First Appearance at Wembley

Boro at Wembley

Boro at Wembley

One of my ambitions when I came to England was to play at Wembley. In 1989 I got the opportunity to play on the hallowed turf. The competition was called the Zenith Data Systems Cup the critics would say it’s a nothing trophy, try telling that to the 70,000 that packed Wembley, the opposition on the day wasn’t Mansfield, Tranmere or Halifax it was Chelsea, they had players like Kenny Dixon and Tony Dorigo. Apart from it being my first visit to the Twin Towers it was Middlesbroughs first visit in over 100 years, some of the clubs greatest ever players, Wilf Mannion, George Hardwick, John Hickton and Brian Clough never made it.

If I’m been brutally honest the game itself passed us by and we were beaten 1-0, Chelsea’s full back Tony Dorigo scored from a free kick.

But to play at the National stadium 4 years after arriving from Scotland was no mean feat. On the day of the game my personal triumph was the headline, “From the dole queue to Wembley”.