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Paul Scholes: What Goes Up Must Come Down

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End of Season Update

We've done it. We've finally done it. Eighteen years since that 23rd placed finish in the Championship that sent us into exile, a long, never ending downward spiral. But now, we're back, better than ever. We haven't been in the Premier League since 1993 but we'll be back, as bright as we can be. We just need one more push. But, right now, we might as well celebrate the double - the League One title and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. Not bad for a beginner like me ey?


OLDHAM ATHLETIC 3 (Johnson pen 6, 50 Arango pen 90), BRISTOL CITY 0.

Kean, Orr, Faye, Elokobi, Paíto, Guthrie, Adjei-Boateng, Dombaxe, Arango, Vicente (Forte 61), Johnson (Wilkinson 67)

BCFC: Fielding, Ayling, Hall, Williams (Thorpe 75), Cunningham, Emmanuel-Thomas, Smith, Lundstram (Douglas 65), Bryan, Nabi, Freeman (Wilbraham 61)

Referee: A. Taylor

Booked: Faye (Oldham), Cunningham (Bristol)

Attendance: 6,536


Price, Oyebanjo, Ward, Leacock, Dickson, Hayden, Smith, Jones (Simpson 51), Edwards, Rowe (Pogba 79), Tomlin (McLeod 20)

OAFC: Kean, Orr, Kusunga, Aké, Paíto, Guthrie, Jones, Dombaxe, Mellis, Vicente (Hare 45), Wilkinson

Referee: A. Madley

Booked: Dickson (Crawley)

Attendance: 2,165

OLDHAM ATHLETIC 2 (Johnson 35 Faye 85), SHEFFIELD UNITED 1 (Wallace 86).

Kean, Orr, Faye, Elokobi, Mills, Guthrie, Adjei-Boateng, Dombaxe, Arango, Forte, Johnson

SUFC: Howard, Basham (McNulty 65), Collins, McEveley, Brayford, Wallace, Coutts (Baxter 85), Ralls, Wordsworth, Anderson, Done (Flynn 87)

Referee: M. Haywood

Booked: Elokobi, Faye, Mills, Adjei-Boateng (Oldham)

Attendance: 7,676

COVENTRY CITY 1 (Barton 7), OLDHAM ATHLETIC 1 (Dombaxe 62).

Burge, Pennington, Webster, Johnson, Haynes (Smith 63), Barton, Pugh, Lawton (Fleck 45), O'Brien, Samuel, Tudgay (Jackson 61)

OAFC: Kean, Orr, Faye, Elokobi, Paíto, Guthrie, Adjei-Boateng, Dombaxe, Arango, Vicente (Forte 80), Hare (Johnson 45)

Referee: M. Bull

Booked: Paíto (Oldham)

Attendance: 9,896

OLDHAM ATHLETIC 2 (Johnson 22, 29), CHESTERFIELD 2 (Gnanduillet 4, 10).

Kean, Orr, Faye, Aké, Mills, Guthrie, Adjei-Boateng, Dombaxe, Arango (Jones 82), Vicente (Forte 45), Johnson

CFC: Lee, Raglan (Banks 73), Teixeira, Evatt, Darikwa, Morsy, Clucas (Gardner 80), Hird, Ryan (Humphreys 80), O'Shea, Gnanduillet

Referee: C. Berry

Booked: Aké, Guthrie, Mills (Oldham), Teixeira, Darikwa, Evatt, Morsy, Clucas (Chesterfield)

Sent off: Guthrie (Oldham)

Attendance: 6,133

WALSALL 1 (Sawyers pen 50), OLDHAM ATHLETIC 2 (Arango 2 Dombaxe 20).

O'Donnell, J Chambers (O'Connor 71), Downing, Willis, Taylor, Cain (Robinson 77), A Chambers, Cook (Grimes 45), Sawyers, Mantom, Bradshaw

OAFC: Kean, Orr, Faye, Elokobi, Paíto, Mellis, Adjei-Boateng, Dombaxe, Arango, Forte, Johnson

Referee: A. Davies

Booked: None.

Attendance: 5,223

OLDHAM ATHLETIC 2 (Johnson 27 Vicente 63), PETERBOROUGH UNITED 2 (Saunders 75 James 82).

Kean, Orr, Faye, Elokobi, Paíto (Mills 81), Aké, Jones, Mellis, Dombaxe, Vicente (Hare 63), Johnson

PUFC: Alnwick, Blake (Keane 68), Brisley, Zakuani, Ntlhe, Taylor (Saunders 63), Russell (Anderson 45), Payne, Kuhl, Rose, James

Referee: N. Miller

Booked: Kuhl, Blake (Peterborough)

Attendance: 10,502

League Table

We won the title in a fairly relaxed manner, mathematically winning it the second to last game against Walsall. Unfortunately for Doncaster, who were 2nd going into the last day, lost out on their automatic promotion spot because of a 3-2 loss to Scunthorpe United on the last day. And to make it worse for them - they made the Play-Off final, only to lose out again against Swindon! So they will spend another season in League One while us, Bristol City and Swindon venture into the second tier of English football.

