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Gary Parkinson honoured on Boro 'brick road'

Tony Mowbray. Photo: Graham Bell, Middlesbrough FC
Image caption Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray with Gary Parkinson's brick

Former Middlesbrough player Gary Parkinson is the latest star to receive a place on the Boro "brick road" at the Riverside Stadium.

Middlesbrough FC fans voted to honour Stockton-born 'Parky', who is suffering from a debilitating illness.

The club has produced a double-sized brick inscribed in gold with the message: "Boro Legend. Gary Parkinson. Get well soon Parky."

His brick will be alongside 60 others dedicated to Middlesbrough legends.

Heart attack

He topped the poll on the club's official website, which asked fans to choose which former player should join the feature, alongside the Ayresome Park gates at the ground.

The former full-back won the poll with 32.5% of votes, ahead of second place Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (19.6%) and 1960s striker John O'Rourke (10.9%).

Image caption Gary Parkinson made 258 league and cup appearances for Middlesbrough

Parkinson was a key part of the team in 1986, winning back-to-back promotions soon after the club was saved from bankruptcy.

He made 258 league and cup appearances for Boro between 1986 and 1993.

After a heart attack in 2010, he is now suffering from locked-in syndrome, a debilitating illness that means he can only communicate by blinking.

The Boro "brick road" features dedications to more than 6,000 supporters, former stars and every Middlesbrough manager since the mid-1960s, including current manager Tony Mowbray.

Some other heroes whose names are already included on the road include David Armstrong, Bob Baxter, Stephen Bell and Terry Cochrane.

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