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With 2 weeks left of the window, what do Oldham Athletic need to do

Leagues 1&2 still have a couple of weeks to get any last-minute signings done. What does Oldham Athletic need to do?

Oldham have had to face a lot over the summer, they’ve spent the majority of it getting used to the new manager, Laurent Banide. On top of that, fans were begging their team to get new signings made which is exactly what they’ve done. I just think it’s come too late and that’s the problem that Oldham are having.

They’ve managed to get the likes of, ex Bolton captain, David Wheater, another ex Bolton man, Chris Eagles and Plymouth left-back Ashley Smith-Brown to put pen to paper. There’s been a few more over the summer too, however, pre-season games showed Oldham that they needed better defence.

The players they have signed have great potential and I honestly don’t think they need to sign anybody else. If they do, that will be a bonus to the squad and it will give Banide more options. For the time being, however, it’s about the training sessions and how they can make the most out of them.

Defence needs work

One of the biggest things that need to be worked on is the defence. Like I said earlier, Oldham lacked quality at the back and the management finally realised that just before the start of the season when they started to recruit. Training sessions now need to be focussed on them and how they should gel together.

The situation that their style of play is in at the minute is very much like Man United’s last season. The back four need to tighten up so that they can push forward on the attack with no problems. Banide needs to work with what he’s already got and make it strong. That’s what he’s there to do, although he hasn’t been there long so he just needs some time. At least that’s what Latics fans are hoping.

Once the defence is at its best, that’s when the training sessions can switch to attacking positions. Banide will either turn this around or end up getting sacked. Who ever ends up in charge needs to work the existing squad up to standard.

What is going wrong for Banide at Oldham Athletic?

Oldham Athletic’s recent performances give positives and negatives despite overwhelming defeats

They have lost every pre-season game and league game so far but pulled off a 3-2 win in the Football League Trophy against Liverpool U-21s. The Latics really got to show what they were about against a weaker opponent.

The victory proved that there are class and quality in the squad to be worked with. Segbé Azankpo proved to a clinical finisher and Chris Eagles were heavily involved in attacking play throughout. This is Oldham’s threat.

Their organization in maintaining pressure and defending is lacklustre, leaving holes and gaps to exploit at the back.

Oldham’s situation is somewhat similar to that of Man Utd last season. Their weak defence stops the attack from progressing confidently and without fear. Solskjaer now has Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and the Reds put four past Chelsea on the opening day of the Premier League.

How can Banide fix his squad?

Of course, Banide cannot be blessed with such an investment. But a recognized manager like himself should be able to get the best out of the defence he has. By giving his current defence a structure and system to go by on a weekly basis, the talented attackers in the side would have more freedom. This would result in the Frenchman’s side improving, winning and gelling as a team.

In the early days of the season, it would be unfair to judge the new manager. He has come into a difficult position at a struggling club. But their defeat against Crewe and their victory over Liverpool U-21s proved that the side has a bit of bite about them when they attack.

If this can be utilized throughout the season, whilst defensive philosophies are upheld – we could still see Oldham Athletic blossom this season.

Unlike other managers in recent years, Banide should be given time to implement a system and a squad that can progress the club further. Unless they get relegated, of course.

Two Oldham Athletic players that need to shine for Binade against Blackburn Rovers

Laurent Banide could find a pass this season if he can take his team far in the Carabao Cup. But he needs these two Oldham Athletic players to show up to see them past Blackburn Rovers…

Oldham Athletic was keen on beginning the season under new manager Laurent Banide, as the Frenchman looks to take Oldham Athletic to the other end of the table.

Unfortunately for the Latics, they currently find themselves on zero points after two games in League Two. They have played both home and away and have been outplayed on both occasions, suffering from less possession and fewer passes than their opponents.

Banide’s side was dominated by a strong Forest Green. But was also easily bested by a Crewe side who was recently obliterated by Plymouth Argyle. This shows that Oldham is unable to match not only the top teams but the fairly average teams also.

