On this day in 2004, Boro lifted major silverware for the first time in our history.
After a triple header of Wembley heartache in the late 1990s, Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium was the destination on Leap Day 2004. Bolton Wanderers were our opponents in as we vied to claim the Carling Cup.
Boro got the dream start at with two goals in the opening seven minutes of action.
Then Boro boss Steve McClaren wasn’t even in position in the dugout when Joseph-Desire Job turned in Boudewijin Zenden’s cross with only two minutes on the clock.
It was 2-0 five minutes later when Job was brought down in the box and Zenden converted the spot kick from 12 yards out.
Bolton pulled one back through Kevin Davies at the 20-minute mark, with Boro keeper Mark Schwarzer spilling the striker’s effort.
But the big Aussie made several saves as Boro held on in a goalless second half to lift the first trophy in our history.
Watch extended highlights from that unforgettable day above.