Boundary Park - Oldham Athletic FC
League One v Sheffield United
Saturday, August 6th 2011, 3pm
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
It was a new ground for me, first game of the season and for some reason I have a 'love affair' for old grounds instead of the modern-day bowl stadiums with no character.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
Fairly easy journey for us, although going through some of the small towns on the way to Oldham from Sheffield was a pain in the backside as their main roads were clogged with fans attending the game. The parking was very easy, there's a car park right outside the away fans end, we didn't need to use this though as there was parking on the main road outside the ground and we didn't want to queue for ages after the game to get out of the car park. Plenty of room for 3,500 Blades fans who made the trip (albeit some got the coaches).
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Many of the pubs we stopped at (or saw) had shut-down so it's advisable to search on the internet as which pubs are open! Saying that we found a nice little pub on just off the junction before Oldham.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
I was suprised as I was expecting Boundary Park to be slightly bigger. As away end's go though it's quite a large stand just behind the goal, we were given the whole stand as opposed to either half but if you only get half the stand (and Oldham the other half), I can imagine you can get some good banter going. The stand to the right of the away end has been knocked down and looks quite odd with just a steward/police control box on it. The only dissapointing thing about the ground, for me, was the stand to the left of us as it is quite narrow and starts a bit away from the away end so it's very hard to get banter going with the home fans. The pre-match entertainment of finding your seat was also interesting as the numbers on most of the seats had fallen off and the row letters had worn away :)
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
As we travelled in large numbers the atmosphere was great, non-stop singing throughout the game and everyone seemed really up for the season back in League One. The first half of the game was pretty dull with United in charge but not really creating any chances. After half-time we turned up the heat for 15minutes and got two goals, then sat back and killed the game off. 2-0, Maguire & Cresswell.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
If you have parked in the car park then it's probably best to hurry out of the game to get away quite fast but once you're out it's alright although whilst we were there the junction back onto the motorway was closed off so we ended up having to get back through Manchester.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A good day out. A nice little ground with plenty of character, it'll be a shame when they go to a new 'bowl stadium' and a great start to the new season!
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