Regardless, Banide’s Latics will go toe to toe against Championship’s Blackburn Rovers. They currently find themselves on zero points after two games. Though they have faced very fierce opponents in Fulham and Charlton.

Should Oldham cause an upset in this game, they would need moments of brilliance from the quality they have, as it appears the reigns of Banide aren’t controlling much thus far.

The Football Manc Cave bring you the two players who can lead Oldham Athletic to victory in this big League Cup tie…

Scott Wilson

Banide has started Wilson upfront in both games of the league so far. It appears that he is in favour with the manager and that the Latics believe he can be their goalscorer. The 26-year-old Englishman Scott Wilson scored 14 and assisted 5 for Macclesfield in the 17/18 National League, and continued with 10 goals and 2 assists for the same side in the 18/19 EFL League Two.

Now in the Oldham Athletic strip, Wilson needs to take his game up a level and live up to the trust placed in him by the manager. A winning goal in a cup game against a tough opponent would kick start his career with Oldham.

Chris Eagles

Another recent acquisition for the side is ex-Man Utd and Burnley man Chris Eagles. The 33-year-old is still kicking it. Against such a tough opponent, Oldham Athletic must utilize the experience and quality they have in Eagles.

He has faced teams of all strength and sizes and will be able to set the bar for his teammates against a team who, on paper, beat them with ease.

‘This club is on a massive decline along with the attendance’s because it’s NOT the club we grew up to love’ Oldham Athletic fans react!

Oldham Athletic lost their opening home game of the season against Crewe Alexandra, despite taking the lead after just two minutes.

The Latics have lost both of their opening league games, following last weeks defeat at Forest Green. Laurent Banide is under immediate pressure, as judging from the fans’ reaction to the performance on Saturday, they aren’t warming to him just yet.

Let’s have a look at who they are pointing the finger at…

Two areas Oldham Athletic still need to strengthen before the transfer window shuts

The football season is finally back and Oldham Athletic have lost their first two league games. The Football Manc Cave look at the areas that need improvement for Laurent Banide’s side.

Fans really aren’t happy with how their team have been performing, and all summer they were begging for the club to sign new players.

Banide has had to also adapt as their new manager so fans have been doubting his capability. Some signings were announced before the Latics’ first league game, however, the losses means there are still areas that can be improved…


Before the season started, Oldham listened to their fans who were asking for a tighter defence and signed David Wheater, Tomas Egert and Ashley Smith-Brown. However, this didn’t give them enough time to gel together as a team. Banide needs to take his training sessions as a chance for these players to get to know how to work well together. They might have lost their opening games of the season, the defence can work well, they just need to blend their newest additions into the squad before the season gets any further down the line.

Goal Scorer

A goalscorer is something Oldham desperately need but not just that, they also need someone who isn’t scared to create chances. They have just signed the likes of Chris Eagles who is a winger, and it will take him time to bond with the team too.

Oldham have left it too late. If they would have got their signings in a little earlier then maybe their defence would be tighter, and they could start trying to create a shot on goal. They were dominated on the opening weekend and didn’t produce a shot on target or even a corner. Clearly once the defence is tighter, the goal scorers and wingers need to pull through.

Oldham Athletic’s back four should look like this on Saturday against Crewe

Oldham Athletic lost their opening day fixture away at Forest Green, 1-0. They return to Boundary Park on Saturday, to face Crewe Alexandra.

The Latics struggled to create many major opportunities on Saturday, perhaps that’s where Laurent Banide will look to freshen things up…

However, I look at how their defence should line-up on Saturday…

Alex Iacovitti

Starting with Alex Iacovitti at right-back. A solid young, versatile defender at League Two level. With Latics struggling to create goal-scoring opportunities, perhaps the youngster can look to attack more often and offer support to his winger.

Ashley Smith-Brown

On the other side, I’d give a chance to youngster Ashley Smith-Brown, he’ll inject that energy and pace that Oldham requires. After coming through Manchester City’s academy, Smith-Brown will be looking for first-team football and a regular starting spot at Oldham. The Latics not having the spending power of some of their rivals, perhaps Banide will need to gamble and use his full-backs to start attacks out wide.

