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Away Fan Guide: Oldham Athletic

23 February 2018

All the information for Blues supporters heading to Oldham tomorrow...

What’s the ground like?

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.

In 2014 Boundary Park was renamed the SportsDirect.com Park, in a five year corporate sponsorship deal.

Away Fans

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 Zen Office 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).

Pubs

The 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 pub, which is across Broadway down Holden Fold Lane or the White Hart on Oldham Road. If you have a bit more time on your hands then around a 15 minute walk away on Burnley Street (by Asda) is the Spring Vale Inn, which also has the benefit of showing Sky Sports.

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

Directions

Travelling by car

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 OldhamRoyalHospital where matchday parking is available at a cost of £3, otherwise continue along to the end of the road to reach BoundaryPark. Please note that parking at the ground itself is for permit holders only.

Post Code for SAT NAV: OL1 2PA

Travelling by train

The closest Metrolink station to Boundary Park is Westwood which is around a 15-20 minute walk away from BoundaryPark, whilst the nearest railway station is Mills Hill, which just over a two miles away from BoundaryPark and a 40-45 minute walk. Both these services depart from ManchesterVictoria. Whilst the Metrolink also has a number of other pick up points in Manchester City Centre and takes around 21 minutes, the train to Mills Hill takes around 8-10 minutes. Tickets need to be bought prior to getting onto the Metrolink. Currently it costs £3.80 for an adult return ticket from the Manchester City Centre to Westwood.

Westwood Metro Station

On exiting the Westwood Metro Stop turn left along the main road and at the traffic lights turn right into Featherstall Road. You will reach a roundabout outside a large Tesco's store where you proceed straight on. At the next roundabout take the first exit in the direction of Rochdale/M62. Follow the pathway beside the dual carriageway and when you reach the traffic lights with a B&Q store on your right, cross over at the lights onto the other side. At this point you can clearly see the floodlights of BoundaryPark in the near distance. Go up the road between Pentagon and the B&Q and then take the next left into Boundary Park Road. This brings you out near to the away end of the ground. 

Mills Hill Railway Station  

On leaving Mills Hill station descend the ramp then turn right. Then bear left into Haigh Lane which becomes Chadderton Hall Road and then Burnley Lane (although it is the same road) this takes you to the Toby Carvery at the M627 roundabout from where the ground is visible. Apart from a handful of Blades and a few Manchester based Latics hardly anyone took this route. There was also a large JW Lees pub called the Rose Of Lancaster on Haigh Lane 200 yards from Mills Hill Station which served food and had Sky Sports'. It is around a 40 minute walk.

Programme

Official Programme - £3

(via football ground guide)


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