Pupils from Preston Primary School in Eaglescliffe and Richmond Church of England School visited Rockliffe and after a guided tour, the youngsters met the entire squad before taking part in a Premier League Primary Stars educational session at the training round.

They were joined by surprise visitors Britt Assombalonga and Marcus Tavernier, who took part in a writing session which featured poetry and song lyrics.

Across Teesside, in Teessville, Ryan Shotton paid a visit to Hillsview Academy, where he met a group of Year Seven pupils, where he took part in a session about the impact changes have on youngsters’ lives as part of the MFC Foundation’s Stepping Up programme. Ryan also signed autographs and took part in a Q&A.

And, at the Riverside on Tuesday evening, Stewart Downing, George Friend, Dael Fry, and Jordan Hugill went head to head with Jonathan Woodgate, Gary Pallister, and Mark Proctor in a Question of Boro, a fund-raising and awareness event for the Foundation.

Needless to say, spurred on by Stewy’s knowledge of all things Boro, the current players beat the former Boro stars in the competition to earn the bragging rights.

Over the course of the next month, first team players will be attending the Christmas lights switch-ons in both Middlesbrough and Stockton, and the festive hospital and hospice visits will take place in December.