MSS Match Pack: Chelsea

Here’s all the information you will need to know ahead of Boro’s trip to champions elect Chelsea this coming Monday (8th May).


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Kick-off for Monday’s match is 8:00pm which should mean plenty of time to sample the finest pubs West London has to offer.

Pre-match pubs

The best away pubs for Chelsea are found near Earls Court tube station (travel details shown below). The venues in this neck of the woods are generally quite small so we’ve selected a few should you find your first choice a bit too busy.

There are four pubs within a stones throw of Earls Court station on Earls Court Road; these are The Blackbird (details), The Courtfield (details), Earls Court Tavern (details), and The Prince of Teck (details).

The final pub, The Finborough Arms (details), is a perfect pit-stop for the walk down from Earls Court towards the ground.

Getting there

The pubs we’ve recommended are all found around Earls Court station (District Line and Picadilly Line). Earls Court station is around 25-30 minutes walk from Stamford Bridge, however, you can get the District Line from Earls Court to Fulham Broadway which is much closer to the ground.

For those who are heading straight to the game the nearest tube station is Fulham Broadway (District Line) which is a five minute walk from the ground.

As usual, watch the MSS social media channels for movements on the day. UTB!


Mini Match Pack
An ugly win against doomed Sunderland and last week’s superb performance against Manchester City showed that there was some fight still in this Boro side. Sadly with three wins needed to keep alive any chances of survival it looks like being a case of too little, too late. 

Especially when you consider Monday nights opposition. Chelsea have lost just three times since a 3-0 drubbing at Arsenal forced Antonio Conte to change tact and move towards a 3-4-3 formation that has been seemingly unbeatable since. Two defeats in their last six games, including at home to Crystal Place (one of only two home defeats), suggested a wobble in their title charge. However, a resounding victory at Everton last week, coupled with Tottenham’s loss at West Ham last night means Chelsea are just victories away from the title.


Chelsea and Boro have a lot of history; the numerous cup-finals, the 1988 play-off victory to seal Boro’s return to Division One, and the sharing of players such as Hasselbaink, Zenden, Ross Turnbull. However, visits to Stamford Bridge have proven a difficult affair; Boro’s last point came in April 2004, while our last win at the Bridge was way back in March 1975.

Watch Swansea vs. Boro with MSS!

It’s crunch time now for Boro as we look to stay in the Premier League.

Boro face a difficult trip to resurrgent Swansea City in a relegation six pointer. The swans sit just above the drop zone with a five point lead over Steve Agnew’s men. If Boro are to remain a top flight club – three points at the Liberty Stadium are a must.

Join MSS to cheer on Middlesbrough in the first of ten cup finals.

The MSS Loyalty card will be available free of charge on the day, offering members £3 pints, drinks and mixers and 25% off food.

Please RSVP on Facebook here!

**Walkabout operates a strict ID policy so please remember to bring some proof of age. The restriction is imposed by Westminster Council.**

Watch Boro vs. Man City in the FA Cup Quarter Finals!

In a bit of light relief, Boro are through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup!

With just one game from Wembley, will we see a repeat of Patrick and Kike’s joy from 2015? Join MSS members to watch Aitor Karanka take on Pep at the Riverside on Saturday.

Kick off is at 12:15pm.

MSS Members can get great deals on drinks and food with an MSS Loyalty Card including £3 on selected pints and 25% off food.

Please RSVP on the Facebook event so we can make sure Walkabout have enough bar staff on.

**Please remember to bring ID as Westminster Council imposes strict licensing on the venue!**

Match Pack: Crystal Palace

It’s a massive game at Selhurst Park – make sure you join MSS for the prematch!


Prematch Pubs

MSS have chosen the Barrowboy and Banker at London Bridge as a prematch pub for saturday’s game. We have used the pub in the past and it is extremely close to London Bridge Station.

For those based south of the Thames who are keen to avoid a trip into Central London then join a group Boro fans who are meeting at the Moon Under Water in Balham (SW12 9BP).

Getting there

According to advice from the Crystal Palace FC website, Selhurst park is served by three train stations: Norwood Junction, Thornton Heath and Selhurst Station. The quickest route to the ground is a Norwood Junction train from London Bridge which takes either 13 or 24 minutes. The ground is a 15 minute walk from Norwood Junction station.

Mini Match Pack
Middlesbrough goals are like London buses – you wait ages for one and then three come along at once. Fresh from a free-scoring display against Oxford United the Boro turn their attention back to the meat and drink of the ongoing relegation scrap at the bottom of the Premier League – starting with a proverbial six-pointer at free-falling Crystal Palace.

