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.
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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.
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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.
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. That side
of the ground is now cleared, and construction was supposed to be beginning on the replacement stand in early 2009, with the project
expected to last 16 months and therefore be 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. As one might guess from the tone in which this article is drifting
word soon leaked out of Boundary Park that all was not well and the money for their grandiose plans weren't there. This was compounded
when all of their major sponsors went into administration one after another and withdrew their sponsorship.
The Broadway Stand - now demolished.
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Since then the club has changed tack several times. There was a floated idea to develop a ground-shared facility with Rochdale - that
seemed to be complete news to the Rochdale chairman. And then it was to sell Boundary Park for development - planning permission for
housing had been applied for - and develop a new stadium of their own on the council owned Failsworth Sports Complex. As this guide
guaranteed at the time: the Oldham board's optimistic pronoucements that they'd be in their new home for 2010-11 were total hogwash.
Far too many years of following the bollox that emanates from many a football club boardroom has given this site a finely tuned antenna
b*llsh*t wishful thinking and self-delusion that appears to be the staple diet of some chairmen and directors.
they had got to by the summer of 2010 was some very nice looking artist's impressions of proposals costing £20 million. Possibly
more realistic than the £80 million development that was being trumpeted just a few years previously, but in practical terms they
had moved forward mere inches, and healthy scepticism was still the order of the day. They spoke of a new stadium in
time for the 2011-12 season but then came the news that the Failsworth project would not be going ahead, due to a dispute over
a portion of the Failsworth site designated as charitable land. Instead they were going back
to looking at redeveloping Boundary Park - the very option they'd ruled out when turning their attention to Failsworth.
The latest information, dated August 10th 2011, claims that Oldham are "on the verge of" a new deal with Oldham Council that was
"in principle and subject to contract" and "could" be capable of "unlocking exciting new regeneration opportunities". Apart from dealing
with the issue that Oldham were stuck with land at Failsworth that they no longer had a use for, their plans include the "construction of
a new North Stand" - yes boys and girls, we've now gone full circle and are back to the rough idea they had back in the summer of 2008,
although as you can see from the quoted text, this is a far from firm plan. The Manchester Evening News claimed at the time of this
announcement that the Failsworth failure (see what we did there?) had cost the club £5 million, with so far just one demolished stand
to show for it.
Going back to the football, 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
are 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.
This year, they're slightly lower than that, but tempered that with 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. They will have to be far more patient with a young inexperienced manager than they have been with some of their more recent hiring'n'firing would suggest they are.
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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|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Oldham Athletic
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Oldham Athletic : Club Statistics
|09/04/2013||Preston North End||Away||NPL1||L||0-2||9080|
|16/04/2013||Yeovil Town||Home||NPL1||W||1-0||3888||Smith 45|
|20/04/2013||Crawley Town||Home||NPL1||W||2-1||4794||Smith 56, Yves Mvoto 90|
|27/04/2013||Leyton Orient||Away||NPL1||D||1-1||5191||Millar 46|
|Jean Yves Mvoto||4||0||0||1||0||5|
Highest League Attendance: 6426, vs Sheffield United, 02/03/2013
Lowest League Attendance: 2969, vs Scunthorpe United, 18/09/2012
Average League Attendance: 4129
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||2
||Games Without A Home Win: ||0
|Games Without An Away Win: ||2
||Games Without Defeat: ||1
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||2
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||1
|Games Without A Draw: ||0
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||0
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||46
||Games Without Scoring: ||0
|Games Without Conceding: ||0
||Home Results Sequence: ||LWDLWW
|Away Results Sequence: ||LDLWLD
||Overall Results Sequence: ||LWWWLD
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Oldham Athletic : Club Information
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Telephone Number : 0161 6244972
Fax : 0161 6275915
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 (or more, perhaps, a demolition site as there's no actual building going on) and
remaining three-sided, away fans only get a section of the Rochdale Road End, sponsored by Leesfield Developments. 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 (Pentagon Vauxhall) Main Stand.
Matchday prices for the 2012-13 season are are:
Adult: £20.00 (up £5.00); Over 65s: £10.00 (up £2.00); Under-16s £5.00 (down £3.00 except they've scrapped the Under-12s rate meaning a £2.00 increase there).
Oldham scrapped their Matchday Surchage at the start of the 2011-12 season meaning that you can pay the same prices at Boundary Park.
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 a carer / mate 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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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
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, £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 2012-13 season League One fixture as follows:
Coaches will depart from Huish Park at 12.30p.m. with no pick-up from Yeovil Bus Station on this occasion. Cost of travel will be £26.00 for Adults, with concessions available at £24.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra (or you can buy membership on the day).
To place your booking, call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or Rich Rendell on 01935 427072 (Evenings).
Down the other end from the away fans you'll see the Chadderton Road Stand.
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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. On recent visits there's basically been nothing to replace it, but we're gradually getting there with the June 2012 opening of the Freehold Metro Station, which is roughly 30 minutes walk from the ground. There will be eventually an Oldham Town Centre stop, circa 2014.
Walking between Freehold and the ground is quite fiddly, but if you want to do it, get on the Block Lane (East) side of the station, then turn left up Block Lane. Turn right into Lansdown Road, passing the Dog Inn. At this point turn left into Middleton Road then right into Garforth Street which you'll follow it's full length until you meet Burnley Lane, where you turn right. Almost immediately you'll hit the Chadderton Way dual carriageway. Turn left, but as soon as you can find a safe place to cross as you need to be on the other side of the road where there is a turning into Westhulme Way (and you'll probably be able to see the floodlights by then). The away end is on the far side of the ground from where you are.
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.
Away fans get part of the Rochdale Road Stand. It's currently called the Leesfield Developments Stand.
Photo © 2005 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 :
Alcohol in the ground is only served in the Main Stand and the Lookers Stand - both home areas.
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 as far as we are aware. There was the unexpected bonus of a beer festival the last time we used the place.
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. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, 17–23, 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.
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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