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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.

Boundary Park
Football grounds weren't all tubular steel and aluminium in them days, lad.
Photo 2005 Ciderspace

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.

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.

Boundary Park - Main Stand
The Main Stand at Boundary Park.
Photo 2005 Ciderspace

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.

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.

Boundary Park - Broadway Stand
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 play-off spot.

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 2009-10 season 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. This season though, Johnson Jnr has broken through - as we close in on the halfway stage of the 2014-15 season, they lie in the final play-off position, and thus stand a chance of becoming this year's 'surprise package' - the Yeovil Town, or the Leyton Orient that defies the odds in terms of playing budget to push a few of the Prestons and Sheffield Uniteds of League One off their perch.

Oldham demolished the Broadway Stand ahead of the 2008-09 season and have been operating with a three-sided ground since. For those who visited the ground during our early visits, this is the stand situated to your right as you look out from the Rochdale Road Away End. Construction was supposed to be beginning on the replacement stand in early 2009, with the new faciity ready for the start of the 2010-11 season. The plans were for a 5,200 capacity replacement stand that would ultimately become Oldham's new Main Stand. Facilities built into the plans included a new club shop, dressing rooms, conferencing and banqueting facilities and lettable office space. But there were delays and delays - and the club's ill-fated attempts to relocate the club entirely at a new site at Failsworth, until the Failsworth project errr ... failed, and they turned attention back to Boundary Park. Six years later, and four years after it was first supposed to be in use, you'll now find that there is a shell of a stand starting to appear, and they are making gradual progress, meaning that in theory the 2015-16 season could see Boundary Park back to being a four sided ground.

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Oldham Athletic : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Oldham Athletic

06/08/2005AwayCCL1L0-26979
26/11/2005HomeCCL1L0-25852
21/10/2006HomeCCL1W1-05471Skiverton 45
31/03/2007AwayCCL1L0-16035
19/01/2008HomeCCL1D0-04905
16/02/2008AwayCCL1L0-34781
01/11/2008AwayCCL1W2-05318Brown 62, Warne 65
21/02/2009HomeCCL1D2-24150Tomlin 16, 33
03/10/2009AwayCCL1D0-04208
01/05/2010HomeCCL1W3-04513Tomlin 18, G Williams 83, 90
28/08/2010AwayNPL1D0-04180
16/04/2011HomeNPL1D1-13350Welsh 85
13/08/2011HomeNPL1W3-13237Upson 49, A Williams 74, Wotton 82
10/03/2012AwayNPL1W2-14689G Williams 10, A Williams 65
22/12/2012HomeNPL1W4-13492G Williams 39, 44, Hayter 77, Madden 88
16/04/2013AwayNPL1L0-13888
13/12/2014AwayFL1W4-03706Arthurworrey 21, Gillett 28, Hoskins 40, Moore 90
07/03/2015HomeFL1W2-13917Grant 55, Hayter 90


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Oldham Athletic

HomeAwayOverall
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Oldham Athletic : Club Statistics

FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence:


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Oldham Athletic : Club Information
Boundary Park
Furtherwood Road
Oldham
Greater Manchester
OL1 2PA
(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 0161 6244972
Fax : 0161 6275915
Email: enquiries@oldhamathletic.co.uk

Chairman : Simon Corney
Chief Executive : Neil Joy
Safety Officer : Peter Davis
Press Officer : Tony Bugby
Manager : Lee Johnson

Capacity : 10,638 currently, with only three sides
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 :
With Boundary Park something of a building site and remaining three-sided, away fans only get a section of the Rochdale Road End, sponsored as the Verlin Stand. The stand, built in 1992, holds 4,609 and is split (with some seats lost for the segregation zone) 2,989 / 1,620. Smaller clubs (that'll be us) get the smaller section, which is on the side nearest the (George Hill) Main Stand.

Matchday prices for the 2012-13 season are are:

Adults: 22.00; Over-65s: 12.00; Under-16s: 10.00; Under-12s: 5.00.

Oldham scrapped their Matchday Surchage at the start of the 2011-12 season meaning that you can pay the same prices at Boundary Park on the day, via a cash-only turnstile.

Disabled Info:
There are 6 wheelchair spaces for away fans (a shared facility with home supporters) in the Rochdale Road End Stand. This stand has two adapted toilets. Three spaces at the back of the Main Stand are available for visually impaired away supporters. Catering outlets are in main concourse areas - to be honest bring an assistant or smile nicely at a steward as these facilities aren't exactly disabled people friendly. Wheelchair users and ambulant disabled supporters pay the standard admission prices as above, but can admit an assistant free of charge.

