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#758485 An Open Letter To Barry Owen (And His Friends, Family And Legal Representativ...

Posted by Stevie_J on 23 January 2015 - 05:01 PM

Dear Barry

 

It has been brought to my attention that you are less than happy with much of the recent content of OWTB.  So much so, in fact, that you are threatening legal action and have instructed solicitors to monitor OWTB posts, presumably in the hope that the content you are not comfortable with is actionable.

 

As you are no doubt aware, the OWTB admin team has reminded members on numerous occasions that they should not post anything offensive or defamatory.  As a group of unpaid volunteers, we do our best to manage this and to remove any such posts.  But OWTB is a busy site and we have jobs, kids and other things in our lives to contend with and vetting every post can take time.  For that reason, we also point out to members that the site has a function to report any such post, which obviously allows us to assess such posts and take any necessary action far more quickly.  May I suggest that you, and those around you, use the report function as a first port of call, rather than engaging legal representatives?

 

Regardless of what I, or any other OWTB staff member, thinks of you and your performance (or lack thereof) as Trust Chairman and club Director – points which will inevitably be up for discussion amongst Latics fans – none of us would knowingly allow any seriously offensive or defamatory comments to remain on OWTB.  At the same time, however, we are reluctant to stifle “fair comment”, general discussion or opinion honestly held, and this can be a fine balance.

 

The timing of your threatening legal action is interesting, coming on the day that the club confirmed you will continue as a Director, following your earlier resignation as Trust Chairman.  Is it that, free of the Trust ‘Fans Rep’ role (I know you don’t like that tag but you did use it, once upon a time), you’re now happy to turn on Latics fans?  This is site used by hundreds of people but why would we, the admin team, keep it going under genuine threat of legal action?  We get no reward from running OWTB, in fact doing so has been a burden in terms of time and money over the years but, at the same time, we do enjoy it and we are proud of what we believe is a well run site.

 

OWTB has raised money for the club, for Playershare, for Latics4Life.  OWTB has also helped promote the Trust (despite some of us having serious misgivings about the way the Trust operates), providing a specific forum at the Trust’s request.

 

I know the powers that be at Oldham Athletic hate OWTB but it is what it is – a place for fans to openly discuss what they choose to discuss related to the club (or anything else).  And, whether you like it or not, the site has done a lot of good things for the club.

 

I can’t speak for the rest of the staff team but, if you were to initiate legal proceedings of any kind against us, I certainly won’t continue my efforts to keep OWTB going.  It’s just not fucking worth it.

 

Frankly, if you’re serious about doing so I'm disgusted, especially since you’ve never tried to communicate your concerns to us properly.  I would urge you to reconsider and to use the report function wherever necessary to point anything you feel is overstepping the mark.  Or, just stay off the site altogether.

 

Yours,

 

Stevie_J


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#814201 Oldham Fan at Chesterfield

Posted by midnite315 on 14 November 2015 - 08:58 PM

Hi don't want gifts just for the gentleman to make a speedy recovery
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#825677 45 Years of Following the Latics

Posted by pcassist on 09 January 2016 - 12:45 PM

May I first of all say, I don't post much but read a lot and I'm totally disillusioned at the present time.

I started following OAFC 45 years ago when I got married to Barbara and we moved from Droylsden to Shaw.

It was a very exciting and interesting time and as my family and business interests flourished we then moved back to the North Manchester area but I had been bitten by the bug, and OAFC was in my blood, I encouraged my wife and my 2x boys to follow the Blues at every opportunity we could.

We became both sponsors and ardent club followers of Latics, we went through the ups and down that this brings you to the heights of promotion, the Premier greed years, Wembley we did it all home and away.

Then came the lows relegation down the divisions, the Chris Moore era both good and bad, administration and bucket collecting we did it all. Then along comes my pal Sean and his pound coin with Neil Joy and we all rallied round because OAFC is our club not just the wim of somebody who has a bit of money or see's a way of making a fast dollar.

The 3x Amigo's appeared on the scene and invested in our little club but some very bad management decisions we're made and eventually after lot's and lot's of battles with the council, the housing crash it all fell apart and two of the saviours left the club in limbo taking their ball and bat with them but leaving their gofer as chairman with very limited support.

