On this day in 2005, Boro qualified for a second season of European football in the most dramatic fashion.

The Teessiders headed to Manchester City on the final day of the season with the two clubs in direct competition for the last remaining qualifying spot for the UEFA Cup. 

Boro, in pole position before a ball was kicked, took the lead on the day thanks to a thunderbolt of a free-kick from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Kiki Musampa's leveller for City then threatened to derail our hopes of a second successive season of continental football and set up a tense finale at the City of Manchester Stadium.

City goalkeeper David James (pictured above) was even thrown into an attacking role as the home side desperately searched for a winner.

All hope seemed lost for Boro when Franck Queudrue was adjudged to have handled the ball in his own area in the dying embers of the game.

But up stepped Mark Schwarzer to save Robbie Fowler's spot-kick. Legendary commentator Ali Brownlee painted the scenes as vividly as ever, exclaiming 'I could plant a kiss on his forehead' and branding the Big Aussie 'the greatest Australian hero since Ned Kelly' - a dubious honour indeed, but a moment that will go down in Boro folklore.