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Oldham Athletic

Oldham Athletic

Nickname The Latics
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Stadium Boundary Park

Pine Villa Football club was formed in 1895 and reformed in 1899 under the name Oldham Athletic Association Football Club. The clubs nickname 'The Latics' is an abbreviation of Athletic. The early years were blighted by financial problems so the committee often spent their own money to keep the club alive. Money was also raised by a series of fundraising events.

Oldham played in the local leagues before1907 when they were finally being given a place in Football League Division Two. They had failed to gain entry by the voting system but Burslem Port Vale withdrew due to financial problems and The Latics took their place. They finished a credible third in the first season and were promoted to the First Division in 1910.

Oldham have never won a major trophy but have come very close. In 1915 they finished runners up in the First Division and had a strong team. Unfortunately, the outbreak of the First World War suspended football and the team was broken up.
They have reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup 3 times (the most recent being in 1994 when they lost to Manchester United) and were beaten by Nottingham Forest in the League Cup Final of 1990.

Between 1970 and 1994 Oldham only had two Managers; these were Jimmy Frizzell (1970 - 82) and Joe Royle (1982-94). Frizzell inherited a basement club team that had just seen the departure of Chairman Ken Bates. The club was in a poor financial position but against the odds, in 1971 he led them to promotion. A club record 10 consecutive league wins in the 1973/4 season was the stepping stone to promotion to the second flight for the first time in two decades. Despite low comparatively attendances and a small transfer budget Frizzell then consolidated Oldhams position in the second flight.

In 1982 Frizzell was sacked in a surprise move by the board and Joe Royle took the helm. The first four seasons were mid table finishes but things begun to improve in the 1986/7 season. Oldham rose up the table to finish in third position which would normally have been good enough for automatic promotion. However, the league had introduced the play-offs and Oldham were one of the first victims when they were beaten by Leeds United on the away goal rule in the semi-final. Two more mediocre seasons followed before the successful 1989/90 campaign. A successful League Cup run saw an amazing 7-0 demolition of Scarborough with Frankie Bunn scoring a cup record six goals. In the next round The Latics faced the mighty Arsenal who were league champions. 15,000 fans at Boundary Park witnessed an unforgettable spectacle as the champions were dumped out of the cup 3-1 thanks to two Andy Ritchie goals and a 30 yard strike by Nicky Hendry. Southampton and West Ham were defeated (including a first leg 6-0 semi-final victory over West Ham) before Oldham reached their first ever major final. The FA Cup was also dramatic for the club. Oldham had reached the fifth round and faced leading side Everton. By half-time Everton were 2-0 ahead and cruising. However, a penalty and a late equaliser by Roger Palmer forced a replay. The replay was another draw so the tie went into a third game and Oldham triumphed 2-1. The next victims were league leaders Aston Villa who were dispatched 3-0 and local rivals Manchester United awaited them in the semi-final. An exciting game saw both teams go into the lead before Roger Palmer scored a late, extra time equaliser for Oldham to take the game to a replay. The replay was a controversial affair as Oldham had, what seemed a good goal, disallowed by the referee. Manchester took the lead before a late equaliser by Andy Ritchie took the game into extra-time. This time it wasn't to be and a late goal saw United through to the final.

He following season The Latics comfortable gained promotion to the top flight. After a mid-table finish and a relegation scare, Oldham were relegated once more after 3 seasons. Joe Royle left to join Everton and was replaced by Graeme Sharp and the club was once more relegated in 1997. Oldham have remained in the third flight since and have seen a string of managers.

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