We carried on sponsoring and supporting the club to a very high level, it all started going sour for me about 4x years ago when Barbara was diagnosed with MND, but we carried on going to the games with her in her wheelchair slowly disintegrating away in front of our eyes, we'd sponsored Jean Yves M'Voto that year and he actually came to the house to see Barbara in these last days and she loved it, such a smile to lighten up the start of the dark days. In August she passed on and to me it seemed the doom of Oldham everything has gone downhill since then, I'm not blaming anybody but where are we now:-

The local circus act, manager after manager. Bad decisions all round, poor management and even poorer results. I'm now at my wits end with supporting the club I've loved for the last 45 years. I'm now moving to Worcester to follow my heart and my new life, but I still read the internet and I'm on Latics PlayerHD I even still try to go to as many home and away games as possible, but I'm totally disillusioned by what's happening, so could we be given some answers please.

Simon Corney - please tell us what you are trying to achieve at the moment, is your heart still in the club if not move on and let others try and bring our little club back to life and Simon please don't bring Barry into any more major decisions, a puppet for you he may be but unfortunately the majority of fans hate him for one reason or another and he only upsets people with his blunt attitude.

Finally, a statement of the clubs intentions would be good, silence isn't always golden unlike the latter years of my life.


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#758492 An Open Letter To Barry Owen (And His Friends, Family And Legal Representativ...

Posted by rosa on 23 January 2015 - 05:49 PM

Dear Barry,

If you're seriously threatening an online discussion board with legal action because people are discussing facts that you're uncomfortable with, days after you appeared on TV representing the club and speaking in glowing terms about your respect and admiration for an unrepentant rapist who is still serving his sentence under licence, then I suggest your realign your moral compass.

And if for some reason this does come to court, then have some dignity and buy a fucking suit.

Yours sincerely,
rosa
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#767091 Corney + New Director on GMR Monday 18:00

Posted by mikeroyboy on 02 March 2015 - 11:50 AM

There really is no difference! We as fans are, in a way, the shareholders, shares paid for in full year after year with our financial contributions to the institution!
Where did I ever say that I expected him to act for my benefit?
He came here confident in his and 2 other's ability to turn us into a profitable enterprise and in that respect he has failed miserably!


‘There really is no difference’? That just sums up how far away you are from understanding the core issue. A shareholder is part owner of a company – they share the profits and the losses. They have their say in the decisions the board of directors take and indeed who the directors are. They are also in danger of losing all their investment.

In virtually all cases a football fan is a customer of a business. You are not buying shares in your chosen club, you are buying admission to a football match. And ‘fans’ damn well please themselves whether they go to a match or not. At ZERO financial risk!
The 3 A’s rescued us from admin with a group of players on unaffordable contracts.

With good intensions they planned to redevelop the ground financed by building houses on the clubs land. Quite reasonable IMO!

There original plan (close to the top of the housing boom) was for cira 600 units, far too ambitious from a planning point of view IMO. It not unsurprisingly failed planning.

The severe and long lasting housing and financial crash followed but not the desire to create something better for the club. The next disaster to befall Corney was the Failsworth debacle where the council assured the club that the site could be made available but instead turned into a legal quagmire and failure.

You say he has failed miserably from your ‘no risk’ comfy chair. I say he has failed ‘with credit’ in a very difficult period for many business’s. Knocking down the Ford Stand was a major ‘unforced’ error IMO and I seem to remember Corney admitting that. But that’s what happens when you are making ALL the decisions. Each of us can identify with that in our own lives – or would you disagree?

Do you ever look across at the new stand and wonder ‘whos pocket has the finance come out of’?

Do you ever look at L2, The Conference and beyond and think ‘it could be much worse’ when you see the array of former peers, some of the almost sunk without trace? I don’t think you do.

You point at Corney and Co’s failures without making any attempt to be constructive in how it should have been done and how it should have been financed or who he should have signed.

