Boundary Park - Oldham Athletic FC
League One v Leicester City
Saturday, October 18th 2008, 3pm
1. Why 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 ground/car parking:
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 it the gound. 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?
It is 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 out:
Overall Oldham is a descent day out and a descent atmosphere BUT be warned.. WRAP UP its freezing!
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