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Supporters Code of Conduct

Oldham Athletic is a family club, open to all and we will make every effort to make everyone feel welcome when they come to Boundary Park. The Club will not tolerate unacceptable conduct at home or at away football stadia. 

Unacceptable conduct brings the Clubs reputation into disrepute. It is recognised that football is a passionate game and supporters will have their own way of expressing their support and reactions. This is acceptable and welcomed as it often adds positively to the matchday experience. 

Oldham Athletic expects all of our supporters to conduct themselves in a way that represents the values of the Club. Conduct which jeopardises the safety and enjoyment of others or is likely to bring the Club into disrepute is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. 

Please note; children UNDER THE AGE OF 14-YEARS-OLD MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT AGED OVER 18. This is to safeguard our children when in attendance at Boundary Park. 

Unacceptable conduct is conduct considered to be violent or disorderly. Violent conduct includes any actual, attempted or threatened physical violence against any person or intentional damage to property. 

Disorderly conduct includes that which is designed to create hatred or ill will towards individuals or groups based on their; gender, colour, race or religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability. 

  • Using threatening or abusive language or conduct.
  • Displaying anything which is threatening, abusive or insulting.
  • In respect of any individual who is guilty of a football-related offence or is in breach of EFL Ground Regulations either at Boundary Park or when visiting other stadia the club (and where necessary the Police) will take appropriate action (this includes pitch incursions).  

Such action is likely to include: 

  • Refusal of entry to, or ejection from the stadium followed by a written warning.
  • Temporary and/or indefinite club or Football Banning orders from attending Oldham Athletic home and away fixtures.
  • Report to the police potentially resulting in criminal proceedings leading to banning orders for all matches and/or custodial sentences. 

It is recognised that the action taken will be relevant to each individual case and Oldham Athletic work closely with Greater Manchester police to share and collate information regarding any supporters involved in unacceptable conduct and behaviour at both home and away fixtures. 

In addition, please note the following strict regulations are in place at Boundary Park for continued spectator safety:

  • Any supporter attempting to encroach onto the moat/track areas will be ejected (as this is clearly done with the intention of getting on the pitch).
  • Supporters intending to encroach onto the pitch will also be ejected and handed over to the police which in turn will lead to a club ban.
  • Alcohol is strictly forbidden in seating areas or in view of the pitch.

Personnel Responsible: 
Steve Clarke (Safety Officer)
Jack Tomlinson (Club Secretary)
Pamela Makin (Safeguarding Manager)

Date of Review: 14th December 2021 
Next Review Date: 14th December 2022 

With over 20 million supporters attending EFL fixtures each season, there will be occasions where a supporter will require medical treatment during a match.

The health and safety of everybody attending matches at Oldham Athletic is of paramount importance, so fans can be reassured that all Clubs have a Matchday Medical Plan with dedicated crowd medical teams in stadia, ready to assist at any point during the match.  

If a supporter becomes unwell at Boundary Park and requires medical assistance, then we strongly advise that the nearest steward is made aware who will ensure that the crowd medical team is notified and that appropriate care is provided.

It is important to note that the responsibilities of the crowd medical teams are separate to club medical support teams for players.

During the 2021/22 season, the club had a fixture paused while medical treatment was provided to a supporter. On several occasions, the usual Matchday Medical Plan has been bypassed with members of the Clubs’ on-pitch medical teams called in to assist.

Supporters are asked not to alert players or staff on the pitch as in most cases the crowd medical team will be able to provide medical care as the match continues.

Should a situation arise where there is a need for the match to be halted, a decision will be taken between the crowd medical team, the ground safety team and the match officials with the information relayed to the supporters at the ground.

This is in line with the briefing note produced by National Events Medicine Advisory Group (NEMAG) in conjunction with the Sports Grounds Safety Authority’s (SGSA) and football authorities.

Again, it is important to remember that if you have any concerns or need assistance while at the match, then please notify your nearest steward who will, in turn, inform the club's Crowd Doctor.

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