Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Salute the Best of Boro's Hotshots

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Salute the Best of Boro's Hotshots

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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.

20 MIKKEL BECK 3-0 v Chesterfield (Hillsborough) FA Cup SF replay (Apr 22, 1997) DANISH striker gets an early opener to prevent any repeat of the minnows' stirring show in first game and sets Boro on course for first ever FA Cup final in a routine win.

19 COLIN COOPER 1-4 v Newcastle (h) Premier League (Sept 8, 2001) THE evergreen defender gets an early opener in a Riverside derby clash to claim the first goal in what was to be a product era under new boss Steve McClaren but Boro still lose to take the torrid start to four defeats on the bounce.

18 NICK BARMBY 1-1 v Arsenal (a) Premier League (Aug 20, 1995) BORO'S new PS5.25m record signing marks an impressive debut on Boro's return to the top flight by drilling home from a Fjortoft ball to claim a deserved point in a televised clash at Highbury.

17 JUNINHO 1-1 v Leeds (a) Premier League (May 11, 1997) THE Little Fella's strike is not enough. It was a poignant end to a season electrified by the Brazilian's energy and talent but a draw couldn't prevent him sobbing on the pitch as Boro are relegated.

16 PAUL MERSON 2-0 v Liverpool (h) Coca-Cola Cup SF, 2nd leg (Feb 18, 1998) THE Magic Man lashes home from the spot after only two minutes to level up the score on aggregate and galvanise a sizzling show as Boro bag a third Wembley trip in just over 12 months.

15 TONY MOWBRAY 2-1 v Aston Villa (h) Division Two (Feb 14, 1988) AN iconic horizontal header from the skipper sealed victory as Boro clawed from behind to beat their title rivals and stay on course for promotion in what was one of the first live televised league matches broadcast from outside the top flight. …

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