Lifelong Boro fan Steve Gibson joined the board as the club's youngest ever director aged just 26 while Willie Maddren was manager. In 1986 he formed the consortium that saved the club from liquidation.

He somewhat reluctantly succeeded Colin Henderson as club chairman in 1994.

It was his vision that saw Boro leave Ayresome Park for the new all-seater Riverside Stadium in 1995. Steve's appointment of Bryan Robson as manager in May 1994 helped launch the Riverside Revolution that saw Boro leave behind 100 years of mediocrity and achieve three Wembley cup final appearances within 12 months during 1997 and 1998.

One of football's most popular chairman, the biggest cheer during Boro's 2004 Carling Cup final win over Bolton came when Steve's face was shown on the giant screen at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. During the same year he celebrated ten years at the top of the club and was given the Freedom of Middlesbrough in recognition of his work for the town.

He is also managing director of international tank container services company Bulkhaul, which he began in his early 20s by borrowing £1,000 from his father. The firm specialises in transporting chemicals around the world and has grown to become one of the UK's top private companies.