PARKY "SPIRIT OF 86" BADGES
We are greatly honoured to be producing this collection of "SPIRIT OF 86" Enamel Badges on behalf of Bernie Slaven to help raise funds for The Gary Parkinson Trust.
Bernie, Gary and the rest of the team were synonymous through "BORO'S" darkest times in history and would now like to "HELP" one of their own, all proceeds will be donated to The Gary Parkinson Trust.
6 Years ago Gary suffered a stroke and was diagnosed with Locked in Syndrome, and the Trust has been created to fund and support Gary's rehabilitation and his family needs.
Gary Parkinson signed for Middlesbrough, who were then in the Second Division, on 17 January 1986, although they were relegated at the end of the season to the Third Division. Parkinson's first team debut came in the following season on 23 August 1986 in a 2–2 home draw against Port Vale which was played at Victoria Park, Hartlepool. With Middlesbrough on the verge of extinction, the official receiver had locked the club out of Ayresome Park. However, they went on to win promotion as runners-up under Bruce Rioch's management. In 1987–88 Middlesbrough won a second promotion in two years, winning a promotion/relegation play-off against Chelsea after finishing in third place in the Second Division. Chelsea were then replace by Middlesbrough in the First Division. The following season though he was relegated with Middlesbrough back to the Second Division. In the 1989–90 season he played in the Full Members Cup final (then known as the Zenith Data Systems Cup) as Middlesbrough lost 1–0 to Chelsea at Wembley. He was part of the team that won promotion again, finishing as Second Division runner-up in the 1991–92 season. The following season, he was a member of the Middlesbrough squad in the inaugural Premier League season.