Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hat-Tricks, Samba Magic and Heroes of Promotion

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hat-Tricks, Samba Magic and Heroes of Promotion

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BORO'S dramatic rise from liquidation and along the Riverside rollercoaster has been sign-posted by some magic milestone moments.

This week the Gazette recalls the 50 most significant goals they scored in that time.

30 LEROY LITA 1-1 v Nottingham Forest (h) Championship (Nov 21, 2009) THREE games in, Leroy Lita lashes in from a rebound early on to give new boss Gordon Strachan his first goal and his first point.

29 AFONSO ALVES 8-1 v Manchester City (h) Premier League (May 11, 2008) ENIGMATIC Brazilian striker seals a hat-trick that hints of a bright future to wrap up a gr-eight end-of-term triumph, the highest score for any team in the Premier League in more than nine years.

28 EMERSON 2-1 v Sunderland (a) Division One (Sept 28, 1997) THE Samba star rams home a rocket to grab bragging rights with victory in the first ever Tees-Wear derby at the new Stadium of Light and give our heroes the edge in what was to be a tight race for promotion back to the elite.

27 PAUL WILKINSON 1-2 v Coventry (a) Premier League (Aug 15, 1992) THE permed predator gets a consolation in an opening day defeat at Highfield Road - Boro's first ever goal in the newly formed Premier League.

26 MALCOLM CHRISTIE 1-0 v Brighton (h) Carling Cup R2 (Sept 24, 2003) IN extra-time, a grind against a third tier side was heading towards penalties when the injury dogged striker back-heeled a cross home from close range. A crucial first step towards Cardiff glory.

25 STEWART DOWNING 2-3 v Reading (a) Premier League (Aug 19, 2006) WORLD Cup star gets Gareth Southgate's dug-out debut to a flying start with an early goal against the top flight newbies - who Royals hit back after the break.

24 JIMMY FLOYD HASSELBAINK 1-2 v Roma (a) UEFA Cup (March 15, 2006) A LOOPING first half header from the Dutch master gives Boro a precious away goal - and sparks an ultra attack on travelling Teesside fans - and although the Italian giants win on the night, they hang on to stay on Road to Eindhoven. …

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