Travelling Jacks – Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough on Saturday, 4 December 2021 at 15:00

Distance from the Liberty Stadium: 311 miles ~ 5 hours.

Address: Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS3 6RS
Telephone: 01642 929420
Web Site:

Swansea City fans travelling to the game are advised that they must adhere to the home club’s Code of Conduct and all Covid-19 Government guidelines in England.

Riverside Stadium

What’s the Riverside Stadium like

Up to 3,000 Swans fans are in 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 once it starts). There’s a fair choice of food on offer with pies, hot dogs, burgers, pizza, chips & curry sauce and a ‘pie and a pint’ deal.

Something a little different is the ‘Parmo in a bun’ option, with chicken in breadcrumbs, creamy sauce and cheese.

At the back of the stand, John Smiths, Fosters and Strongbow is sold.

Visiting Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough is the longest trip of the season, so make the most of it and 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 north east.

There’s loads of nightlife on offer in Middlesbrough, and especially in nearby Newcastle with bars, restaurants and clubs.

For the more adventurous, there’s mountain biking, walking, canoeing and hiking.

If you are staying in Middlesbrough, then Jurys Inn (TS1 1JH), Premier Inn (TS1 1JH) and Holiday Inn Express (TS1 2PA) are 1.4 miles away respectively from the stadium.

In the town centre there are other hotels including a Travelodge (TS1 5JF) 2.2 miles away and Abingdon Guest House (TS1 2DP) 1.4 miles away.

What’s On in Middlesbrough

Peter Pan is in the Middlesbrough Theatre (TS5 6SA) with Mark Little (Joe Mangle, Neighbours) and runs from December 3rd – 31st. Adult tickets are from £22.50 with concession and family tickets available.

Livewire: The AC/DC Show is at Middlesbrough Town Hall (TS1 2QJ) on the Friday, with tickets £20. Saturday has Christmas Comedy Special at the same venue, with tickets priced at £16.

Saturday has An American Werewolf in London, a mix of comedy and music at Base Camp (TS1 1DB) also shown is The Descent; tickets are £4. The same night, Wrestling EPW at Middlesbrough Sports Village (TS4 3AE); tickets are £6-£44.

The Tees Transporter Bridge (TS2 1PL) is still there, despite the storyline of Auf Wiedersehen Pet having it moved to Arizona. It’s closed for maintenance so there’s no trips on or up it but is still impressive to look at.

One of Middlesbrough’s most famous sons, Brian Clough is celebrated with a statue in his honour at Albert Park on Linthorpe Road (TS1 3LB).

Eating and Drinking in Middlesbrough

Doctor Browns (TS1 2RR, 1.1miles) serves real ale and has Sky TV.

On the corner opposite the pub, is a sandwich bar, which also sells roast potatoes and gravy.

La Pharmacie (TS1 2RF) is 1.3 miles away from the stadium and Next to the train station is Hit the Bar (TS2 1AE), which is just 0.8 miles away.

The town centre has four micropubs close together – The Infant Hercules (TS1 2LS), Sherlocks (TS1 2LH), The Twisted Lip (TS1 2LF) and the Devil’s Advocate (TS1 3AA) all of which are around a mile and a half away from the ground.

Parking near the Riverside Stadium

There is limited parking at the stadium (car park E) at £8.50 with spaces being booked through the Middlesbrough ticket office.

You can also choose from a selection of private car parking spaces near The Riverside – including on-street parking, off-street car parks and a small number of reservable parking spaces from just £3.50 per day.

There are a few private car parks nearby, mostly on waste land which cost £5.

France Street has a long stay car park (TS4 2AP) and is free on Saturdays, but is a 15-minute walk from the stadium.

Buses to Middlesbrough

For the Middlesbrough game, the club and National Express have reached an agreement to provide a service specifically for the travelling Jacks journeying to cheer on the Swans.

There will be a minimum of two coaches – with one of the coaches being designated specifically for families and supporters who prefer a quieter journey.

Supporters who would like to purchase travel for the quieter service should select the coach which departs one minute later than the first coach.

  • Normal service – Departing the Swansea dot com Stadium at 6am.
  • Family service – Departing the Swansea dot com Stadium at 6.01am.

After departing the Swansea dot com Stadium, there will be additional pick up points in Briton Ferry (McDonald’s) and Port Talbot.

Fans can purchase return coach tickets to Middlesbrough for the game for £40 online from National Express.

Tickets will be sent via email/e-ticket to fans directly from National Express, and will need to be shown to the driver before boarding. 

All coaches are fully accessible, with toilet provisions available on board. All coaches will depart and return to the Stadium, with two stops along the way.

Fans should be aware that buses will not depart until after the fixture has finished.

Trains to Middlesbrough

The ground is 1.1 miles from the train station.

Trains leave Swansea at 05:22 and 06:22 getting into Middlesbrough at 12:35 and 13:35.

No trains get back to Swansea the night of the game, so it’ll have to be an overnight stay if you’re travelling by train.

For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!