David Wheater

The centre half partnership will remain the same on Saturday, and probably for the full season, barring injuries. David Wheater was a brilliant signing. Although he’s entering the latter parts of his career, and his best years are behind him. He still offers that leadership that you need in that league, especially playing in a young, inexperienced squad. Wheater offers a threat in both boxes, with his physicality and strength.

Thomas Hamer

Thomas Hamer has been at the club since 2017. After George Edmundson left to join Rangers this summer, this is his chance to nail down a starting spot and create a partnership alongside Wheater.

Two Oldham Athletic players that should be given start against Liverpool tonight

Before Oldham Athletic takes on Liverpool Under 21’s, here are two players that the Football Manc Cave have picked out who should be getting a chance to play.

The fixture will be played at home for Oldham and it is for the Leasing.com Trophy.

Unfortunately Oldhams opening game of League Two saw them lose 1-0 to Forest Green Rovers. This game shouldn’t be taken as seriously as the league however it should be a chance for some players to get a game.

David Wheater

He only signed for the club this week and got a game already at the weekend, however, this will give him a perfect opportunity to try and gel with his new team while not being under as much pressure.

Oldhams defence needs work and the experience that Wheater has is great. He just needs to form a tighter style of play at the back with his new teammates.

Chris Eagles

Another player who signed for the Latics over the summer. He was on the bench for Oldhams opening game and should be considered in the starting line up against the Under 21’s Liverpool squad so that the manager, fans and club can see how he gels with his new team too.

This will also give Oldham a chance to get tighter in the positions that they struggled in, in their first game of the season but without the added pressure of league points.

These two youngsters who should start for Bolton Wanderers today against Wycombe

Bolton Wanderers have been in the headlines all summer as they still are yet to complete their takeover.

This week, it has been reported that Football Ventures, who has been involved in the club all summer, have got even closer to completing the take over of the club. However, as a Bolton fan, I’ll believe this when I see it because we’ve been filled with empty promises and so have the players. The EFL has also given their statement this week to say that Bolton’s first game against Wycombe Wanderers will go ahead.

Even though the club has been able to convince the EFL that we are ready to face the first game of the season, it’s clear that we now have problems on the pitch as a result of our problems off the pitch. We only have youngsters to play as our senior players went on strike seeing as they hadn’t received any wages for five months. David Wheater has also taken the matter into his own hands as he has left the club and signed for Oldham.

Seeings as we will be putting out a very young squad for the foreseeable, here’s two of them that should be started on Saturday…

Dennis Politic

One talent that we seem to have held onto despite his interest from other clubs. He captained the club in their only friendly that saw them lose to York. However, he must and definitely will start on Saturday if nothing else goes wrong with our troubled club. He helped Salford get promotion last year as he delivered some good football on his loan spell there. It was at that time that he gained attention from other clubs.

Although he probably will leave us as he continues to bring in the interest of other clubs, for his time with us this season, hey will be a key player.

Myles Edmondson

He’s part of the Under 18’s that have had to step up earlier than planned for the Wanderers. The defender put on a good display of football against York and put up a fight. I don’t see us creating any goals or having much of a chance in the league so we need all the defence we can get.

Once the senior players that decided to remain with the club had been revealed earlier in the summer, we had no defenders. Now we might not even have any of those senior squad members in the team this weekend but again, like all of the summer, a lack of communication between the club and the fans, players and manager has left everyone wondering what the truth is yet again.

Two Oldham Athletic players that must start today

Oldham Athletic will face Forest Green this weekend in their opening game of the season. The Football Manc Cave have picked out two players that should start and why.

Oldham have had quite a poor pre-season campaign which has made fans quite worried about the season ahead. One stand out issue has been the defence as fans have been begging their club to make some signings before the start of the season. Well this week, those prayers were answered as there were signings made and a few are defenders.

