After carving out his career away from Middlesbrough, Boro-born Jonathan Woodgate finally made his debut for his hometown club in a 1-1 draw at Arsenal on this day 13 years ago.
Beginning his career with Leeds United and spells with Newcastle United and one of the most illustrious clubs in the world Real Madrid, head coach Woodgate joined his boyhood team on loan from the Bernabeu in 2006.
A stern test away to Arsenal in the newly-built Emirates Stadium was Woodgate’s first assignment in Boro colours and we got off to a great start after James Morrison opened the scoring with 22 minutes played.
Under the tutelage of Gareth Southgate, Boro were reduced to 10 men just after the hour mark when George Boateng was sent off after picking up a second yellow card.
Stewart Downing was judged to have tripped Emanuel Eboue inside the penalty area shortly after, presenting the chance for Thierry Henry to equalise from 12 yards which he took.
Woodgate’s move to the Riverside became permanent in 2007, with stints at Tottenham and Stoke City following before he returned home to Teesside to finish his playing career with Boro. He's now coach of his hometown club.
Take a look at more images from Woodgate’s debut in the gallery above.