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🔎 The Opposition: Oldham Athletic (H)

An in-depth look at Tuesday's opponents

9 February 2020

Exeter City are in mid-week action at St James Park, as they face Oldham Athletic in Sky Bet League Two, looking to make it back to back wins.

Here’s all that you will need to know about Tuesday’s opponents…

  • Founded: 1895
  • Nickname: The Latics
  • Honours: Division Three (North): 1952/53 Division Three: 1973/74 Division Two: 1990/91 Lancashire Cup: 1907/08, 1966/67

Oldham Athletic were originally founded in 1895, under the name of Pine Villa FC. It wasn’t until their neighbours Oldham County F.C dissolved in 1899 that they adopted their current name of Oldham Athletic, as they moved to Boundary Park.

After playing their first few years in the local Lancashire league, Oldham were invited into the Football League in 1907 following their title win, where they were placed in Division Two.

The Latics were regular competitors in the highest of England’s divisions in their early day, where they often played in Division One. Despite a difficult phase in the mid 1900s, Oldham began fighting near the top divisions during the early 1990s where they competed in the Premier League for a brief stint.

In the modern era, Oldham have found themselves mostly in League 1, where they played for over twenty years. Last season was the first time in decades that the Latics found themselves in England’s fourth tier, where they achieved a 14th placed finish after a difficult first season.

Last time out

Crewe Alexandra 2 Oldham Athletic 1 | February 8, 2020 | EFL Sky Bet League 2

A gut-wrenching finish for the Latics as they concede a 97th minute winner to the promotion chasing Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road.

Key Stats

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The Manager

Dino Maamria

Tunisian born Dino Maamria had a journeyman playing career, where he made 303 appearances and scored 92 goals at Striker. He started his playing career in his native Tunisia at AS Marsa in 1992 and moved to Burnley in 1996 following a year at CO Transports. The rest of his playing career would be in England for a variety of clubs, such as Stevenage, Leigh RMI and Southport to name a few.

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His managerial career started in 2007, where he managed Northwich Victoria. Since then he has managed Southport, Nuneaton Town, Stevenage and Oldham Athletic.

The Ground

  • Name: Boundary Park
  • Capacity: 13,512
  • Year opened: 1906
  • Address: Boundary Park, Oldham, OL1 2PA

Boundary Park was built in 1904 and was originally named The Athletic Ground. It was first used by Oldham County F.C who were the professional team in the region at the time until their folding in 1899. In the past, the stadium was used by Rugby League outfit Oldham R.L.F.C who used Boundary during two spells, between 1997 to 2001 and 2003 to2009.

The record attendance Boundary Park remarkably stands at 47,671, which was achieved in 1930 against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup. The record league attendance stands at 45,304, which was achieved that same year against Blackpool.

One to Watch

Jonny Smith (10 Goals, 5 Assists)

Bristol City loanee Jonny Smith has an impressive return this season, scoring a respectable 9 goals alongside 5 assists. The winger started his career at Wrexham, where he came through the youth academy.

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After a solitary appearance for the Welsh side, he joined Bristol City in 2016 where he signed a two year deal. So far, his career has consisted mostly of loan spells where he has been at Cheltenham Town, AFC Fylde, Tranmere Rovers as well Oldham.

Previous Encounters 

Oldham Athletic 0 Exeter City 0 | August 20, 2019 | EFL Sky Bet League Two

It finishes goalless at Boundary Park, despite a dominant performance from the Grecians who remain unbeaten in League Two so far. 

Exeter City 1 Oldham Athletic 0 | April 27, 2019 | EFL Sky Bet League Two

A late goal from Ryan Bowman gives Exeter City a great chance of playoffs at the business end of the season. 

Oldham Athletic 2 Exeter City 3 | December 22, 2018 | EFL Sky Bet League Two

A hattrick from Jayden Stockley completes an impressive comeback at Boundary Park as City looked to continue their form into the festive period.

Head to Head

  • Exeter City wins: 13
  • Draws: 8
  • Oldham Athletic wins: 9

Ticket News

Tickets are on sale at advance prices until 5pm in person and midnight online, on Monday, February 10 so you can save time and money, and pick your seat in advance. Click here to book online.

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