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League One 2017-18: Oldham Athletic

3 July 2017

We continue a new feature taking an in depth look at all the teams in Sky Bet League One for the 2017-18 campaign, looking at Oldham Athletic.

Last season...

Final position: 17th (same position as from 2015-16)

Biggest win: 3-1 v Walsall (13/12/16)

Heaviest defeat: 0-3 v Millwall (06/08/16), 0-3 v Southend United (01/04/17)

League Cup: 2nd round

FA Cup: 2nd round

Checkatrade Trophy: 3rd round

Manager: John Sheridan

John Sheridan's playing career spanned 23 years, beginning at Manchester City in 1981 before signing for Leeds United a year later. He made 230 league appearances before joining Nottingham Forest and then Sheffield Wednesday. Seven years with the Owls and 199 league appearances later, the midfielder joined Bolton and after a brief spell at Doncaster Rovers, began his long affiliation with Oldham Athletic. He started with six years as a player, which included co-caretaker and caretaker roles before he hung up his boots in 2004.

He became permanent manager at Boundary Park for the first time in 2006 and has had no fewer than five spells at the helm there, inclusive of his caretaker roles.

Oldham Athletic 12/01/17 Present 22 9 7 6
Notts County 27/05/16 03/01/17 32 8 6 13
Oldham Athletic 13/01/16 09/07/16 22 9 6 7
Newport County 02/10/15 13/01/16 17 5 7 5
Plymouth Argyle 07/01/13 01/06/15 126 48 31 47
Chesterfield 09/06/09 28/08/12 160 63 38 59
Oldham Athletic 01/06/06 15/03/09 151 61 43 47
Oldham Athletic 20/12/03 10/03/04 13 3 6 4
Oldham Athletic 31/10/01 07/11/01 1 0 1 0 Park (Boundary Park)

Capacity: 13,500

Distance to GP: 81 miles

The look of Boundary Park has been greatly enhanced with the opening of the new North Stand on one side of the ground, which held just three stands from 2008 until the building works commenced in 2014. The new stand is smart-looking and has a single tier comprising of 2,340 seats.

Away fans are housed in the ZenOffice Stand at one end of the ground. This stand has a capacity of around 3,750 fans. This is the opposite end to where fans have been housed for many years. 

Head-to-head record.

  Oldham Athletic wins Draw Scunthorpe United wins
League 14 17 15
League Cup 0 0 2
Other 1 0 0
Total 15 17 17

Oldham Athletic's biggest win: 3-0 (24/10/72 and 28/10/08)

Scunthorpe United's biggest win: 6-1 (11/04/55)

Memorable encounter...

Oldham Athletic (Kelly, 25, Poleon, 27) 2-4 Scunthorpe United (McSheffrey, 10, Rowe, 35, Madden, 69, van Veen, 84)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Supporters at the Park saw the Iron's goal of the season and witness a convincing 4-2 United victory on the road.

Gary McSheffrey found space to break forward and slot under Latics' goalkeeper David Cornell after just ten minutes before the hosts hit back with two goals in as many minutes, Liam Kelly and Dominic Poleon both netting. Tommy Rowe saw his deflected effort from the edge of the area hit the net to restore parity before the interval.

In the second 45 minutes, United took the game by the scruff of the neck, with Neal Bishop storming down the right and playing a pinpoint cross for Tom Hopper who saw his header spectacularly saved only for Madden to stab home the rebound.

Kevin van Veen then stole the show, receiving the ball from Sean McAllister on the half way line, coasting past players like they weren't there, notching the ball through the legs of the final defender and delicately lifting the ball over Cornell.

Sky Bet odds...

We've taken a look at the latest Sky Bet odds ahead of the League One campaign to see how the bookmakers think MK Dons will fare in 2017-18.

Correct as of June 12, 2017

Outcome Position Odds
Outright Winner 23rd 66/1
Promotion 22nd 25/1
Top six 22nd 10/1
Relegation 3rd 6/4

For this and other odds visit

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