Chris Donald shares his trip to Oldham
The traditional Boxing Day fixture saw us travel to Oldham for the second time this month, only with more success.
The day started at around 11am with us catching the coach from the Infirmary with everyone packed up to leave, with their turkey sandwiches from the Christmas leftovers in hand.
Everything about the day seemed more positive than the FA Cup fixture earlier in the month, even the journey. This time we arrived in Oldham at around 1pm having been able to take the usual route of the M62 and not the awkward diversion through Pontefract, which was nice.
One of my favourite things about away games is arriving in a place you don’t really know too well and socialising with the locals and opposition fans and generally having friendly banter that doesn’t go too far. Yesterday was no different. After a few pints in the pub and the usual pessimistic exchanges between fans about their own teams, we decided to head into the ground.
Boundary Park is a ground I enjoy visiting and despite the amount of turkey still to be eaten I couldn’t resist a half time pie. Which are the best in the league (apart from at The Keepmoat, obviously).
One thing I did find weird was how the bar in the ground would only serve four pints at a time, so if you were in a group then buying a round could be awkward to say the least. Other than that, the day as a whole was excellent and was topped off by a great result, the downside being the reaction of the young Oldham fans next to us who decided to take our goal badly and began throwing bottles over the segregation.
The result sent the travelling fans home happy and the journey back to Doncaster just increased the excitement for the trip to Preston on Saturday.