Oldham Athletic Club Profile
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Oldham Athletic : Club Background
The origins of Oldham Athletic could justifiably be said to be that of a pub team as they are descended from Pine Hill FC formed by the landlord of the Featherstall & Junction Hotel in 1895. In 1899 the then local professional side, Oldham County, folded and Pine Hill took over County's ground and adopted the name Oldham Athletic. They moved up from Junior football to the Manchester Alliance League in 1900 but ran into ground problems with their landlord mid-season and had to move to Hudson Ford Field.
In 1904-05 the Latics advanced into the Lancashire Combination, winning the B Division at the first time of asking and gaining promotion. The J.W. Lees Brewery leased them another site and Boundary Park was born, with 2006 the Hundredth Anniversary. They made their first application to join the Football League in 1906 but missed out by one vote to Clapton Orient. They failed again to get elected in 1907, as Lancashire Combination Champions, but fate played into their hands when Burslem Port Vale went bankrupt. Oldham Athletic were given their place in Division Two and have been in the Football League ever since.
Football grounds weren't all tubular steel and aluminium in them days, lad.
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace
After two very creditable campaigns they were promoted to Division One as runners-up to Manchester City in the 1909-10 campaign. Apart from one poor season, where they just escaped relegation by a single point, they were a strong presence in the top flight and in the last campaign before the Great War brought football to an end missed out on the title by one point to Everton.
However when the leagues restarted in 1919 Oldham were a struggling side, and three campaigns where they only just kept themselves up were followed by a fourth in 1922-23 where they finished bottom and were relegated back to Division Two. There they remained, mostly a solid mid-table side, until 1934-35 saw them relegated to the Division Three North. They were a good Division Three side, but not quite good enough, usually in the hunt for promotion but not quite making it.
After the Second World War they struggled for a couple of seasons but then began to improve, and won the title in 1952-53. However it was a false dawn and they were immediately relegated, coming bottom of Division Two by some margin. Their record through the remainder of the Fifties in Division Three North was not good, and so when the League was restructured in 1958 they found themselves placed in Division Four.
These were grim times, with the Latics having to apply for re-election in 1959 and 1960. They recovered a little to get out of the basement with a promotion as runners-up to Brentford in 1962-63, but found Division Three a struggle and it was no surprise when they went back down again in 1969. In response they appointed Jimmy Frizzell as manager in 1970 and this was a turning point in Oldham's fortunes. He was twelve years in charge and took them up to Division Three in 1971 and then as Champions into Division Two in 1974. After a dodgy first couple of seasons they became a firmly established side at that level.
In 1982 Joe Royle took over. He would become the second manager in succession to achieve a dozen years at the club. In
1989-90 they got to the Semi-Finals of the F.A. Cup for the first time since 1913, and the League Cup Final, where they lost to Nottingham
Forest, but better was to come for in 1990-91 Royle brought them the title and a return to the First Division after 68 years. They were
still there when Division One turned into the Premier League but only lasted until 1993-94 when relegation caught up with them, though they
got to a third F.A. Cup Semi-Final where Mark Hughes famously denied them with an equaliser at the death, Manchester United then
comfortably winning the replay. Joe Royle departed for pastures new.
The Main Stand at Boundary Park.
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace
After twenty-four years of stability and success Oldham have entered a period of decline, frequent changes of manager, and some financial
stringency since then. The 1996-97 season saw them relegated again, and they've been flirting with a further fall into the basement. That
excuse of a manager Brian Talbot looked like he'd achieve it for them until they sensibly disposed of him after less than a year in charge. Ronnie Moore, who had defied gravity at Rotherham United for a number of seasons but was sacked as they plummeted towards relegation, was brought in and eventually kept them up in 19th place. However it was never a happy marriage, and he soon departed, going to Tranmere Rovers.
In came John Sheridan, in June 2006, but who had previously had two short, presumably caretaker, spells, with the club.
