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“He’s a ‘keeper!” Oldham Athletic Fans React To Signing Another Non-French Player

One of the problems facing whoever is responsible for building Oldham’s side for the coming season is finding a suitable replacement for last season’s hero Daniel Iversen.

The doom and gloom merchants were convinced that we would either end up with the untried Zeus de la Paz or sign some French second tier ‘keeper who nobody had heard of. In fact, with the acquisition of defender Zak Mills earlier in the week, Latics have signed two very un-French sounding players.

Rather stating the obvious, the club introduced Gary Woods to the fans on Tuesday.

Woods has been tempted to Boundary Park from Hamilton Academical, where his contract had expired and arrives after being given a two-year deal. His previous clubs include Ross County, Doncaster and Orient and the 28-year-old stated in his first interview that he was looking forward to a fresh challenge and putting down roots in the area for himself and his young family.

Quite unusually for Athletic, they appear to have snatched him from under the noses of fellow League Two side Exeter.

Back in February, Woods made a spectacular save against Partick Thistle late in the game which got him into the SPFL team of the week.

Oldham fans have been quick to point out that this represents a decent signing given that he has played most of his football at a higher level. The opinions on one forum seem favourable.

If Gary turns out to have a season anything like the one Daniel Iversen had, he will have certainly shown that the club has made a wise decision in getting his signature.

There’s a nervousness around Oldham Athletic with the fans divided ahead of the new season

Every football supporter secretly starts off a season believing that their club can win the league, but Oldham fans appear to have decided that more misery is to be inflicted on them in the coming campaign.

There has been little enthusiasm shown for next season, probably because of the absence of news from the club regarding new signings and the appointment of a new coach.

Even with one of those issues solved with the arrival of new coach Laurent Banide, the outlook is cautious, to say the least.

It is true to say that supporters get very nervous if a full squad isn’t in place by the first week in June. This close season seems to be worse than usual, probably because of the circus that surrounded the club last season.

At present, it is difficult to see how a side could be put together from the 18 players whose faces appear in the first team list on the club website. For a start, we only have one goalkeeper in Zeus de la Paz. He had little opportunity to prove himself last season, given the heroics of on-loan Daniel Iversen.

Defensively we look threadbare as well. With the George Edmondson transfer still unresolved, and Jamie Stott rumoured to be attracting interest from Stockport it doesn’t bode well for Oldham.

It is the forward line which is giving Latics fans the most amount of sleepless nights, with only Chris O’Grady, Jonathan Benteke and Johan Branger currently listed as being with the club. Replacing Callum Lang was always going to be a major task. However, unless there are plans to bring in one or two more forward players soon, the prospect of a struggle next season seems very real.

With Banide not due to take up his appointment till July 1st, the signing of players might not materialize till then prompting further nervousness. On ‘OWTB’ one of the Oldham message boards, ‘Chaddy14’ adopted a hopeful approach:

Personally, I would like to welcome Laurent to Latics and wish him every success. I dread to think what he must think about the club and this group of “fans” he is joining if most of these posts were passed on to him (an translated if need be before anyone else has yet another pop).
I’ll judge him by what he does and the impact he has on the coaching at the club and remembers that he was not part of the “past” and to be honest he can’t be worse than the quitter Scholes!
God help him at a meet the coach pre-season with some of the contributors on here! At least he’s a fully qualified/badged coach unlike some of our historic crop of “managers”
Good luck!

However, there are some people who just won’t give the new man or next season a chance.

A Bright Future Awaits For Leicester City’s Daniel Iversen Following His Oldham Athletic Loan

There’s an awful lot of luck involved in making it to the top of football nowadays. At this time of year, when clubs announce their retained lists a lot of players find themselves without a club, and can often drift out of the game.

Being out on loan gives players the chance to show what they’re made of and even if it means dropping a few divisions, at least they are playing in front of 4/5000 people instead of half a dozen on a training pitch.

I don’t know how far down the pecking order Iversen is at Leicester, but he is probably going to return to their under 23 side. Standing in his way, of course, is his fellow countryman Kasper Schmeichel who is likely to have a few seasons left as first choice ‘keeper.

It will not have escaped the notice of anybody looking for a new goalkeeper that Iversen, has had an excellent season with Latics and could easily play at a higher level. I would not be surprised if a Championship club made an offer for him before the start of next season.

The success of a goalkeeper, of course, is measured in how few goals they let in and although Latics were turned over a few times this season. Iversen’s overall contribution to the side was a positive one with the obvious highlight being his penalty save at Fulham, furthermore, in all competitions, he kept a clean sheet on 17 occasions.

By all accounts, Iversen was also extremely popular at the club and that will serve him well wherever he ends up at. Working your way up the pecking order at a big club is tough and given that there is so much at stake, the choice of who to place in goal is crucial.

