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The Giant Killers

Every F A cup slaying since 1888


The Latics started life as Pine Villa in 1875 before becoming Oldham in 1899, turning pro five years later and entering the F A cup for the first time in 1905. Oldham made it into the competition proper at only the second attempt, even drawing top flight opponents and though they lost i was still impressive enough for them to be elected into the Second Division in 1907 with promotion to the big time coming in 1910. This rapid rise from amateur to top flight coming in just six years and they came within a whisker of winning the title in 1915, finishing runners up. Oldham lost their top flight status in 1923 and it took sixty-nine years for them toregain it, slumping to the fourth tier along the way. Their second spell among the elite cam only a couple of years after the club had reached their first, andto date only major final when losing the League cup in 1990 while the F A cup brought last gasp semi final heartbreak, just as it had done in 1913. Oldham's last game in the big time was in 1997, since when they have slipped down into the third tier again and even though they have been victims of giant killing on six occasions it is for their own feats of giant killing that they are best remembered by their fans in the cup. Great victories over Aston Villa in 1990 and Manchester City in 2005 remain fresh in the memory but were recently upstaged by their victory at Everton in 2008.

Magic Moments


2-1 vs Sunderland

First round: Saturday January 12th 1924

Attendance: 24,725

Scorers: John Blair, Chris Staniforth

Ranked at the time:60

Today: outside the top 200

Team: 1:Howard Matthews, 2:Sam Wynne, 3:Harry Grundy, 4:Bill Taylor, 5:Elliot Pilkington, 6:Jimmy Naylor, 7:George Douglas, 8:Billy Howson, 9:John Blair, 10:Chris Staniforth, 11:


3-2 vs Liverpool

Fourth round: Sunday January 27th 2013

Attendance: 10,295

Scorers: Matt Smith {2}, Reece Wabara

Ranked at the time: 82

Team: 13:Dean Bouzanis, 3:Jonathan Grounds, 5:Jean Yves-Mvoto, 16:Cliff Byrne, 23:Reece Wabara, 4:James Wesolowski, 7:Lee Croft, 22:Youssouf M'Changama {replaced by 26:Carl Winchester -10}, 10:Robbie Simpson {replaced by 19:Dan Taylor -77}, 14:Matt Smith {replaced by 29: David Mellor -84}, 20:Jose Baxter