Oldham Athletic

Boundary Park

Capacity: 13,512 (all seated)
Address: Boundary Park, Oldham, OL1 2PA
Telephone: 0161 624 4972
Fax: 0161 627 5915
Ticket Office: 0161 785 5150
Pitch Size: 106 x 72 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Latics
Year Ground Opened: 1906
Undersoil Heating: No
Shirt Sponsors: PFE Express Ltd
Kit Manufacturer: Sondico
Home Kit: Blue With White Trim
Away Kit: Tangerine and Blue

North Stand External View
North Stand External View
North Stand
North Stand
Looking Towards The Jimmy Frizzell Stand
Looking Towards The Jimmy Frizzell Stand
George Hill (Main) Stand
George Hill (Main) Stand
North and Jimmy Frizzell Stands
North and Jimmy Frizzell Stands
Looking Towards The ZenOffice Stand
Looking Towards The ZenOffice Stand
Jimmy Frizzell Stand
Jimmy Frizzell Stand
ZenOfice Stand
ZenOfice Stand
Away Turnstiles & Back Of Main Stand
Away Turnstiles & Back Of Main Stand
External View
External View

The look of Boundary Park has been greatly enhanced with the opening of the new North Stand on one side of the ground. Following the demolition of the former Boundary Stand in 2008, the ground had only been comprised of three sides until construction of the new stand commenced in 2014. The new stand is pretty smart looking both inside and out, and is of a good size, being the tallest at the stadium. It has a single tier of seating that comprises 2,340 seats. Above this area is a large panelled back wall that encompasses corporate hospitality areas, club offices, and exhibition space. This is all located below a slightly curved roof that has two large windshields to either side.

At one end is the comparatively new Jimmy Frizzell Stand, which is named after a former Oldham player and manager. This is a good sized all-seater covered stand which enjoys excellent views of the pitch. It has windshields to either side and an electric scoreboard on its roof. During 2015 some additional seating was installed in this stand, filling a gap that had been previously placed there to separate home and away sections. The other end, the ZenOffice Stand (also known as the 'Chaddy End'), is a medium sized all-seater covered stand, that houses the away supporters. Again there are windshields to either side, but the elderly nature of this stand is apparent from the supporting pillars running across the front of it. On one side there is the old two-tiered George Hill Main Stand. This used to have terracing in front but has since been filled with seating. There is still some old unused terracing on one side of this stand. The ground also benefits from four large traditional floodlight pylons, leaving the visitor in no doubt that this is a football ground.

Away fans are housed in the ZenOffice Stand (Chaddy Road End) at one end of the ground. This stand has a capacity of around 3,750 fans. This is the opposite end to where the away fans have been housed for many years and has caused some upset with some Oldham supporters, as this was always seen as the traditional 'Home' end.  Although covered, the ZenOffice Stand does have a number of supporting pillars running across the front of it, which could impede your view of the action. If you get chance, make sure to try one of the pies; Cottage, Steak & Pepper, plus Cheese & Potato (all £3). Some fans reckon that this is the best part of a visit to Boundary Park! Make sure you wrap up well though as the location of Boundary Park on the edge of the Pennines, means that it always seems to be cold, with a biting wind that goes right through you. Generally a friendly day out.

Chris a visiting Plymouth Argyle fan adds; 'Boundary Park is easy to find from the tram which takes about 20 minutes to walk. The Oldham staff are friendly and we experienced no issues even with a fairly large away following for our division. The away end catering is all outside so wrap up well with the bar being a couple of fold up tables and a barrel of lager which is poured direct. One lager only. But again the service is cheerful. There are some supporting pillars at the away end that impede the view and don't sit too far back or the roof stops you seeing the far end of the pitch. A good day out with a friendly club but a ground that's seen better days'.

Greyhound Pub OldhamThe closest pub is the Clayton Green, which is a Brewers Fayre outlet and can be found two hundred yards from the corner of the Main Stand and the Chaddy End, on Sheepfoot Lane. There is also the Greyhound Inn, which is across Broadway down Holden Fold Lane. This pub welcomes visiting fans, shows Sky and BT Sports, offers real ale (it is a J W Lees pub), serves freshly cooked food and is family friendly. It is also has a large car park which can accommodate coaches. The pub is around a 10 minute walk away from the visitors turnstiles.With the visitors entrance behind you, turn left and walk on up the road running along the back of the old Main Stand. Just past the end of the Main Stand turn left to go through the club car park, walking behind the stadium then turning left through the car park in front of the new stand. Walk across the car park and out of the car park entrance and up through the small residential area and this will bring you out at the main Broadway Road. Cross over the Broadway Road and turn left, walk down the hill a little way and opposite the small open car park, turn right into Netherhey Lane and then bear right onto Holden Ford Lane. You will reach a mini roundabout and the pub is right in front of you.  The address of the pub is 1 Elly Clough, Holden Fold Lane, Royton, Oldham OL2 5ES (Location Map), Telephone: 07711063597. The pub can also be found on Facebook.

