1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
It's always good to tick another ground off the
list and I was looking forward to this one because
Boundary Park has an old school feel to it, with
the Main Stand and Chaddy Road End especially
oozing character. I was also looking forward to it
as I had bought my better half to this match (she
actually drove us there!), so it would be her
first experience of a more old fashioned stadium.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
Our journey was a very simple one and the post
code provided on this site lead us straight to the
club's car park, however it did take us some time
to get into the car park as you have to weave
through a housing estate to get the ground. We
paid £5 to park and then made our way to collect
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
We arrived fairly close to kick off, so we made
our way straight to the Chaddy Road End and took
our seats. Both sets of fans mingled outside the
ground before kick off and there were no signs of
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
The ground currently looks quite strange as you
can see straight into it from the club car park,
although the new stand is beginning to take shape.
Naturally, it diminishes the experience of
Boundary Park, but this will be resolved once the
stand is completed. The Rochdale Road away end
seems to be a fairly modern and neat looking
stand, and the Main Stand is a very old two tiered
affair with some uncovered seating. The Chaddy
Road home end is again an old fashioned stand with
supporting pillars and a very low hanging roof at
the front. This does mean that you get quite a
poor view from the back of this stand, as you can
only just see the crossbar of the goal on the
other side of the pitch. The Chaddy Road stand was
also quite cold due to a gap between the back wall
and the roof, which invited the wind to come
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Despite thinking that this match would be a
nothing game between two teams with their future
in League One secured, it was quite a lively game
and started with Oldham looking the most
dangerous, the Latics coming close to scoring
several times in the early stages. They deservedly
went 1-0 up when James Wilson nodded in Connor
Brown's corner on 17 minutes. Conor Coady had the
ball in the net for the visitors five minutes
before half time but had his goal ruled out for
being offside. Oldham went in 1-0 to the good at
half time and were good value for their lead.
The second half was a different story as the
Blades looked to get back into the game and, after
hitting the woodwork and wasting several chances,
they got an 84th minute equaliser. Ex-Oldham man
Chris Porter, who came on as a sub to a chorus of
boos and abuse, was picked out in the box and
tapped home from close range. The game became a
somewhat scrappy contest in the dying minutes and
eventually ran out a draw, which was probably a
The atmosphere at Boundary Park was what I
consider to be the only real negative of my visit.
Sadly, the home fans have a singing section with a
drummer. I have never been of the opinion that
instruments make for a better atmosphere at
football, in fact I find that they tend to have
the exact opposite effect and often drown out the
sound of any real atmosphere between the two sets
of fans. It didn't help that the Oldham fans had
no variety in what they chanted/drummed and the
10-15 minute long (this is no exaggeration)
renditions of the Great Escape theme and 'Lee
Johnson's Blue and White Army' were extremely
irritating to the point where I felt like leaving.
I would highly recommend that if you're of the
same opinion as me towards drums, then try your
best to get tickets as far away from the
Chadderton Road stand as possible.
The stewarding at the match was relaxed and the
facilities were adequate.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Getting away from ground took about 20 minutes as
the club car park does become a free-for-all, but
once we got out it was fairly easy to get on our
way back home.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I wish I could say that I enjoyed my time at
Boundary Park, but that wasn't really the case.
The match was good to watch and the ground is
decent and still has plenty of character despite
only having 3 sides to it. What tainted my visit
was the aforementioned drum issue. I do intend to
return once the new stand has been completed, but
I will certainly be trying to sit somewhere else.