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Oldham Athletic A.F.C.
Full name Oldham Athletic Football Club
Nickname(s) The Latics
Founded 1895
Ground Boundary Park, Oldham
Ground Capacity 10,638
Chairman Simon Blitz
Manager Dave Penney
League League One
2008/09 League One, 10th

Oldham Athletic Football Club is a football that plays in Football League One. The club plays its games at Boundary Park in Oldham, England.

The club has never won any major trophies through their history, though have made several appearances in the late rounds of the FA Cup and Football League Cup.

History

Boundary Park
Boundary Park is Oldham's home stadium.

The club was created as Pine Villa Football Club in 1895, but changed to the current name in 1899. Almost immediately, Oldham became a professional team before joining the Football League in 1907. After struggling between the First World War and the Second World War, they became more stable in 1969—when legendary manager Jimmy Frizzell took over. Under Frizzell, the club won 200 of their 544 competitive games and were promoted to higher levels twice.

After leaving in the summer of 1982, Joe Royle took over as the club's manager during which time Oldham again had a successful period. Under Royle, the club won 225 games of 608—a slightly higher winning percentage than under Frizzell. In the early 1990s, under Royle, Oldham reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup and the final of the Football League Cup, losing every time. However, in the 1990–91 season, the club won the Football League Second Division and were promoted to the First Division for the first time in over 70 years. In the 1992–93 season, Oldham was a group of 24 teams that were the founding members of the Premier League—England's top division of football. After Royle's departure to Everton F.C., Oldham struggled and were relegated twice in four seasons.

In the early 2000s, Oldham Athletic almost went bankrupt. Businessman Chris Moore decided to purchase the club, promising to return to the Premier League within five years. However, later that season, he left the club, which also left behind much debt and a weak team. However, another businessman purchased the club in 2004, saving them from liquidation. In the 2006–07, under current manager John Sheridan, Oldham almost were promoted to the Football Championship, but lost in the semi-final of the play-offs.

Name

  • 1895-1899 Pine Villa F.C.
  • 1899-present Oldham Athletic A.F.C.

League position

Season League Position
2000/01 Second Division 15th
2001/02 Second Division 9th
2002/03 Second Division 5th
2003/04 Second Division 15th
2004/05 League One 19th
2005/06 League One 10th
2006/07 League One 6th
2007/08 League One 8th
2008/09 League One 10th

Former position


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