Player of the Season

Andy Johnson

I didn't even need to consider this decision, to put it simply - without Johnson's goal and assist contribution, no way would promotion have been possible. He finished the top scorer of League One with thirty goals from thirty-eight games and ten assists. He scored ten goals in thirteen in cup games as well to up his goal tally to forty goals. He will be staying with us next season, unlike many of this season's squad.
Impressive season, a great achievement to get Oldham promoted never mind wining the league. Have to ask though how did you get Argano to join straight away, on mine he couldn't join till 2016
JamesG: Thanks James :D

Hortensius: Thanks :) and it was quite straightforward for me, just like any other transfer but whether it's a case of if you bought him in a different transfer window I don't know?

Transfer News: Oldham

Hello, welcome to Sky Sports HQ, on Transfer Centre today, we will be discussing Paul Scholes' Oldham Athletic.

The former Manchester United midfielder Scholes brought in fourteen new players last season to aid their push for eventual promotion to the Championship, only five of them players have survived the mass clearout so far this summer. Twenty-three players have departed Boundary Park this summer as of now, with only four of them departures commanding a fee. Genséric Kusunga has left the club for League Two play-off chasers Luton Town. That transfer brought £10,000 to Oldham's budget and after only nine appearances for The Latics last season, you can see why.

The next departure from the club was another centre-back - James Wilson. Wilson had been brought in under the Lee Johnson regime before he left for Barnsley last summer. He came in on a free transfer on a one year deal which ran out this summer, but Scholes managed to get a £20,000 fee for him out of fellow Championship new-boys Swindon Town.

The next player was quite a shock to leave Boundary Park this summer as the left-back Joseph Mills made the move to Griffin Park to join Neil Harris' Brentford side for a fee of £135,000. The reason why this was a shock was because Mills had been an integral part of the Oldham side that won promotion since arriving on a free transfer from Burnley following a successful loan spell the season before. Mills made 29 appearances last season, and was cut out of the team for a short while following the arrival of former Xanthi full-back Paíto later on in the season.

After the influx of central players mid-season and in the summer, it wasn't such a surprise to see Liam Kelly depart the club for relegation favourites Rotherham for a fee of £750,000 this window. The change in formation deterred any chance of getting into the starting eleven when Jhon Wilmar Arango arrived in January - which led to Scholes opting for an attacking-midfielder instead of a defensive-midfielder like Kelly himself. And now the arrivals of Danny Guthrie, Wilson Palacios and Jaroslav Plasil has put Kelly's position further into the abyss of the reserve team. Although, Oldham did well to get the fee they did for Kelly.

Releases made by the club include last season's starring players such as Abdoulaye Faye, Diomansy Kamara, Jonathan Forte, Bradley Orr and Vicente who made a lot of appearances for The Latics last season as well as first-team players Ricardo and Dominic Poleon who have both mutually terminated their contracts following Scholes' confession that they wouldn't be getting a game in the first-team this season.

Onto arrivals, Scholes has brought in a vast amount of big continental names to the club. Players such as Mexico's Carlos Fierro, PSV's Zakaria Bakkali, Stoke's Wilson Palacios and Manchester City's John Guidetti have all joined the Oldham ranks as they head into their first season in the second tier since 1997.

Carlos Fierro was the first finalised move this summer, signing on a pre-contract way back at the beginning of January this year. The 21 year old is becoming somewhat of a cult hero amongst Mexico supporters, scoring four in four appearances for the national team. He first came to Scholes' attention when former Oldham manager Joe Royle noted the star's contract expiry date.

The next player who signed up for The Latics was PSV's Zakaria Bakkali. This was a shock transfer as Bakkali was a regular first-teamer in the PSV ranks under Phillip Cocu, but like Fierro, his contract was up in the summer and Oldham were the first team to pounce on that opportunity, and the speed the deal was done made him Oldham's player in no time.

English right-back Darnell Fisher was signed up on a free transfer in early January, like many of our deals. The 21 year old starred in Celtic's title win last season - making 20 appearances in the league and creating two goals throughout. The 21 year old is well known across Scotland for his blistering pace on the wings, as well as his ability to defend also.

Joe Walsh was the first player to sign for a fee, having joined from Crawley for £110,000. Scholes watched Walsh play against his men in League One, and obviously admired his style of play at centre-back, despite Crawley's relegation. The relegation meant that Oldham could purchase the centre-back for a small fee, as Crawley need to lower their wage expenditure to be in line for League Two's Financial Fair Play Rules.

Wilson Palacios brings a welcomed Premier League past into the Oldham dressing room. With Scholes knowing that Liam Kelly was not up to scratch with the Championship he knew he needed a better centre-midfield operator, and in Palacios he found his man. After over 100 caps at international level and totalling over £20m in transfer fees over the course of his career, you cannot argue with Scholes' judgement on this one.

The biggest fee Oldham have ever paid out in their history has been made this window with the arrival of Jesús Vallejo from Real Zaragoza in LIGA Adelante as he joins for a record £1,100,000. He was an integral part of last season's play-off campaign, as Zaragoza just missed out on promotion via the play-offs because they finished lower than Numancia in the league. He made 39 appearances and won six Man of the Match awards in his first season in first-team football. Not a bad move by the looks of it.

Alex Pearce brings much-needed Championship experience to this side, who lacked it massively before his arrival, with only Danny Guthrie, Andy Johnson and George Elokobi having played at this level before this season. Last season he captained Reading to an eighth placed finish in the league, conceding 48 goals in that season. Pearce has made over 200 appearances in the Championship for three different teams, with Oldham being his fourth.

