Middlesbrough FC were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former player Ugo Ehiogu.

The 44-year-old tragically passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest while coaching with his current club Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday.

Ugo made 149 appearances for Boro between October 2000 and January 2007 after joining the club from Aston Villa.

Signed by Bryan Robson, the Hackney-born central defender made his debut at Charlton, when a calf strain limited his involvement to just seven minutes. But he returned to action the following month to make his home debut against Leicester, and his first goal for the club came on his third appearance during a 2-2 draw against Bradford City at the Riverside. That was to be the first of four goals he scored during his debut season.

Ugo went on to establish himself as a key figure around the club and he was a member of our Carling Cup winning team in February 2004 when we beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at the Millennium Stadium.

Injuries restricted his time on the pitch the following season, but in 2005/06 he made seven UEFA Cup appearances, including coming on as a late substitute when we beat Steaua Bucharest at the Riverside to reach our first ever European final.

Ehiogu earned three of his four England caps while a Boro player, as well as scoring one international goal - in a 3-0 win against Spain at Villa Park. 

In late 2006, Ugo joined Leeds United on loan before returning to Boro to make what proved to be his final appearance for the club, coming on as a substitute during a 4-3 FA Cup victory against Hull City at the Riverside in January 2007. Later that month, the defender moved on to Rangers before eventually joining Sheffield United, where he brought the curtain down on his playing career.