On the Road to… The Riverside Stadium

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Middlesbrough v Oxford United

Saturday 18th February. 3:00pm kick off

FA Cup

This is the first time we’ve been in the 5th round since 93-94 season. Then we only played four games, beating Tranmere in the 3rd round and Leeds in the 4th round after a replay. A 2-1 defeat to Chelsea saw us exit the competition.

In this season’s FA Cup Middlesbrough beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 in the 3rd round and Accrington Stanley 1-0 in the 4th round, both home games.

There is a thread running on the Yellows Forum with suggestions on pubs, parking getting there etc.

Where to stand: We’ve been given an initial 3,000 allocation in the East Stand.

Stadium Post Code: TS3 6RS.

Where to park: There are a number of private parks located (mostly on waste land) nearby. Also when you reach the turn off the A66 (as signposted) for the stadium, then rather than at the top of the slip road turning left towards the stadium, then instead if your turn right to go back across the A66, then there is plenty of street parking available in this area. It is then about a 15-20 minute walk to the away turnstiles.

There is a suggestion that away fans should follow the route marked “away coaches” from the A66, as this passes many private car parks along the river, all priced at £4′. Bear in mind though that if you do park at one of these car parks, then it may take 45 minutes or so after the game, before you can exit them. Otherwise, as the stadium is about one mile from the town centre you could also consider parking in a long stay car park in the town centre (about a 15-20 minute walk away from the ground).

Getting there by train: Middlesbrough railway station is just under a mile from the Riverside Stadium.

Where to drink: According to footballgroundguide.com“Chris Taylor, recommends Doctor Browns, a ten minute walk away from the ground at the bottom of Corporation Road, in the city centre. This pub serves real ale, has SKY TV and on my last visit had a good mix of home and away fans, both inside and outside of the pub. On the corner opposite the pub, is also a sandwich bar, which was doing a brisk trade in amongst other things, trays of roast potatoes and gravy. To find this pub; If you were standing outside the stadium with the main entrance behind you, head over to your left and turn right down the road, going under a bridge. A little way down this road on your left, there is an underpass (there is usually some programme & fanzine sellers standing by its entrance). Go down through the underpass and as you emerge on the other side turn right and go down the road and through another underpass. You will emerge in a small retail park (there is a McDonalds over on your right), which you walk through unto you come to a main road. Turn right along this road and you will see the Doctor Browns pub over on your left. Dave Ellis a visiting Leicester City fan informs me; ‘We found a pub called “The Lord Byron” on Dock Street, which is only around a five minute walk away from the ground. It was reasonably priced i.e a pint of Carling at £2.70 a pint or £10 for a 4 pint jug. It had a very friendly atmosphere and kids were welcome too!’

Otherwise, there is a bar at the back of the away stand within the ground which serves pints of John Smiths Bitter (£3.50), Fosters Lager (£3.70), Bulmers Cider (Bottle £3.70) and Wine (Small bottle £3.60).”

Ticket prices:

Oxford United have received an allocation of 3,000 tickets for this tie, with more should demand require it.

Tickets are on general sale online at www.oufctickets.co.uk and to personal and telephone callers (01865 337533) until 3pm on Friday 17th February, subject to availability.

Supporters are strongly advised to purchase tickets in advance.

Adult: £15 (£10 for OUFC season ticket holders)
Over 65: £10 (£5 for OUFC season ticket holders)
Under 18: £5 (£2 for OUFC season ticket holders)
Season ticket holders are entitled to one discounted ticker per season ticket and can also purchase as many non-discounted tickets as they want.
Ambulant disabled and wheelchair users pay the relevant age category with a free carer.
PLEASE NOTE: Two of the blocks of seats that we have been allocated are directly in front of the wheelchair deck. These will be described online as a ‘No Standing Area’ and would suit families and those who wish to remain seated throughout the game.
London Road Coaches:

Depart stadium: 8:00am prompt.
Kidlington Sainsbury’s: 8:15am prompt.

Adult member: £30
Adult non-member: £32
Under-18 member: £28
Under-18 non-member: £30

Under-14s must be accompanied by an adult
Call 01865 337533 to book

For more information on the Riverside visit footballgroundguide.com

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