With only a half-dozen meetings between the clubs in the last quarter century, you have to look back as far as the 1991/92 for our most recent victory at the south coast club.

It was also in the League Cup, and it was also in October.

Paul Wilkinson had scored for Boro in a hard-fought first leg at Ayresome Park, which finished 1-1 and left the tie in the balance as Boro made the long journey south.

John Hendrie, in what would prove to be still early days of his Boro career, opened the scoring, heading home his first of the season.

Division Three Bournemouth levelled things up after the break and with the match seemingly heading for a penalty shoot-out, Hendrie beat the offside trap before being felled in the area. Gary Parkinson stepped up and slammed home the resulting spot kick to put Boro’s name in the hat for the next round.

That second round result paved the way for Boro to equal what was then our best-ever performance in the ‘Rumbelows’ League Cup.

Boro would see off Barnsley, Manchester City and Peterborough United to set up our first semi-final tie in the competition since Jack Charlton’s Champions in 1975-76.

There, the Teessiders gave giants Manchester United a scare by first drawing battling to a goalless draw at Ayresome Park, before forcing extra time at a rain-soaked Old Trafford.

Bernie Slaven cancelled out Lee Sharpe’s opener, and Boro had a host of chances to nick it before a young Ryan Giggs volleyed in to clinch it for United.

It was a season that ended in promotion from the second tier from Boro, as Lennie Lawrence guided his side to a second-place finish in his first season as Boro boss – booking the club a place in the inaugural Premier League.