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Position: Defender Dean Gordon

Height: 6ft

Weight: 13.04

Date Of Birth: Feb 10th, 1973

Place Of Birth: Croydon, England

Nationality: England

Date Signed: 6th July, 1998

Transfer Fee: 900,000

Previous Clubs: Crystal Palace (Eng).

International Honours: England U-21 International (13 Caps, 0 Goals)

Club Honours: Coca-Cola Cup runners-up (1997-98), Division One runners-up (1997-98).

All time playing career - accurate to Jan 2001
Club Signed Fee League Cups European
Middlesbrough 06-07-1998 900,000  49 (7) 5 8 (0) 0 0 0
C. Palace 04-07-1991 Trainee  181 (20) 20 30 (4) 3 5 (1) 0
Totals 900,000 230 (27) 25 38 (4) 3 5 (1) 0
goals / game 0.09 0.065 0
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals

Gordon joined the south Crystal Palace as a youth and progressed through the ranks to become one of thier most consistent players, he has strong defensive skills and a flair for attacking runs deep into opposition territor where he unleashes his trademark ferocious left-foot strikes from outside the area. Having had a tremendous 1995/96 season which saw Gordon selected for the PFA first division XI, a feat indeed as his season was cut short after a leg injury in March, he struggled to regain his first team place. When Palace were condemned to a third relegation from the top flight in six seasons Bryan Robson pounced to take the defender to Boro. The scarcity of left sided players with a proven goal scoring ability made a price tag of under a million pounds all the more mystifying. Their loss was our gain.

The only ever-present player in his debut season at the Riverside, Gordon put in blinding performances for the Boro before a serious cruciate ligament injury then robbed Robbo of his services for all but four games of the next season. During his first season Gordon sandwiched two successful strikes against Coventry home and away with his superb effort at Old Trafford that earned him the club's goal of the season award as Boro won 3-2 against Manchester United just before Christmas. His relatively young age makes him a great prospect for the future and essential to Boro as they push to become one of the Premierships elite.

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