Also around a 15 minute walk away from Boundary Park is the Spring Vale Inn, on Burnley Street (by Asda) which also shows Sky Sports. Located on Oldham Road is the White Hart Pub.

Alcohol is also sold to away fans inside the ground, albeit from a separate kiosk to food.

Leave the M62 at Junction 20 and take the A627(M) towards Oldham. Take the second slip road off the A627(M) following the signs for Royton (A663). At the top of the slip road you will find a large roundabout that on the left has a McDonalds and a KFC. Take the second exit onto the A627 towards Oldham/Oldham Royal Hospital. After passing a Vauxhall Garage and Clayton Green Brewers Fayre pub (which is used by away fans), turn left at the traffic lights. Follow the road around to the right and with the B&Q store in front of you, bear left onto Westhulme Way which leads into Westhulme Avenue. You will then reach on the right an entrance to the Oldham Royal Hospital where matchday parking is available at a cost of £3, otherwise continue along to the end of the road to reach Boundary Park. Please note that parking at the ground itself is for permit holders only.

Post Code for SAT NAV: OL1 2PA

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Home Fans*
George Hill Main Stand (Upper): Adults £20, OAP's £10, Under 16's £10
George Hill Main Stand (Lower): Adults £18, OAP's £10, Under 16's £10
North Stand: Adults Adults £20, OAP's £10, Under 16's £10
Jimmy Frizzell Stand (Rochdale Road End): Adults £20, OAP's £10, Under 16's £10 
Jimmy Frizzell  Stand (Family Area): Adults £20, OAP's £10, Under 16's £10, Under 12's £5

Away Fans* 
ZenOffice (Chadderton Road) Stand: Adults £20, OAP's £10, Under 16's £10

* Please note that these ticket prices are for those purchased before matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game can cost up to £4 more per adult ticket and £2 extra, per concession ticket. Under 16's and Under 12's ticket prices remain unaffected..

Students can also qualify for a concessionary price, providing that they first become club members.

Official Programme £3

Oldham Athletic FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Manchester United, Manchester City, Stockport, Bury & Rochdale.

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Record Attendance

47,671 v Sheffield Wednesday
FA Cup 5th Round, 25th January 25th 1930.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record

13,171 v Manchester City
FA Cup 3rd Round, 8th January 8th, 2005.

Average Attendance
2017-2018: 4,442 (League One)
2016-2017: 4,514 (League One)
2015-2016: 4,551 (League One)

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Oldham Athletic v Derby County
League Cup 1st Round
Tuesday 14th August 2018, 7.45pm
Josh (Derby County)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Boundary Park?
 
It’s a ground I’d never been to, and therefore a good excuse to get to the game.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Very easy. We parked at the Hospital that provides matchday parking as stated on this website, which was located only two minutes from the ground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We arrived and waited for the gates to open. The home fans were friendly and very quiet apart from a section in the Main Stand with a drum and a few large flags.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Boundary Park?
 
Boundary Park is a proper old school ground. Nice to see as there isn’t many left. The new stand opposite the main stand is very impressive. The Away end was alright but had 3 or 4 pillars which were annoying when the ball was in certain areas.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The atmosphere was mainly created by Derby fans but then again it was a Cup game in the first round and we accounted for a third of the attendance. One thing to note is that the stewards were extremely annoying. Taking away an inflatable ball that had no harm to them and even throwing out a teenager for trying to get it when it went across a barrier. The seating seemed to be unreserved but they unnecessarily stopped you from going into some rows without reason. They weren’t happy at all when a  flare was let off in the away end later on in the game either :). The pies were excellent. I had a Peppered Steak which was so good I went to get another only to find they’d sold out. Facilities weren’t bad considering the age of the ground.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away seemed to be harder than getting there earlier. There were roadworks everywhere and we spend 20 minutes trying to get out of Oldham itself. At night made it harder to make out diversions too.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Overall a decent day out, which was won 2-0 by Derby. A good following from the Derby boys and another ground to tick off the list. One of the best pies too. Onto Round 2 and Premier League teams.

Oldham Athletic v Portsmouth
League One
Saturday 17th March 2018, 3pm
Jon Cobb (Portsmouth fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Boundary Park?
 