A goalkeeper can often play well into his late 30’s, however, the 21-year-old still has the world at his feet. Wherever Iversen ends up, Latics fans will wish him well and hope that he has a long and successful career.

Pete Wild’s Time at Oldham Athletic is One To Remember for Three Reasons

When you find yourself writing about a departing coach/manager for the third time in a season there can be a fair assumption that the wheels haven’t just come off at Boundary Park, they are rolling down the hill destroying everything in their path.

Peter Wild was a name a lot of people weren’t familiar with when he stepped into departing Frank Bunn’s shoes, following the 6-0 thrashing by Carlisle on Boxing Day. It was suggested at the time that Wild was only given the role, as there were very few people left who were available after the sackings/resignations of a good number of the backroom staff.

He was and still is I might add, regarded as a ‘decent bloke’ with Latics coursing through his veins, with time and patience to pose for photos and share a pint with fans. He could have been forgiven for being completely out of his depth, having only had experience at the youth team level but he undoubtedly knew the players well and quickly applied himself to the task in hand.

There are perhaps more factors people could come up with but for the present, Wild’s short tenure will be remembered for three key reasons:

Fulham 1 Oldham 2 FA Cup 3rd rd

There are young supporters at Oldham who have been starved of any sort of memories that they can pass on to their children. Latics win at Fulham had all the ingredients of an ‘I was there’ game and not only did it receive nationwide coverage for the manner in which Athletic played, it included footage of our manager doing a mad Dad dance on the touchline.

I’m convinced that Frank Bunn couldn’t have got that sort of performance out of the players, and the day didn’t just belong to Lang, Surridge, Iversen and the 4000 Latics fans, it belonged to Wild as well.

Six game Unbeaten Run

When Scholes jumped ship following the defeat at Lincoln, very few people expected us to still have a chance of making the playoffs. Scholes had turned Wild’s tenacious side, into one that looked lost and rolled over easily when things weren’t going well.

Despite that, Wild’s side embarked on a six-game unbeaten run with three wins a row to start with. Promotion hopefuls Tranmere on a seven-win sequence were made to look ordinary, as Latics cruised past them. Mansfield, also aiming for a top three place found Athletic in no mood to roll over, with the six-game run became four wins and two draws with the exact same players that Scholes had at his disposal.

Loyalty is a dirty word

There is very little loyalty in football. Players can kiss their club badges one day then sign for their most hated rivals the next. Anyone who shows even the slightest amount of loyalty is destined to find themselves without a job at short notice if their face no longer fits. Unlike Scholes, we are told Wild approached owner Abdallah Lemsagam about leaving because he wanted to spend some time away from football for personal reasons.

As that is the only official reason given at present we can either accept that or, believe the unsubstantiated assortment of rumours on social media. Whatever the true story is, at present the news is yet again focused on the circus that is Boundary Park but opinion is united in agreeing that Peter Wild is certainly not the ringleader.

Callum Lang: A Fond Farewell to The Wigan Athletic Loanee

There is usually a collective groan among some sections of the Latics crowd when it is announced that we have secured a player on loan. “Other team’s failures” is popular opinion and it is often a valid one. There have been a couple of players who have deserved the shaking of heads from the stands, but then there are others who we can honestly say will live long in our memories.

The 2018/19 season will be remembered for a number of things both on and off the pitch. However, it will hopefully stay in people’s memories because of three loan players who had a dramatic impact on the season. Sam Surridge, on loan from Bournemouth, had an excellent spell with us which was unfortunately cut short when he returned to the South Coast club.

Daniel Iversen, in goal has been a rock and will be difficult to replace but it is Callum Lang, on loan from Wigan who has arguably had the biggest impact on this season. With there being little doubt that without him, we would not have achieved what we managed to do in the FA Cup and League Two.

He has played over 40 games this season which has helped his game considerably. His early position in the side was out wide however and, restricted his goalscoring ambitions. Once he was put in a more forward role, the goals started to come including what might be voted the goal of the season against Cheltenham when he beat four men on the edge of the box before firing home.

His winning goal against Fulham in the FA Cup would have been enough to award him lifelong hero status at Boundary Park. But he has also shown what a valuable addition he will be to any club by his work in the local community, his positive on-field attitude and the acknowledgement he gives to the club’s supporters who have often remarked how he is the last man off the pitch after applauding the fans.


Lang deserves a chance to shine at a higher level and may well catch the Wigan first team on his return. The chance of Latics signing him are slim to say the least but we can always hope!

His aim was to finish off the season in style by getting on the scoresheet against Northampton which he duly did, but with Northampton rattling in five against a makeshift Latics defence, it perhaps wasn’t the exit he would have hoped for.