At the moment he is building a new stand on 4,000 gates. He is doing it to aid extricating himself from a nightmare and do the honourable thing for the fans. IMO
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#763814 Johnson to Barnsley

Posted by HarryBosch on 20 February 2015 - 11:27 AM

In Barnsley's case more like three old fat slappers. Didn't one of their foreign players say something along those lines many years ago?

 

He's with a bird who he first laid eyes on around 1990 when she was absolutely stunning.

She's now seen better days and is even missing a limb (although she's having a new one made).

Most of the time it's a happy, laid back marriage but, whenever things seem to be about to go really well she'll get involved in some kind of drama out of nowhere usually because of this mate she has who hangs around outside prisons and regularly gets her into all sorts of bother.

 

He's flattered by the interest from this other woman. She is a bit better looking and all her limbs are intact but she'll be a lot more demanding and can't seem to make a relationship last even a whole season. Her accent is awful aswell and she's a bit boring in the bedroom. 

 

Stay with her Lee. Your tea might not always be on the table as she does have a habit of not getting enough shopping in but you know you love her really. 


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#818082 Thanks for the memories but .......

Posted by joe_lead on 30 November 2015 - 07:53 PM

During the 70s, 80s and early 90s I almost religiously travelled home and away to watch Oldham the team my Dad supported. During the later nineties my work took me away from the area resulting in me going to less games, but I would still make every effort to attend about 20 games a season. The noughties (stupid word) saw me move even further away and start a family since when I have been able to attend only a dozen games a season on average. However, like ones true love I would still think of Oldham every single day and stay in contact by whatever means available to me.

I grew up much closer to Maine Road than Boundary Park. My Grandad would take me to watch City on the occasions when my Dad couldnt take me to Oldham. I could have supported City but in those days you tended to support the team your Dad supported, lets call it an arranged marriage.

Living in Manchester none of my mates were Oldham supporters, so when I started going to watch Oldham without my Dad I had to make new friends. So I found new friends and what started as a common passion for Oldham grew into family friendships where we now share visits, holidays, birthdays, weddings and unfortunately funerals. When I look back I thought it took a lot of guts for a young lad to go and watch Oldham when all his mates were off watching City every weekend, but I know that I made the right decision even though at the time my love was blind and my dad wouldve kicked me over next doors back wall if Id chosen otherwise.

There would be a dozen or so of us who would meet up all those years ago in the old 2nd Division. Like my City mates we all grew up with a common allegiance to a club, we sang on the terraces around the country, like them we had heroes that we idolised. But thats where the commonality ended. We got to talk to our heroes when they were warming up or taking a throw-in and wed meet them at the open days and possibly again in the street or at a petrol station. We truly believed we were part of our club, we could access our club and talk to players, club officials and Directors, whereas my City friends could only reach out and barely touch theirs. Our club promoted a family image, an image recognised across the country, yes there were other family clubs but it meant we were slightly different than the norm and it was a badge we could wear with pride. With the family image came a personal responsibility to consider those around you and moderate your language when giving the opposition and officials pelters, but this meant that the patter was generally humorous rather than abusive. There was also the word unfashionable that prefixed Oldham which we always assumed was aimed at us for wearin the same T-shirt and jeans for 3 seasons when everyone else was wearing Fred Perry and Tachinni. Whatever it meant, it gave us a unique identity.

Winning wasnt everything to us, because our love wasnt shallow it was forged by a close association with club and fellow supporters alike, it was in our genes, or more likely it simply drained out of us after 40 years that saw us win only 2 promotions. However, our alternative to winning was a sense of pride that for many years we were associated with playing attacking football. I recall our goal scored was regularly one of the highest in all leagues. Admittedly our goals against were equally the highest but that never mattered because it was entertainment and there was lots to talk about post-match. I can also remember feeling smug when people would never put us down for a no-score draw because there were long periods of time when 0-0 was so infrequent. Our history is peppered with characters who kept you talking after the final whistle, not blessed with world-class skill but more of honest endeavours. I admit that there were also dismal times, but you always knew that there was a commitment within then club to turn things around.

