Middlesbrough fans hitch lift to Preston pub in police riot van before North End Championship match

More than two dozen visiting Middlesbrough fans were filmed hitching a lift to a Preston pub in the back of a police van today (Saturday, May 7).

By Matthew Calderbank
Saturday, 7th May 2022, 6:42 pm
Updated Saturday, 7th May 2022, 7:01 pm

The footage was taken ahead of the final Championship match of the season at Deepdale, where North End battered the visitors 4-1.

In the video, which has gone viral on social media, a total of 26 Boro fans – along with a giant inflatable pink elephant – are seen climbing out of the riot van as it pulls up outside a pub.

After watching it, amused viewers were left wondering how so many people can possibly fit inside one police van.

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One twitter user said: “Felt like one of those clown car scenes so i had to count, there were 26 boro fans in the back of that van.”

Others compared it to Doctor Who’s Tardis, as more and more fans file out of the police van and onto the street.

Lancashire Police were approached for comment.

A total of 26 Middlesbrough fans were given a lift in the back of the police van

You can read our full North End match report here.

Visiting Middlesbrough fans and their giant inflatable pink elephant after catching a lift to the pub from police in Preston. Credit: @evertonianfenny