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Spotlight on the Opposition | Oldham Athletic

19 November 2021

We’re on our travels this weekend on a seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions. Let’s take a look out our hosts Oldham Athletic

In the Dugout

58-year-old Keith Curle manages the Latics after he was appointed in March of this year. His first taste of management was at Mansfield Town as a player-manager in 2002. From there he went to Chester City, Torquay United, Notts County, Carlisle United, Northampton Town and now Oldham Athletic.

Man with the Armband

Captain Carl Piergianni spent his youth career at Peterborough United and made his football league debut in 2010. Whilst at Peterborough he went on loan to Spalding United and Altrincham before permanently signing for Stockport in 2011. He went on to play for Corby Town, Boston United, South Melbourne, Salford City and Oldham.

The centre-back has made 22 appearances in all competitions this season scoring three goals and one assist. He has served a suspension for five yellow cards already this season but has featured in every game since. At the heart of the defence, he has had seven clean sheets whilst in the team with the most recent being on the 23rd of October away to Carlisle United.

Star Man

Centre-back Harrison McGahey joined the club this summer after being released by Scunthorpe United. He spent his youth career at Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool and Blackpool. He made his professional debut in 2014 for the Tangerines and later played for Sheffield United, Tranmere Rovers on loan, Rochdale, Scunthorpe United and Oldham.

The 26-year-old was injured at the beginning of the season but was back in the side on the 25th of September and has started every game since, making 12 appearances scoring once which was in his last game on Tuesday night in a 2-1 defeat to Ipswich Town in the Emirates FA Cup 1st round replay. He has also picked up one yellow card in the FA Cup.

Top Scorer

With five goals in all competitions Davis Keillor-Dunn is the Latics top scorer. Three of them came in the league, one away to Rochdale and a brace at home to Stevenage. He scored the equaliser against Ipswich in the Emirates FA Cup and got another in a 3-2 defeat to Leeds United U21s.

Last time out and recent form

Oldham have lost four and drawn once in their last five games. The draw came against Ipswich in the Emirates FA Cup but they later lost the replay. They were beaten by Swindon and Exeter in the league and were also defeated in the Papa John’s Trophy against Tranmere.

In their last game a replay was needed to split Ipswich and Oldham. It was the League Two side who took the lead through McGahey on 29 minutes before it was cancelled out seven minutes later by Conor Chaplin. Ipswich won the game in the 81st minute thanks to Idris El Mizouni.

Their Home

Boundary Park has a capacity of 13,512 and was opened in 1904. In 1986 a plastic pitch was installed to try and increase club funds but it had to be ripped up in 1991 due to league rules. It has been nicknamed Ice Station Zebra having been known to       be the coldest stadium in the EFL.

Driving
Roads in Oldham and the surrounding areas, including the local motorway network, will be busier than normal on match day. Please check your route before you travel and allow more time for your journey.

The main road that will be affected by congestion prior to kick off will be the A571 Oldham Road between the hospital and Broadway.

Following the game Broadway (westbound) towards Elk Mill will have increased journey times.

Car Parking
Supporters on a match day should use the Hospital Car Park which has a cost of £5. A steward will be on hand to assist.

Parking is limited and fans are advised to use the postcode ‘OL1 2PA’ for their Satellite Navigation.

For those who wish to park on the Oldham Event Centre (Joe Royle Stand) facilities please use the postcode 'OL2 5BL'.

Tram
Fast, frequent and reliable services run to Oldham where you can then continue your journey to Boundary Park on foot or by bus.

Westwood is the closest stop to the ground, around a 20-minute walk away.

Journeys on the tram take approximately 20 minutes from Manchester Victoria.

Metrolink operates a zonal fare system with Westwood, Oldham King Street, Oldham Central and Oldham Mumps all located in zone 3.

The cost of a zone 1+2+3 ticket is £3.80 for a single journey or £4.20 for an off-peak day travelcard. This price covers travel across any of these zones, such as a journey between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria.

You can now travel by tram with contactless cards and devices using the smart readers on stops. The stops where you touch-in and touch-out will show us the zones you have travelled through so that you are charged the correct amount.

For further information and a full list of zones and ticket prices, visit the dedicated Metrolink ticket zone page.

Tickets must be purchased before travel, with ticket machines located on every platform at all Metrolink stops.

Metrolink Park & Ride
You can avoid the busy match-day traffic by leaving your car at a Park and Ride site, before completing the remainder of your journey on Metrolink.

With plenty of sites across the network, it’s easy to park up and hop on the tram for a hassle-free journey to the ground.

Park and Ride sites include:

  • Oldham Mumps with 270 spaces – Prince Street, Oldham, OL1 3TJ
  • Piccadilly with 550 spaces – Boad Street, Manchester, M1 2RP
  • Rochdale Railway Station with 217 spaces – Hare Street, Rochdale, OL11 1JL

A full list of sites and locations can be found on TfGM’s dedicated Park and Ride webpage.

Bus
Currently, the 149, 159, 181, 182, 183, 402, 408, 409 and 418 services run close to the stadium.

If you are travelling by bus to Boundary Park, please check service times with your operator before you travel.

Journeys could take longer than advertised on match days due to the volume of traffic, so please allow additional time for your journey.

You can plan your bus journey with TfGM.

Also, find out more about 'Our Passby clicking here.

Train
Manchester is well served by rail, with services running into Manchester Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. Fans can connect to onward tram services from Victoria and Piccadilly.

Be sure to plan ahead and check train times on the National Rail website before you travel.

Away Fans
Away fans are located in the Chadderton Road End (behind the goal) at one end of the ground in front of Clayton Playing Fields.

Gates open two hours before kick-off with searches of supporters taking place at the turnstiles. Supporters are advised to arrive at the stadium in good time as there may be queues to enter. 

Wheelchair & Disabled Access
Wheelchair users and people with mobility issues should head to the Oldham Event Centre car park just off Broadway where full disabled access to the Chadderton Road End is located. This ensures supporters can get inside Boundary Park safely.


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