Former Middlesbrough chairman Colin Henderson, who steered the Teesside club through a liquidation crisis and then to successive promotions, has died at the age of 75.
He resigned in 1993 to be succeeded by current owner Steve Gibson.
Gibson said: "Middlesbrough Football Club would not have survived without Colin Henderson.
"When the club and the town needed a giant, Colin was the man. I liked him and respected him immensely."