Club contacts for any special arrangements/bookings are Ron Cassidy (Disability Liaison Officer on 0161 320 6955) or Judith Lane (Club Office on 0161 785 5179). Alternatively email them via roncass_99@yahoo.co.uk or judith.lane@oldhamathletic.co.uk or ask to be put throught from the switchboard on 0161 6244972 for any disability related issues.

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Oldham Athletic : Directions To The Ground
General

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.

By Road

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.

Parking

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, 10 for minibuses and 15 for coaches/buses. The away stand is to your left.

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 2014-15 season League One fixture as follows:

Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 7.45a.m. Cost of travel will be 29.00 for Adults, with concessions available at 27.00. 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 paulhadlow@outlook.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.
Boundary Park - Chadderton Road Stand
Down the other end from the away fans you'll see the Chadderton Road Stand.
Photo 2005 Ciderspace

By Rail

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 is finally open, giving 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.

Boundary Park - Rochdale Road End Stand
Away fans get part of the Rochdale Road Stand. It's currently called the Verlin Stand.
Photo 2005 Ciderspace

By Bus

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.

Taxis

A selection of Oldham taxi companies can be found here.

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Oldham Athletic : Web Resources
Web Sites

Latics Mad
Oldham's footy.mad site. News coverage is good, er, that's it.


LSC Canada
As the name suggests, an independent site based in - you guessed it - Canada!


Oldham Official
PTV site, register to view.


Trust Oldham Online
Website of the Oldham Supporters Trust, appears to be regularly updated.


Vital Oldham Athletic
Vital franchise. Advertising for an editor when visited last season, but now has a couple so has picked up a bit - but not much.


Web Message Boards

OWTB
OWTB (Oh When The Blues) is the busiest Oldham forum, but you have to register even to read it.


The Original OAFC Message Board
Reasonably busy forum. At least one can read it without registering.


Unofficial Latics
MAD, registration to post. Quiet forum.


Vital Oldham Athletic
Hardly used forum provided by Vital.



E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press

Manchester Evening News


Oldham Evening Chronicle



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Oldham Athletic : Food & Drink
General :

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 :

Alcohol in the ground is only served in the Main Stand and the Lookers Stand - both home areas.

Local Pubs :

Best pub for quality beer (and cider) in town by a mile
Best pub for quality beer (and cider) in town by a mile
© Martin Baker
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 as far as we are aware. There was the unexpected bonus of a beer festival the last time we used the place.
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. Map: Click Here.

Old Grey Mare: Well frequented by home fans but visiting supporters are welcome. Few minutes walk from the stadium and five from the away end. Conservatory and beer garden for the summer. It's claimed the beer is kept rather better than at most establishments in the immediate area, but no real ale. Food served at lunchtime from noon. Opening: Sunday to Thursday 12.00 noon - 11.00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 12.00 noon - 12.00 midnight.
Old Grey Mare, 331, Oldham Road, Royton, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL2 6AB. Tel: 0161 6242719. Email: oldgreymare@ntlworld.com. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Royal Oak: Robinson's outlet right by the bus station and main taxi rank in town. Claimed as the most improved pub in Oldham over the last twelve months. Has pool. No food. Opening is 11.00 a.m. - 11.30 p.m. Monday to Friday, 11.00 a.m. - 12 midnight Saturday, 11.30 a.m. - 11.30 p.m. Sunday.
Royal Oak, 178, Union Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL1 1EN. Tel: 0161 6332642. Map: Click Here.

The Squire Knott: Lloyds No.1 Bar - which is the supposedly slighty younger trendier version of the more traditional style Wetherspoon, though we rarely see much difference between to the two. Opened in 2008. Does have Sky Sports. Sunday to Wednesday 7.00 a.m. - 12.00 midnight, Thursday and Friday 7.00 a.m. - 1.00 a.m., Saturday 7.00 a.m. to 2.00 a.m.
The Squire Knott, 53-55, Yorkshire Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL1 3SL. Tel: 0161 7854780. 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 7.00 a.m. - 12.00 midnight every day. No outside area so it's smoking in the street.
Up Steps Inn, 1723, High Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL1 3AJ. Tel: 0161 6275001. Map: Click Here.

White Hart: Reasonably large traditional style pub about 150 yards further from the ground than the Old Grey Mare (above). Under the Courage badge. Serves food. In its favour is the pub posting on a Yeovil forum to emphasise its away fan friendly welcome. Opening is a simple 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. every day.
White Hart, 233, Oldham Road, Royton, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL2 6BB. Tel: 0161 620 7772. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Too busy chuckling at 'Famous Sons' Cannon and Ball.

Top-Tip :

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

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide 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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