Going to watch Oldham is actually
nearer to my home in Stockport then
Sheffield. My Dad and son travelled early
morning anticipating icy roads and bad
conditions from Sheffield. As it turned out
all routes to Manchester were fine.
was anticipated to be a tough one as
Oldham were on a roll off five straight
wins, coming mostly at Boundary Park. As always my
son couldn't wait for us to go and his
delight increased when he spotted a
KFC, Pizza Hut, Nandos and a
McDonalds on a retail shopping park as we
turned off the motorway towards the ground.
Incidentally the retail park is
a five minute walk from
the car park at the side of Oldham
Athletic. There was a fee for parking of
which we paid £5 for a car. Do note to
get there early as they make you park your
cars from the front going to the back of the
car park (so first in first out).
had given Wednesday additional tickets and
boy did they need to, as approx 4,500 turned
up. Due to the cold weather everyone was
wrapped up, so fashion went out of the
window. It resembled the march of the
penguins (side by side, huddled
together) as we progressed up the hill
to the rear of the away stand.
ground it self has seen better days, old
fashioned turnstiles, rusted holes in the
roof and toilets that leave a lot to be
desired. All in all not good and open to all
the elements (oh sorry blasts of the
stadium refreshments were from three kiosks
which couldn't cope with the crowds of
people waiting. Pies at £2.50 and hot drinks
at £1.60. So average prices to other League
One venues. Alcohol was available, but was
not on sale at half time. Not sure why!
itself saw Wednesday not playing well in the
first 20 minutes. Oldham had their chances,
with Simpson coming close a few times and on
one occassion forcing the Wednesday keeper
to pull off a storming save. Us fans were
cold and wet by this time (we were
seated at the front and not covered by the
roof), but as true Yorkshire people we sang
our hearts out and bounced around, so it was
party time. The players seemed to start to
react to chants of their names and songs
especially for Somedo and Sanchez Watt.
managed to keep Oldham at bay until the half
After half time and a few tweaks to the
team the Owls started a lot brighter.
Prutton returning to the Wednesday side from
sitting on the bench for a few games, scored
a brilliant goal on 66 minutes. He went past
two defenders before slotting home into the
bottom right corner. The Wednesday fans
loved his celebration and a few climbed onto
the pitch. Stewards and Police took
control and the game recommenced. The Owls
had chance after chance and with five
minutes left, the pressure paid off when
Wednesday were awarded a penalty, after Watt
was fouled in the area. Substitute Lowe
calmly placed the ball down and took the
goalkeeper the wrong way to make it 2-0!
jingle bells rang out off Boundary Park as
their fans started to leave dejected. At
least we boosted their attendance for the
day to 7060.
away from the ground was easy out off the
car park straight out onto the main road.
From Oldham to Stockport 15 minutes and that
was stopping on the way at a shop as my son
wanted a celebratory Kit Kat!