15 Facts About Oldham Athletic


Oldham Athletic Association Football Club is a professional football club in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England, which competes in the National League, the fifth tier of the English football league system.

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Oldham Athletic were founder members of the Premier League in 1992, but were relegated two years later and fell to the third tier by 1997.

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Only eight games were won, Oldham Athletic finished in last place and quickly returned to the Third Division North, where a first equally disappointing season saw them finish no higher than 10th.

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The next season, Oldham Athletic did not have the same cup success, but instead found success by winning the Second Division and returning to the First Division for the first time in 68 years.

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In 2001, Oxford-based businessman Chris Moore purchased Oldham Athletic, vowing to take the club back to Premier League football within five years.

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Oldham Athletic finished fifth and their promotion dreams were ended in the playoffs, and their fans were furious when Moore decided to end his interest with the club, leaving behind large debts and a weak squad, and after selling the better players at a fraction of their market value at the time.

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In January 2015, it was reported that Oldham Athletic was attempting to sign Ched Evans, an accused rapist.

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Oldham Athletic ultimately decided not to sign Evans due to "unbearable pressure" while condemning the "vile and abusive threats, some including death threats, which have been made to our fans, sponsors and staff".

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Oldham Athletic left the club 10 points above the relegation places; some fans regarded the club's decision as premature given that Oldham had recently beaten promotion challengers Newport County, Forest Green Rovers and Salford City.

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On 30 June 2022, after Lemsagam and the Boundary Park owner agreed to a sale, it was reported Oldham Athletic could be sold within the next month to an unnamed local business.

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On 28 July 2022, it was confirmed that the club had been sold to businessman Frank Rothwell, owner of Oldham Athletic-based Manchester Cabins, and that Oldham Athletic were at an advanced stage in negotiations to buy Boundary Park from former owner Simon Blitz - a deal concluded in late August 2022.

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Oldham Athletic started their first National League campaign with just two wins from their first eight games.

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Notable Oldham Athletic fans include comedy duo Cannon and Ball, professor and former musician Brian Cox, ex-Manchester United footballer Paul Scholes, television presenter Phillip Schofield, ex-Leeds Rhinos and England rugby captain Kevin Sinfield, The Courteeners rhythm guitarist Danny Moores, glamour model Michelle Marsh, Hollyoaks actor Alex Carter and comedian Eric Sykes.

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Conversely, Oldham Athletic have a long-standing supporters friendship with Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Oldham Athletic have a women's team who play in the Greater Manchester Women's Football League.

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