All of the above were positive attributes that founded the strong association between club and supporters. I accept that Society has changed and I accept that Football has changed but most of these attributes are maintained through a top down club ethos rather than any amount of financial input. The performances on the pitch for several years have been a direct reflection of the (lack of) leadership shown by those at the top. Outside of minimising expenditure there appears no visible strategies for improving the entertainment offered. It has been painful watching something you have grown up with being treated with such frivolous contempt.

Weve been through a lot of turmoil in recent times but even up until 2005 there were six or seven of the original dozen would meet up for a couple of pints before and after the games. Last year only two of us attended matches this year theres been only me. The strategy of (over) reliance on lone players has been counter-productive eroding the connection between supporter and player, and preventing any opportunity for continuous improvement. Recruitment of borderline competent footballers and managers intent on playing low-risk, dont lose anti-football has reduced the entertainment value to zero. A family image that took decades to build up was cut down in one week of the Ched Evans affair. For all of us there has been a gradual cutting of the positive identity that originally bound us to the club, but worse than this, any hope of the future return of these values have now been replaced with a belief that this rudderless ship will be a haven for any workshy fop that wants to earn their coin for the near future. My love has stopped and my respect and admiration replaced by dislike and irritation.

The final but strongest bond that motivates me to attend is now my Dad. He took me to my first game for which I will be forever grateful, and he still goes regularly as he has done for nearly 80years. Circumstances over the last couple of seasons have meant that Ive been in the area for many weekends which have allowed me to attend many more games, and just like my informative years I go along with my dad. We sit and put the world to right and blether about the past players and the characters in the crowd and how we would all stand in the same place in the paddocks, the banter youd have with the linesman and players.

This weekend at Crewe we were reminiscing about the lies people would shout to Ronnie Blair about what the opposition winger had said about him, and Ronnie would give you a knowing wink after hed sent him into the advertising boards. Just as wed stopped laughing one of our own supporters shouted a tirade of abuse at Brown from behind. Neither of us said anything, I could see my Dad shaking his head though, in fact he shook his head that many times on Saturday Im surprised it didnt fall off.

It wasnt a nice atmosphere at the end of the match and I was glad to be going home, and as we slowly walked back to the car my Dad turned to me and said Do you only come to the games because of me? I replied Not really, I enjoy the time with you and its just like what we did all those years ago After a few seconds he stopped and said I think thatll be my last game, I dont enjoy it anymore, lets create some new memories just you, me, (your wife) and the grand kids. My eyes filled up as I realised Saturday was probably the last time Ill ever watch Oldham with my Dad.

So with that final tie for me attending matches being severed what about my relationship with Oldham. Well weve been growing apart in recent years, in spite of the difficulties weve faced I can honestly say that I tried to make it work but it is now clear to me that we want different things and are going in different directions. I do not see any of attributes that originally drew me to Oldham, and none of my friends like her that much anymore. The increasing arguing and bickering, some of it in public in front of our friends, has become tiresome and destructive. All the good times and laughs are clearly in the past and I will always treasure them however I dont see any future in trying to make it work when all you do is ignore the people that have cared about you. I think its time for a trial separation.

Ive no intention of finding another club. I think this has come at a time when football in general is losing my interest and has been sliding down my own set of priorities for some years. There's far too much football being broadcast and far too much money involved in a game which ought to be primarily about participating rather than spectating. I may be enticed to return if there is a change in ethos at the club, an ethos that would set us aside for being different and doing the right thing, the suggestion of food collections is a small but important step in the right direction.
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#783768 Ticket Pricing Models

Posted by jsslatic on 02 June 2015 - 08:52 AM

Because of your greedy wannabe premier league club our Match Day has become more expensive on advice from your directors to ours

 

well done Biffo's yet another thing you've ruined at Fortress Spotland

 

fortress
ˈfɔːtrɪs/
noun
 
  1. a military stronghold, especially a strongly fortified town.
    synonyms: fortcastlecitadelblockhouseburgkeeptowerdonjonturretbunker;More
     
    2. a football ground where the home side get cunted 3-0 by their massive neighbours
     

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#817817 An open letter to the club