Palace are in awful form. A change of calendar year and a change of manager have done nothing to arrest a slide which began in January 2016. They are bottom in the Premier League form table over the last 10 games – just four points in that time has seen them slide from lower mid-table to second bottom. The new manager bounce expected by Sam Allerdyce’s appointment never materialised, especially at home, where they are without a win since December 3rd.

Boro will look to avenge the defeat suffered when these two teams met earlier this season. Our last win at Selhurst Park came in September 2011 courtesy of a Marvin Emnes goal, however, we’ll be keen to avoid a repeat of the 4-1 drubbing suffered on our last visit in February 2013.

MSS signs up to Supporters Forum

Middlesbrough Supporters South is delighted to announce its involvement with the new Middlesbrough Supporters Forum!



A new initiative has been launched to bring together Middlesbrough Football Club supporters groups with the aim of ‘strengthening fans’ links with the club and ensuring that we can properly debate the issues which affect us all.

That is how lifetime Boro fan and founder, Chris Joseph, explains the objective of the independent Middlesbrough Supporters Forum which brings together groups including, Middlesbrough Disabled Supporters Association, Middlesbrough Supporters South, Red Faction, Twe12th Man, Middlesbrough Official Supporters Club, and media platforms, Fly Me to the Moon and RED ARMY.TV.

Chris, who is currently chair of the Forum, said “When I chaired the Middlesbrough Official Supporters Club a couple of years ago, I often used to think of the potential value to both the club and supporters of bringing together a unified group of the varied fans’ bodies and media voices.”

“Whilst all the different groups have evolved organically and must retain their own identities and indeed bring their own specific issues to MFC via the proper channels set up by the Club, there are many issues which affect us all.”

“There has never been a time when it is more vital that fans have an input into the future of the game…already this has been recognised by the Premier League through its fans’ panel, and Sky, and of course, there is increasing pressure for reform in the way the game is run”.

Mark Ellis, Chief Operating Officer of MFC said: “As a club we are always striving to engage with our fans across all spectrums. We recognise that different fan groups have different needs and opinions. The first Forum brought together a wide range of supporter groups and we were able to have constructive conversations regarding a number of different topics.”

Chris Joseph said: “We were very encouraged at the first meeting of the Forum at the Riverside that all the bodies attending – including MFC – acknowledged the potential of working in unity for the benefit of all…fans, club and football as a whole.” 

Chris Joseph can be contacted on 07974 925851 or by email on

Catch the latest episode of the MSS Podcast!

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Teesside takes over Tottenham!

As part of a special pre-match programme, we’ve teamed up with ParmStar and One Mile End for the ultimate pre-game experience.

Date: Saturday 4th February 2017

Kick off: 5:30pm

Location: White Hart Lane, N17 0AP

One Mile End (Co-Founded by a Teessider) invites Boro’s travelling faithful to their Brewery just round the corner from White Hart Lane! They will have several bars open serving a exciting range of craft beers and more. Teesside’s very own ParmStar will also be in attendance for the perfect pre-match sustenance – the Parmo!

The Brewery is located a 10-15 walk away from White Hart Lane and will be open all afternoon.

Make sure you click attending on the Facebook Event!


Getting There

To get to the One Mile End Brewery, the easiest route is take a train from Liverpool Street to White Hart Lane. The train journey lasts around 20 minutes and the Brewery is a 15 minute walk from there.

For those coming into Kings Cross, the quickest route is the Victoria Line up to Seven Sisters and take a bus or walk (1.5miles) from there.


One Mile End Brewery

Unit 2 Compass West Industrial Estate
West Road, Tottenham
London N17 0XL


This promises to be a fantastic Teesside takeover of Tottenham and MSS will see you there!

MSS Match Pack: Watford!

Here’s all the information you will need to know ahead of Boro’s trip to Watford this Saturday (14th January).

Travel Details

Watford v Middlesbrough, kicks off at 15:00 on Saturday the 14th of January.

MSS Members will be getting the 12:24 train from Euston to Watford Junction which should take around 15 minutes. Please be aware when booking tickets to and from Watford that journey times vary between different providers.

London Overground takes by far the longest (around 45 minutes) while London Midland can vary from between 15 to 25 minutes depending on whether the train is direct to Watford Junction.

Watford Junction station is around a 20 minute walk from Vicarage Road with lots of watering holes on the way.

There are no planned engineering works on any of the lines into Watford this weekend.


Pre-match pubs

Ahead of the game, we’ll be heading to the ‘Moon Under Water’ on Watford High Street (WD17 2BS).

‘The Moon’ is a decent and large Wetherspoons serving full-English breakfasts, a selection of beers including real ale and is away-friendly. The pub is a 10 minute walk from both Watford Junction Station and Vicarage Road.

