Thornaby lad Gary Parkinson found himself pitched into the first team earlier than expected as an 18 year old in the first game after liquidation.
After playing for Cleveland and Stockton Boys, he signed for Everton but was homesick and returned to Boro as a YTS trainee.
An attacking right-back, he made the position his own for the next 4four seasons as Bruce Rioch’s young team secured back to back positions.
He was a fine crosser of the ball and was capable of scoring humdinging long range shots, notably away to Everton and then one versus Sunderland at Ayresome Park.
In 1993 he signed for Rioch’s Bolton Wanderers and later enjoyed success with Burnley, where he scored the winning goal in a play-off final at Wembley, Preston North End and Blackpool.
He made the switch into coaching but in 2010 suffered a brain stem stroke which caused him to have locked in syndrome.
He has recently enjoyed a benefit function at the BEADS club, organised by former team-mate Bernie Slaven and attended by the much-loved Class of '86.