Boundary Park is a new ground for me. I used to visit an aunt when I was little and have very vivid memories of all the chimneys and the mills. Also, I have respect for a supporter of any of the Manchester satellite towns. Would be so easy to be a glory hunter, but they chose their local team instead.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I went by train to Manchester Piccadilly. I then found the tram line at Victoria to Oldham and had checked where to get off. It was then a long walk to Boundary Park, bordering on an expedition to the north pole because of the adverse weather and no one seemed to know where the ground was! So in the end I arrived late!
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I had a drink in Manchester in a pub called the Grumpy pig which is on the route between Piccadilly and Victoria. Sadly, because of the weather, nobody was hanging around!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Boundary Park?
 
My first thoughts were 'great a shelter from this wind!' Boundary Park is a classic northern ground, and the away end was spacious with a good view.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was held up for ten minutes due to the weather as at times you couldn't see the far end. However, luckily all the goals were down our end, with Portsmouth scoring twice. There was limited noise from home end. The stewards really friendly, and the balti pies were absolute quality!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
A long walk back in arctic conditions. The tram service was really good, no delays even with the weather, which implies they're probably used to it!
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
You can't legislate for the weather! A bonding experience with my mates, three points though and I will be back next year!

Oldham Athletic v Oxford United
Football League One
Saturday 5th August 2017, 3pm
Rob Pickett (Oxford United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Boundary Park?
 
Boundary Park was a new ground for me and a relatively short-ish journey from Sheffield. It was also a nice pleasant day and the first game of the season.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Oldham's ground is a fairly short journey from the M60 and easy to find. I parked up at the Brewers Fayre pub near Boundary Park for a beer. 
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Had a beer at the Brewers Fayre pub. It was very busy, but we chatted to a couple of Oldham fans outside for a while. Should have had a quick bite to eat there.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then the other sides of Boundary Park?
 
Boundary Park is an older ground with one new redeveloped stand. If full it would generate some atmosphere. Oxford bought over 1,000 fans. Our view of the game in the away end was partially obstructed by some roof supporting stanchions.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
There was only one catering stand, and hence huge queues developed and it then ran out of food! Poor management by Oldham. An enjoyable game from Oxford's perspective with a 2-0 win and some decent flowing football. Plenty to work on, but our first win at Boundary Park was worth it.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It was straightforward enough, got to the car and were away in just over five minutes.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A decent win for Oxford to start the season with optimism. If I go again will bring my own sandwiches next time!

Oldham Athletic v Bolton Wanderers
Football League One
Saturday 15th April 2017, 12.30pm
Anthony (Bolton Wanderers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Boundary Park?

It was another big game for Bolton as we try to get out of League One at the first time of asking.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I travelled from down south where I live, so got into Manchester Piccadilly station, before making the short walk to Piccadilly Gardens, where I picked up the 182 bus which is a bit of a ride, but at least takes you within walking distance of Boundary Park.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

An early kick off meant I couldn't be bothered with alcohol, but I did go past a Brewers Fayre pub that I probably would normally have gone in. In the end, I just went straight into the ground.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Boundary Park?

I have been to Boundary Park before, but it's a right throwback from the outside, like something from a Lowry painting. Inside the away stand (we had the Jimmy Frizzell Stand) It was fine if a bit old, the new stand to the right looks very nice.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

It was a poor game. Bolton lost 1-0 on a rubbish pitch in windy conditions. We hit the bar twice and had a further two efforts cleared off the line. With more Bolton fans there than Oldham fans, we created most of the atmosphere, although there were some 'ultras' down the other end. Stewarding was fine, it was there and visible but relaxed and there seemed to b e no problems. I had a burger which was edible, but the concourse facilities are poor. If you want alcohol and food, you need to go to two different kiosks, and the queues for them and space was rubbish, especially with the size of our following. Boundary Park has it's own microclimate too, it was cold for April!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I got the bus back to Manchester. It was a bit of a wait, not helped of course by the traffic trying to get away. If this is the way you're going to get back to Manchester, and are travelling onwards by train, don't book one within an hour and a half of the match finishing.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I've had better. The early kickoff time and poor game were mainly to blame. Boundary Park is okay but takes a while to get to and from Manchester.

Oldham Athletic v Fleetwood Town
Football League One
Saturday 8th April 2017, 3pm
Christopher (Fleetwood Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Boundary Park?

