Top 10 Middlesbrough Strikers of the Riverside Era

Jonathan NimmoContributor IFebruary 28, 2012

Top 10 Middlesbrough Strikers of the Riverside Era

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    We take a look at some of the best goal scorers that have pulled on a Boro shirt since the club has moved to the Riverside.

    In limiting this to the era since moving to the Riverside, we are leaving out some of the best goal scorers of all time (and I mean in the world not just for Middlesbrough), but it's not easy to get videos of George Camsell, Brian Clough, Bernie Slaven and the others that have played for the Boro.

Massimo Maccarone

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    Massimo Maccarone arrived at Boro under the weight of a record transfer fee of over £8 million. And as many before him, he never quite managed to live up to the expectations created by the fee.

    He managed only 24 goals in over a hundred games on Teesside and struggled to find a place on the first team. However, he secured his place among Boro Legends in two European games for the club. 

    In both the quarterfinal and semifinal of the UEFA Cup in the 2005/06 season, Boro found themselves needing four goals to go through to the next round. And in both games — in the dying minutes — it was the Italian Maccarone who provided last minute winners.

Joseph-Desire Job

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    Joseph Job is another who was never a consistent goal scorer for Middlesbrough; and will be remembered more for the occasional goals scored in two key games rather than anything else.

    The first was a spectacular scissor kick goal that started one of the previously mentioned comebacks. His other was an early goal in the 2004 League Cup final that set Boro on their way to collecting their first ever trophy.

    But with only 22 goals in over a hundred games for the Boro, he doesn't climb higher than 9th on my list.

Mikkel Beck

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    Mikkel Beck's arrival at the club was overshadowed by other big name signings around the same time. With the likes of Juninho and Emerson at the club, few noticed Beck's arrival from Germany.

    However, he scored key goals in that season's cup run, and remained at the club after their relegation. He found a good partnership with Paul Merson and helped Boro to win promotions the next season.

    Unfortunately he did have a talent for squandering chances, and only managed 24 league goals in his time at the Boro.

Alen Boksic

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    Alen Boksic arrived towards the end of an illustrious career in the peak of which he was considered one of Europe's elite strikers. Though he struggled with injuries during his time at the club, when he was fit his caliber did show through.

    He scored twice on his debut and went on to get another ten goals that season, where he was voted player of the season. In his later years at the club, his injury problems got worse and he eventually retired three years after joining the club, scoring 22 league goals in a little over 60 games.

Yakubu

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    Yakubu's spell on Teesside was relatively brief — lasting only two seasons — but he managed to have quite a turbulent relationship with the Boro fans in that time.

    "The Yak" scored 17 goals in his first season, knocked in 16 in his second season and was one of the most natural finishers that graced the Riverside. However, his lackadaisical style and increasingly inconsistent performances meant that his £11.25 million move to Everton was a relatively welcome one.

    In his day, Yakubu could devastate teams and win games virtually single-handedly. His failing was that these games did not come along often enough and he would not put effort in when things were not going his way. 

Marco Branca

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    Marco Branca had an even briefer spell at the Riverside from 1998-99. However, he made quite an impact during his short spell.

    With his first kick for the Boro, he scored against Liverpool in the league cup semifinal. On his league debut, he scored two against rivals Sunderland. And he scored a hat trick in a 6-0 win against Swindon, which included a spectacular overhead kick.

    Sadly injury brought an early end to his Boro career, but he will be remembered as one of the best goal scorers to have graced the Riverside.

Hamilton Ricard

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    Ricard will be a controversial choice in this ranking for many people, but the powerful Colombian remains the Middlesbrough player with the most Premier League goals, having fired in 31 goals in his Boro career.

    "Ham The Man", as he was known, was signed in 1997 and played for the Boro for five years playing over a hundred league games. Having left the northeast, Ricard has never settled at another club, playing for 12 different clubs in the ten years since he left. Ricard is currently still scoring goals in his native Colombia.

Fabrizio Ravanelli

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    "The White Feather" was a controversial figure during his brief spell in the northeast, but love him or hate him, he was probably the most natural goal scorer to ever have played at the Riverside.

    He publicly fell out with teammates when he criticised the club in the press, and was a figure that was said to have divided the dressing room. However, in his solitary season on Teesside, he scored an astonishing 31 goals in all competitions.

    His efforts without the ball were frequently questioned, but once he had the ball in the box, more often than not he would score. 

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

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    Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is one of the best strikers of his generation, one of the top Premier League goalscorers of all time and easily one of the best strikers Middlesbrough have ever had.

    In his time at the Boro he scored 34 goals, including the first ever goal in Europe for the club. He was lethal with a dead ball and would never give less than one hundred percent whilst on the pitch.

    Although his fiery temperament often clashed with his teammates, there was no doubt about his commitment to the club or his excellent finishing ability.

Mark Viduka

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    Mark Viduka's time at the Riverside was blighted by injuries, but when fit he could dominate a game with a presence few players in his position posses. He was tall and strong, but also very skillful when on the ball. His finishing ability was also top class and he often created chances out of nothing.

    He was voted Man of the Match several times in Middlesbrough's incredible run the the UEFA cup final, and scored 42 goals in 101 appearances. He formed a lethal partnership with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink during his time on Teesside.

    Viduka left the club when his contract was up to join local rivals Newcastle, which left a bitter taste in the mouths of Boro Fans. But the way he left the club shouldn't tarnish the memories of one of the best all-around strikers the club has had in recent years.