Shaun Wilson


Legendary Jim Platt was awarded a testimonial in 1981 after over a decade of sterling service.

Local rivals Sunderland were the opposition for the game played at Ayresome Park, played in front of a crowd of 7,425.

Platt used all his contacts, which included Northern Echo’s long serving Boro correspondent Ray Robertson, to try and track down former international team mate George Best to play in the game.

Contact was made just the night before the game and there were plenty of doubtful thoughts on whether the mercurial Irishman would appear.

However true to his word he was, and he wowed the crowd after an impressive display. The game itself saw Sunderland win 2-1 with David Hodgson scoring Boro’s goal and also saw Platt play the second half as centre forward.

Ally McCoist impressed when coming on as a substitute for the away side but it was Best who stole the show.

In the coming weeks Boro boss Bobby Murdoch made a concerted effort to sign Best in the days and weeks after the game but ultimately to no avail.