Middlesbrough: Ex Premier League Players

Where are these ex Middlesbrough Premier League players now?

Welcome to the Middlesbrough legends page – the gateway to information on ex Boro players who have played in the Premier League.

In addition to information on ex players we have also added statistics which include the top goalscorers, most appearances and also the club’s final league position for each year that they have featured in the EPL.




Mark Schwarzer – Premier League Appearances: 514 | Clean Sheets: 75

Legendary Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer finally hung up his gloves at the end of the 2015-16 Premier League season having won the league title with Leicester City.

He was 43-years-old when he retired making him one of the oldest players to have ever played in the Premier League. Read More..

George Boateng – Premier League Appearances: 384 | Goals Scored: 17

Considered a legend at each of the four of the Premier League teams he played for, George Boateng retired from playing in 2013 after a season in Malaysia with Liga Super side T-Team FC. Read More..

Curtis Fleming – Premier League Appearances: 146 | Goals Scored: 2

Having spent much of his career in the Premier League with Middlesbrough, Curtis Fleming hung up his boots in 2005 after a brief spell at Shelbourne in his native Ireland. Read More..

Gareth Southgate – Premier League Appearances: 426 | Goals Scored: 17

Gareth Southgate finished his playing career at Middlesbrough in 2006 when he was appointed manager of the side after Steve McLaren left to take over as coach of the England national side. Read More..

Nigel Pearson – Premier League Appearances: 75 | Goals Scored: 1

A rock at the back and fan’s favourite for his never-say-die attitude, Nigel Pearson retired from playing in 1998 after reaching sixth in the Premier League and reaching two cup finals with Middlesbrough. Read More:

Craig Hignett – Premier League Appearances: 101 | Goals Scored: 19

A club legend at Middlesbrough, the former striker-cum-midfielder retired from playing in 2007 after a brief spell with Hartlepool United.

Craig Hignett will always be held in high regard by the Middlesbrough fans because he took a pay cut in the 1997-98 season just so that he could stay at the club. Read More..

Jonathan Woodgate – Premier League Appearances: 244 | Goals Scored: 6

Although injury blighted his professional career, Jonathan Woodgate still racked up nearly 400 appearances before hanging up his boots after four seasons playing in the Championship with Middlesbrough in 2016. Read More..

Colin Cooper – Premier League Appearances: 266 | Goals Scored: 13

After a long career at the centre of defence, Colin Cooper retired at the age of 39 whilst still playing in the Premier League for Middlesbrough in 2006. Read More..

Boudewijn ZendenPremier League Appearances: 180 | Goals Scored: 19

After playing for some of the biggest teams across Europe, Bolo Zenden retired from playing in 2011 at the age of 34 after two seasons playing in the Premier League for Sunderland. Read More..

Gaizka Mendieta – Premier League Appearances: 62 | Goals Scored: 4

A classy box-to-box midfielder, Gaizka Mendieta retired from playing at the end of the 2007/8 season after spending four seasons in the Premier League with Middlesbrough. Read More..

Andy Townsend – Premier League Appearances: 215 | Goals Scored: 13

After winding down his career with West Bromwich Albion, Andy Townsend was forced into retirement in 2000 due to a recurrent knee injury. Read More..

Julio ArcaPremier League Appearances: 149 | Goals Scored: 8

A cult hero in the North-East after playing for both Middlesbrough and Sunderland, Julio Arca retired from playing professional football in 2013 at the age of 32. Read More..

Geremi – Premier League Appearances: 147 | Goals Scored: 12

A versatile player renowned for his power and combative style, Geremi retired from playing professionally in 2011 after a short period playing for Greek Superleague side AE Larissa. Read More..

Mikkel Beck – Premier League Appearances: 70 | Goals Scored: 12

A member of Bryan Robson’s exciting but under-achieving Middlesbrough team of the late nineties, Mikkel Beck retired from playing in 2002 after a spell back in his native Denmark with Superliga side AaB. Read More..

Paul Merson – Premier League Appearances: 280 | Goals Scored: 46

After a long career in the top divisions, Paul Merson finally retired from playing in 2006 after dropping down the leagues and turning out for Tamworth FC.

His brief time at Tamworth preceded an unsuccessful two-year spell as player-manager at Division One side Walsall. Read More..

Ray Parlour – Premier League Appearances: 379 | Goals Scored: 20

After spending 14 years at Arsenal, fan’s favourite Ray Parlour finally retired in 2007 after helping his last club Hull City avoid relegation from the Championship. Read More..

Neil Maddison – Premier League Appearances: 185 | Goals Scored: 17

After eight seasons in the Premier League with Southampton and Middlesbrough, Maddison returned to play for his home town club Darlington, eventually retiring in 2007. Read More..

