On this day in 2004, Boro’s debut campaign in the UEFA Cup began as the club welcomed Banik Ostrava to the Riverside Stadium.
Having lifted the Carling Cup earlier in the year, Steve McClaren’s side were pitted against the Czech side in preliminary qualifying round of the competition.
It was a two-legged affair, and Boro’s new-look strike force gave us a dominant lead in to take to the home of the Czech champions a fortnight later.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink broke the deadlock for The Teessiders, and Mark Viduka’s brace made it an assuring win.
In the return leg, James Morrison would score our first goal on the continent in the competition to secure a 1-1 draw and a handsome aggregate victory.
So began an unforgettable era in Boro’s modern history…