Boro fans can enjoy a night of nostalgia when they join the team of 1986-87 enjoy a 30th anniversary reunion dinner, led by manager Bruce Rioch and captain Tony Mowbray. 

Middlesbrough Former Players Association is organising the event that will recall a season that saw Boro bounce back from liquidation to win the first of two successive promotions.

The club went bust in the summer of 1986 and, with the gates of Ayresome Park locked by the official receiver, the players went without wages for several weeks whilst training on local parks.

But, inspired by Rioch, a young Boro achieved promotion from the old Division Three at the first time of asking.

Those attending the dinner along with Rioch and Mowbray are several others who went on to achieve legendary status with the club including Bernie Slaven, Gary Pallister, Colin Cooper and Stephen Pears.  

Midfield star Gary Hamilton is planning to travel back specially from his current home in the USA, while current chief scout Gary Gill and his former team-mates Dean Glover, Alan Kernaghan, Paul Kerr, Mark Burke and Kevin Poole are all attending.

Former Boro captain Gordon Jones, who is treasurer for the Former Players Association, said: "This promises to be a very special evening and a chance to relive one of the most incredible periods of Middlesbrough FC's long history."

The event will include a raffle and auction for money-can't-buy prizes.

All profits from the dinner will go to the Former Players Association, which helps ex-Boro players who fall on hard times. 

Tickets for the 30th Anniversary Reunion Dinner on Sunday January 29, priced £50 each or £500 for a table of 10, are available by calling Boro's sales team on 01642 757672.  The price includes a three-course meal including topside of beef.