Nicola Leali has been dubbed for a future Italy national team number one spot, with the 22 year old performing way above his age. Despite spending the season on loan to Cesena who were relegated from Serie A last season, not many 22 year old goalkeepers get snapped up by Juventus for a £3.3m fee very often. The Italian will be battling fellow new signing Joe Lewis for a starting spot at Boundary Park.

John Guidetti's career speaks volumes of his talent. After scoring 20 goals in 23 games for Feyenoord in the Eredivisie, it's hard to see why Manchester City never gave the Swedish international a chance at the Premier League club. He spent last season on loan at Celtic - with fellow new signing Darnell Fisher, and netted 18 goals in 23 league games. For a 23 year old who's barely played the last few years bar a season with Feyenoord, that is not bad going. I'm glad we fought off so much competition for him as he will be extremely effective at this level.

Other arrivals at Boundary Park consist of: AS Monaco's Andrea Raggi, Bordeaux's Jaroslav Plasil, Manchester United's Joe Rothwell, Blackburn's Joshua King, Cardiff City's Joe Lewis, Red Star Belgrade's Darko Lazovic, Barcelona 'B's Douglas, Braga B's Diogo Bittencourt, Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho and Notts County's Joe Boden.

Pre-Season Update

An absolutely immense pre-season started all the way over in Asia, where we were invited to tour the land of Park Ji-Sung and Lee Dong-Gook due to our 'high popularity in the country'. Who thought Oldham had glory supporters at this stage? Anyway, we arrived in South Korea brandishing a whole new Oldham team featuring the likes of Carlos Fierro, Zakaria Bakkali and John Guidetti. It was more than a success. We played three K League (South Korea top flight) teams and won every single game there. Other notable fixtures were Jong Ajax, Ajax's B team in effect and Belgian Pro League side Zulte Waregem.



Seung-Yeob (Dae-Hwan 75), Dal-Joo, Ki-Woong, Sang-Hee, Jee-Wong (Dae-Yeol 45), Shin-Hwan (Jae-Won 45), Jae-Young (Sang-In 29), Hyun-Ho (Ho-Jun 51), Sung-Gi, Chul-Ho, Dae-Chul (Weon Il 44)

OAFC: Leali (Lewis 56), Douglas (Fisher 56), Raggi (Pearce 56), Walsh (Elokobi 56), Bittencourt (Paíto 56), Guthrie, Jones (Plasil 56), Lazovic (Dombaxe 56), Arango, Bakkali (King 56), Guidetti (Fierro 56)

Referee: R. Al-Tehmazi

Booked: Dal-Joo, Sung-Gi (Anyang)

Attendance: 610

JEJU UNITED 1 (Walsh og 17), OLDHAM ATHLETIC 3 (Pearce 25 Plasil 58 Johnson 72).

Hyun-Ki (Dong-Wook 82), Hyung-Do, Sang-Rok (Min-Hyuk 58), Tae-Wook, Young-Chan, Ik-Seong (Chun-Suk 45), Jeong-Min, Dong-Yun (Hae-Min 45), Kyung-Min (Won-Keun 51), Seung-Woo, Kwang-Jin (Hyun-Suk 69)

OAFC: Leali (Lewis 45), Fisher (Douglas 45), Pearce (Elokobi 45), Walsh (Raggi 45), Bittencourt (Paíto 45), Guthrie, Jones (Plasil 45), Dombaxe (Lazovic 45), Arango (Fierro 58), King (Bakkali 45), Guidetti (Johnson 45)

Referee: A. Badir

Booked: Dombaxe, Elokobi, Douglas (Oldham)

Attendance: 2,226

ULSAN HYUNDAI 0, OLDHAM ATHLETIC 2 (Guidetti 45 Guthrie 53).

Jin-Kyoo (Pan-Soo 76), Jeong-Bok, Woo-Yeon, Ji-Won, Hyung-Tan (Won-Jae 45), Sung-Nam (Tae-Woong 45), Ho-Yeon (Dong-Jun 59), Jeong-Joo, Min-Hyuk (Soo-Min 51), Jung-Hun (Chul 53), Ki-Hun

OAFC: Leali (Lewis 45), Fisher (McIlwaine 45), Pearce (Raggi 45), Walsh, Ford (Bittencourt 45), Douglas (Guthrie 45), Jones (Sharples 45), Dombaxe (Lazovic 45), Arango (Hare 45), King (Bakkali 45), Guidetti (Fierro 45)

Referee: D. Cook

Booked: Walsh (Oldham)

Attendance: 2,326

OLDHAM ATHLETIC 5 (Bonmann og 4 Guidetti 8, 22 Dombaxe 45 Hare 65), BORUSSIA DORTMUND II 0.

Leali (Lewis 45), Fisher (Douglas 45), Raggi (Pearce 45), Walsh (Elokobi 45), Bittencourt (Paíto 45), Guthrie (Palacios 45), Jones (Plasil 45), Dombaxe (Lazovic 45), Arango (Hare 45), King (Bakkali 45), Guidetti (Fierro 45)

BDII: Bonmann (Muller 45), Narey (Camoglu 45), Zimmermann (Flores 45), Binias (Dudziak 57), Schumacher (Serra 45), Aydogan (Ostaszewski 45), Kosecik (Stenzel 45), Sauerland (Ochs 45), Burnic (Demirok 45), Harder (Ahmetovic 45), Erhardt (Amenyido 45)

Referee: B. Madley

Booked: None.

