1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
Opportunity for a good day out on the train, a few
beers and to take in a new ground as this was the
first time Oldham have played Crawley.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
Train from Manchester, tube across to Victoria
then train to Crawley. Easy journey, although I
was slightly behind schedule as the train from
Manchester was 20 minutes late. On arriving at
Crawley I got a bus to the ground which cost £2
and dropped me outside the stadium.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Didnt have a beer in Crawley before the game
other than a quick beer at the ground. Afterwards
I went in the Half Moon which is about 5 mins walk
back from the ground and heads in the direction of
the town. There was about a 50/50 split of home
and away fans with no trouble. Staff and bouncers
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
Something for fans to be aware of you have to
buy a ticket from the ticket office there are no
signs telling you this I walked up to the
turnstiles and was told I had to get a ticket It
then took over 15 minutes to get a ticket as there
were only 3 windows open and service was slow.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Scrappy game, 2 red cards and it finished a 1-1
draw. Atmosphere was lively, mainly due to the 350
travelling Oldham fans. However, there is a bar
area which serves plastic bottles of beer and
cider, with a covered roof it is effectively
just a corner of the ground and has breezeblock
walls to prevent you being able to see the game.
At half time I went to buy a couple of beers, but
despite the fact this is a quite large standing
area, the stewards only allow 60 people in this
caused lots of issues as many people had bought
beer for friends who were not allowed in to drink
them. One girl was told she could not come into
the bar area as she was under 18.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Walked to the pub and then walked back in Crawley
to get the train at 18:00 it is about 20/25 mins
walk to the station.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Always a good day out watching an Oldham awayday,
but slightly frustrated about having to queue to
get tickets and then the ridiculous capacity issue
in the bar area, but overall a friendly enough
place to visit.