Emotional return for ex-Boro defender
Former Middlesbrough defender Matthew Bates is set for an emotional return to the Riverside with Bristol City this weekend.
The 25-year-old centre-back is currently on a short-term deal with the Robins after being released by Boro at the end of last season.
He had been recently training with the Teessiders while trying to make a comeback from a fifth cruciate operation but subsequently failed to agree new terms.
"It will be strange going back there," Stockton-born Bates told the Evening Gazette. "Boro are my hometown club, they're the team I supported as a boy and I made my professional debut there.
"I captained the team and made over 100 appearances for the club," he added. "I had a lot of good years there. All my friends and family are big Boro fans too so Saturday will be strange."