Attendance: 1,832

OLDHAM ATHLETIC 3 (Boden 15 Johnson 49, pen 54), DROYLSDEN 0.

Woolley (Leali 45), Mandora (Fisher 45), Day (Raggi 45), Walsh (Elokobi 45), Clarke (Bittencourt 45), Sharples (Guthrie 45), Rothwell (Douglas 45), Parkin (Lazovic 45), Hare (Arango 45), Boden (Bakkali 45), Iheanacho (Johnson 45)

DFC: Keen (Cooper 88), Middleton, Piercewright (Davy 49), Straker, Chalmers, Barton (Dean 45), Senior (Richings 54), Amos, Dodds, Lewis (Akinde 45), Moody (Hubble 45)

Referee: M. McLaughlin

Booked: None.

Attendance: 2,451


Leali (Lewis 45), Douglas (Fisher 45), Vallejo (Raggi 45), Pearce (Walsh 45), Bittencourt (Ford 45), Guthrie (Palacios 45), Jones, Dombaxe (Lazovic 45), Arango (Hare 45), Bakkali, Guidetti (Haley 45)

JAFC: van der Hart, Tete, Verhappen, Koppelaar (Goderie 79), Ligeon, Loos (Cerny 45), Nouri (Swinkels 74), Meleg, Duarte (de Haas 67), Martis (Hofmans 45), Kluivert (Tahir Kraaij Jr 88)

Referee: B. Madley

Booked: None.

Attendance: 1,842

PENYFFORD 0, OLDHAM ATHLETIC 5 (Dombaxe 4, 15 Fierro 6 Guidetti 48 Boden 89).

Cantelo (Ayanlet 48), Sullivan, Keefe, Rathbone, Peters (Conaty 45), Sampson (Pugh 45), Brown (Thelwell 45), Gibbon, O'Leary (Rowley 45), Durban (Phipps 45), Price

OAFC: Leali (Lewis 45), Fisher (Mandora 45), Vallejo (Pearce 45), Walsh, Bittencourt (Paíto 45), Guthrie, Douglas (Palacios 45), Dombaxe (Lazovic 45), Arango (Hare 45), Bakkali (Glover 45), Fierro (Guidetti 45)

Referee: S. Lannoy

Booked: None.

Attendance: 300

OLDHAM ATHLETIC 2 (Walsh 36 Lazovic 80), ZULTE WAREGEM 0.

Leali (Lewis 45), Douglas (Fisher 45), Vallejo (Pearce 45), Walsh (Raggi 45), Bittencourt (Paíto 45), Guthrie (Palacios 45), Jones (Plasil 45), Dombaxe (Lazovic 45), Arango, King (Bakkali 45), Guidetti (Fierro 45)

ZWFC: Bossut, Duplus (Faug-Porret 45), Demidov (Rosenthal 45), Ferreira (Mendy 73), Bagui (Van Hyfte 80), Jorgensen, Aneke, N'Goma (Labor 45), Kaya (Desmet 56), Lassad (Vervaeke 45), Plet (Staelens 90)

Referee: P. Keane

Booked: Jorgensen (Waregem)

Attendance: 2,461


In the first month of the season we face old enemies Bristol City, who will be hoping to get revenge on us for taking away last years league title after a 3-0 defeat at the hands of us. We then play three other relegation favourites in Swindon Town, Birmingham City and Rotherham before we come up against play-off favourites Nottingham Forest who are without star man Jamie Paterson as he was sold to Cardiff for £3million earlier this window. We face Northampton in the Capital One Cup so that should be pretty much a bye to the next round.

*Credit to Tallery for the amazing banner :D

Johnson Joins Backroom Staff

Oldham favourite Andy Johnson has today called his retirement early by agreeing to become Oldham's Under-18's Assistant Manager to Dean Holden.

The former England international aided Oldham's revival to the Championship last season by putting away thirty league goals in thirty-eight games, leading the goalscoring charts by four goals and helping Oldham to their first league title in twenty-five years when Joe Royle led the Latics to the top-flight in 1991.

Now Johnson will be working alongside the likes of Royle as he enters the scene of the backroom staff at Boundary Park.

Johnson was told he was surplus to requirements by manager Paul Scholes earlier this season and now he has been offered a chance to stay with the club as part of the staff.

"Yeah, Scholesy came up to me when we played our first league game against Birmingham telling me that my chances in this squad are limited, and I can understand where he's coming from when he says that. He's definitely improved the playing staff to Championship standard this summer.

"The likes of John Guidetti, Carlos Fierro and even some of the lads in the youth team are all challenging for a place in the first-team, and being the age I am, keeping up with these young kids is a tough challenge, never mind getting a place in the team. They're all improving very fast and I know with age that I'm losing a bit of talent each day.

"The day was always going to come when I know I'd finally lost it and I've fallen in love with the scene here at Oldham that I don't think I would suit anywhere else, so to be offered a staff role with the youth team is great stuff for me. It means I'm heavily involved with the day-to-day running of the club, like I was before, but with a lot less stress now."

