The 2015/16 season will go down as a memorable one amongst Middlesbrough fans.
Aitor Karanka’s side ended a seven year hiatus from the Premier League with a 2nd-place finish in the Championship, whilst reaching the quarter-finals of the League Cup too.
In goal for Boro that day was Dimi Konstantopoulos. The Greek played in every Championship fixture for Boro that season, and shared this throwback post yesterday:
The image shows Konstantopoulos catching a late ball into the box as Boro held Brighton to a 1-1 draw at the Riverside on the final day of the season, thus securing their promotion into the Premier League.
Now at Hartlepool, Konstantopoulos still regards that catch as ‘the most important of his career’.
Aged 41 and seemingly close to retirement, Konstantopoulos’ spell at Boro can be regarded as the best of his career. He went unused in the Premier League, but he had two solid seasons with Boro prior.
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He kept 22 clean sheets in the 2015/16 season and set a club record in doing so, and many felt he deserved a chance in the Premier League but for Boro moving for Victor Valdes and Brad Guzan.
Konstantopoulos was then released last summer, having not made a league appearance in two seasons.
That 2015/16 showing from Konstantopoulos is as good as Boro fans have ever seen from a goalkeeper. He proved his worth that year and was deserving of a shot at the big time, and many fans may well feel that the club’s further treatment of him was unwarranted.