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Oldham Athletic to leap the boundary

Sam Jones and the local footy club that wants to shift position

Published on July 23rd 2009.

Oldham Athletic to leap the boundary

Local League One team Oldham Athletic have announced plans to move from Boundary Park and re-locate to a new 12,000 seater stadium based in Failsworth. The club, who were in the Premier League fifteen years ago, hope the proposals developed in partnership with council could become a reality for the 2011 season.

“People in general don't like change but it is necessary. I think true fans of the club will totally support this idea. (Going to Boundary Park) is not a pleasant match-day experience”

The announcement comes after the club had previously admitted looking into the possibility of sharing a ground with League Two neighbours Rochdale. The new site will be located at the bottom of Broadway with the club close to buying the Lancaster Club, from British Aerospace, which they will then twin with adjacent council-owned land.

Boundary Park, the club's home for over 100 years, is set to be sold to fund the new move. It is understood that talks to find a buyer have already begun and that the site will be replaced with 'small family homes'.

The new complex will also feature state-of-the-art five-a-side pitches and is also expected to be the new base of local side Failsworth Dynamoes.

Chief executive Simon Corney told BBC Radio Manchester “People in general don't like change but it is necessary. I think true fans of the club will totally support this idea. (Going to Boundary Park) is not a pleasant match-day experience”

"We want to bring people to the ground but how can we do that if we can't offer the sort of amenities being offered at other grounds?" he added.

Aside from Failsworth Dynamoes it is understood that talks have taken place with another group affected by the Latic's relocation, The Allotments Society. Currently there are fifteen plots on the Oldham Council owned site and the club have announced that they will compensate those hit by the re-development as well as promising twenty new plots in a nearby location.

Not everyone is happy with the project with a Facebook group protesting against the move already being started. However the page only had eight members a day after it had launched. Many other members of the local community have posted comments on forums concerning the new ground with many worried that the move may turn Failsworth into a “battleground” on match-days.

A couple of questions remain unresolved. Why would the club only want a 12,000 seater stadium if they want to move up the divisions, and why would any club want to move anywhere with the word ‘fail’ in the title?

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LUNDY 68July 23rd 2009.

Oldham Athletic need a new ground Boundary Park as had its day i have spent many a happy and many not so happy days at Boundary Park . The people of Failsworth need not be worried about the battleground on a Saturday after the football .They only need to go up the road to the pole for this some people need to take a hard look at Failsworth it is not the place it used to be . There has been many serious assaults over the last few years and drugs are a big problem in the area now thats why i moved out of the area , so afootball ground can only be good for Failsworth .

LouJuly 23rd 2009.

I used to waitress the sponsors and directors dinners etc on match days nearly 10 years ago, and they were talking about moving to a new stadium then.I can’t believe it has taken this long.Also – a 12,000 seater will be plenty. When I used to enter the competition to guess the attendance my guess was always around 3,287 – and I was often not far off.I hope the transition goes well, the players and directors were always a lovely bunch – so polite and friendly – and the man in the Chaddy the owl costume a personal favourite. That owl is the best mascot ever!

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