This Oldham Athletic Back Line Will Stop Northampton’s Top Scorer Andy Williams

Oldham have been pretty lucky with injuries this season and have only had a couple of players out for lengthy periods. When we have struggled with losing a defender there has always been cover available. Unfortunately, the injuries to Peter Clarke and George Edmundson and on loan ‘keeper Daniel Iversen will probably mean that the back line for the final game will look completely different than usual.

Obviously, Athletic hope to finish on a winning note with Callum Lang signing off in style after failing to find the net in the last five games. His fourteen goals this season have helped Latics stay within reach of the playoffs and of course steered them into the 4th round of the FA Cup.

Northampton’s main threat comes from 32-year-old Andy Williams who appears to have spent most of his career shuffling between West Country clubs Hereford, Bristol Rovers, Yeovil and Swindon before moving to Doncaster then Northampton.

A forward whose online profile describes him as weak at aerial duels, holding on to the ball, passing and very weak at finishing shouldn’t prove to be much of a handful against Athletic’s rejigged defence. But he is obviously in the side for a good reason and shouldn’t be ignored. He is obviously popular with the supporters and recently said about them “Deep into myself I play the game, without your love it always ends the same while life around me goes on everywhere, I’m playing Solitaire

The Oldham back four will probably include Tom Hamer, Alex Iacovitti and Rob Hunt but could well include Jamie Stott who has returned from a loan spell with Stockport, having picked up two young player of the year awards following their success in the National League North. Also in the running has to be former youth team player Javid Swaby-Neavin who signed professional terms this week alongside midfielder Harry Robinson.

Also in the mix could be Jay Sheridan and Sonhy Sefil who has a contract till 2020 but hasn’t featured at all this season. Whilst all eyes might be on the players who will be performing for the last time for the club, it is the players who find themselves playing in the back line who might be the ones who influence the game the most.

Wild Should Be Looking to Strengthen in These Two Key Areas After Oldham’s Chaotic Season

If Peter Wild is given the Oldham managers job at the end of the season, and if he wants it of course, he will no doubt be looking to improve the current squad by getting rid of some of the players who haven’t figured this season and strengthening certain areas where we are in need.

Some would argue that there isn’t a great deal wrong with the squad, it is the person in charge of the club who needs attention but like it or not, Latics will once again be starting a season in the bottom tier and several of the players who have served us well this season are not going to be around.

Top of the shopping list has to be a ‘keeper who is as good as or better than Daniel Iverson. That is going to be no mean feat, given that Daniel has had a terrific season and looked at one stage to be challenging for the record of most clean sheets in a season. Getting a ‘keeper in on loan from a club in a higher division seems to be the most likely option but to do that may mean waiting until the 2019/20 season is almost upon us given that club managers leave it late to decide which is their best team.

The other key area is in attack mainly because of the loss of Callum Lang who returns to Wigan at the end of the season. It could be that Wigan, currently courting with relegation from the Championship might see Lang as a player who could do a decent job in League One should they go down. Whatever happens, Lang deserves to play at a higher level and like Iverson, will not be persuaded to sign for Latics given the perilous state of Oldham’s finances.

Once again, Wild may have to look for a season long loan signing or two as I cannot really believe that Chris O’Grady will still be with the club. Finding attacking players who can weigh in with 20+ goals a season has to be the most difficult of tasks but it will have to be addressed if Latics hold any hopes of getting out of League Two.

There are some who would welcome a period of stability after what has been a crazy season and I’m sure Peter Wild would agree with that.

George Edmundson’s Season That Has Seen Him in EFL’s League Two Team Of The Year

On the last day of last season until things started to go horribly wrong just before half time, a young George Edmundson’s goal at Northampton was keeping Latics in League One and relegating neighbours Rochdale. George doesn’t score a great number of goals, but that would have been one to remember.

He has been an ever present this season and, one of the first on the team sheet whoever the manager has been. There was an interesting statistic floating around at the start of the year, that no player under the age of 21 had won more aerial duels (239) or made more interceptions (331) in the top four tiers of English football this season than Edmundson. That obviously didn’t go unnoticed and there were several rumours that Fleetwood, Scunthorpe, Preston, Wigan and Peterborough were interested during the transfer window but it came to nothing.

George signed a two year contract in September 2018 and they may well struggle to keep him when that contract expires. Comparisons have been made with James Tarkowski, capped twice for England and a regular in the Burnley side who started his career in the Oldham under 18’s.

His one goal so far this season came against Cambridge at Boundary Park from a set piece after the visitors had gone ahead, but it is not his goal-scoring ability which has got him noticed. For the first time in over 10 years, Latics have a positive goal difference approaching the end of the season, and it is due in no uncertain terms to the solid defensive ability of George alongside captain Peter Clarke and ‘keeper Daniel Iversen.

It could be a lot better of course with some late conceded goals being the downfall of Latics this season but when the dust has settled on the 18/19 campaign, the game at Fulham in the FA Cup will stand out with a match winning performance by Edmundson one of the highlights of a fantastic day.

