The summer of 2018 has offered several fun distractions; England’s best World Cup performance in a generation, a blistering heatwave, Darlington 1-0 Sunderland. But now it’s time to get back to real business of league football.
With several new players arriving, and some popular players departing, it’s time to see whether a Tony Pulis pre-season can transform Boro from play-off semi-finalists to automatic promotion contenders. First up is a trip to SE London to take on Millwall.
The easiest way to the ground is by grabbing a Southern service from London Bridge down to South Bermondsey which is a stones throw from the stadium.
Given the lack of away friendly pubs near the ground, and after ugly scenes when the teams met at the Riverside in April, the MSS have decided to suggest some pre-match pubs in a more central area.
We’ve chosen our regular London Bridge boozer, The Barrowboy and Banker (SE1 9QQ), for this Saturday. The pub is at the south side of London Bridge and just moments away from train station.
If the Barrowboy gets too busy, or if the good weather returns, then feel free to head across to the Bunch of Grapes (SE1 9RS) and their large beer garden, which is just a few minutes’ walk away.
Both pubs open at 9am on Saturdays.
The Millwall squad hasn’t changed much since the end of last season. Just two senior arrivals, and the loss of several fringe players, means the squad Boro face on Saturday should be very similar to last year. Millwall exceeded expectations last year to finish 8th in their first year back in the Championship. Their strong home form was the backbone of their near charge to the play-offs, which was only ended in the penultimate game …
That penultimate game was the last time these two teams met. Boro ran out 2-0 winners at the Riverside in April with goals from Assombalonga and Howson. Boro lost on their last visit to The Den, however, prior to that had won when visiting in December 2013 and 2014.
Boro are on TV twice before the end of August.
We host West Brom in the Friday night game on the 24th August, and then a week later visit Leeds United in another Friday night game.
The MSS will be booking out a central London pub for Boro exiles to watch the game. Keep an eye out for more details over the next few weeks.