Oldham Athletic’s encouraging start to the season will face a stern test in September, when they face two teams that have also forced their way into the top six.
Oldham fans are slowly getting used to life in the basement league with trips to grounds we’ve never appeared at, and teams we haven’t faced in the league for decades. The Latics face Newport County this Saturday, a staggering 48 years since they last played them in a league fixture at Boundary Park.
Both teams have faded, but fond memories of past glories. For Oldham, it is their part in the formation of the Premier League and a trip to Wembley in the 1990 Littlewoods Cup Final.
For Newport County, it is the memory of a quarterfinal appearance in the European Cup Winners Cup against East German giants Carl Zeiss Jena in March 1981.
For the present, however, both teams have ambitions to get themselves out of League Two and Newport will have to do it without their strike duo of Mark Harris and Antoine Semenyo.
For Oldham, success at Boundary Park is key to both staying in the top six and placating their long-suffering supporters.
Later this month, Latics face Colchester at Boundary Park who have made an impressive start, scoring 13 goals in six games which included a 6-0 victory over Crewe.
If Oldham seriously intends to get themselves promoted at the end of the season, it is vital that they pick up points from the teams around them and whilst fond memories of past glories should not be forgotten.
It is maximum points from home games, that should occupy the thoughts of everyone at Boundary Park.