In 1955, a young striker by the name of Brian Clough was pushing for a first team place after scoring 13 goals in just nine reserve appearances.
The call for his debut finally came in September 1955 when he replaced Ken McPherson in a Division 2 league game versus Barnsley at Ayresome Park. It was so nearly a dream debut when he put the ball into the net but the ‘goal’ was chalked off due to a foul by striker partner Joe Scott.
Barnsley opened the scoring through Bobby Brown, but Boro equalised through a late strike by Scott. Clough only played a bit part during that 1955/56 season, playing nine games and scoring three goals.
He established himself the following campaign scoring 40 goals in all competitions, a record he kept up for the rest of his Boro career.
In all Clough went onto score an astonishing 204 goals in 222 appearances for Boro before joining Sunderland in for a club record received fee of £55,000.
He was also capped twice by England when playing for his home town club, versus Wales and Sweden, both in October 1959.