Oldham Athletic was the last of the football league Mancunian teams for me to cross off and with it being the last away day of the season we could feasibly make, the three of us decided to go. The only snag was Boundary Park is a ground where we have yet to win, or even pick up a point.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We booked on to one of the later coaches provided by the club which set off at 12:15. It was hot and stuffy on the coach but fortunately the journey wasn`t a long one. Took us just over an hour to get there via the M6, the M61 and the M60. You're virtually at the ground once you come off the A road going to Oldham so it's easy to find.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

On recommendation, we made for a Brewers Fayre pub near to the away end. It's easy to get to and the Oldham club officials outside the ground were all helpful in pointing the way. The pub was packed full of Fleetwood and Oldham fans, all getting along fine. We spoke to a bouncer who said he`d had to turn a few Fleetwood fans away who had had a bit too much to drink but there were no problems when we were there. After the pub we made for the stadium and had a quick drink in the open concourse outside before going in. The home fans who we met were some of the friendliest I`ve ever met. All were very welcoming and we're happy to engage with us in conversation. There was never any hint of trouble.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Boundary Park?

From the outside, Boundary Park doesn`t look all that great. The new stand is nice from the outside but the rest all looked a bit shabby. But through the turnstiles, Boundary Park is one of the best grounds I`ve ever been to. It's a lovely ground with four quality stands, each in their own way. Both end stands are huge and can help generate good atmosphere, the new Main Stand looks brilliant and the old Main Stand is very characterful. Unusually the concourse for away fans was outdoors which was great on a baking hot day like the day was but I suspect it would be less pleasant in the rain or cold. Boundary Park oozes character and is a far cry away from the modern bowl stadiums. The only downsides were the speakers inside our stand and the scoreboards being on the bottom of the electronic board holdings but it was not enough to fault the whole stadium.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game from a Fleetwood perspective was awful and we deservedly got beat 2-0 (Still no point there for us). We barely had a sniff on what is a difficult pitch to play on. Atmosphere wise it was fantastic from both sets of fans. We sang virtually non-stop for the first half and in the second, Oldham fans got behind their team with all three home stands were generating a large volume of noise. We kept up the chanting too even though there wasn`t much to sing about on the pitch. The stewards were very tolerant considering what they had to deal with in the last 20 minutes or so. Aside from the usual banter with the fans, five smoke bombs were set off from our end which is not something I can say that I`m particularly pleased about. In fact it was embarrassing from my point of view. Nevertheless the stewards never got physical and kept calm and collected which is to their credit. Facilities-wise Boundary Park again didn't disappoint. The three of us all had food at the ground and all agreed that the food was very good. And the toilets look to be in good condition as well.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Unlike my previous two away days, getting away from the ground this time was a doddle. The coaches were waiting for us in the car park and we set off after about three minutes. We were well underway by the time the Grand National was on the radio and the horse I backed fell at the first fence! The coach ride back took less than an hour.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

As mentioned before, Oldham was the last of the Mancunian Football League teams for me to visit and the phrase "Always save the best til last" couldn`t be more appropriate. Apart from the result and the smoke bombs, this away day was up there with the best I`ve ever been on and certainly the best in this part of the world in my opinion. Boundary Park is a lovely stadium, welcoming home fans and a great atmosphere throughout. If we do not get promoted this season, I can at least look forward to another trip to Boundary Park next season. And hopefully in the near future we can break our hoodoo there and make it an even better away day.

Oldham Athletic v Doncaster Rovers
Football League One
Monday 28th December 2015, 3pm
Jordan Halls Doncaster Rovers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Boundary Park?  

Since I would probably be missing the big boxing day game (at home v Scunthorpe) due to the whole 'see all the relatives at Christmas', I decided this game the Monday after would be a good trade off.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

The journey was rather easy, with the ground being two minutes away from the M62, and the stewards parked us in the stadium car park.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

Near the ground is a small complex which included a Brewers Fayre, which welcomed both sets of fans, although hearing the conversation between the bouncers they didn't want too many. Drinks were decent price and home fans kept to themselves, but atmosphere seemed friendly enough.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Boundary Park?    

Nice to see an 'old' looking traditional ground instead of the modern bowl style. The new stand looks well built, but sad to see it looks more for commercial purposes than actual fans.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

Pies were decent price but some were sold out when I got there, long queue so could do with more kiosks. Trouble with stewards at beginning of both halves but can't really comment as not sure why it happened/wasn't involved. Plenty of away fans so made plenty of noise, especially since we were 2-0 up by half time. Home end had a section of active support called the 'Athleticos', but they were rather muted which considering their league position it's understandable.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Bit of traffic in car park but easy enough to get away.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

First away day when I saw the rovers win (2-1)and 2 goals for Andy Williams on his way to player of the month. A good laugh and wouldn't mind the chance to go again next season.

