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Published 23rd Feb 2012

Flying the flag: former England Under-21 star Mark Proctor is backing his country for the forthcoming Riverside clash, along wit

Come on, England! Teesside-based SABIC UK Petrochemicals are calling on more local businesses to show their support for the forthcoming England Under-21 game at the Riverside Stadium.

And Boro first team coach Mark Proctor, himself a former England Under-21 star, paid a special visit to staff on the company’s LDPE Plant at Wilton to thank them for their support.

England’s young stars can qualify for the European Championship finals with victory over Belgium at the home of Middlesbrough FC on Wednesday February 29 (6pm kick-off).

An impressive crowd could even help attract Team GB’s football side to the Riverside for an Olympic warm-up match.

Chemicals giant SABIC, who employ 700 people on Teesside at their sites at Wilton and North Tees, are keen to play their part in attracting a great crowd on the night.

The company has not only joined forces with the FA and Middlesbrough FC to offer staff tickets at discount prices but they are also giving 100 tickets to their employees on a first come, first served basis.

What people are saying

Mark Williams, Site Director at SABIC UK Petrochemicals, said: “We want to show our backing for Teesside and England. It promises to be a fantastic night of football and a great opportunity to see the England stars of tomorrow.

“It would be a tremendous coup if fans, businesses and organisations helped bring a taste of the Olympics to the Riverside.

Other organisations backing the big game by offering staff discounted tickets are Middlesbrough Council, Stockton Borough Council, Redcar and Cleveland Council, Middlesbrough Business Forum, Teesside University and Middlesbrough College.

Teesside Junior Football Alliance, the world’s biggest football league, is also backing the game, with member clubs able to snap up tickets for £5 adults and £2.50 under-18s. FA Charter clubs also qualify for 20 free tickets per club.

England senior caretaker manager Stuart Pearce said: “It would be fantastic to see more follow the lead of SABIC and the other organisations by joining forces with the FA with a discount offer.”

Boro coach Proctor added: “Middlesbrough get fantastic support from the people of Teesside and it’s great to see businesses, council and education bodies getting behind England in this way. The game should be a special occasion, while a Team GB match would be the icing on the cake.”

How to book

Organisations that would like to take advantage of discount price tickets of £5 and £2.50 via a group booking can contact the MFC Ticket Office on 0844 499 1234 or email tickets@mfc.co.uk for more details.

Tickets are on general sale priced £10 adults and £5 for those aged under-18 or over-65, while tickets are half price for Boro Season Card holders.

Tickets are available from the Riverside Ticket Office, by calling 0844 499 1234 or online at www.mfc.co.uk.



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