Athletic v Leicester City League One
Saturday, October 18th 2008,
Portch (Leicester City fan)
you were looking forward to going to the
ground (or not as the case may be):
I was going to Oldham to watch my team
Leicester city and I was really looking
forward to it, as Oldham were in very good
form and up near the top of the table with
us and it was also my birthday.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
I went by coach to Oldham and on the way
there the journey just seemed to drag. As we
reached the Pennines, there were some nice
views for a while until we hit a cloudy
patch. When we got into Oldham it only took
a few minutes to find the ground. It
was located in a housing estate
and next to a big park. There were no
problems with parking as there was a huge
car park outside the stadium.
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
only a short walk to find some pubs and
places to eat or you could go into the
ground and have a drink. But I wouldn't
advise this if it is raining as the
concourse, if you could call it that, is
uncovered and very cold so when the
weather isn't too nice, then not the
best idea. Around the ground the home fans
seemed pretty friendly and there was no
real trouble where we went.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other
sides of the ground?
Boundary Park wasn't the
best ground for sore eyes and with one
stand knocked down, it looked like
a bit of a building site. The away stand
was the newer of the stands and we were
given the larger section of this stand
that wasn't too bad. The
stand is shared with home supporters,
which makes for a good bit of banter
too. The other two stands however are a
little worse for wear and weren't very
good but strangely I liked the old
crumbly stadium for some weird reason.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The game was
very good with city starting brightly and
the Leicester fans singing away. There is
a small section of Oldham fans that sing
next to the away fans but you cant really
hear the rest of the ground. As the game
went on I got colder and colder when
someone told me that this was apparently
the coldest ground in England and I can
see why I was absolutely baltic. Half time
came and the toilets were a little cramped
and had a queue, but the worst thing was
that they had ran out of food which wasn't
very good was it.
The second half got back under way and 20
minutes in Leicester scored which sent the
away section wild and people were even
jumping on the old bill which was very
amusing but towards the end Oldham got the
equaliser and in the end that's how it
finished. Overall the atmosphere was
pretty decent and there was a good bit of
banter. Stewards and police I found were
pretty relaxed and ok apart from when
someone had a little scuffle with one but
I don't really know what that was about.
The atmosphere is also helped by a drummer
in the home section.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
Getting away was a real pain as all the
cars in this huge car park had to get out
of 1 small gate and after 20 minutes of
waiting in the car park our bus decided to
go a back way and through some streets,
once you're out its fine and
then quick out of Oldham.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day
is a descent day out and a descent
atmosphere BUT be warned.. WRAP UP its