On this day in 1986, and with the gates to Ayresome Park still firmly padlocked shut, Hartlepool United stepped in as hosts for the start of a now-legendary Boro season.

The eleventh hour move from a consortium including now-Chairman Steve Gibson had saved hard-up Boro from the threat of extinction.

And though the club was back from the brink, it was vital that our opening day fixture against Port Vale went ahead to avoid expulsion from the Football League.

Neighbours Hartlepool were gracious hosts as Boro kicked off the campaign against Port Vale, Archie Stephens scoring twice for the Teessiders in a 2-2 draw. 

By the turn of the month, the padlocks were gone from Ayresome Park and Boro were back home - the first game ironically against Hartlepool in the first round of the League Cup.

It was the start of a Boro revolution under manager Bruce Rioch, that season ended with promotion and so would the one after for a team built around youngsters from the Teesside area.