On this day in 1978, Micky Burns was the star of the show as Boro stuck seven goals past Chelsea.

The former Newcastle United forward had returned to the north east with Boro a matter of months earlier, having turned out briefly for Cardiff City in between, and scored at Old Trafford on his debut.

John Neal's side were feeling the heat heading into this December match-up, with four defeats from five - but the Blues had the problems of their own, with their newly appointed manager Danny Blanchflower not even having chance to meet his players before the team departed for Teesside.

And it was Boro who would profit, thanks to a four-goal haul from mercurial 31-year-old Burns.

Chelsea actually took the lead at Ayresome Park via a Peter Osgood header. 

Boro were soon back on terms though when Mark Proctor lashed home a volley, before Burns' first of the day put the home team ahead. 

Four minutes later and Burns struck again, then David Armstrong put Boro in an even more commanding position before the break.

John Bumstead offered a glimmer of hope for Chelsea with their second of the afternoon, but any hope was soon extinguished as Burns completed his hat-trick.

Terry Cochrane drilled in at the end of a fine team move to make it six, and Burns had the final say with his fourth, and Boro's seventh, in what would go down as a famous day for the club.