Date: 18th March 2014 at 6:36pm
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Yesterday Oldham announced that the large section of the Verlin Stand would be closed for home supporters in the game against Crawley Town this weekend.

The very brief announcement by the club explained that the move was designed to allow supporters to sit together in order to aide the atmosphere at Boundary Park and that season ticket holders could relocate to either the Zen Office or George Hill stands in the normal manner.

Obviously the club apologised for any inconvenience.

However today, following ‘feedback’ from the fans they have released another statement acknowledging the ’emotive’ issues surrounding the atmosphere and fan movements in the ground.

‘The players and management team frequently comment on the superb atmosphere generated by our travelling support, particularly in the last two matches where on both occasions our away support has been over 750 and has sounded like considerably more. With this in mind the decision was taken to try and replicate this superb vocal support for this Saturday’s game against Crawley. It’s a big game and we want to encourage the best possible atmosphere.’

The statement goes on to say that the club do acknowledge that fan relocation can be a touchy subject and with this in mind they are ‘considering all options available’ and are therefore trialling relocation throughout the ground to take all eventualities into account.

The Verlin move was deemed to be the least disruptive for fans as this is usually the fan relocation move enacted, but of course that’s not less intrusive for those who are asked regularly to move.

The club also says that with the new stand being built there is a wider discussion to be had in terms of locating home and away supporters when that construction is finished, and it’s hoped these trials will help inform that discussion down the line.

Along with this, and the fact the Chaddy is a likely destination for many, the club are also trialling the sale of alcohol in the Zen Office end for the Crawley game.

The liquor licence has been amended to allow the serving of alcohol in the stand and permission has been granted for this trial, subject to the proviso that all drinks are in plastic glasses and not bottles etc.

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