Hullo, again. Most readers will not know the ad slogan “I told ‘em Oldham” but it’s something I have always treasured as my old man always used to pipe up with it, particularly around games involving the Latics. It was a brand of car battery by the way.
Many special games involving these guys over the years but most of all the groundbreaking FA Cup ties in January 1974 involving ‘free’ admission on a Sunday and two replays culminating in defeat for the U’s by 2-1 at the neutral City Ground in Nottingham on a dank Monday afternoon.
Coming back to today’s date and 5 December and it’s only right that we concentrate again on our inaugural season in the Football league and yet again we must confront our early nemesis, Col U. Remember we had already been trounced at Layer Road 5-0 in the first round of the League Cup just four days after our FL baptism against Lincoln. A week later in December we were due to meet them again but this time in the FA Cup second round which saw a pretty resounding 3-0 reverse. Less than two months later we were back at Layer Road for a D4 fixture which saw their U’s run out 2-1 winners. You may say the pointers for this home fixture on 5 December were not good but who said “football, bloody hell!”?*
George Harris and Roly Horrey ensured we ran out 2-1 winners in front of a decent derby crowd of 5,183. Not even Ray Crawford, who felled the mighty Leeds the following February in the FA Cup(a week after our encounter), could stop the mighty U’s although he did level Harris’s early opener. Enjoy the programme for today and don’t get too misty-eyed over what one shilling would buy you in the day!
*Alex Ferguson, May ‘99, Barcelona, post Champions League Final.
And just a moment to pause and reflect that on this day in 1901 Walt Disney was born. That’s all folks!(I know, wrong one).
Bye for now,