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Oldham Athletic

Such an approachable club that you might be able to hear the pregame team talk from the parking lot. Too bad what’s become of them.

LOCATION: Oldham is basically a suburb of Manchester, about 25 minutes out from the center on the city’s Metrolink service.

CONTACT:, 0161 624 4972, #OAFC

NICKNAMES: Latics, which, as at Wigan, apparently comes from the Lancashire accent taking on the word Athletic


Paul has always had a soft spot for Oldham. He explains: In the spring of 1990, at age 23, I was backpacking around Europe and found myself in a London pub watching football highlights. One guy near me turned to another, they both shook their heads, and one of them said, “Look at Oldham!” I asked what about (and really, what is) Oldham, and he…


This area of Lancashire is just a nest of football clubs. Rochdale, Salford City, and both the Manchester clubs are within 10 miles of Oldham, and half a dozen more are within 20 miles. Rochdale are the most disliked, with Bolton and Huddersfield Town just behind them. None of them will play Oldham this year unless it’s in a…

Women's Team

They only have a youth setup for women, with the highest level being


Oldham comes out to “Fanfare for the Common Man,” which doesn’t seem to get people too stirred up. Could also be it was freezing cold and an FA Cup tie with Burton Albion when we


Boundary Park holds 13,513, all seated, and is famous for being on top of a hill, which in Lancashire during football season means cold. One former manager referred to it as “Ice Station Zebra.” We visited in December on a sunny day that was just above freezing with a stiff breeze—to which the locals reacted with borderline glee that it wasn’t…

Going to a Game at Oldham Athletic

GETTING THERE: The nearest Metrolink stop is Westwood, on the Rochdale line from Manchester Victoria; it’s about a 20-minute walk from there to the ground. If you’re going into Oldham’s center first, that’s a 30-minute walk from the ground, but you can take bus 409 to Royal Oldham Hospital and knock most of that time off. PUBS: The closest to the…

Oldham Athletic Tickets

Last year it was £18 for adults, but our FA Cup game was £6 cash on the day.

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