Dean Gordon – Premier League Appearances: 151 | Goals Scored: 8

After a career spanning 18 years and 20 different clubs, Dean Gordon finally hung up his boots in 2009 after a spell in non-league football with Thornaby.

Although often regarded as a journeyman player he only actually played for two clubs (Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace) during his first 10 years in the game. Read More..

Juninho – Premier League Appearances: 125 | Goals Scored: 29

A player with godlike status amongst the Middlesbrough fans, Juninho had three spells in the Premier League with the Teeside club over a period of eight years. Read More..

Ugo Ehiogu – Premier League Appearances: 355 | Goals Scored: 19

Premier League legend Ugo Ehiogu retired from playing professionally in 2009 after his contract was terminated by Sheffield United in a bid to cut costs. Read More..

Robbie Mustoe – Premier League Appearances: 203 | Goals Scored: 10

Having made more than 450 appearances for Middlesbrough in 12 years, Robbie Mustoe retired from playing in 2004 after one season with Sheffield Wednesday. Read More..

Gary Pallister – Premier League Appearances: 261 | Goals Scored: 9

Having formed one of the best central defensive partnerships in Manchester United’s history with Steve Bruce, Gary Pallister left the club in 1998 to join his former club Middlesbrough.

Pallister spent three years at his boyhood club before retiring due to injury in 2001 at the age of 36. Read More..

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink – Premier League Appearances: 288 | Goals Scored: 127

After retiring from playing in 2008 after a successful Premier League career with Chelseaand Middlesbrough, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink made a move into coaching. Read More..

Gianluca Festa – Premier League Appearances: 100 | Goals Scored: 8

One of the first Italians to play in the Premier League, Gianluca Festa called time on his career back in his home country in 2009 with Serie D team Tavolara.

Upon retiring he was appointed assistant manager at Cagliari but his role was then changed to “Technical Area Member”. Read More..

Alen Boksic – Premier League Appearances: 68 | Goals Scored: 22

A double Champions League winner with Lazio and Juventus, Alen Boksic surprised many when he signed for Middlesbrough in 2000.

After an explosive start to his career on Teeside scoring two goals on his debut, he was hampered with injuries throughout his career in England and retired from playing in 2003. Read More..

Mark Viduka – Premier League Appearances: 240 | Goals Scored: 92

After a nine year spell in English football with Leeds UnitedMiddlesbrough and Newcastle United, legendary Australian player Mark Viduka finally hung up his boots at the age of 34 in 2009. Read More..

Fabrizio Ravanelli – Premier League Appearances: 64 | Goals Scored: 25

After a brief but entertaining career in England’s Premier League, Fabrizio Ravanelli also known as “The White Feather”, retired from playing in 2005 at Perugia, the team where he also started his career. Read More..

Noel WhelanPremier League Appearances: 243 | Goals Scored: 44

After dropping down the leagues and spells in Scotland, Noel Whelan called time on his career in 2010 after a brief spell playing for Darlington. Read More..

Nick Barmby – Premier League Appearances: 343 | Goals Scored: 53

One of only six players to have scored for six Premier League clubs, Nick Barmby finally decided to hang up his boots at the age of 37 in 2012 when he was offered the manager’s job at his hometown club Hull City. Read More..

Paul Ince – Premier League Appearances: 306 | Goals Scored: 42

Paul Ince, the self proclaimed “Guvnor” retired from playing after a short spell as player-coach at Swindon Town in 2006.

Whilst at Swindon, Ince completed his coaching badges and later that year was offered the job as player-manager of Macclesfield Town. Read More..

Malcolm Christie – Premier League Appearances: 135 | Goals Scored: 29

After exploding onto the scene with Derby County in 1998, Malcolm Christie unfortunately had to retire at the age of 29 due to a spine injury suffered in training in 2009. Read More..

Steve Vickers – Premier League Appearances: 161 | Goals Scored: 2

A rock at the back for Middlesbrough during their time in the Premier League in the nineties, Steve Vickers retired from playing in 2003 after an injury ravaged spell at Birmingham City. Read More..

Premier League Statistics

This table shows the players who have made the most Premier League appearances for Middlesbrough and the top goalscorers for the Teeside club.

(info correct as of 08/01/20).

Top EPL GoalscorersGoalsMost EPL AppearancesGames
Hamilton Ricard31Mark Schwarzer332
Juninho29Stewart Downing200
Mark Viduka26Robbie Mustoe197
Szilard Nemeth25George Boateng182
Yakubu25Gareth Southgate160
J Floyd-Hasselbaink22Colin Cooper158
Alen Boksic22Steve Vickers156
Massimo Maccarone18Franck Quedrue150
Stewart Downing18Curtis Fleming146
Brian Deane 17Ugo Ehiogu126

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