Posted by oafcprozac on 29 November 2015 - 02:25 PM

I have always prided myself on my support for MY home town, team and club. When I first started following Oldham Athletic I could have easily chosen Liverpool or Everton the two top teams of the time. Or perhaps gone following United or City, both were in the doldrums but both were relatively cheap and all my mates followed one or the other. But, No. I chose my dads team Oldham Athletic. The team I fell in love with prided themselves on being a family club with a loyal fanbase that had been brought up on attacking football. Theyd been struggling in the second tier for 12 years but had always tried to play the right way and the number one aim was to entertain. Football like it or not is an entertainment business and the number one aim is goals. I was lucky I began supporting the team in 1986 and for the next eight years or so it was thrills and spills all the way, there were a couple of poor periods in late 1987 and late 1988 but overall the team won the majority of its home games, ok we were crap away but week after week you were guaranteed goals at Boundary Park. Another thing, the directors were local men, the players were contracted to the club and we had stability with a management team that wanted to win football matches played the right way. The ground was a dump, we didnt care it was ours and we were all in it together from the chairman to the tea lady.
 
Fast forward to the summer of 2003, my darkest days as a Latics fan but also some of the best. I was proud to be a Latics fan seeing how we rallied round and pulled together to try and save our club, the togetherness I felt in that 2003/04 season is something that will live with me forever.  We knew the good times were well and truly behind us and the club was fighting for its very existence. Luckily three New York Businessmen rode in and saved the club from oblivion. They had great ideas to move the club forward, yet were halted and then delayed by a council lacking vision.
 
Still we began to move forward on the pitch and between 2005-09 we saw FOUR consecutive top ten finishes which saw the club in a good place and consistently in the right half of the league. However, eventually those frustrations off the field resulted in the Chairman walking away and around the same time saw John Sheridan sacked. Ever since our fortunes on the field have nosedived, the fanbase has become demoralised and half of those fans that worked so hard to keep the club afloat in 2003, the same fans that were simply happy to have a club have walked away. Washing their hands of a club that is only heading one way.
 
It wont happen They say, well ask Grimsby Town, Tranmere Rovers, Stockport County, Lincoln City, Wrexham etc. all similar sized clubs to us these days. Well it happened to them!
 
With each cock up we inch closer to oblivion.
 
2015 has been a nightmare for Oldham Athletic
 
Ched Evans Saga. Were these the actions of a family club, one I and my kids proudly support?
 
Lee Johnson to Barnsley. He was under contract, he stays until the end of the season. THE CLUB COMES FIRST.
 
Dean Holden being placed in charge. Just what was the plan here? IT smacked of little Oldham giving up and part of the reason we have only 3 wins in 28 league games. An unforgivable lack of ambition.
 
Darren Kelly A joke of an appointment handled pathetically and stinks of rying to save a few quid.
 
Re-signing: Croft and Wellens Both well past it jobs for the boys and obvious external interference.
 
Dunn: A mistake from the start.
 
The Stand: It should have been OAFCs moment to savour, it should be Simon Corneys legacy. Instead it will be remembered for delay after delay. It feels like an anti-climax when it should be celebrated for the wonderful achievement it is!
 
Barry Owen: Need I say any more?
 
 
I know times have changed in football and many clubs of our size live hand to mouth, I can cope with that. Thats the reality of 3rd tier football however, the clubs very identity is at stake. A procession of loanees year on year kills any affinity people feel with the club. I assure you that, the team yesterday would not have witnessed such vitriol if it wasn't so top heavy with loanees and short term deals. Fans can see when players are holding back and not giving their all. That is a bare minimum we expect. Oldham is a hard working town but not a well paid town. £22 + travel + refreshments is a large chunk of your average Oldhamers income, they deserved more yesterday.
 
I can honestly say in my 30 years of supporting the cub I have never felt so detached from the club, The fans, owners, directors, management, coaches and players have never felt so distant. Why? Well just what is our aim as a club? What is the vision to move the club forward? What is the vision to make the club sustainable in a way that will see crowds improve? Some fans are gone for good BUT there is a big interest in the club in Oldham, many fans cant afford it or are lapsed but a modicum of success or even consistent attacking football will see people return. Make the product marketable with a team the fans can identify in and some will return.
 
How do we change things and move forward?
 
