Saturday, March 04, 1978

Oldham Athletic FC

Oldham Athletic 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Football League Division Two


Oldham is a large town in Greater Manchester, England. It lies amongst the Pennines on elevated ground between the rivers Irk and Medlock, 6.9 miles northeast of the city of Manchester, and 5.3 miles south-southeast of Rochdale. Oldham is surrounded by several smaller settlements which together form the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, of which Oldham is the administrative centre.



Historically a part of Lancashire, and with little early history to speak of, Oldham rose to prominence during the 19th century as an international centre of textile manufacture. It was a boomtown of the Industrial Revolution, and amongst the first ever industrialised towns, rapidly becoming "one of the most important centres of cotton and textile industries in England". At its zenith, it was the most productive cotton spinning mill town in the world. Oldham's textile industry began to fall into decline during the mid-20th century, and its last mill closed in 1998. The demise of textile processing in Oldham caused a local economic depression. Today, Oldham is a predominantly residential town, although it is still distinguished architecturally by the surviving cotton mills and other buildings associated with its former industry.H

Main Stand
In those days, Spurs Supporters Club chartered special trains and it was from London Euston that we set of for Oldham Werneth. From there it was at least a mile to walk to Boundary Park, escorted by the local constabulary. On arrival at the ground we made for the welcoming social club where a couple of pints of local bitter (J.W. Lees) was very welcome.

 

Back then, prior to flirtation with the top flight and post Taylor report ground obligations, Boundary Park was mainly terracing with just two stands along part of the sides. I recall the terracing where we stood was in particular need of repair (crumbling). The 14,122 present at this match were treated to a decent match in the sunshine. Scotsman Neil McNab netting for Spurs!






Attendance: 14,122
Programme: 12p

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Subsequent visits to Boundary Park

28 February 1979 - Oldham Athletic 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - FA Cup, 5th Round - Attendance: 16097
09 January 1988 - Oldham Athletic 2 Tottenham Hotspur 4 - FA Cup, 3rd Round - Attendance: 16931
20 April 1992 - Oldham Athletic 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0 - League Division One - Attendance: 15443
19 December 1992 - Oldham Athletic 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Premier League - Attendance: 11735
05 May 1994 - Oldham Athletic 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2 - Premier League - Attendance: 14283
22 September 2004 - Oldham Athletic 0 Tottenham Hotspur 6 - League Cup, 2nd Round - Attendance: 8548 


1 comment:

Jenks said...

I was at that game as an 8 year old Oldham fan (I'm now 42, so it's one hell of a long time ago)with my old man.
I remember standing in the Chadderton Road End (The home end), and Spurs wore the yellow Admiral away kit with the two blue flashes at the front. I remember Steve Perryman and Glen Hoddle playing. Oldham played in the plain royal blue crew neck with the white umbro diamonds down the sleeve.
Even at that age, I knew this was a big game.I seem to remember it was on Match of The Day as well. Funny, I can't remember half of what happened last week, but I remember something clearly from 30 odd years ago.