Gaizka Mendieta and Massimo Maccarone were amongst the scorers for Boro an eight-goal thriller on this day.
Fresh from scooping our first-ever piece of major silverware, Boro put a dent in Birmingham’s European hopes with a 5-3 victory on Teesside.
Mendieta put the home side ahead on five minutes and then turned provider for Maccarone, however Mikael Forssell pulled one back for the visitors.
Now England manager Gareth Southgate poked home Boro’s third, which would be his last goal before hanging up his boots two years later.
Clinton Morrison cut the deficit to one goal on the stroke of half-time but seconds later, Maccarone curled his second into the top corner to re-establish Boro’s two-goal cushion.
Forssell got his second when he nodded in a free kick in the second half but the win was sealed for Boro at the end of the game when Szilard Nemeth rounded Maik Taylor and a Birmingham defender to score the fifth of the game.
Incredibly, it was Boro keeper Mark Schwarzer who would be named man of the match thanks to a remarkable series of saves to keep the scoring down to eight!
Watch highlights from the game above.