Johnson has definitely had a colourful career, becoming a first-team regular at Championship side Birmingham City in 2000 before joining Trevor Francis' Crystal Palace in 2002. He led Palace to the Premier League the season after, netting 27 times in 42 appearances and had an excellent record in Palace's Premier League season as well - scoring 21 times in 37 games despite Palace being relegated yet again.

His incredible form at Selhurst Park earned him a move to Premier League side Everton in 2006 for £8.5million, however couldn't replicate his form at Crystal Palace at Goodison Park - finishing his two year spell for the Toffees with 17 league goals in 51 appearances. However, despite the drop in form, Johnson made his way to Fulham's Craven Cottage in 2008 for £10.5million. He spent four years there, but never lived up to his hefty price tag, scoring only 13 goals in 86 league appearances.

He was released at the end of the 2011/12 season and made his way across London to join Premier League new-boys Q.P.R however only made three appearances in their relegation season. In the Championship, Johnson made nine appearances for the Rs, scoring two goals before making his way to Boundary Park where he enjoyed his best goalscoring season of his career, leading Oldham to promotion with thirty goals and ten assists from thirty-eight games.

August Update

If this is the way we will continue this season, I'm very happy to sit back and watch! We've completely taken advantage of the youth in our side and used it to punish Championship defenders, and in doing so we've reached top of the league with five wins out of five! We defeated Northampton with pretty much our under-18 squad 7-0 before sneaking a last minute winner at The King Power Stadium of Leicester. Which as a result we're up against my former team Manchester United yet again. I think we all know what happened last time against Manchester United what with Andy Johnson's last-minute antics - he will be sitting with me on the bench during that game.



Lewis, Douglas, Vallejo, Walsh, Bittencourt, Jones, Guthrie, Dombaxe, Arango, King, Guidetti

BCFC: Randolph, Caddis, Morrison, Edgar (Grounds 87), Hancox, Gray (Cotterill 78), Spector, Davis, Gleeson, Novak, Donaldson (Sammon 81)

Referee: J. Moss

Booked: None.

Attendance: 9,270

OLDHAM ATHLETIC 7 (Glover 1, 34 Iheanacho 2 Dombaxe 38, 45+1, 71 Hare 65), NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0.

Lewis, Douglas, Vallejo, Day, Clarke, Sharples, Rothwell (McGoldrick 61), Dombaxe, Hare, Glover, Iheanacho

NTFC: Jalal, Jackson (Holmes 45), Cresswell, Diamond, Perry, Hackett, D'Ath, Carroll (Spooner 82), Cooke (Calder 45), Clifton, Joseph

Referee: T. Robinson

Booked: Sharples (Oldham), Carroll (Northampton)

Attendance: 2,705

ROTHERHAM UNITED 1 (Bowery 36), OLDHAM ATHLETIC 6 (King 9, 10, 31, 67 Bittencourt 16 Vallejo 27).

Collin, Richardson, Johnson (Morgan 56), O'Brien, Taylor, Smallwood, Green (Árnason 63), Barton, Segolela, Bowery, Ward (Clarke-Harris 51)

OAFC: Lewis, Douglas, Vallejo (Raggi 65), Walsh, Bittencourt, Guthrie, Jones, Dombaxe, Arango, King, Guidetti (Johnson 65)

Referee: M. Clattenburg

Booked: None.

Sent off: Taylor (Rotherham)

Attendance: 10,520

OLDHAM ATHLETIC 5 (Guthrie 7 Fierro pen 28, 38, pen 61 Dombaxe 47), BRISTOL CITY 2 (Agard 7, 21).

Lewis, Douglas, Vallejo (Raggi 45), Walsh, Bittencourt, Guthrie, Jones, Dombaxe, Arango (Lazovic 62), Bakkali (King 62), Fierro

BCFC: Fielding, Little, Flint (Hall 68), Williams, Bryan, Keegan, Pack (Douglas 53), Reid, Martin, Taylor (Freeman 45), Agard

Referee: J. Linington

Booked: None.

Attendance: 9,335

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1 (Abdoun 36), OLDHAM ATHLETIC 4 (Guthrie 57 Dombaxe 73 Guidetti 79 Vallejo 89)

Steele, Martin (Fox 20), Hobbs, Wilson, Cohen, Osborn, Reid, Antonio (McLaughlin 69), Lansbury (Majewski 58), Abdoun, Assombalonga

OAFC: Lewis, Douglas, Vallejo, Walsh, Bittencourt (Raggi 45), Guthrie, Jones, Dombaxe, Arango, King, Johnson (Guidetti 62)

Referee: D. Mohareb

Booked: None.

Attendance: 23,412

LEICESTER CITY 2 (Drinkwater pen 61 Ayling 78), OLDHAM ATHLETIC 3 (Guidetti pen 69 King 88, 90).

Schwarzer, Ayling, Moore (Morgan 70), Blackett, Rowe, Albrighton, King (James 56), Drinkwater, Stocker, Wood (Vardy 51), Defoe

Referee: M. Oliver

Booked: James, Drinkwater (Leicester)

Attendance: 25,435

OLDHAM ATHLETIC 4 (Guidetti pen 7 Walsh 14, 90+1 Jones 55), SWINDON TOWN 0.