Oldham Athletic v Sheffield United
League One
Tuesday, April 29th 2014, 7.45pm
Dominic Bicketon (Stoke City fan and Doing the 92)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

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 ground/car parking?

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 our tickets.

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 trouble.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

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 through.

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 fair result.

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 the game:

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.

Oldham Athletic v Everton
FA Cup 5th Round
Sunday, February 16th 2013, 4pm
Jack Hanratty (Everton fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Usually when I do away games, I’ll travel with my parents, but on this occasion I would be travelling with my uncle and cousin and as well as that, I had been keen to visit a lower league ground should we get a lower league side in the cup (in which we did), so this away was pretty much going to feel different compared to the away games I have done in the past.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Nice easy journey to the ground, we travelled along the M56, M6 and then the M62 before coming off at the A627 (M) onto Broadway (A663), by this point we could already see the floodlights of the ground in the distance. There we would park up on Baldwins Close along Broadway, which was an apartment block and so we ended up paying nothing for it, although it did kind of dawn on us that we might end up getting a ticket!

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We stopped at a McDonalds just as we came onto Broadway before parking up, after which we headed towards Boundary Park.

Didn’t really come across the home fans, although it was hard to tell who was who considering the hats and scarfs were virtually the same colour, but everyone seemed fine and were just walking to the ground.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

We walked along the stadium car park (which straight away, I could see why people have commented about it taking a while to get out of if you don’t arrive early!) and we could pretty much almost see into the whole ground as the stand in front of us had been knocked down. As we walked on to our end, we noticed that we had to walk up a hill that had a small path to the side of it, but was a mix of grass and mud elsewhere, which on rainy days must be fun to get up!

We then got to our turnstiles, but before we did there was the standard procedure of the stewards doing body searches, and while me and my cousin didn’t get searched, the man in front of us must have had the longest body search I can remember, this didn’t go down well with the fans, who were getting understandably frustrated at the wait while fans being searched by other stewards, in other queues were searched and in the ground in 30 seconds. 

When we did get into the ground we noticed that the concourse wasn’t the usual under the stand, but was partly covered with the roof being over where the queues for the refreshments would be, so if it’s a rainy day, it’s best to get to your seat quickly.

We got to our seats which were directly behind the goal and next to the steps, which meant we would be close to the playing action, although the crossbar obstructed our view of the midfield and the half towards the Chaddy road end.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself saw 4 goals shared equally by both teams with a 2-2 draw with Anichebe and Jagielka scoring our goals and Obita scoring around at 10-15 minutes before Smith scored their equaliser with the last kick of the game, that left us annoyed at the fact that we’ll need to play a replay at Goodison.

The atmosphere had been good to start of with from the Everton fans before it started dropping off and becoming patchy during the game. With the Oldham fans being next to us, it would lead to banter from both sets of fans. These Oldham fans were noisy and were non stop for most of, if not, all of the game including what felt like 30 minute long chant of the theme of ‘The great escape’, just a shame that this was where most of the chanting took place, but it probably isn’t much of a surprise considering the Main Stand was far from the stand where the noise was coming from, so it was hard for it to spread around the ground.

As for facilities, well, I didn’t try out the pies or go to the refreshment stalls, but I did use the toilets and it was cramped when I was in there, the toilets were on par in my view, but the main problem for me was that the sinks were closer to the entrance and before the majority of where the toilets were, which may not be a problem if you went during the game, but if you were to wash your hands, you had have a battle to get past the oncoming fans, as well as that, they were the only toilets for away fans which probably didn’t help it being cramped.

Stewards were fine, they were fine with us standing and were giving polite reminders to fans (me included) who were partly on the aisle ways, which you can understand and didn’t cause any bother with the fans around me.  

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was probably the best getaway from a ground I’ve had. Seeing as we were on the 5th row, we got out the front way pretty quick and walked back to our car which probably didn’t take much more than five minutes. From which we went onto Broadway, got through a set of traffic lights and were then on the motorway before we knew it! Better still, my uncle had dropped me off at home in less than an hour than when the game had finished!

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall I found it to be a good away day, easy to get to and (if you didn’t use the stadium car park) very easy to get away from if you are heading in the direction of the M62. Along with other fans, the ground probably has seen better days, but it wasn’t bad considering it is 108 years old! The ticket price of £20 for an adult is probably a bit much for League One, but it’s around there with the cheapest tickets I’ve come across. The concessionary tickets were basic with the only ones being OAP for £10 and under 16’s for £5, so I would advise you to be aware of that if you bring any younger relatives aged 16-21, that might qualify for a concession ticket elsewhere, they would have an adult ticket at Oldham.

Out of 10, I would rate it 6-7/10.

Updated 1st September 2018

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