Bryan ‘Taffy’ Orritt was Boro’s original super sub.

Shaun Wilson


When the rules allowed for substitutes it was Orritt who had the ‘honour’ of being Boro’s first when replacing Neville Chapman in a 1-1 draw at Preston North End in September 1965.

A versatile player who appeared in all eleven positions in his career, including goalkeeper, he was an ideal choice as sub!

He started his career with local side Llanfair PG before joining Bangor City. In 1956 he joined Birmingham City, for whom he went onto play in the finals of the 1960 and 1961 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

He signed for Boro in March 1962 after being suspended for an ‘incident’ during a reserve match. He was signed as an inside forward but was quickly moved to wing half, scoring twice in his second game for the club versus Newcastle United.

He emigrated to South Africa shortly before Boro were relegated to Division Three in 1966.

He played for and later managed Southern Suburbs FC, before passing away in Johannesburg in 2014 aged 77.