Oldham Athletic books

Oldham Athletic

Oldham Athletic

The story of Oldham Athletic is ups, downs, ups then downs again, and now hopefully ups again!

Starting life as Pine Villa in 1895, the current incarnation came into being four years later and in 1915, the Latics finished runners-up in the top division, two years after their first FA Cup semi-final appearance.

They lost their top-flight status in 1923 and would not regain it for 68 years, when they became founder members of the Premier League, where they stayed for three seasons (two in the Prem, one in the old First).

Oldham enjoyed glory in both cup competitions, losing in the 1990 League Cup final Nottingham Forest, a game that even Brian Clough himself said was an unfair result.

Athletic also lost two FA Cup semi-finals to Manchester United – in 1990 and 1994.

In modern times, the club were forced into administration in the summer of 2003. In July 2022, local businessman Frank Rothwell completed his takeover of the club.

Finer detail of many of the club’s escapades can be found in some of the books below. 

Less said about the plastic pitch the better!

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The Legends of Oldham Athletic

The Legends of Oldham Athletic

Hardcover
By Garth Dykes

An illustrated tribute to 100 of the club’s outstanding players…

Oldham Athletic A Pictorial History

Oldham Athletic: A Pictorial History

Paperback
By Tony Bugby, Joe Royle

This history of Oldham Athletic – in pics.

Oldham Athletic Miscellany

Oldham Athletic Miscellany: Latics Trivia, History, Facts and Stats

Hardcover
By Dave Moore

Oldham Athletic Miscellany collects the vital information you never knew you needed to know about this famous old football club.

Irresistible anecdotes, amazing stats and facts:

  • The insulting newspaper article that ended Ken Bates’ 1960s’ reign as chairman?
  • The fan who changed his name to Oldham Athletic?
  • Did you know comedian Eric Sykes was on the Oldham board in the 1970s?
This Is How It Feels: An English Football Miracle​

This Is How It Feels: An English Football Miracle

Hardcover
By Mike Keegan

One of the great untold football miracles…

Joe Royle was standing at the side of the motorway with his thumb out. The newly-retired former Everton, Manchester City and England striker was trying to hitch a lift to Boundary Park for what he thought is an interview for the post of manager at backwater Oldham Athletic.

Behind him, smoke pours from his broken-down car’s engine. After a passing lorry takes him the rest of the way, Royle is told that the job is his…  and that he will have to sell a player – or the club will go bust.

What happened next is one of the great, untold football miracles of all time.

The best trip down memory lane for any Latic.

Oldham Athletic On This Day​

Oldham Athletic On This Day

Hardcover
By Dave Moore

This book revisits all the memorable moments from the club’s rollercoaster past, from the club’s Victorian formation through to the Premier League era.

The Boundary Park faithful have witnessed championships, promotions and relegations, breathtaking cup runs, a Wembley trip and a re-election saga – all featured here in an easily digestible diary format.

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