The club had bade an emotional farewell to Ayresome Park - Boro's base for the best part of a century - at the end of the previous season. 

And Bryan Robson's side had won the Division One title, ensuring that our glittering new home was able to welcome Premier League football. 

Boro pulled out all the stops to ensure the stage was set for the season curtain call, and our best home crowd for 14 years - 28,286 - packed into the all-seated arena for the first game, against Chelsea.  

There was an electric atmosphere as "midget gems" Craig Hignett and Nick Barmby lit up the Riverside with their impish skills.

The breakthrough came just over five minutes from half-time as Barmby surged into the box before squaring the ball to Hignett, who cleverly slotted home the first goal at the stadium.

Chelsea roared back in the second half with a series of dangerous attacks, but Glenn Hoddle's side were unable to deliver a decisive blow.

With 15 minutes on the clock, Boro tied up the three points thanks to more great work from the brilliant Barmby, this time Jan Fjortoft on the scoresheet to make it 2-0.

Watch highlights from a momentous day in Boro's history in the video player above.