(1) Have an owner that is either here more often or delegates true power to the board can the present directors be trusted to do this?! If not show true desire to find a viable owner that can do the above.
 
(2) Develop a manageable vision statement how the club will move forward in the next THREE to FIVE years
 
(3) Employ a manager and coaching team with an ethos of attacking and scoring goals not simply to go out and not lose. Like it or not this has been the ethos of our last FOUR full time managers.
 
(4) Insist home grown talent gets a chance on merit. Contracted players are OUR players so why the need for a constant stream of short term deals and loanees? Emergency loans should be just that. Not used as an excuse to bin the previous managers contracted players.
 
(5) Reintroduce reserve team football to help develop our own players and keep the squad fit.
 
(6) Stop treating the fans like idiots with the constant criticism in the press.
 
I do have sympathy for a lot of what Simon Corney has had to put up with in the last 6 years since his partners pulled out but if we keep with the present board we will continue to stagnate and slip towards oblivion. I know Simon doesnt want that and Im sure one day he will be very proud of his legacy the North Stand. Will he be as proud to see us struggling in league 2 next season, because with the current board and management structure it is inevitable?
 
I feel we have reached a tipping point over the last few weeks, fans are voting with their feet the Millwall attendance will be sub 3,000 I guarantee it. After what I have seen at Chesterfield and yesterday with fans arguing with themselves and the reaction the players got. You know what I simply dont want to be part of such a toxic set up. So with a heavy heart Im going to take a break from following the team I love away from home initially, until I see a change in atmosphere and maybe even home games too, season tickets or not.
 
I know I'm not alone, there's a close group of about ten of us that go everywhere that number has dwindled massively over the last month - many of us have missed only 6 games or so in the last three years and when lunatics like us are fed up and walking away, I really do think it is time to sit up and take notice.


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#651601 Ex-players and that

Posted by underdog on 02 August 2013 - 07:16 PM

I'm in therapy, paying £50 an hour trying to recover from the mass downboating I got for spouting some bollocks last season.


You should be so lucky, I was something like -127 and a troll a few weeks ago....hehe, I've been called a few things in my time

Now I'm -49 and neutral, and if I can get in the plus by Xmas, I'll have to honour my player share pledge donation.
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#827508 "Forget the past, enjoy the present & look forward to the future"

Posted by sjk2008 on 13 January 2016 - 11:53 PM

The start of the season was full of optimism amongst the OAFC fanbase - new stand, vacant managerial position, better players tied down to longer term contracts.  We could only look up.

 

How wrong could we be? Getting straight to the point - this season has been shit.  Not just a little bit, but massively shit.  From the moment we hired Darren Kelly, to the moment he was (clearly) undermined by Dunn - and then the appointment of Dunn, all whilst watching some of the most disappointing football and calamitous defending we've seen for some time.

 

Blame for all this lies with nobody but the board and they have to take that criticism, no matter how fierce, on the chin.  Yes Corney says it got a bit personal at times, but that happens when fans get frustrated and consistently let down.  I've been guilty of slating him time and time again this season, and that is even with me still being grateful to him that we do still actually have a club.

 

Since the Dowie & Sheridan days, we've had some right shit rock up at BP (Penney, Dickov, Holden, Kelly & Dunn) and those decisions have been Corney's.  LJ aside, who despite the way we feel about his exit was a relative success, the general managerial situation post "Shez part one" has been dire.

 

However.....bringing Shez back at this time - a time when we're as deep in the shit as we have been for a while, a time when we cant string a performance together for 90 minutes and a at a time when we need wins immediately - it just feels "right" - do you know what I mean?

 

We can all look back at the fact we've parted company before - the poor form prior to his departure and the Hughes/Bell Vue incident - but even then the situation on the field wasn't that bad, was it?  I think we would all take that situation right now, wouldn't we?  Top half with just over a handful of games to go?

 

John Sheridan is a club legend to some OAFC fans, hell, probably most OAFC fans.  He's certainly one of the best players I have seen at the club, and I still look back at this time in charge of us as impressive.