Lewis, Douglas, Vallejo (Raggi 59), Walsh, Bittencourt, Guthrie, Jones, Dombaxe, Arango, King, Guidetti

STFC: Foderingham, Alcock, Dunne, Wilson, Thompson, Cranie, Byrne (Bostock 59), Kennedy, Gladwin (Branco 76), Donnelly (Storey 66), Williams

Referee: J. Simpson

Booked: King, Vallejo (Oldham), Cranie (Swindon)

Attendance: 10,167

League Table

At the end of the month we sit top of the table, three points ahead of relegated Burnley, recording five wins out of five with a mighty goal difference of sixteen already. With the pundits placing us for a 17th placed finish, to go top after five games would really shove their words back down their throat. It's too early to tell but if we keep thrashing teams like we are now, we can easily go on to get somewhere in this league this season.


Without a doubt, the Manchester United fixture in the late stages of the month is the biggest game in September, as we hope to replicate that last-gasp 2-1 win courtesy of Andy Johnson last season. We also face Leeds at the beginning of the month who have picked up nine points from five games and have yet to be beaten in the league so far.

Two Make International Debuts

Oldham stars Jhon Wilmar Arango and Joe Walsh made their senior international debuts yesterday as they continue to further their successes with Oldham onto the international stage.

Jhon Wilmar Arango featured in Colombia's 2-2 friendly match against African opponents Algeria, however Arango was subbed off at half-time for Interzionale attacking-midfielder Darwin Quintero. But a week after that fixture the Oldham playmaker scored his first international goal as he netted the first of eight of Colombia's goals in the 8-0 rout over Oceania opponents New Zealand. He was subbed off after sixty-four minutes this time, coming off for Monterrey's Alexander Mejía.

The next on the international scene was 23-year-old centre-back Joe Walsh, who has featured heavily at the back for Oldham this season alongside Jesús Vallejo. Wales boss Chris Coleman picked Walsh and played him throughout the whole game partnered with Hull City's James Chester at the back.

In the thirty-sixth minute, Walsh nodded a goal from a Gareth Bale corner to make it 1-0 against Andorra in the European Championships Qualifier which finished 3-0 - courtesy of two Gareth Bale goals. The win puts Wales three points above 3rd placed Bosnia & Herzegovina, on course to qualify for the EURO's in 2016 in France - a title which Spain currently hold.

The new Wales international spoke of his selection saying "It's an absolute honour, especially when its a competitive game to play for you country. Every little kid dreams of playing for their country, winning the World Cup et cetera. Today that dream's come true for me.

"I just want to thank the boss for picking me and the lads here who've really helped me settle in here and I've really loved it here. I can't wait to be back here sometime in the future."

September Update

I genuinely cannot believe we've done it again, a 3-2 win over Manchester United with a last-minute goal owing to Carlos Fierro. I must have some sort of effect on my former team as it's not really a routine procedure beating the English league champions two times out of two. Along with our cup win, we continue with our prodigious league form, obtaining ten points from a possible fifteen.


LEEDS UNITED 3 (Vokes 19, 75 Allagui 58), OLDHAM ATHLETIC 3 (Guidetti 3, 37, 48).

Neto, Byram, Wheater (Bellusci 65), Cooper, Suk-Young, McEachran (Fuchs 90), Murphy, Sloth (Pizzelli 65), Young, Vokes, Allagui

OAFC: Lewis, Fisher, Vallejo, Pearce, Bittencourt, Guthrie, Jones, Dombaxe, Arango, Bakkali (King 90), Guidetti

Referee: D. Handley

Booked: None.

Attendance: 28,116

OLDHAM ATHLETIC 5 (Guthrie 16, 25 Guidett 21 Walsh 33 Bittencourt 75), WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 0.

Lewis, Douglas, Vallejo, Walsh, Bittencourt, Guthrie, Jones (Palacios 66), Dombaxe, Arango, King (Bakkali 30), Guidetti

WWFC: Kuszczak, Batth, Williamson (Kilgallon 67), Stearman, Zaccardo, Golbourne, Evans, O'Neil, Jacobs, Bothroyd (Sigurdsson 52), Doyle (Dicko 45)

Referee: P. Miller

Booked: None.

Attendance: 10,579

CHARLTON ATHLETIC 1 (Gudmondsson 80), OLDHAM ATHLETIC 6 (Dombaxe 2 Guidetti pen 10, 23 King 28 Jones 37 Palacios 72).

Henderson, Solly, Ben-Haim, Bikey-Amougou, Holmes-Dennis (Wiggins 56), Butcher, Wilson (Gudmondsson 45), Lepoint, Jackson, Stanislas (Watt 51), Vetokele

OAFC: Lewis, Douglas, Vallejo, Walsh, Bittencourt, Guthrie, Jones (Palacios 60), Dombaxe (Lazovic 60), Arango, King, Guidetti

Referee: K. Johnson

Booked: Wilson, Lepoint, Bikey-Amougou (Charlton), Vallejo, Bittencourt (Oldham)

Sent off: Lepoint (Charlton)

Attendance: 17,202

OLDHAM ATHLETIC 3 (Guidetti 18 King 65 Fierro 120), MANCHESTER UNITED 2 (Wilson 26, 75).

