Oldham 0 – 2 Albion

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I was feeling as rough as old badgers yesterday morning, I had been out Friday night and a long trip to Oldham didn’t feel like so great an idea with a thick head. Things were no better after catching the 1100 out of Euston and a cold, wet London, bound for an even colder and wetter Manchester Piccadilly. There were quite a few Tottenham fans on the train headed for Stoke, but no Albion at all.

Getting to Oldham by public transport nowadays is a bit of a mission. I was running about central Manchester looking for a bus when I bumped into two other Seagulls, we pooled our collective tactical awareness and eventually got the 83 to Oldham, then a taxi to Boundary Park.

I sat through the match itself with the Manchester-based half of the TSLR editorial team. S is an intelligent and very personable bloke, and good matchday company – he’s also blue and white to the core. We chatted about the position of fanzines in today’s digital age. Maybe the traditional paper mag for the fans by the fans has had its day, that would be a great loss in my opinion. There should always be a place for a cheap but informative read that can be taken home and re-read. The advent of blogging and internet chat-rooms like NSC have their place too, but you can’t take your laptop into the bath, unless you’re a mentallist of course. The TSLR chaps are passionate about our club and their fanzine, which they produce for very little if no financial return, so again if ever you see them stood out in the wet and cold, buy a bloody mag off them will you? It’s only a pound a copy.

So, the game. Boundary Park, although being the most lop-sided ground in the league with that old empty terrace on the far side, is nonetheless great for atmosphere. That’s because the Oldham fans are quite close behind the goal and the away fans. The banter was good-natured and entertaining between both sets of fans, and the Latics youngsters have a good sense of humour – piss-taking their own team with ironic chants and keeping the old “North-South” divide alive and well. Their football team are dire, so fair play to them for keeping smiling and making us smile.

Once again Albion played attractive and effective football. El-Abd and Elphick are looking the real deal, and I’m happy for Bomber for earning this run in the starting line-up. Seb Carole gets a lot of stick from our fans, but yesterday he played a blinder, he also got lumps kicked out of him. On the other wing Bennett struck another trademark goal of the week, and gets better and better. Our second was a rather fortunate OG, but we were pressing well and deserved doubling our lead.

My man of the match is Peter Brezovan. The big feller didn’t have much to do until saving twice at point-blank range to keep us at 1-0 for half-time. Then Oldham won a very dubious penalty after the ref adjudged Elphick to have handled the ball. Again, the big man saved a stinging shot and was straight up for the follow up which hit the underside of the bar and was cleared. He was sensational yesterday.

We picked up some extremely drunk Spurs supporters on the way back through Stoke, no doubt celebrating their 2-1 win. That kept me entertained back to London anyway. My hangover had disappeared long before in the murk of the North, two more wins from our last nine games and we’ve reached the magic 50 point zone. I think we’re safe this year, and next season looks very promising with Gus Poyet at the helm of Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Hovian’s Albion Team Performance : 9 out of 10

The Hovian’s Albion Man of the Match : Peter Brezovan

Albion Team (goalscorers in bold)

(4-5-1) Brezovan; Calderon, El-Abd, Elphick, Painter; Bennett, Crofts, Navarro (Virgo 87), Dicker, Carole (Hart 88); Murray.

Subs: Walker (GK), McNulty, Cox, Forster, Hoyte, Virgo, Hart

Attendance: 4,059 (459 Albion)

Passing the latest symbol of the rotting heart of corporate football

League One table

Sunday, 21 March 2010 00:00 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full League One table
1 Norwich 37 39 79
2 Leeds United 36 32 71
3 Charlton 37 19 67
4 Swindon 37 12 67
5 Millwall 36 21 65
6 Colchester 36 15 63
7 Huddersfield 37 18 61
8 MK Dons 37 -1 56
9 Bristol Rovers 37 -1 55
10 Southampton 36 28 50
11 Carlisle 38 -3 48
12 Walsall 36 -3 47
13 Yeovil 38 -6 44
14 Brighton 37 -7 44
15 Brentford 34 -2 43
16 Leyton Orient 37 -9 41
17 Oldham 36 -13 40
18 Hartlepool 36 -11 39
19 Gillingham 37 -11 39
20 Tranmere 36 -25 38
21 Exeter 37 -14 37
22 Southend 36 -16 34
23 Wycombe 37 -25 31
24 Stockport 37 -37 24
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3 Responses to “Oldham 0 – 2 Albion”

  1. chrisy1 Says:

    Ouch, seems you had a bit of a pain trying to get there but I guess the result made it okay. 😀

  2. glasfryn Says:

    good result considering it was a bit of a drab game, went to Oldham several times while I was living in Shrewsbury and it was an even bigger s**thole than Colchester.
    the second time I went there mid 70’s we won 4-2 and I did’nt see any of the goals as the fog/mist was so bad,we are cooking on gas now and roll on next season when Gus can have a good swing at getting us up with lots of new players and Falmer Community Stadium looming in the near future.

    cheers

    G

  3. The Hovian Says:

    Welcome to the blog Chrisy, and thanks for the comment.

    I actually like Boundary Park, nothing flash, noisy little crowd. It is quite a trek to get there but when you win it always makes it worthwhile.

    I’m really enjoying the away games this year, I’ve seen some great football around the country

    Ta

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