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  1. The mention of that 1974-75 match away to Man Utd reminded me of something which has probably been noted by others and maybe even mentioned on this site in the past, but anyway, here goes: The 1974-75 match at Old Trafford was played on Easter Monday, the final result being 3-2 to Man Utd, after they led 1-0 at half time. The sequence of goals was 1-0 to Man Utd, 1-1, 2-1 to Man Utd, 3-1, 3-2. Exactly 19 years later we played Man Utd at Old Trafford on Easter Monday 1994. Final score 3-2 to Man Utd, who led 1-0 at half time. Scoring sequence was 1-0 to Man Utd, 1-1, 2-1
  2. Yeah, Utd did lose at Villa (2-0), and their other defeat was away at Hull. Aston Villa were easily the best side in the division over the second half of that season. They'd won nine and lost eight by the end of December, but from the New Year onwards they were pretty much unstoppable, losing only one more game (they also won the League Cup at Wembley). I think they were still adjusting to the style and expectations of their new manager, Ron Saunders, over the first few months, but if it hadn't been for that I reckon they'd have finished about ten points clear of Man Utd. At the aw
  3. In the sixties and seventies, you sometimes saw goalkeepers grab the crossbar in the course of a game, and those made of metal would bounce up and down a few times. I was at a home game against Gillingham in 1968-69 when the crossbar actually broke, and the game was held up for a lengthy period while repairs were made. Gordine would've been our keeper that day - wonder if he caused that to happen?
  4. ^ Any book on the history of Oldham Athletic would have to include a whole chapter on the subject of last minute disasters: Wolves (FA Cup) 1967, Leeds (both play off games) 1987, Man Utd (FA Cup Semi-Final) 1994, and quite a few others....
  5. LOL, just noticed this thread! Remember getting up before 4 am to catch the coach for the first game at Cambridge. It was an 11-30 am kick off, and definitely the first ever professional football match played on a Sunday in this country - there were three other FA Cup ties played on that day, but all with afternoon kick-offs. We were cruising at 2-0 up with about 15 minutes to go, when the home team sprang into life, scored a couple of quick goals, and had us clinging on with our backs to the wall at the end. In the Boundary Park replay, Cambridge went into a 2-0 lead w
  6. ^ Whatever Platt's strengths were, they certainly didn't include an ability to save penalties. Look at his performance in this 1976 match at Bolton (at 4:38 and 6:18). https://youtu.be/FwV1nrgP5uc Also at Liverpool 1977, at the 3:40 mark: https://youtu.be/cGFBSdm1VNM
  7. Omitted to mention probably the most spectacular example of this phenomenon. This was a Lancashire Senior Cup First Round replay against Great Harwood from the Northern Premier League in 1970-71. We'd almost gone out in the first game at their ground, but survived thanks to a last minute equalizer from (I think) Maurice Whittle. Anyway, there was nothing to choose between the sides in the first half of the replay, and it was 0-0 at the interval. The Latics broke the deadlock with a goal at the Chaddy End ten minutes or so into the second half and the final score was........9-0! We
  8. Quite a few games stand out in my memory to illustrate the effect of the sloping pitch. Top of the pile must be the home fixture against Plymouth Argyle on 4 November 1972. We'd taken the lead in this match, but Plymouth came back strongly and a few minutes before the break Jimmy Hinch was put through on goal and blasted a shot past Chris Ogden from the edge of the box, blowing a cheeky kiss towards the Chaddy Enders to celebrate! The second half was just unbelievable - we massacred them playing down the slope, ending up 7-1 winners. We were a better side than Argyll, but they were no mugs, an
  9. I'd like to give an honourable mention to Barry Gordine. He had the difficult task of replacing David Best in 1968-69, but did well despite the team finishing in 24th place in the old Div 3 and being relegated. In 1969-70 he had another excellent season, despite the side being engaged in a desperate struggle to avoid having to apply for re-election. When one of the football magazines (I think it was Shoot) published their best Div 4 line up for that season, they selected Gordine as their keeper. It all went wrong in the 1970-71 promotion season. Frizzell signed a goalie
  10. I've recently acquired a book called 'Oldham Athletic Miscellany, Latics Trivia, History, Facts & Stats' by Dave Moore, for the bargain price of £3 on Ebay. It's a really interesting and entertaining read, and must have entailed a vast amount of research, but almost inevitably it isn't 100% accurate throughout... One particular statement by Mr Moore had me wondering: "Before the finances from the Ford Sporting League in 1971, the slope on the ground from the Rochdale Road End to the Chadderton Road End was an amazing 6ft 4.5 inches.When the Ford Stand was eventually built with
  11. Some games from the distant past which I know were shown on TV, recordings of which may or may not still exist (if they do, I've never seen them, apart from the original transmissions): 19/11/66 FLD3 QPR 0-1 Latics (from the first year of the Bates-McIlroy era, when we briefly had a very decent side - Best, Kinnell, Johnston, Towers, Knighton, etc. QPR won the division and the League Cup at Wembley that season, so this was quite a result!) 27/11/71 FLD3 Latics 0-6 Aston Villa (Andy Lochhead scored a hat trick for Villa, Bruce Rioch also on target with two long range pi
  12. Stainrod's replacement definitely seems to have been Roger Palmer. Stainrod played his last game for Latics at QPR on 15 November 1980, and Palmer made his debut for us in the very next match at home to Orient on 22 November. Stainrod signed for QPR on 21 November. Alan Young established himself in the side in the second half of the 1974-75 season, and was sold to Leicester in July 1979.
  13. Fryatt was one of those players who was frequently on the move, having eight English clubs in all (with more than one stint at some of them). He actually played more games for the Latics (77) than he did for six of his other clubs. I don't think Jimmy Frizzell believed he was up to the challenge of Div 3 football after we got promoted in 1970-71. Jim Williams in the Oldham Chron felt that Fryatt lost his edge after the Notts County match in March 1971, and was never as sharp afterwards. Maybe he was right, because after he moved back to Southport, his strike rate was a lot lower th
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