Lewis, Douglas, Vallejo, Walsh, Bittencourt, Guthrie (Fierro 75), Jones (Palacios 45), Dombaxe, Arango, King (Iheanacho 106), Guidetti

MUFC: Valdés, Jones, Dedé (Evans 65), Rojo, Shaw, Mavuba (Di María 45), Fellaini, Bonfield, Mata, Henríquez (van Persie 57), Wilson

Referee: A. Marriner

Booked: Jones, Walsh, Douglas (Oldham), Rojo (Man United)

Attendance: 13,500


Lewis, Fisher, Vallejo, Walsh, Bittencourt, Guthrie, Jones, Dombaxe, Arango, King (Bakkali 62), Iheanacho (Guidetti 62)

BORO: Bunn, Kelly, Hines, Gibson, Husband, Adomah, Lowe, Leadbitter (Williams 90), Reach, Karimi, Kike

Referee: L. Probert

Booked: Walsh (Oldham), Leadbitter, Lowe, Kelly (Middlesbrough)

Attendance: 10,851

NORWICH CITY 0, OLDHAM ATHLETIC 4 (King 9, 25 Fierro 20, 82).

Ruddy, Norman, Tettey, Roberge, Olsson, Howson, Evans (Johnson 51), Cahill (Keogh 45), Inge Berget, Redmond (Grabban 45), van Wolfswinkel

OAFC: Lewis, Douglas (Fisher 67), Vallejo, Walsh, Bittencourt, Guthrie, Jones, Dombaxe, Arango, King, Fierro

Referee: D. Drysdale

Booked: Tettey (Norwich), Vallejo (Oldham)

Attendance: 23,264

League Table

We've broadened our lead at the top of the table from two points to five points following losses to Watford and Huddersfield last month. We remain in an extremely strong position in terms of goal difference as well, with it amounting to +29 goals - seventeen more than the next highest


Next month we face second placed Burnley as our first fixture of the month, in the hope to go eight points ahead of them. We also play relegated side Sunderland later on, as we test our ability against the likes of Lee Cattermole and Patrick Van Aanholt. We face Hull City in the next round of the cup by cause of our historic last-minute 3-2 win over rivals Manchester United.

EXCLUSIVE: Scholes found 'asleep next to two vodka bottles

It's all been looking so good these past few years for former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes - but now, from a source that wants to remain anonymous, we've found out what goes on behind the doors of the home of the two-time Champions League winner.

The Oldham manager has always been a media-shy personality, even in his younger days, and so it comes as a shock that he is an alcoholic.

It's been rumoured for a while that Scholes had had several disputes with wife of sixteen years Claire Froggatt. The neighbours - who found Scholes slumbered on his couch mid-afternoon yesterday, confirmed this, claiming they had heard several arguments over the past few weeks from the Scholes household.

The Scholes family at the Class of '92 UK Premiere in the Winter of 2013

It was the neighbour that found him, returning a letter that had been mistakenly sent to his house instead of Scholes'. When he knocked on the door there was no answer for a minute, before trying several times over - all with the same outcome. This had the neighbour worried as some of the lights in the house were left on and he could see the television blaring through the window. The neighbour knew he had a key to Scholes' house cut for him in case the family went on holiday and Paul needed the neighbours to make sure everything was in order each day.

As the neighbour walked into the mansion, he said the radio 'was blasting out loudly' and he could heard the TV on in the living room with Sky Sports News on by the sound of it. He continued walking through the seemingly lifeless house, shouting Paul's name numerous occasions, before he found him. The source was utterly devastated by the sight of Scholes, clearly intoxicated by the large amounts of alcohol sitting on the coffee table in front of him. The neighbour tried to wake the former Manchester United midfielder but failed on all attempts. He called the police and Scholes' wife, Claire to the household at around 4:30pm yesterday and there has been no update on the story since, neither from the source, Claire or the police.

However, Oldham Athletic - the club which Scholes has managed over the past year and a half issued a club statement on the official website reading: "Following the news of the incident of head coach Paul Scholes late last night, the club would like to issue a temporary leave for Scholes to recover from this incident."

Paul with Manchester United team-mate Roy Keane back in their playing-days

Scholes has had three children with wife Claire, the youngest of whom has autism so it will no doubt be upsetting for the three kids dubbed 'Manchester United's future' by their father to hear about this very sorry incident. Fellow former Manchester United midfielder and close friend of Scholes, Roy Keane admitted 'nobody knew what was going through his head apart from himself' and that he offers his support to Scholes' family at this time of need.

Scholes Given Break Until January

A week on from the news that Oldham were giving ill manager Paul Scholes a temporary leave, the club and Scholes have come to a mutual agreement about the length of his leave.

Since the news broke about the manager's drinking problem at home last week, club officials including chairman Simon Corney went to meet the former Manchester United midfielder in hospital - where he had been receiving treatment for alcohol poisoning.

Oldham chairman Simon Corney has visited Scholes in hospital to arrange a 'temporary leave' from the club

The officials left the ward with a final verdict that Scholes would be next on the touchline in the F.A. Cup 3rd Round which is scheduled to be played on the 2nd January 2016. This means that Oldham will be without Scholes' leadership for thirteen games - including the Capital One Cup fixture against Liverpool at Anfield in mid-December, a game which Scholes is hoping to attend as he has many memories as a player playing at Anfield.

