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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.
The football fixtures have been released for 2013/14 and Athletic will kick off their season with a trip to Stevenage on 3rd. August. Their first home League game will occur the following week when Walsall visit Boundary Park. September brings only one home fixture with three trips to Preston, Rotherham and Crawley. Relegated Wolves will visit Athletic for a Tuesday night game in October and the Latics will cross the Pennines to Sheffield United for the Boxing Day fixture. There will be four home matches in March when the Latics host the September away return games against Preston, Rotherham and Crawley and Brentford will also make the long haul north for a visit. Oldham must wait until April to travel to newlt promoted Bradford City and the season rounds out with a home game against Notts County on 3rd May.
Latics owner Simon Corney has admitted that Marwan Koukash has held talks over a possible purchase of Athletic. Koukash, who is 54, is a racehorse owner and he took over as Salford City Reds rugby boss earlier this year. Corney confessed that he would welcome selling the club to someone of the statute of Dr Koukash and always said that he would only sell to parties who would be good for Athletic. Corney said, “I had a meeting with Marwan four or five weeks ago. Nothing more came of it then, but I think Marwan is a fantastic guy and the sort of person a club like this needs. When it comes to his sport, he likes to makes things happen and gets things done.”
Koukash had earlier stated, “There is a club I’m looking at which hopefully we will be able to secure within the next month or two. I’m not going to reveal which, but it will complement my interest in racing and rugby. Latics fans have their reservations and only hope that IF the deal goes ahead there would be no chance of moving the club lock, stock and barrel to Salford which they would see as a devastating move, and possible end, for the club.
The Latics will take on Derby County at home in the first round of the League Cup. It's a good draw for Athletic as Derby finished last season in 10th place in the Championship. The match will take place during the week commencing Monday 5th August. Other notable draws in the first round include Bury v Crewe; Middlesbrough v Accrington; Doncaster v Rochdale; Preston v Blackpool; Barnsley v Scunthorpe; Huddersfield v Bradford and Rotherham v Sheffield Wednesday.
Midfielder Sidney Schmeltz has signed for the Latics on a two-year deal. The 24-year-old Dutchman has played professional football in Holland for Willem II, Almere City, Sparta Rotterdam and SC Veendam. When Veenham recently filed for bankruptcy, Schmeltz became a free agent. Lee Johnson commented, "Sidney is the perfect character and just the sort of player we are after. He is quick, exciting, skilful and hungry to learn the English game. It is our job as coaches to teach him that."
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