 

I know some stats have been banded about already, but here's one that catches my eye the most:

 

Dave Penney (27.08%)

Paul Dickov (30.50%)

Lee Johnson (34.95%)

Dean Holden (20.00%)

Darren Kelly (11.11%)

David Dunn (15.00%)

 

There's a list of managers we have had since Sheridan left in 2009.  How did Sheridan fare himself?

 

40.40%.  And that's over a longer period than any of the aforementioned managers. His overall record in management full stop is better than those records above.

 

I guess the point I am trying to get across is for us to try and forget the shambles of the past, more specifically 2015, and look at what we have now with Shez in charge and how we can look to the future.  He knows Oldham Athletic, both as a player and a manager, and he knows what the fans want.  He has said himself he has unfinished business, so what better time to show that than right now?  A team he regards fondly, currently struggling and adrift of safety with a fanbase that has had all the positive energy sapped out of it because of bad decision after bad decision off the field, resulting in bad performances on it.

 

It's not a perfect world, and with the personalities and egos on here there's bound to be differing opinions on all things Oldham Athletic, but whether you're buzzing with excitement that Shez is back again or whether you're underwhelmed by it, can we not just try and put the last few months/years of garbage and disappointment to the backs of our minds and try and enjoy this journey we ALL hope Shez can take us on, together?

 

The way I see it?

 

If we go down, we have a manager who has shown he can win promotion to this league.

If we stay up, we have a manager who can reach the playoffs in this league.

 

But most of all we have a manager who genuinely has a passion for Oldham Athletic and that is something every person on here shares. 

 

Johnson has gone.

Kelly has gone.

Dunn has now gone.

 

Forget all that.

 

Shez is here to complete part 2 - so lets ALL get behind him.

 

See you at Bradford.


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#776305 Send off for the Chaddy

Posted by lookersstandandy on 21 April 2015 - 08:24 PM

You're going to walk from the pub to Chaddy.....
Can I ask how you normally get there!?
Its a stand, just make as much noise in the stand supporting your team. Why does every little thing have to be a planned event?
The stand will still be there next season.

  

A group of fans who call themselves the Athleticos......no nothings organised.
What is the point of the walk?
Why not just meet in the stand and get behind the team? What is the point of 'marching down'
I all for getting a good atmosphere but seriously a march...


Cheer up Palmer1.... If you don't wanna join in.... Don't. I'm proud of the Athleticos. They're an absolute credit to the club and I thoroughly enjoy their company at the games I attend.
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#763804 Johnson to Barnsley

Posted by ShireBlue on 20 February 2015 - 10:21 AM

What happens if a girl takes a shine to you, but your mate's taken her back to the hotel first?

Actually no, erm..
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#708679 Rumours and Transfers 2014

Posted by GravityGrave on 29 April 2014 - 10:25 AM

I can't believe how little some people rate smith and to compare him to furman !!?? He's twice the player .
If he goes he'll be another who'll prove to be an excellent performer in the championship .
There have been games particularly at home this season where we've looked for korey to do everything . He's just played through the pain barrier in the eight game run . His equaliser against orient was a catalyst and his assist for philli versus Crawley , vital .
When Lj talks about the 4-1-4-1 it strikes me that we will start next season with this formation still in place . In this weeks press he said he's happy with how solid we've looked but knows we need to be more fluid going forward. So for the 1 sat in front of the back four does any one really believe we could get someone better than smith for that role ? Confident to get the ball off the back four , keeps possession and is a leader/organiser . Also selling him means replacing him . Another new face/personality to settle in .
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#809017 John Cooper Clarke

Posted by oafcprozac on 17 October 2015 - 09:03 PM

You know what we've got a council that is trying move this town forwards yet we've a population of miserable cunts there's a lot to celebrate in this town - new college, new sports centres, an expanded hospital in both oncology and antenatal care, a new cinema with new restaurants and family friendly plaza, the metro link extension has seen businesses want to invest in our town instead we want to whinge 'look what the council did to the market etc...' If we'd have used and supported the market instead of spending our money elsewhere then maybe like bury we'd have an outdoor market to be proud of but as a historian Oldham has always been about its indoor market and that is thriving and today I was proud to be part of a bit of oldhams history by patronising the new stand lets stop whinging get behind your town and let's move it forward together......