In his first season he managed to take them into the play-offs - something of a slight disappointment given that mid-way through
the season they had been league leaders. As often happens with the team that drifts downwards as the season progresses, they were
knocked out in the semi-finals. The next season they decided to do it the opposite way - starting slowly but working their way upwards
as the campaign unfolded. However at the death they just fell short of the play-offs, finishing 8th.
The Broadway Stand - now demolished.
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace
The 2008-09 season ended in something of a shambles for the Latics. They started the campaign like a train, and although they couldn't
maintain an automatic place they were in the top six for virtually the entire time until a fracas at Belle Vue dog track during a team
social event in March triggered the departure of Sheridan. Former hero Joe Royle reappeared to huge fanfare and excitement, only to see
the club not win another game until the final match of the season, by which time it was far too late and they had already blown any
Royle mooched off back into semi-retirement and TV punditry, and in came Dave Penney. Nothing changed, and nor
should anyone but the Oldham board and the most rose-tinted-spectacle-wearer amongst supporters have expected it to. The club's problems
were deep seated and fundamental, but the hierarchy appeared, with yet more self-delusion, to have convinced itself that the Latics
should be play-off bound at least. Unsurprisingly they spent the
floundering at the other end of the table, with crowds
frequently in the three thousands.
Of course, as is all too common in football, the board couldn't bring itself to analyse and face
the real issues, and so took the usual easy route of sacking the manager with one game to go. Paul Dickov became the next lucky
man expected to walk on water to cover up the incompetencies of those at the top. Their
18th place finish for the
2010-11 season was about par for the course, although two places lower than what got Penney the sack on the previous season, whilst in the 2011-12 season he matched Penney with a 16th pace finish.
The 2012-13 season saw Oldham manage a fine FA Cup run that involved knocking out Liverpool. However, one week later, Dickov fell on his sword - badged as a resignation, although with his Chairman having hardly been supportive in the week leading up to it. In stepped Lee Johnson - a surprise choice as the youngest manager in the Football League at the age of just 31. But those Glovers fans who know his father rather well, will know that if Lee can make himself even the slightest of a chip off the old block, that he could turn into a great appointment for the Latics. The early signs are that this may be the case. He steered them clear of relegation problems, with a 19th place finish, whilst the 2013-14 campaign saw a slight improvement as they reached a 15th place slot. During the 2014-15 season though, Johnson Jnr broke through, taking them into the play-off slots.
Unfortunately for them, that raised Lee's profile and in February 2015, Barnsley came calling for his services, and they turned to Dean Holden, but with them gradually sliding down to 15th place by the end of the season. That was as good as it got - they managed two further 17th placed finishes, before the 2017-18 season saw them drop into League Two. Midway through that season, long-standing owner Simon Corney bailed out with Moroccan football agent Abdallah Lemsagam taking over as a 97 percent owner.
Things have looked a bit shaky under Lemsagm, even discounting their relegation. Newspaper claims of financial problems followed during the early months, and it wasn't obvious which way this one was going to go. For the 2018-19 season they appointed former player Frankie Bunn as their manager, but after a 6-0 defeat on Boxing Day, they hit the panic button, and have spent most of the last six weeks under the caretaker management of their Under-16s manager Pete Wild. By the time you head up to Boundary Park though, it seems likely that former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes will become their new manager. Scholes is a boyhood Oldham fan and has been an 'advisor' in recent years, but will now take over the front line role.
Oldham demolished the Broadway Stand ahead of the 2008-09 season and for many years operated with a three-sided ground, as the development stalled, and Oldham even considered an entire stadium move to Failsworth, until that project errr .... failed and they headed back to Boundary Park development plans. After almost a decade of dithering, they're back to a four-sided ground - the North Stand is now known as the Joe Royle Stand. Built at a cost of £5.7 million, it holds 2,898 spectators and holds corporate boxes, two new suites and retail concourses, along with a club shop and a gym. At the same time, away fans have now been switched across to the opposite end of the ground, so if you've been to Boundary Park before, make sure you're heading to the opposite side of the ground to what you've done recently.
