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We've Met Before: Oldham Athletic

24 November 2020

Phil Yellands delves through the history books to study Oldham Athletic's previous visits to Barrow ahead of this evening's game.

The Latics are one of our most regular opponents before and during our Football League years and Tuesday night will see our 41st meeting at Barrow.

The very first league meeting between the clubs took place in the Lancashire Combination Second Division in April 1905 at Ainslie Street when we won 4-1, with Bill Eccleston scoring twice and Magee and White adding the other goals.

However, we did not meet here in the Football League until November 1935 after The Latics had been relegated into Division Three North. We won 3-0 on that occasion, with a double from Tommy Reid being supplemented by an own goal from Brunskill.

We have scored five goals three times at home to Oldham. The first time was in the Division Three North Cup in January 1939 when we won 5-2. That avenged a defeat in the same competition at Boundary Park two seasons earlier. On that occasion we had five different scorers – Bill Allcock, Cec Davies and Danny Samuel scored from open play, with Tom Harris and Bert King adding penalties.

The following season, after the outbreak of World War Two, we defeated them 5-1 here in the North West Regional League with a Tom Harris hat-trick and goals from Davies again and Jimmy Cargill. That was revenge for us, as we had lost 8-2 at Boundary Park.

The first full season after World War Two, in Division Three North, we also netted five goals in a 5-2 win with a double from Alf Burnett, a penalty from George Forbes and other goals from Jimmy Mullen and Harry Iddon.

Our last Football League meeting here took place over Easter 1971 as The Latics headed for promotion from Division Four and we were rooted to the bottom of the table. It finished 1-1, with our goal coming from Bobby Noble.

Since then we have met twice in cup ties.

In November 2001, after a 1-1 draw courtesy of a Steve Housham strike in the FA Cup First Round at Boundary Park, we enjoyed a full house at Holker Street for the replay, though the visitors won it through an early goal.

Last season in the Lancashire Senior Cup First Round here we defeated Oldham – eventually. The game finished 3-3 and we got over the line 12-11 on penalties. Our goals that night came from two players who are currently out on loan - a Jack Hindle double and another from Morgan Penfold.

And it’s the Lancashire Senior Cup that arguably brings the Club’s happiest memories in terms of a win over The Latics. The 1954/55 Final was played at Holker Street and we won the competition for the only time with a 2-0 triump in front of 6,110 fans. Jim Collins and Billy Gordon were the heroes with the goals. Like so much of our history with Oldham they were to get revenge by winning the 1966-67 Final 2-0 at Boundary Park, three days after we had won promotion.

We have won 28 of the previous 40 meetings, there have been just two draws and The Latics have won 10 times. Hopefully, we can gain our first league win over them tonight since 7th October 1968 when a Howard Riley double gave us a 2-1 win.


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