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Oldham Athletic - Gunning for Gold

Welcome to my new Oldham story.
Started on 2 July 2014 by Starlord
Latest Reply on 5 July 2014 by Starlord
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Oldham Athletic Agree new Sponsorship Deal
Latics agree new Sponsorship deal with Sports Direct
League One team Oldham Athletic A.F.C have come to terms with a new sponsorship deal with Sports Direct. Sports Direct, owned by Newcastle United Owner Mike Ashley, have put pen-to-paper to a five-year deal with the League One side. Ashley has taken over the reigns of the club's shop, which will be moved to the new North stand when construction is finished. Sondico, another company owner by Supremo Mike Ashley, have begun to manufacture Oldham's new 2014/15 kit, which has been sponsored with Sports Direct.

Alan Pardew's Newcastle United side are scheduled to start off their pre-season against Oldham Athletic, and are inclined to loan some of their younger members to the League One side.

The sponsorship deal has been rumoured to be the biggest in the club's history, with seven figures being rumoured to be in the long-term deal. Boundary Park also may be inclined for a name change. The League One side have played at the stadium since 1904, but the club may soon change the name of their beloved stadium to the Sports Direct Arena.

It is unknown how much money that Mike Ashley has invested into the company, but with Oldham Athletic chairman Simon Corney rumoured to be stepping down and putting the club up for sale, it is suggested that Ashley may sell Newcastle United to another American businessman interested in the Geordie club: Vincent Kennedy McMahon, owner of World Wrestling Entertainment. If so, Ashley may take over the reigns of Oldham Athletic, but all of this remains to be seen.

Oldham Part Ways with Captain
Oldham Athletic Captain leaves Boundary Park
Oldham Athletic officially announced today the departure of Korey Smith from the League One side. Smith, 23, leaves The Latics to join fellow League One side Bristol City. Smith signed with the Greater Manchester club in 2013. Manager Lee Johnson named Smith the Oldham Athletic Captain last season, replacing former Captain Dean Furman, who moved with former manager Paul Dickov to Doncaster Rovers.

Many fans are disappointed with the departure of Korey Smith, as many think that he had been given the captain's armband for a reason and squandered it, leaving the club without properly knowing the consequences of his actions.

Smith made over 50 appearances for the Greater Manchester club, scoring two goals. His goal against Leyton Orient towards the end of the 2013/14 season was voted Oldham College Goal of the Season.

Oldham sign Contract with famous Finnish Footballer

Finnish Footballer joins League One Oldham
Oldham Athletic A.F.C have completed their first signing of the 2014/15 season. 41 year old Finnish Footballer Jari Litmanen joins League One side Oldham in the hopes of helping the club.

Despite being 41 and a free agent, after being released from his last club HJK, Litmanen has become a known name in professional football, having played for teams like Liverpool F.C, Ajax and Barcelona.

The Finnish Footballer becomes manager Lee Johnson's first forage into the transfer window in the new season, and is hoping he will be joined by many more men.

Johnson: 'I have great respect for Jari, he is a sensational footballer and has been all over the world playing the game. To have a man with such talent with a young team adds a rock in our midfield, a rock we lacked last season.'

Lee Johnson later revealed Litmanen would be taking the vacant Captaincy role, left open by former captain Korey Smith's departure to Bristol City earlier in the week. Whether or not this will add tension to the squad will be seen.

Oldham Athletic vs. Chelmsford
Oldham Athletic got their pre-season off to a fantastic start with a 4-0 win over Chelmsford City.

Oldham were set off to a flyer by striker Danny Philliskirk in the 11th minute. Oldham's second goal came through James Wesolowski, who scored from the outside of the box and completely surprised the Chelmsford Goalkeeper, Carl Pentney, in the 26th minute.

New Captain Jari Litmanen scored his first goal for the Latics in the 49th minute, cutting through the defence and scoring a lovely tap-in past the goalkeeper. The final goal for the Latics came through Danny Philliskirk once more, who put the ball into the top left hand corner in the 82nd minute to complete the rout.

Oldham Athletic vs. Oldham Athletic Under 21s
Oldham Athletic enjoyed near total domination over a distinctly average Oldham Under 21s side at Boundary Park this evening. A brace from Oldham Athletic striker Jonson Clarke-Harris helped Oldham achieve victory.

Full-back Jonathan Grounds got Oldham off to a flying start by scoring a deftly executed finish past the goalkeeper on the 2 minute mark. Young Striker Jonson Clarke-Harris added to Oldham's lead with an incisive finish from 13 meters on 9 minutes.

Oldham Under 21s' Anton Rodgers was forced off by injury in the 72nd minute. Clarke-Harris finished the rout at 82 minutes with a well-struck effort that flew past the Goalkeeper Luke Simpson.

Player of the Match: Jonson Clarke-Harris

Oldham sign Kissock and Morris
Oldham Athletic have completed their second signing of the summer transfer window: English midfielder John Paul Kissock from St. Mirren.

Kissock played for Oldham on loan last season, making four appearances due to being ravaged by injuries. Manager Lee Johnson confirmed that he was willing to take the chance of signing Kissock to a permanent contract, as he knew that 'Injuries weren't forever'.

Kissock joins the Oldham squad as Lee Johnson's second summer signing, as Jari Litmanen has already arrived at Boundary Park and met his fellow teammates.

In other Oldham news, they have completed their third signing of the summer: Former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris, who signs for the club on a free transfer after leaving his last club Bristol City after his contract expired.
These signings seem to be good. I hope that they help you. A lot of luck.
Ahem...I accidentally deleted my save for this story. I was going to do a Private Oldham Save, and without thinking, deleted the save I had been using for this one. I'm going to make a new thread for the new story, and I hope this don't happen again, Sorry everyone that has been reading this.

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