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.

 

Update:

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

MSS Match Pack: Southampton

Boro face a big trip to St Mary’s before Christmas – and MSS have everything you need to know!

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Southampton vs Middlesbrough, AKA the Ramirez Derby, kicks off at 14:15 on Sunday 11th December. MSS Members will be getting the 9:54am train from Waterloo to Southampton Central – arriving at 11:34am.

Southampton Central station is just over a 25 minute walk from St Mary’s Stadium with lots of watering holes on the way.

Pre-match pubs

The Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis – A wetherspoons in the Ocean Village. Many MSS members will be meeting there as they arrive into Southampton.

Browns, Millbank Street – A popular away fans pub and close the ground. Many of the Boro fans traveling from further up north will be congregating in this pub.

 

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

Watch Boro vs Hull City with MSS!

Boro meet Hull again but this time in the Premier League!

After last year’s last gasp winner from David Nugent, Hull managed to overcome the setback and gain promotion through the Play-Offs. Now led by Mike Phelan, will the Tigers suffer a similar defeat at the Riverside?


Join MSS to find out! We will be screening the game at Walkabout TempleKick off is at 8pm.

Let us know if you are coming on Facebook!

Walkabout has strict licensing rules imposed by Westminster Council so could all who wish to attend please bring ID. They can be very strict on this rule.

**MSS Loyalty Cards**

If you’ve still not collected your MSS Loyalty card we’ve got plenty to still give away. These entitle you to £3 pints and 25% off food! (Ts&Cs apply.)

Match Pack: Arsenal – Saturday 22nd Oct

Middlesbrough face a difficult trip to high flying Arsenal and MSS have all your prematch plans.

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Those lucky MSS Members who got tickets are meeting in The Worlds End in Finsbury Park, just a few stops from Kings Cross (Victoria and Piccadilly lines) and a short walk from the ground.

Another option is Drayton Park, a recommended “away fans pub”, also close to the Emirates. The nearest tube stop is Arsenal on the Piccadilly line

Fans should allow plenty of travelling time to allow for the large crowds at the stadium.

Match Pack

Boro’s last trip to the Emirates was an ill-fated FA Cup tie in February 2015 when the Gunners continued to win the trophy. The Teessider’s last league win at Arsenal was in April 2001, thanks to two own goals and Hamilton Ricard.

Arsenal have been in great form recently, including a 6-0 hammering of Bulgarian champions Ludogorets.

 

Will Boro have enough? In Aitor we trust.

Watch Boro vs Watford with MSS! – Sunday 16th October 2016!

The Premier League is back and Boro are in action against Watford.

MSS have booked the big screen at Walkabout Temple (Temple Place, London WC2R 2PH) to screen the game.

MSS Members are eligible for drinks and food discounts with their MSS Loyalty Card.
More MSS loyalty cards will be available on the day if you’ve not picked up yours yet.

Let us know you are attending via this Facebook link – https://www.facebook.com/events/1789864061270979/

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Please remember ID – the venue’s license is very strict and implemented by Westminster Council.

#MSS Boat to West Ham United!

After the recent success of our boats, MSS has decided Boro fans deserve to arrive to our maiden visit to the Olympic Stadium in style. We have booked the Elizabethan river cruise, a 1890’s replica paddle steamer, for Boro’s fixture with West Ham United on Saturday the 1st of October.

The Boat will be open from 11:00am and will be departing from Westminster Pier (details) at 11:15am (prompt) so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get there. We will then set sail up and down the River Thames, taking in all its glorious sights and monuments, before finally docking at North Greenwich at around 1:30pm.

North Greenwich pier is a short walk to North Greenwich tube station on the Jubilee line, a 9-minute journey to Stratford station (nearest tube stop for the Olympic stadium).

We want the boat to be a wall of colour of noise so please bring your flags, banners and singing voices.  The boat has a cash bar (please bring cash for a prompt service) serving a selection of drinks but bringing your own alcohol onboard is prohibited.  

Tickets for the boat are priced at £15 (exc. fees) and are on sale now. Ticket costs go towards ensuring MSS can continue to run events like this in the future.

Buy your tickets now!

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Catch the latest episode of the MSS Podcast!

We’ve launched a fortnightly podcast discussing all things Boro!

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The pod stars Adam Garnsey, Graham Kirby, Scott Perkins and James Howell, plus the occasional super sub, and is put together by technical wizard producer-and-editor Kieron Banerj. Our podcast aims to bring the latest punditry and pessimism from Middlesbrough Supporters South.

How to catch the latest episode

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Join MSS before our trip to Craven Cottage!

It’s Middlesbrough’s first away game in London this season and it is one a lot of us are familiar with in recent years back at Craven Cottage in the EFL Cup.

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Join the MSS and a bunch of fellow Boro fans in The Temperance for drinks pre-match before the lovely 15 minute walk to the ground through Bishop’s Park. No doubt there will be a few people sticking around for a few post-match beers around this area.

Details for the Temperance can be found here
Click attending on the Facebook event!

Closest Station: Putney Bridge (District Line)