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|Oldham Athletic : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Oldham Athletic
|01/11/2008||Away||CCL1||W||2-0||5318||Brown 62, Warne 65|
|21/02/2009||Home||CCL1||D||2-2||4150||Tomlin 16, 33|
|01/05/2010||Home||CCL1||W||3-0||4513||Tomlin 18, G Williams 83, 90|
|13/08/2011||Home||NPL1||W||3-1||3237||Upson 49, A Williams 74, Wotton 82|
|10/03/2012||Away||NPL1||W||2-1||4689||G Williams 10, A Williams 65|
|22/12/2012||Home||NPL1||W||4-1||3492||G Williams 39, 44, Hayter 77, Madden 88|
|13/12/2014||Away||FL1||W||4-0||3706||Arthurworrey 21, Gillett 28, Hoskins 40, Moore 90|
|07/03/2015||Home||FL1||W||2-1||3917||Grant 55, Hayter 90|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Oldham Athletic
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Oldham Athletic : Club Statistics
|16/02/2019||Crewe Alexandra||Home||EFL2||D||1-1||5288||Lang 23|
|02/03/2019||Stevenage Borough||Home||EFL2||D||1-1||3807||Baxter 47|
|09/03/2019||Cambridge United||Away||EFL2||D||1-1||4758||Clarke 12|
Highest League Attendance: 5288, vs Crewe Alexandra, 16/02/2019
Lowest League Attendance: 2865, vs Cheltenham Town, 23/10/2018
Average League Attendance: 4206
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||6
||Games Without A Home Win: ||3
|Games Without An Away Win: ||3
||Games Without Defeat: ||0
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||1
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||0
|Games Without A Draw: ||1
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||1
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||10
||Games Without Scoring: ||1
|Games Without Conceding: ||0
||Home Results Sequence: ||WDWDLD
|Away Results Sequence: ||LLWLDL
||Overall Results Sequence: ||DLLDDL
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Oldham Athletic : Club Information
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Telephone Number : 0161 6244972
Fax : 0161 6275915
Chairman : Abdallah Lemsagam
Safety Officer : Steve Clarke
Press Officer : Sam Rosbottom (Head) and Roy Butterworth (Matchdays)
Manager : Pete Wild (Caretaker)
Capacity : 13,512
Seated : All seater
Terracing : N/A
Colours : shirts royal blue with white sleeves and trim, shorts white with royal blue trim, socks white with royal blue trim
Record Attendance : 46,471 v Sheffield Wednesday, F.A. Cup R4, 25/01/1930
Nickname : The Latics
Ticket Prices :
Tickets bought in advance for our 2018-19 trip will be available online and from the Huish Park Ticket Office as follows:
Adults: £18.00; Over-65s, Students and Under-21s: £8.00; Under-18s: £5.00.
Prices go up by £2.00 if you purchase on the day of the game from the Boundary Park end, whilst for Adults they go up by £4.00.
Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Chadderton Road End of the ground. This is a covered seated area behind one goal, which is at the opposite end of the stadium to where we've been housed in the past. This stand seats up to 3,750 spectators, which ought to be just about enough capacity for us on a Tuesday night in February. .
There are 8 spaces for wheelchairs available for visiting supporters at the Chadderton Road End. All spaces are at pitch level. Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Users pay the relevant band as above, but can take an assistant free of charge, provided you're on the middle or high level of PIPS or DLA. Note that Wheelchair Bays are at front of the stand and this is an Uncovered area.
Club contact for any special arrangements/bookings is David Humphreys (Disability Liaison Officer on 0161 624 4972) or via Disability.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Oldham Athletic : Directions To The Ground
Oldham is on the eastern side of Greater Manchester and well serviced by the motorway network. The M62 and then the A627(M) bring you
into the north of the town. Alternatively you can approach the south of Oldham via the M60, but then will have to work your way through
the town to get to Boundary Park.
Leave the M62 at Junction 20 and take the A627(M) towards Oldham. After 2.5 miles at the large roundabout where the A627(M) and A663
meet take the long slip road to your left. As you approach the roundabout you will see on your left a McDonalds and a KFC, part of a
new retail park that also has a Pizza Hut and a Burger King. The ground is clearly visible from the roundabout.
