Middlesbrough on Saturday 18th December 2016 at 15:00
Address: Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS3 6RS
Telephone: 0844 499 6789
Web Site: www.mfc.co.uk
What’s It like
Away fans have moved to the east corner of the South stand. The leg room is OK and the view from the away stand is superb but the concourse behind the stand is narrow, and gets crowded at half time and before kick off. There’s a betting outlet and TV screens, showing Sky Sports (and the match itself once it starts).
There’s a fair choice of grub on offer with balti pies, minced beef pies, rollover sausages, cheeseburgers, pizza, chips & curry sauce and a ‘pie and a pint’ deal. Something different is the ‘Parmo in a bun’; chicken in breadcrumbs, creamy sauce and cheese. At the back of the stand, John Smiths, Fosters and Bulmers are sold.
A Trip to the North East
Middlesbrough may not be people’s first choice to go away somewhere, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer. From the iconic Angel of the North to Lindisfarne Island, castles, museums and art galleries, there’s a lot to do in the area. Aladdin is at Middlesbrough Theatre (TS5 6SA), tickets start at £16.50.
Middlesbrough Christmas Market operates in the town centre and finishes the day before the game, so if you’re up there for the weekend, you can just catch it. Hotels near the town centre and stadium are Jurys, Travelodge, Holiday Inn Express.
There’s loads of nightlife on offer in Middlesbrough, and especially Newcastle with bars, restaurants and clubs. For the more adventurous, there’s mountain biking, walking, canoeing and hiking.
Pubs and Grub
There’s little in the way of pubs or eating places nearby, so you need to head into the town centre.
Doctor Browns (TS1 2RR) is a 10-minute walk from the ground at the bottom of Corporation Road, in the town centre. It serves real ale, has Sky TV and a good mix of home and away fans. On the corner opposite the pub, is a sandwich bar, which also sells trays of roast potatoes and gravy.
To find the pub, standing outside the stadium with the main entrance behind you, head left and turn right down the road, going under a bridge. Go through the underpass and at the other side turn right and go down the road and through another underpass. You come out in a small retail park (McDonalds on your right), which you walk through unto you come to a main road. Turn right on this road and you’ll see the Doctor Browns pub on your left.
The Bridge Inn (TS2 1NW) is next door to the train station on Bridge Street, the road that leads to the ground. It’s mainly locals but with no colours on you should be OK. The punters and staff are friendly and the beer is very cheap.
There’s no parking at the stadium, but a number of car parks nearby. Follow the route marked ‘away coaches’ from the A66, it passes the car parks along the river, all priced at £4. If you do park at one of these, it can take 45 minutes or so after the game, before you can get out. The stadium is about a mile from the town centre you could park in a long stay car park there (a 15-20 minute walk).
The ground is walkable from the train station on Albert Road. Come out of the main entrance, turn left onto Zetland Road and left again into Albert Road & go under the railway bridge. Turn right immediately into Bridge Street East, going past the Bridge pub and take the next right into Wynward Way. The stadium is down this road.
Trains leave Swansea at 03:59, 05:29 and 06:47 for the mammoth 7.5 hour journey, the only train back after the game leaves at 17:26, getting into Swansea at midnight.
For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!