The club were saddened to learn of the loss of Barrie Geldart, who played a major role in Boro’s renaissance in the 1980s.
A man well known throughout the region for his involvement in football, Barrie’s playing days saw him turn out for Whitby Town at Wembley in the FA Amateur Cup Final in 1965.
He later moved into scouting, and joined Boro as a youth development officer in the mid 1980s when Willie Maddren was at the helm.
Barrie oversaw the development of the likes of Stuart Ripley and Gary Parkinson, as well as being the one who offered future legend Bernie Slaven a trial period at Ayresome Park.
Barrie was part of Bruce Rioch’s backroom staff when Boro won back-to-back promotions in 1987 and 1988, and when coach Brian Little moved to become manager at neighbours Darlington in 1989, he recruited Barrie as his chief scout.
He played a prominent role as The Quakers won the GM Vauxhall Conference title in 1989, and then Division 4 two years later.
After leaving Darlington, Barrie had a spell as Chief Scout at Blackburn Rovers under Kenny Dalglish, and was scouting for the Ewood Park club into his 70s.
Brian Little was among many to pay tribute this week when Barrie passed, aged 88.