Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Away the Lads - Five Road Trips That Will Be Worth the Journey; Next Season's Fixtures Were Revealed Today and Gazette Boro Editor PHILIP TALLENTIRE Has Selected the Five Venues He's Particularly Looking Forward to Visiting in 2015/16

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Away the Lads - Five Road Trips That Will Be Worth the Journey; Next Season's Fixtures Were Revealed Today and Gazette Boro Editor PHILIP TALLENTIRE Has Selected the Five Venues He's Particularly Looking Forward to Visiting in 2015/16

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MK DONS A CLUB it's hard to like, never mind love, given the disgraceful way they came into existence (though technically, they are just the old Wimbledon with another name).

But a new ground is a new ground and I've yet to tick off stadium:MK.

From what I've seen on TV, it looks a pretty decent venue, if rather lacking in atmosphere due to the empty and seatless top tier.

Selected to host games for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the stadium has finally been completed, with seats fitted throughout the upper tier and the capacity is now 30,717.

You'd have to think that with an average gate of just under 10,000, the Dons would be offering visiting clubs huge allocations in the away end next season.

With Boro having never played there before, expect demand to be huge for tickets for this fixture.

BRISTOL CITY SINCE Boro's last visit in March 2013, there have been major changes at Ashton Gate, with more to come.

The club have bulldozed the East End terrace, where Boro supporters were normally housed, and replaced it with an impressive all-seater stand.

Meanwhile, the Dolman Stand has been spruced up with a new roof and re-profiled lower tier while the final part of a PS47m redevelopment plan will be completed next year when a new main stand has been constructed on the south side of the stadium, raising the capacity to 27,000.

Next season it will be exciting to see how much Ashton Gate has changed since that grim day when City winger Albert Adomah inspired his team to a 2-0 victory over Tony Mowbray's Boro.

BRIGHTON IT'S a long, long way to travel for a football match, but the welcome is always warm and Boro have made a habit of winning at the Amex Stadium.

The club have made four visits to Brighton's impressive ground and, after drawing their first game there, they have gone on to win three on the spin.

If you're facing a five hour-plus drive home, an away win can prove to be a welcome mile-melter!

From a selfish point of view, the reporters are well looked after at the Amex and the press box occupies a prime position on the halfway line near the tunnel. …

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