As usual, watch the MSS social media channels for movements on the day.

Mini Match Pack

One point from nine over Christmas had undone the progress made by much-needed victories over Hull and Swansea, however, many Boro fans view January as a month where we can kick on and re-establish a gap between us and the relegation zone. With optimism re-ignited by our second half performance against Sheffield Wednesday, now might be the perfect time to take on Walter Mazzarri’s faltering Watford side.

Watford started well under their new manager with just three defeats in their opening ten matches, however, the tide has well and truly turned with seven defeats in their last ten. This slump in form has coincided with an inability to keep a clean sheet – they are without one since beating Hull at the end of October.

Watford are somewhat of a bogey team for Boro over recent years with our most recent victory against the Hornets coming in October 2012 when Boro recovered from a Troy Deeney goal after 45 seconds to run out 2-1 winners at Vicarage Road. From a Boro perspective only George Friend and Grant Leadbitter remain from the team which picked up all three points that day.


Amendment: With the recent passing of Watford icon Graham Taylor, MSS has been informed there is a planned applause on the 72nd minute in commemoration.

A thank you from MSS and Zoe’s Place!

The Zoe’s Place Christmas Appeal has ended for another year, and what a year it has been.


MSS and Zoe’s Place have been more than overwhelmed with your generosity this year. The final total of gifts bought from our Amazon wish list is 136, with a donation of £217.80 raised from our signed Middlesbrough shirt raffle.

We cannot thank you enough for your contribution and support throughout this year’s Appeal.

Sue Fox, from Zoe’s Place, says she cannot thank MSS Members enough.

“This is the 6th year running now that we have been lucky enough to be supported by the Middlesbrough Supporters South forum and their generosity never ceases to amaze us. There are some wonderful charities on Teesside so to be chosen once again means a lot to us.”

“The toys and gifts we have received mean we can make sure all our children have an extra gift at Christmas. A huge thank you to everyone involved in the organising as well as everyone who has taken the time to choose and donate a gift.”

“On behalf of all the children, families and staff at Zoe’s Place we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”

Kate Grace, who managed the MSS Christmas Appeal this year, says the success of the 2016 Appeal has been unbelievable.

“The Christmas Appeal is something we are really proud of and, on behalf of the Committee, I’d like to thank all of the MSS Members who donated gifts and contributed to the raffle before the Hull City match.”

“To nearly double the amount donated in 2015 has been fantastic and we hope we’ve helped make Christmas special for children and families at Zoe’s Place. The charity holds a special place in our hearts and we look forward to running more charity events with MSS throughout 2017.”

Earlier this week we sent Committee Member, Leila Abidi, and David Grace (Kate’s brother – pictured) to meet Sue, Rachel and the children at Zoe’s Place.

Once again, a huge well done and thank you for your contributions, we cannot express how much this will make the children smile extra bright this Christmas.

From all of the Committee here at Middlesbrough Supporters South we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Gifts donated from the MSS Christmas Appeal

Update: MSS Christmas Appeal 2016 – Zoe’s Place 

The MSS Christmas Appeal in aid of Zoe’s Place is back for its seventh year!zoes-place-logo

For the previous 6 years this appeal has been run by MSS member Johnathan Gallagher. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Johnathan for all of his input and help over these years and for making the previous MSS Christmas Appeal’s such a success.

The 2016 MSS Christmas Appeal will be run by committee member Kate Grace who has continued the theme of setting up a wish list on Amazon for you to look through.

Take a look at the Amazon Wishlist

Once you have decided what you would like to donate to the cause, simply click, pay and it will be posted directly to Zoe’s Place ready for Christmas. In order for the items to be delivered in time for Christmas the guy’s at Zoe’s Place have asked for items to be ordered by Friday December 16th.

Zoe’s Place is a beautiful children’s hospice based in Normanby, Middlesbrough who do a lot of great work providing much needed respite and hospice care to children aged 0-5 years.

They not only care for the children in need, but also offer great support for the children’s parents, siblings and extended family throughout their difficult times.

Everyone on the MSS committee agrees that this is an amazing organisation who do their upmost to help and support those most at need on Teesside.

It gives us great pleasure to be able to donate and support Zoe’s Place and hopefully we can help to bring a little magic to the children they are caring for this Christmas.

We thank you in advance for all of your kind donations.



Thank you to everyone who has donated to this year’s appeal. We are very close to beating 2015’s total donations. Please help us make Christmas 2016 really special for children and families at Zoe’s Place Middlesbrough.

Deadline for the appeal is Midnight on Friday 16th December. 


Gifts donated so far from the MSS Christmas Appeal

Gifts donated so far from the MSS Christmas Appeal