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Still independent! Still serving worldwide Latics fans! The LSC was established in 1987 and the website began in 1996. The LSC website is the longest established 'unofficial' web site of Oldham Athletic AFC and is also the longest established message board (forum) of OAFC, official or not. Originally intended to keep Canadian fans abreast of all matters associated with the Latics, the LSC provides a news service and a platform for Athletic fans the world over to express their views on activities at Boundary Park. Learn more about Oldham as a town by visiting our Oldham Links or find out more about the City of Surrey, B.C. here.
If Athletic can beat Mansfield Town in the second round FA Cup replay it will bring what is becoming an annual fixture. The club will play Liverpool for the third successive season in the FA Cup. Ironically, the Anfield team played Mansfield in the third round last season before the Latics knocked them out in the fourth round. The game will be played at Anfield over the weekend of January 4th./5th.
Colombian winger Cristian Montano has been accused of match fixing. The club has officially announced that with immediate effect Cristian Montano will be suspended without pay until the conclusion of investigations into spot-fixing allegations. An investigation will now be launched by the club into the claims. The Latics paid West Ham around £50,000 for 21-year-old Montano last August and his contract is due to expire at the end of this season.
The allegation is that Montano was alleged to have tried to get booked in the League One match, for a cash payment, in the first half of their match at Wolves in October. He did not get booked and a report by a Sunday newspaper includes a video of him, in a Manchester hotel, apologising for his failure to former Portsmouth defender Sam Sodje. He apparently swore at the referee and tried to foul Wolves players but was not yellow carded until the second half of the game. Wolves won the match lost 2-0. He also added that he was willing to repeat the trick in subsequent games. Sodje is implicated at the centre of the scam and is reported to have received £70,000 for being red carded when Portsmouth lost 1-0 against Athletic last season. Sodje punched Jose Baxter in the groin and was red carded for the incident.
It is understood that the Latics had no idea knowledge about the claims until the story was released. A spokesman for the club said, "Oldham Athletic Football Club has been made aware of the incident and allegation surrounding one of its players, Cristian Montano. The club will commence an immediate internal investigation to establish all the relevant facts of the case. The club is co-operating with other agencies in this matter and cannot comment on specific facts at this stage."
Lee Johnson spoke of his delight with his two young transfer-deadline signings. Ellis Plummer and Wade Joyce have both signed short loan deals with the club. Johnson said, "I have watched Ellis quite a few times and he is athletic and powerful and, though not the biggest, he certainly has a big leap. He is left footed so can play left centre half or left back. I felt we needed another defender and I am looking forward to working with him. Ellis is slightly different to what we already have and sometimes it is a case of horses for courses. Wade is a good lad, a real football person and a good player. He needs to add certain things to his game to push towards our first team and I am having a closer look at him until January to see whether he can get to the point where he is knocking on the door of the first eleven."
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