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Examining Oldham Athletic’s 19/20 League 2 Opponents: Northampton, Port Vale and Plymouth

Continuing the definitive guide to the 19/20 League Two season for Oldham supporters.

Northampton Town

Northampton appeared to be trying to sign as many players as possible before anybody else in the last few weeks. Unfortunately, most of them aren’t worth having.

Nickname: The Cobblers (quaint)

Sponsor: Doctor Scholls

Star Supporter: Bigfoot

Club Mascot: Freddy the foot fetishist

Half Time Entertainment: Clog dancing

Will Oldham Take Over The Town?: Doubtful but we have taken a decent number in the past

Mad Chairman Score Out Of 10: Kelvin Thomas, search for him on the net and you’ll find stories of dodgy dealings, missing loans and police involvement. 9/10

One to Watch: Harry Smith ex Macclesfield forward. Yes, ex Macclesfield.

Style Of Play: Big hoof

Speciality Pie Flavour: Everything tastes like shoe leather so it doesn’t matter what you buy.

Away End Capacity and Condition: 800 in an awful new build with no decent pubs for miles.

Likely Pre Match Songs: These boots are made for walking

End of Season Prediction: 17th

Port Vale

Burslem was once described as the worst town centre in the UK and it’s gone down a lot since then. However, Vale fans are a cheerful lot and deserve a lot better.

Nickname: The Valiants

Sponsor: Take That Fan Club

Star Supporter: Robbie Williams (eek!)

Club Mascot: Paul the Past It Pop Star

Half Time Entertainment: A Take That Tribute Band

Will Oldham Take Over The Town?: Good chance if we’re doing well

Mad Chairman Score Out Of 10: Carol and Kevin Shanahan Port Vale fans for years made good. Just as it should be. 0/10

One to Watch: Tom Pope, Vale’s only hope up front about to enter his 34th year. Desperate stuff.

Style Of Play: Wing play with an encore

Speciality Pie Flavour: The Robbie Williams Special. Past its sell by date with little substance.

Away End Capacity and Condition: 4500 in an old but pretty decent stadium

Likely Pre Match Songs: Got to be Robbie.

End of Season Prediction: 9th


Plymouth is determined to become the Bury of the South West, not by dabbling with extinction but by signing up anybody going spare at Gigg Lane.

Nickname: The Pilgrims

Sponsor: Captain Morgan Rum

Star Supporter: Sir Francis Drake

Club Mascot: Some sort of Pirate Character

Half Time Entertainment: Keelhauling

Will Oldham Take Over The Town?: Not a chance

Mad Chairman Score Out Of 10: Simon Hallett who sounds pretty normal 0/10

One to Watch: Danny Mayor who will be homesick by the end of August

Style Of Play: Just like Bury

Speciality Pie Flavour: There are no such things as pies south of Exeter Services

Away End Capacity and Condition: 1300 in a ground being refurbished

Likely Pre Match Songs: Sea Shanties

End of Season Prediction: 6th

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