The next stop on Boro’s pre-season is a first-ever match against EFL newcomers Salford City.
Jonathan Woodgate takes his side to the Peninsula Stadium on Tuesday evening (kick-off 7.30pm).
While there are no past playing connections between Boro and The Ammies, who only became a full-time professional outfit in July 2017 before gaining promotion to the EFL in May this year, the Boro boss will be well known to several in the Salford boardroom.
At the highest level in their 79-year history thanks to four promotions in the last five seasons, a large factor in Salford’s recent successes is the Project 92 consortium that took ownership of the club in March 2014.
The consortium was set up by several members of nearby Manchester United’s ‘Class of 92’, with David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary and Phil Neville, and Paul Scholes each holding a stake in the club. Woodgate has been an international teammates to the five Englishmen in that list.
In fact, at least one also played in each of Woodgate’s eight England caps, with as many as many as four playing when he turned out for Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side against Slovakia in 2002. Gareth Southgate also represented the three Lions that night, Danny Mills and Ugo Ehiogu were on the bench, and Szilard Nemeth scored for Slovakia. The return fixture in qualifying was played at the Riverside Stadium the following year, though Woodgate was ruled out with injury.
Woodgate was playing for Leeds United at the time, the team Salford City will host in one of the picks of the Carabao Cup first round in August.
Elsewhere, there is one familiar face for Boro fans at Salford - former stopper Carlo Nash is goalkeeping coach.
Tickets for the match are available on the gate at the Peninsula Stadium, costing £7 for adults and £3 for concessions.
Commentary from the BBC Tees Sport team will be available at our Live Streaming Subscription page for the cost of £1, and we’ll also have build-up, in-match updates and dressing room reaction here and via our social media channels.