Boro have a rich history with Saturday's opponents Brighton (3pm) which dates back to an FA Cup triple-header over a century ago...
Two of Brighton's three wins at Middlesbrough have come at the Riverside, the other was at Ayresome Park in 1985. In all three games Boro failed to score. The two other times Brighton have kept a clean sheet are the two times this fixture has ended goalless, in December 1983 and May 2015.
In contrast, Boro are unbeaten in their five visits to the Amex Stadium, with four wins and a draw, and have only conceded two goals.
The last time we met was, of course, in May 2016, the unforgettable final day decider when we returned to the Premier League. Boro needed a point for automatic promotion, Brighton needed a win but after Cristhian Stuani’s early goal Brighton equalised through Dale Stephens, who was then sent off for a lunge at Gaston Ramirez. It eventually finished 1-1 but only after eight minutes of injury time.
Earlier that season we had ended Albion’s record 23-game unbeaten run with a 3-0 win at the Amex Stadium. That run had begun with a goalless draw at the Riverside in the final game of the previous season.
The 1-1 draw at the Riverside was their 14th game without defeat, and after losing to Sheffield Wednesday in the play-offs they added four more to that the following season.
This will be the 47th meeting, and the seventh in cups. Three of those seven came in the only other FA Cup tie, when a second-round tie in 1906 finished 1-1 at the Goldstone Ground, 1-1 at Ayresome Park, then in the second replay at Bramall Lane Alf Common scored a hat-trick as we won 3-1.
Bernie Slaven had a strong record against The Seagulls. He scored two of his seven Boro hat-tricks against them within the space of just over a year, one in the 1990-91 season and one the season after.
When we met in the League Cup in 1993 Craig Hignett went one better, with four goals in a 5-0 win, and another as we won the second leg 3-1. Apart from Fabrizio Ravanelli against Hereford in 1996, it was the last time anyone scored four goals in a match for Boro.
Brighton's first-ever match in the old Second Division was in August 1958, when they arrived as the last-ever winners of the Third Division South. Boro won 9-0 with Brian Clough scoring five. It remains their record defeat, and our record league win.
The other League Cup tie was equally memorable, as it was in the second round in 2003, the first step on the road to winning the trophy in Cardiff. But it was tight, a single Malcolm Christie goal in extra time deciding it. Stewart Downing played that night; it was only his eighth game.
In 1983 Brighton became only the third team to reach (and lose) the FA Cup final and get relegated. The fourth? Boro in 1997.