It would have been a travesty if George hadn’t been included in the League Two team of the season and, the fact that he is alongside players who are all from teams in the top three shows how well he is regarded.

Oldham Starting 11 Should Look Like This Against Cambridge

There has to be a point in the season when plans for the next campaign start to take shape. Given that Oldham are unlikely to embark on an 11 match winning streak, mid table is looking likely and the introduction of a couple of new faces would seem to make sense. However, we are not yet out of the running so it would be foolish to abandon any hope we may still have. Consequently, Paul Scholes should pick his best side for the Cambridge game which I believe should line up like this.

Goalkeeper 1. Daniel Iversen

An ever present in the team and rightly so. There have been numerous occasions when Daniel has shown that he is not just the best ‘keeper in League Two but, he has a long and successful career in front of him when he returns to Leicester City.

Defender 4. George Edmundson

If there are certain names that go on the starting 11 list first you can bet that at Latics Edmundson’s is amongst them. A product of Oldham’s academy he has been a regular this season, and attracted interest from clubs around the country during the transfer window.

Defender 26. Peter Clarke (C)

Fearless, composed and a natural leader. We really don’t have anyone at present who could replace Clarke at the heart of defence, and take over the role of Captain.

Defender 23. Rob Hunt

It’s common knowledge that when Hunt plays at full back, Nepomuceno can play on the wing and that’s a good enough reason to pick Rob every game.

Defender 34. Thomas Hamer

Another player from the Academy who has the extra ability of a long throw. In League Two football that’s the equivalent of having an extra man.

Midfield 8. Jose Baxter

The most improved player at Boundary Park since Christmas. Can turn a game round with a killer pass and has weighed in with several key goals. Latics fans will be looking for him to be playing a major part in the last 11 games.

Midfield 17. Christopher Missilou

Another player who we have missed when he hasn’t been in the side. Strong and direct but with some lapses in concentration. Still head and shoulders above others who are waiting in the wings.

Midfield 28. Mohammed Maouche

I genuinely wonder where we would be in the league if we hadn’t the services of Maouche. Clever and skilful and the perfect partner to Baxter.

Midfield 27. Gevaro Nepomuceno

Who can forget the pinpoint cross for the winner against Fulham which booked our place in the next round? Wasted at full back although he is perfectly at home there, Gevaro is best suited supplying the crosses for our frontmen.

Forward 19. Callum Lang

There’s not a lot to be said about Callum that hasn’t already been said. Extremely talented and by far a much superior player than many others in the division. Certainly too good to be returning to a poor side like Wigan at the end of the season.

Forward 9. Zachary Dearnley

If you’re going to give a loan player the number 9 shirt, he should be in the starting line up every game. Showed his obvious skills at Bury but tired late in the game. A chance to show what he’s made of is long overdue.

February Analysis: Baxter, Lang and Edmundson in the Spotlight

February was not a good month for Oldham despite an excellent start and the much heralded arrival of Paul Scholes. The early promise shown in Pete Wild’s last game win at Crawley and, Scholes’ debut win over Yeovil has dissipated somewhat with only 2 points gained from the last four matches. That form has eliminated any hopes that Latics could make a late surge for the play offs. With 17 points separating us from the relegation places, an end of season top 12 place is probably the best we can hope for.

This probably appears to be a situation close to disaster for some Oldham fans who expected a swift return to League One. However, given the fact that (once again) Latics are finishing a season with a different manager than they started it with, the fact that we are not approaching our last 10 games worrying about how many points we might need to avoid the drop should be treated as a bonus at the very least.

The Fulham game aside, there have been some extremely positive performances by several players, especially on loan Sam Surridge and goalkeeper Daniel Iversen.  February’s Player of the month vote is being contested by three players who have had differing seasons so far, but there is little to choose between them for Latics fans casting their votes.

Jose Baxter

Given his recent revelations about his off field demons, Baxter has shown that when fit and motivated he can turn in a performance which proves he is one of, if not the best midfielder in League Two. With enough games left to increase his match fitness, Scholes will be looking for Baxter to finish the season strongly and perhaps be in consideration for next season’s plans.

Callum Lang

It’s difficult to describe Callum Lang in more glowing terms than those that have already been heaped upon him. Quite simply one of the best loan players we’ve ever had and a credit to the game. Exceptionally gifted and by all accounts an extremely friendly and approachable individual. I’m not sure if an on loan player has won Player of the Season at Boundary Park but Lang must certainly be in the frame for it.

George Edmundson

Getting Edmundson signed up on a contract till June 2020 is probably one of the best bits of business the club have done in recent years. Already attracting attention from clubs in higher divisions, George has been a rock at the heart of the defence alongside captain Peter Clarke. His inclusion in the side has certainly aided Oldham’s positive goal difference to being the best in many years. A future captain if we can keep hold of him.

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