The one-time club record signing remains a cult figure for Boro fans after his legendary late strikes against FC Basel and Steaua Bucharest on the road to the UEFA Cup final. 

After shedding tears due to missing out on Boro's squad for the Carling Cup final victory in 2004, the Italian headed to his homeland the following season in loan spells with Parma and Siena.

But Maccarone returned to play a prominent part in our European adventures, particularly those two memorable nights at the Riverside. 

The striker was used sparingly in the first half of the 2006/07 season as Gareth Southgate took the reins, but he did notch a late winner against West Ham United, on this day in 2006.

A second half substitute, Maccarone pounced on a loose pass before rounding Robert Green and firing in from an acute angle. It proved to be the only goal of a tight affair.

Three more appearances - all from the bench - followed in November and December before Maccarone left these shores for good, signing for Siena again, this time on a permanent basis.

Maccarone would score in excess of 100 goals back in his home country over the next ten years of his career, but is remembered as fondly here on Teesside as anywhere for his part in our club's history.

Watch highlights from the game against West Ham in the video player above.