Bet UK's Middlesbrough Away Day Guide
Middlesbrough away is the longest trip of the season for travelling Swansea fans. To make the trip a bit easier, the Swansea away game to kick off at 3 o'clock this season. Middlesbrough came close to promotion last season, losing to Aston Villa in the play off semi finals. Tony Pulis led his side to a 5th place finish, but will be hoping to push for the automatic places this year. Boro weren’t too active in the summer transfer window, but still managed to bring in Aden Flint and Paddy McNair, 2 players who have performed well in the Championship.
Travelling Swansea City supporters will hope for a repeat of the last time the 2 met in a Championship season. In 2011, Swansea won a 7 goal thriller, coming back from 3-1 down to win 4-3. If the result repeats itself, the long journey will be well worth it for Swansea fans. If you are making the journey up to the Riverside, Bet UK have prepared an away day guide with everything you need to know.
When is Middlesbrough v Swansea City?
Middlesbrough v Swansea City is the first away 3 o'clock kick off of the season, taking place on Saturday 22nd September.
How to get to the Riverside Stadium?
Driving to the Riverside Stadium from Swansea
The trip to Middlesbrough is the longest trip of the season for Swansea City fans, taking around 6 hours to drive to the Riverside from Swansea. To start your journey up north, head along the M4, coming off at exit 24 on to the A449. Merge onto the A40 and eventually the M50 before joining the M5. Join the M42 just past Bromsgrove and then join the M42, following signs for Birmingham. Keep right on the M42 and join the M1, eventually merging onto the A1. Take the exit for the A168, which will take you directly to Middlesbrough. As you approach Middlesbrough, the Riverside will be clearly signposted.
Car parking is quite accessible around the Riverside Stadium. Car Park E at the ground can be pre booked for £6 a space through the Middlesbrough ticket office. If you can’t get in there, then there are a number of private car parks on the wastelands that surround the Riverside. If you see any signs for ‘Away Coaches’, it might be worth following them, as the route takes you past several car parks.
Trains from Swansea to the Riverside Stadium
With the journey from Swansea to Middlesbrough taking so long, the options for trains are quite limited. It will also be an early start for any Swansea City fans heading along by train. The latest train that will get you there with time to spare leaves Swansea at 6:47, eventually arriving in Middlesbrough at 14:07. It is about a 20 minute walk from Middlesbrough station to the Riverside stadium. There is no shuttle bus service for home or away fans, so the only options are to walk or get a taxi.
There are no trains leaving Middlesbrough that will get Swansea football fans home on the same day, so a hotel might be the best choice for those travelling by train. Trains back start from 9:11 on Sunday morning.
Hotels near the Riverside Stadium for Swansea City fans
There are a few branded hotels surrounding the Riverside Stadium. There is a Jurys Inn, Premier Inn and Holiday Inn all within walking distance of the ground. The Riverside is not too far away from the centre of Middlesbrough, so any central based hotel should be good for travelling Swansea City fans.
Pubs for Swansea football fans near the Riverside Stadium
Middlesbrough is different in that there is a dedicated pub for travelling fans. Doctor Browns is well known as an away pub, and will welcome Swansea City and Middlesbrough fans on matchday. Doctor Browns will also have Sky Sports live on big screens for all fans to watch. To get to Doctor Browns, head underneath the bridge to the left of the grounds main entrance. Walk through 2 underpasses and then turn right, where you will see the pub on your left hand side.
Where next for Swansea City?
After the trip to Middlesbrough, Swansea City fans will be heading north again as they face Wigan at the DW Stadium. If you plan on making the mid week trip up to Wigan, then take a look at Bet UK's Wigan Athletic Away Day Guide.
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