It's the first MSS trip of the new season! We've organised a bus to the Reading game on Saturday 3rd October.
- 10:30am - Board the bus just outside of Victoria station at bus stop Z9.
- 10:45am - Bus departs Victoria - don't be late!
- 11:15am - Pickup #2 at the Esso garage near Chiswick roundabout
- 2:30pm - Boro bus drops us off just outside of the stadium
- Approx 5:00pm - Depart for central London
- 6:30pm - Drop off at Victoria station
Tickets are priced at £15 return and available here
Saturday, 08 August 2015 09:09 | Written by James Howell |
The start of the season is here!
So join us and let's go one better this season!
Up the Boro!
Thursday, 30 July 2015 13:35 | Written by James Howell |
After such a fantastic year with the MSS we're looking to go even better. While last season included trips by train, bus and boat, as well as the big Pre-Wembley party, we want to know how we can make the MSS even better. We want to know your thoughts on where we can improve and what the MSS means to you.
To do this, we've set up a quick two-minute survey for MSS members to fill in. We really value the thoughts and feedback from members, but as a sweetener we've got several prizes for those members who respond. Including a 2015/16 Home shirt, a signed match ball and much more.
Feel free to share this with your MSS and Middlesbrough supporting friends too!
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 15:42 | Written by James Nugent |
Season tickets for the 2015/16 are now on sale at the Ticket Office. Keen to capitalise on the feel-good momentum in the build-up to the play-off final, Boro will be looking to improve on last year’s season ticket haul and bolster Aitor’s transfer warchest.
With season ticket prices equating to roughly £20 per game, the biggest hurdle for exiled-fans is the travel cost back to Teesside. A return train ticket purchased on the day at Kings Cross can be approaching £200, however, with this handy guide, it may be possible to reduce that to below £50.
Tip #1 - Get a railcard. Impact: Large.
This is a no-brainer. If you are under-25 (or in full-time education) or over-60, getting a 16-25 railcard or Senior Railcard respectively will save you 1/3 on all train fares. If you often travel to games with a child, a Family Railcard can save on the fares for upto 4 adults, provided that you are travelling with at least one youngster. Finally, if you often travel to games with your partner or good friend, a Two Together railcard can save you both 1/3 on rail fares. If you don’t have any mates, try posting in the MSS Facebook group to see if you can find a travel partner.
Given the number of teams located in the South-East, it may also make sense to buy a Network Railcard. This will save you 1/3 on the trips to teams based around London including Brentford, Reading, Brighton and Milton Keynes (full coverage map). You can also couple this with split-ticketing to save a few quid. For example, a trip to Ipswich will be cheaper if you buy a ticket to Colchester (in Network Railcard zone) with your railcard, then a ticket from Colchester to Ipswich (just outside Network Railcard Zone).
Tip #2 - Book in advance. Impact: Large
Booking in advance can save you huge amounts, with or without a railcard. Virgin East coast allows you to book 12-weeks in advance and fares are at their lowest on the day they go on sale. When the fixtures are announced, you can plug the details into the Virgin East Coast website to be notified when tickets go on sale. Alternatively, you can let us do the hard-work; sign-up to the MSS rail-updates mailing list where we will post train ticket-availability alerts for the all the games this season
Tip #3 - Watch-out for special offers. Impact: Medium
Virgin East Coast and Grand Central both run promotional campaigns through the year offering discounts. Be sure to sign-up to the East Coast and Grand Central newsletters to be notified of these. The Gazette also run an annual deal with bargain fares but you will need a Teesside-based relative to collect the vouchers from the paper.
Tip #4 - Get an American Express Nectar Card. Impact: Medium
Virgin East Coast now allows you to redeem Nectar points in return for money-off vouchers for train journeys. The quickest way to build Nectar Points is to sign-up for an American Express Nectar Rewards card and put *ALL* of your monthly spending on it. Not only do you get 20,000 points sign-up bonus (worth £100), you can collect 2 points on every £1 you spend. If you spend ~£500 on your monthly groceries, travel and eating-out, that’s 1000 Nectar points towards your next journey.
Tip #5 - Get a Nectar Card. Impact: Low
As mentioned above, Nectar points can now be redeemed for train vouchers. If you are regular shopper in Sainsbury’s or buy your fuel from BP, you can earn points towards your next train journey. If you use your Nectar Card AND pay using your Nectar American Express card, you will get 4 points for every £1 spent (2 points for using your Nectar, 2 points for paying using your Nectar Amex).
Tip #6 - Delay repay. Impact: Low
If you are travelling by train and your journey is delayed, you are entitled to compensation in the form of rail vouchers. The amount of compensation varies per rail operator (East Coast’s policy is here) but if use trains to commute to work and are regularly delayed, this can add up quickly.
Thursday, 28 May 2015 19:53 | Written by James Nugent & Mark Motley |
Many thanks to the 700 Boro fans who joined us for the #MSSparty ahead of the play-off final on Sunday. The night was a the largest event in MSS's 40 year history and wouldn't have been possible without the kindness of the performers and former players all of whom gave up their time without a fee for their appearance. The above video, prepared by MSS committee man Mark Motley, captures the amazing atmosphere on the night.
The #MSSparty raffle raised £300 for Zoe's Place. The winning numbers were:
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 13:02 | Written by James Howell |
Monday's Playoff Final is fast approaching. For Wembley games the police designate separate pubs for each team and with it being such a busy day, we are expecting most pubs in the area to be extremely busy.
Some of the options for fans include:
There are some MSS Members meeting in Euston at The Euston Flyer before popping to Euston Square to catch the metropolitan line up to Wembley.
If you haven't already make sure you get your Tickets for the MSS Party the night before. They are selling fast so buy your tickets quickly!
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