With that in mind, here are two players who must start at the back for Oldham in order for them to try and keep it tight…

David Wheater

The 32-year-old has only signed for the club this week and may not get a look in, however, I think he would be able to make a difference to the squad. I’ve seen him play for Bolton over the past 8 years and he puts his all into every game.

As well as making crucial clearances, he will lead the defence and try to create chances. He’s even been known to score in the past too so Oldham fans will have to keep an eye out for that. The ex Middlesbrough player has been one of Bolton’s key players in his time there, and he even captained the team. He’ll be a great asset to Oldham but a great loss to Bolton.

Gary Woods

The number 1 keeper should get a start this weekend. He’s been captain for the club in some of the friendlies this summer so he’s clearly well respected. It’s a sensible idea for Oldham to have their keeper as captain or at least attempting to lead at the back as the defenders need to be tighter in order to help Woods going forward this season.

Hopefully, once the Latics have their defence in order, goals will be able to follow and Oldham will be able to put a better display of football on offer this season.

Memories of the 80’s fanzine phenomenon recalled this weekend by Oldham Athletic fans

The start of Oldham Athletic’s 2019/20 season will be a landmark for two Latics supporters now in their 60’s. Thirty years ago, Pete Mason and Harry Crompton launched the club’s fanzine ‘Beyond the Boundary’ at a pre-season friendly against Banik Ostrava at Boundary Park.

Football fanzines were a 1980’s phenomenon which saw most clubs have one or even more publications, written by fans. 

The fanzine provided Latics fans with a chance to air their views on the club, swap good-humoured banter about rival teams and reminisce about games and players from Latics’ glory days in the 1970s.

For Pete and Harry who were to be joined by Brian Green the following season, producing a magazine on a regular basis was something that neither of them had much experience in. “We purchased a typewriter which had seen better days for £5” said Pete “Then we pretty much guessed at how to prepare the pages for printing. We were lucky in getting help from Oldham Resource and Information Centre who gave us a brief introduction to printing and after that, we were on our own.

Printing the fanzine proved to be just the start of what was to become a time consuming, but ultimately worthwhile experience. “The week before we launched the fanzine, we had to collate it, fold it and staple each copy. There were some very late nights” said Harry.

Without the advantage of any official launch, both Pete and Harry struggled on that first day of selling outside the ground. “I guess most people didn’t know what a fanzine was” Pete said “but word got around during the game and before long we were planning issue two with only a handful of the first issue remaining”

The appearance of Beyond the Boundary coincided with the most successful period in Oldham’s history which saw them reach the Littlewood’s Cup Final and face Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final. “We can’t take credit for that” said Harry “but the increase in supporters certainly helped spread the word”.

Pete, whose flat in Werneth served as the fanzine’s HQ soon realised how popular BTB had become by the amount of mail he received weekly. “I’d expected a decent response” he said “but at times we were knocked out by the amount and quality of the articles we received. It wasn’t all serious, in fact some of it was downright bizarre but Latics fans lapped it up”.

Players intrigue

The club kept the fanzine at arm’s length but one or two players regularly bought a copy just to see if they’d been mentioned!

The increased workload eventually resulted in the purchase of a word processor and the services of a professional printer and at the height of Oldham’s success in the newly formed Premier League, each issue of ‘BTB’ was eagerly awaited.

There was a cartoon strip, ‘Dufflecoat Dan the Latics fan’, regular and guest writers, match reports and detailed stories of past games played in some of football’s furthest outposts. Latics exiles abroad became subscribers and the fanzine was posted to Mali, Hong Kong, Australia and Canada.

Here’s Pete Mason with the first season’s issues

All good things come to an end however and with the arrival of the Internet and instant opinions via smartphones, the era of the fanzine slowly disappeared. The last issue of Beyond the Boundary hit the streets in April 2005 with just Pete remaining as the main contributor. “I decided that issue 100 was going to be the last one and, in the end, it wasn’t a difficult decision. There are still a few issues available on eBay if anybody wants to find one”. Pete, Harry and Brian remain keen Latics fans with Pete still writing about the club for ‘The Football Manc Cave’

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