfield players at the Boro, Forshaw left the club for Leeds last season in a bid for regular football.
Having linked up with Wigan on loan from Boro in 2015, Yanic quickly became a favourite among supporters at the DW Stadium with his nine-goal haul helping Wigan seal the League One crown. The one time Netherlands Under-21s international saw his loan turn permanent midway through the promotion-clinching campaign. A regular in the side at Wigan, Wildschut's performances in the Championship saw Norwich City swoop in for his services in January 2017. After a brief loan stint with Cardiff last term, he's currently on loan at Bolton Wanderers.
Sam, currently on loan at League Two Notts County, joined Boro's Academy last summer after five years with The Latics. A central defender like his father, Alan, Sam began his youth career with Dad's old club Everton before moving to Wigan in 2013. While Alan began an extensive career with Lancashire rivals Bolton Wanderers, Sam made his first professional appearance with Wigan in the Carabao Cup in August 2017. Sam has featured regularly in Boro's Under-23 side this season, usually as captain. On occasion he has also travelled with our First Team, and was an unused substitute in our cup win at Preston in late September.
The other player in Boro's roster with Wigan history is Ryan Shotton, who had a 14-game loan stint at the DW Stadium in the first half of the 2013/14 season. He scored on his Championship bow with the Latics in a 2-0 win against Ipswich Town.