The club was saddened to learn of the passing of former goalkeeper Willie Whigham at the age of 81.

Born in Airdrie, Scotland, in 1939, Whigham qualified as a motor mechanic before becoming a footballer with nearby Falkirk.

He made more than 150 appearances for The Bairns, and was then signed for Boro by Stan Anderson in 1966. Such had been the impression he made back home that five coachloads of Falkirk fans travelled to watch his Boro debut. 

A colourful character; brave, vocal and a very capable keeper, 'The Whig' as he would come to be known proved a popular figure at Ayresome Park.

He made a total of 187 appearances between the sticks in six seasons on Teesside, before the goalkeeping reins were handed over to a young Jim Platt.

Whigham later played for Dumbarton and Darlington, but following his retirement was often seen following the Boro from the terraces at grounds around the country.

Our condolences go out to Willie's family and friends.