Today marks the fifth anniversary of the passing of 'The Voice of the Boro' Alastair Brownlee.

Ali covered almost 2,000 Boro games from the commentary box, first for Century Radio then for BBC Tees. 

He was a friend of the club, a confidante to many inside, and he represented the voice of his many thousands of listeners who tuned into hear his words.

Ali sadly passed away at the age of 56 after being diagnosed with cancer in November 2015. 

Ali Brownlee tribute video from February 2016

His passing came three months later and it was a loss that was felt across the region. 

Steve Gibson paid tribute to a "true friend", Tony Mowbray mourned his passing, and many more up and down the game paid their respects to the popular Ali. Current and former players attended his funeral service in Acklam.

Our first game following his passing was at Leeds United and when Ali's image appeared on the big screen at Elland Road it was a touching gesture which emphasised the feeling for him.

At our home game against Cardiff City the following week, there were emotional scenes as the Riverside remembered one of its favourite sons.

Those that weren't privileged enough to listen to Ali will be reminded of the man by those that did. 

And there is one of his many lasting legacies as you approach the stadium with his famous commentary from the UEFA Cup semi-final win over Steau in 2006.

Ali touched many peoples lives, and he will always be remembered.

Ali Bownlee - One of our own.