For the club car park take the first exit off the roundabout onto Broadway (signposted Royton A633). This is a 40 m.p.h. zone and there
are speed cameras. Go through the first set of traffic lights and turn first right onto Hilbre Avenue, then straight on into the fair
sized parking area. Parking is priced at £5 for cars, £15 for coaches/buses - they describe this as for 'permit holders' which suggests you have to obtain these in advance, although they don't say how. Away coaches should use the postcode OL2 5BL to get to the correct side of the ground. Cars should use OL1 2PA. The club also advertise the Oldham Royal Hospital Car Park which has a cost of £3.00 and has stewarding to guide you.
When you turn off Broadway into Hilbre Avenue some on-street parking can be found in the side roads, but you'll have to get
there early as the police tend to close access off a long time ahead of kick-off.
By Supporters Coaches
The Green and White Supporters Club are running coaches to the match for this 2018-19 season League Two fixture as follows:
Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 12.15p.m. Cost of travel will be £32.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £30.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).
To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at email@example.com - Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number.
The Chadderton Road Stand is now the away end of the ground.
Photo © 2005-19 Ciderspace
If you are training it from the South you will arrive at Manchester Piccadilly. You will need to get across to Manchester Victoria, which is a ten to fifteen minute walk or a short ride on the Metrolink away. If you have a through ticket it should be valid on the Metro. Choose the service with 'Bury' on the front.
The old Oldham Loop Line has now closed and converted into an extension of the Manchester Metrolink. That new tram line gives you a route from Manchester City Centre out to Rochdale, via Oldham. Note that if you take this service you need to get off at Westwood, and not any of the three Oldham stops. From Westwood, get off and walk down the hill. At the first set of traffic lights turn right onto Featherstall Road. Cross over a roundabout with Tesco on your right hand side. When you reach a second roundabout, take the first exit (left) and you will be walking alongside a dual carriageway. Cross the road at the first set of traffic lights and head towards B&Q. Follow this road past the B&Q and the stadium will be in front of you.
An alternative service you can consider is the Mills Hill station serving Oldham. The service is run by Northern Rail, out of Manchester Victoria, with trains
leaving on and and at half past the hour. Journey time is ten minutes. For any Glovers coming by train from further North there are services
that stop at Mills Hill from many towns and cities with a change either at Rochdale or Wigan (Wallgate). Unfortunately it's the wrong side of
town for the football ground, about a 40 to 45 minute walk away.
If walking: leave the station towards the traffic lights and past the Rose Of Lancaster (or stop, the beer and food are cheap) and
continue along Haigh Lane. When you reach Chadderton Comprehensive School and a set of traffic lights bear right and continue along Burnley
Lane until you reach Chadderton Park Inn and a large roundabout. You'll now be in sight of the stadium. Use the subway in the direction
of the ground and keep going. You'll eventually hit the ground at the away end.
The club also suggest the option of getting to Rochdale station and then switching to buses. The 409 service to Oldham runs around
every ten minutes on a Saturday and takes around 25 minutes.
The Rochdale Road Stand used to be the away end of the ground but now houses home fans.
Photo © 2005-19 Ciderspace
From Manchester Piccadilly Bus Station the 25, 181 and 182 for Rochdale pass near Boundary Park and take half an hour or so. From
Oldham town centre the 409 for Rochdale runs closest to the stadium.
A selection of Oldham taxi companies can be found here.
