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Broadfield Stadium
Crawley Town v
Oldham Athletic
League Two
Saturday, October 27th, 2012, 3pm
Ian Coop
(Oldham Athletic fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

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 ground/car parking?

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?

Didn’t 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 were friendly.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

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 the game:

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.

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