I can remember Middlesbrough season 2004/05 season all though I was only 9 years old at time I always see that season along withe 05/06 season has Middlesbrough glory years winning the league cup in 2004 to reaching the UFEA cup final in 2006 finishing 7th place in 2007, watching players like Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Bolo Zenden from my whole time of supporting the Boro these two seasons I remember most,
In the summer of 2004 Boro manager Steve McClaren’s bought some of the best players Boro have ever seen and in his quest of these signing he only spent four million pounds and the season of 2004/2005 became one of Boros best, finishing in the top half of the table and bagging a place in the UFEA cup.
The summer signing started back in July 2004 first signing for Boro manager Steve McClaren’s was the Spanish footballer Gaizka Mendieta who was on loan at the Boro in the 2003/04 season been one of the Carling cup winners , also featured in the UFEA cup final squad in 2006 ,back in 2001 UEFA Best Midfielder of the Year, most Boro fans would of been pleased such a place singing for us he went to make another 31 appearances for Middlesbrough remained with the club until 2008.
Another signing from the July 2004 for Boro busy manger was dutch international Boudewijn Zenden the player who had previously played some big European big shots PSV, Barcelona and Chelsea he went onto make over 30 appearances for the club with five goals. Dutch man was a free transfer from Primier league club Chelsea,
On July 2nd 2004 Middlesbrough Middlesbrough where in for another shock signing bringing another big singing to the Riverside , it was Leeds Mark Viduka for a fee of four million pounds , with Boro current strike force Szilard Nemeth, Joseph-Desire Job, Massimo Maccarone failed to hit double figures on the score sheet Viduka landed at the Riverside in the hope he grab some goals for Boro, he went onto play in UFEA cup final in 2006 enjoyed two seasons at the club scored over 26 goals for the club.
Few days later on the 6th July 2004 the Boro manager was again busy in the transfer window they went onto signed Michael Reiziger, on a free transfer from Spanish club Barcelona. Reiziger who won two league titles at Ajax. Two league titles at Barcelona. The Champions League. A UEFA Cup. Two UEFA Super Cups had certainly had a very successfully career. he went to play for the club over 20 times.
9th July 2004 many Boro fans would argue this to be the best signing of the transfer of the summer Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who signed from big shots Chelsea on a free transfer bringing with him Premier League Golden Boots bagged him self a place in top 10 scorers in the Primer league that year with Middlesbrough. He went on to play for Middlesbrough until the summer of 2006 playing for the club over 50 times along more than 25 times , to me he is my favorite Boro of all time.