Ex scrumhalf that is an excellent post though I disagree that the council wasn't serious as I can't imagine any site in the town having the same potential. It was the change of administration from Labour to Lib Dem which killed off the Sports Park 2000 project and in my opinion that was a disaster for the two professional clubs in the town. The location was perfect for transport access and would have been excellent for concerts etc. What we have now is what you describe as our new no seater (well almost) stadium. One of the most telling posts I have seen on the forum in the last few years was from a Fev fan whose comments are always well considered. After a visit to Whitebank for a Northern rail Cup match he posted that some "heads need banging together in Oldham". " There is an adequate stadium in the town and the two clubs need to both be using it" or words to that effect. If Sports Park 2000 had happened he would not have been talking about adequate he would have been jealous of what we had.
Interesting point about attendances. You quote 5000 fans watching a game. It is unlikely that the aggregate attendance for the league season will reach 5000. How sad is that?
A lot to answer for the Lib Dem Council in 2000. Well at least I can drive by Clayton playing fields and marvel at ... exactly what?