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Oldham Athletic : Food & Drink
There are a reasonable number of pubs in the general vicinity (up to fifteen minutes walk) of Boundary Park, though not many particularly adjacent. However they are all much of a muchness, and the variations between most of them is so marginal that you might as well use one as another. So, to be quite frank, I can't be arsed to give details as to whether one serves a different brand of mainstream fizzy stuff to another, when even the shrewdest palate would have no chance of differentiating in a blind tasting. The one big plus point is that if coming from the South you should find the prices cheap in comparison. The downside is that what you get for your money is generally mediocre. As the locals themselves admit: "it must be one of the worst grounds in the country for fans to have a drink prior to the game". We've provided below two that are amongst the closest to the stadium, plus one that's relatively convenient for the route most travelling by road will be coming in on, and four in the town centre, of which one, the Ashton Arms, is excellent. If you have previously used the Clayton Arms, which was the closest pub to Boundary Park, this was closed and demolished in 2008 so has been removed from the listings below. However a newish hostelry (opened 2005), the Clayton Green, is a few hundred yards further away on Westwood Retail Park - from the Brewers Fayre stable. As with the previous pub this is very much a home venue, but no reports that visiting supporters need to steer clear.
Club Bar :
There is now alcohol sold to away fans in a separate kiosk to the food bars.
Local Pubs :
Ashton Arms: Some distance (about a mile and half) from the ground, near the shopping centre and opposite the old Town Hall, but included as it's the only place in Oldham we know that serves traditional cider and is far and away the best pub in town. There are seven constantly changing guest ales, mostly from local and micro breweries, as well as a good range of authentic continental bottled beers. Lined glasses are used, and there's a designated smoking area on the premises at the back. Opening is 11.30 - 11.00 p.m. (11.30 p.m. Friday and Saturday). Food is lunchtimes only although this appears to extend as far as 6.00p.m. - thereafter it's drinks only. They even do beer festivals from time to time
Best pub for quality beer (and cider) in town by a mile
© Martin Baker
Ashton Arms, 28-30, Clegg Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL1 1PL. Tel: 0161 6309709. Map: Click Here.
|Chadderton Park Inn: Across the terminal roundabout of the motorway standard section of the A627(M) and ten minutes or so walk from the away end. In the Toby Carvery chain, which may attract you, or put you off. Opening: Monday to Saturday 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m.; Sunday 12.00 noon - 10.30 p.m.|
Chadderton Park Inn, Burnley Lane, Chadderton, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL1 2QS. Tel: 0161 6273883. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Royal Oak: Right by the bus station and main taxi rank in town. This was a Robinsons pub but was sold to Inglenook Inns in 2017, but they did serve two Robinsons ales, and had a pool room. Opening is 12.00 noon until midnight.|
Royal Oak, 178, Union Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL1 1EN. Tel: 0161 6332642. Map: Click Here.
|The Squire Knott: This was a Wetherspoon outlet but they sold it in 2017. They're now owned by the Makerfield Catering Company, whoever they are. The pub is still carrying on with breakfasts from 9.00a.m. with food from noon onwards. But the real ales are cut down to two choices. They have a late extension until 1.00a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, but on other nights they appear to reserve the right to close at 10.00p.m. - it's not clear how you determine when they're doing that.
The Squire Knott, 53-55, Yorkshire Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL1 3SL. Tel: 0161 7854780. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Up Steps Inn: A J.D. Wetherspoon in Oldham, opened in 1998. As one would expect in the centre, so 1.5 miles from the stadium. Has child certificate - though in our experience whether Wetherspoon pubs have child certificates or not means little either way. Opening is 8.00 a.m. - 12.00 midnight every day. No outside area so it's smoking in the street.|
Up Steps Inn, 17–23, High Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL1 3AJ. Tel: 0161 6275001. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|White Hart: Reasonably large traditional style pub. Under the Courage badge. Opening is a simple 11.00 a.m. - midnight every day.|
White Hart, 233, Oldham Road, Royton, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL2 6BB. Tel: 0161 620 7772. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :
Too busy chuckling at 'Famous Sons' Cannon and Ball.
The second highest league ground in England. Expect it to be a little bit breezy at times.
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Oldham Athletic : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels
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to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.
Other Points Of Interest
Such is the shortage of interest in Oldham the town's website lists Cannon and Ball and Syd Little as coming from "a long tradition of Oldham comics". Expect to slit your wrists rather than split your sides if that's as funny as they get up there.
[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]
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