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GROUND NAME:    SportsDirect.com Park

CAPACITY:            13,513 (all seated)

ADDRESS:             Boundary Park, Oldham, OL1 2PA

TEL NO:                 0161 624 4972

NICKNAME:           The Latics

PITCH SIZE:          106x72 yds.

WEBSITE:              www.oldhamathletic.co.uk

COACH TRAVEL INFORMATION:

Departure time: 12:00 pm

Adults: £15

Concessions: £13.50

DIRECTIONS:

SATNAV – OL1 2PA

DISTANCE – 53 miles

TRAVEL TIME – 1 hr 15 mins

Take the M6 (N) to J21A and join the M62 and follow the directions for Leeds joining the M60 and continuing until J20 and take the A627M to the junction with theA664. Take the first exit at the roundabout onto Broadway then the first right into Hilbre Avenue which leads to the ground.

WHERE TO PARK:

There is a large car park at the ground, but it is for permit holders only. Street parking or park at the hospital, which charges £3.

THE STADIUM:

Opened in 1906 the ground had 4 separate stands. The stand which was demolished in 2008 has at last been replaced with the Joe Royle stand having corporate, conference and office facilities. The George Hill main stand is opposite.  This stand houses the dugouts, along with the executive boxes. The seats of the main stand don’t run the full length of the pitch, and foundations of former standing areas can still be seen. At one end is the Jimmy Frizzell Stand, which is named after their former manager. This all seater covered stand with an electric scoreboard on its roof. Additional seating was installed in this stand to fill the gap that had used to separate home and away sections.

WHERE THE VALIANTS WILL BE SEATED:

Over 3,600 fans can now be seated in the Zen Office Stand which is at the opposite end to where we have normally sat in the past. Its age is shown by the number of supporting pillars.  Again fans enter the ground from the back of the stand

FOOD:

When coming off the A627 heading to the ground, there is a retail park with MacDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken - so plenty of choice. Alternatively try the stadium food – they have provided chips in the past and recent visitors have rated their cottage, steak and pepper and cheese and potato pies.

DRINK:

There are many pubs around the ground, with the Clayton Arms right next Boundary Park. There is also the Greyhound pub, which is across Broadway down Holden Fold Lane.  By passing behind the away end, turning left into Shepford Road, turning left again into Oldham road the Old Grey Mare can be found; further up the street is the White Hart – giving Vale fans enough choice.

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GROUND NAME:               Brunton Park

CAPACITY:                        17949

ADDRESS:                        Warwick Road, Carlisle, CA1 1LL

TEL NO:                             01228 526237

NICKNAME:                       The Blues

PITCH SIZE:                      112 X74 YRDS

WEBSITE:                          www.carlisleunited.co.uk

COACH TRAVEL:

Departure time;     10.30 am

Adults                    £17.00          

Concessions           £15.50

DIRECTIONS:

Take M6 N to J 43 and follow A69 to wards Carlisle. Brunton Park is on the righthand side after1.1miles.

WHERE TO PARK:

There is ample parking at the ground.

OVERVIEW OF BRUNTON PARK:

The Main Stand is situated on the west side with seating at the back and standing towards the front – only the back half covered by a roof. The executive seats and dugouts are here.

To the right of the Main Stand is the Warwick Road End, providing standing accommodation for the home fans. Note the unusual roof to this stand.

Opposite the Main Stand is the Pioneer Stand, which is the most recent development. This is a large, all-seated covered stand, mainly for the home fans, but towards one end a section is allocated to visitors. Interestingly part of this section extends past the pitch, these seats having an uninterrupted view across the width of the mainly unused stand behind the goal! The final stand is the Petterill End, an uncovered terrace used for away fans (only if a large number are expected.)  Brunton Park is therefore a jigsaw of a ground, with one of the corner pieces that does not quite fit.

WHERE THE VALIANTS WILL BE SEATED:

Away supporters are allocated seats in the Pioneer Stand. If the demand is great enough the Petterill End will be opened.

BEST CHIPPY/PLACE TO EAT:

For Broad Street Fryer– from the ground turn right onto Warwick Road then turn left onto Broad Street. The chippy is to be found a short way down on the right. Food can also be obtained from the Brewers Fayre Lakeland Gate pub and the Toby Carvery, both a short way along Warwick Road, left out of the ground.

WHERE TO GET A DRINK:

The closest pub to Brunton Park is the Beehive on Warwick Road which passes alongside the ground. This pub sometimes allows in away supporters, so could be the easiest option On the same road is the Carlisle Rugby Club, which has a small bar, and also welcomes away support. Further along Warwick Road, towards town centre, is the Howards Arms.

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