It's easy to knock our town but we're no different from many an ex industrial power house be proud of your roots and let's stop being so fucking miserable!!!!!
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#765834 How will you react......

Posted by lookersstandandy on 26 February 2015 - 09:33 AM

Having had a night to sleep on it.... He's definitely disappointed me.... And I think less of him as a result.

All this #whoscomingwithme, #OneTeamOneDream, 3 girls showing interest doesn't mean I'll bat an eye lid as I've been married 10 years stuff has been shown to be hollow.

In his Barnsley press conference he's referenced their chairman's desire to employ him as a contributory factor - typical football platitude clap trap I realise - however Corney gave him a long contract when his stock was lower.... and this is how he repays that. It's a poor show. He's just as greedy and disloyal as the rest. His talk was just that. I shouldn't be surprised.... But I was duped by his media persona.

For those of you wanting to retort with..... 'If you were offered more money you'd change jobs'.... I have been in the past and I didn't.... Because I didn't feel it right for my career. For those of you who'd then respond... ''He obviously felt it right for his career'.... I don't believe he had to move with 15 games to go in the position we are.

Joe Royle could've gone to City... It didn't do his career any harm that he didn't. Johnson could've and should've stayed in respect of his former chairman's backing, for the players he had signed and for support he had received from everyone else from the club who gave him his first managerial job.

He's therefore a charlatan in my eyes.... And I shall ignore him and not waste my energy on him or Tommy Wright, who was on the football scrap heap after Chesterfield.

Deano, you have my complete support. The very best to you & Locky. Use our former manager's lack of respect for everyone else as motivation. Let's give this the best shot we can.

#KeepTheFaith!
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#764593 Ched Evans Again - Oh No!

Posted by leeslover on 24 February 2015 - 01:19 PM

What really annoys me is that we all had and have our views on the rights and wrongs of the matter, they've been argued strongly on here, at the games, in the pub. We've put it behind us and moved on. The only thing that we almost all agree on is that Barry's input was disastrous and embarrassing. The size of the man's ego to do this now is beyond compression.
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#758517 An Open Letter To Barry Owen (And His Friends, Family And Legal Representativ...

Posted by ghostofcecere on 23 January 2015 - 07:00 PM

If there is a fighting fund set up I am also more than willing to contribute also.

Since its inception OWTB has been a fantastic place to discuss all matters surrounding our club, of course non of us agree with all the opinions shared, but I'm sure we would ALL defend our fellow supporters right to air them. Whilst I don't agree with any abuse that may have been aimed at Mr. Owen on a personal level, I think the vast majority on here are right to question some of the things that have allegedly gone on under his stewardship of the Trust and also as a spokesperson for the club in recent weeks. At this point though, the full facts surrounding the Trust are not known, and I'm sure that those who have (rightly) raised these issues will be the first to acknowledge it should no wrong doing be found. Many people on this forum contributed to the £247K raised which lead to the formation of the Trust, and we are all entitled to know whether or not our interests have been managed properly.

This seems like another poorly judged episode from Mr. Owen, a director of our club should not alienate himself from the paying supporters that are the life blood of Oldham Athletic in this way. Unless, as I say, there have been personal insults and abuse towards him that have gone beyond the bounds of decency.
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#758364 North Stand Construction Thread

Posted by miserable git on 22 January 2015 - 08:17 PM

I'll put my head above the parapet, to say that those folk slagging off Paul Whitehead need to give their heads a wobble; I've known the Whitehead family professionally for more years than I care to remember, to the extent that I now think of them has personal friends. Because he and his brother are Oldham Athletic fans through and through, their company is constructing the stand on terms that no other company would entertain. Yes there have apparently been problems (I know not what) but they won't be of the Whitehead's making. Paul and his brother, are continuing their association with the club that was started by their father - another gentleman who's word was his bond. I can well understand people's frustrations, but don't take it out on those doing their best to full fill your aspirations. 


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#810773 FA cup 1st round draw

Posted by OldhamSheridan on 28 October 2015 - 02:14 PM

If principles meant anything to them they could always pull out of the cup.


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