No official statement has been made publicly by Scholes, but doctors working at the hospital have confirmed that Scholes' condition is 'stable' and will be ready to work in December, but said it would be better if he had more time to himself.

Xavi declared Scholes as 'the greatest English midfielder ever'

Since his drinking problem was published nationally by the press, many of Scholes' friends he had made throughout his years involved in football have all been offering support to the Champions League winner. Barcelona's Xavi offered his help, calling Scholes 'the best midfielder England have ever had' and that 'he didn't deserve to be in this state'

Sir Alex Ferguson has paid a visit to his friend Scholes in hospital

Legendary Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been in hospital to see the broken man, saying he was extremely proud of his efforts with Oldham, whilst giving his presence to his former client. It was a heartwarming moment according to wife Claire - who has seemingly grown closer to her husband since he was found intoxicated on his couch, has been into hospital everyday with their three children Aiden, Arron and Alicia, all offering their comfort to their ill father.

Paul Gascoigne skips past a Paul Scholes tackle

Former Spurs midfielder and recovering alcoholic Paul Gascoigne has also given his sympathy to his fellow England international. Gascoigne entered therapy sessions beginning in October 1998 after a drinking session where he drank 32 shots of whisky which left him at "rock bottom"; then-manager Bryan Robson signed him into the clinic whilst he was unconscious. 'Gazza' has been through it all and has assured his friend that drink isn't the way to solve problems and hopes Scholes can bounce back from this when he comes back in January - a game that Gascoigne will be attending according to the man himself.

Oldham assistant manager Dean Holden will take control of first team fixtures from now until January when Scholes returns.

Scholes To Take On Youth Team Role Until January

Despite coming back into first-team affairs in the New Year, Oldham manager Paul Scholes has decided to return to Boundary Park earlier - as an under-18's coach.

Scholes hired old friend Ryan Giggs to be his second-in-command at Oldham until he returns to his post as first-team manager in January, at which point Giggs will become assistant manager to Scholes at Boundary Park.

Scholes' close friend will take over from previous assistant manager Dean Holden.

Scholes will be taking over Dean Holden's role as youth team manager, a job that Holden has succeeded mightily in this season - with the youngsters yet to lose a game in the whole season. The Manchester United hero will take over a squad containing wonderkids like Ghanaian target-man Anthony Asamoah, the Spanish 'beast' Xabi Negredo and Oldham's very own Gavin Hare and Jack Woolley.

Three Oldham youngsters are in the top three top goalscorers in Group 6 - Oldham Under-18's league, those of which are Joe Boden with nineteen goals, Anthony Asamoah with fourteen and Gavin Hare with thirteen. Boden has however been shifted out wide due to Asamoah's arrival from Ghana, providing a 'big' problem on the left-wing for opposition, with Boden being 6'7" tall.

Youth team captain Conor Parkin spoke about the return of Scholes as youth team coach saying "He's had a rough time of it has Scholes, the press have been following him everywhere when he most needed peace and quiet.

"But the lads are all looking forward to him managing us and hopefully we can prove to him why some of us should be in the first-team! We're an extremely talented set of lads and I'm sure he'll enjoy working with us and send him back to the first-team in a positive mood!"

Liverpool vs Oldham: Scholes In The Stands

Following a three game exile to the youth team arena's around the area, Scholes was back at Anfield to watch a spectacular 5-4 win between his team Oldham and Liverpool with old Manchester United friend Nicky Butt.

Butt assisted Scholes to the game, the pair arriving in his black Bentley an hour before the game as Scholes continues his recovery from his drinking antics in late October.

His Oldham side that he had developed and improved over the past two years ran out 5-4 winners in a nine goal game - with two of Oldham's goals coming in the last ten minutes of the game. The win was also assisted by errors by Liverpool keeper Boaz Myhill and centre-back Andre Wisdom, both of which scored own goals costing The Reds a place in the Capital One Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur which will take place in late January over two legs.

The game had a very quick start, with Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana finishing a fast tempo Liverpool move within the first twenty seconds of the game. The equaliser came exactly one minute and twelve seconds later, beginning with a Joshua King-led counter attack on Liverpool's isolated centre-back Andre Wisdom, as he went to the byline he swept a low ball into the six-yard box which only needed a touch to equalise - which Jhon Wilmar Arango did perfectly.

The next goal came sixteen minutes later, though, as Oldham's right-back Darnell Fisher fired in a low ball heading towards striker Carlos Fierro, which missed it's target but was finished off by the Liverpool goalkeeper - Boaz Myhill, literally throwing away the lead. That lead however only lasted eight minutes as Andre Wisdom found himself volleying in a corner in yards of space, pulling Liverpool back into the game.

Andre Wisdom celebrates his volley in the 26th minute

Wisdom then went from hero to villain in the 41st minute, bringing down left-winger Joshua King inside the Liverpool box, costing The Reds the lead as Carlos Fierro calmly finished off the resulting penalty into the bottom-right hand corner.

As the half-time whistle went, Paul Scholes was not seen in his seat and many were hoping he had not gone to buy alcohol from the club bar, with Oldham's directors putting alcohol restrictions on Scholes as they plan to aid his recovery from his recent alcohol poisoning.

The second half replicated the first, with summer signing Harry Kane latching onto an Andre Wisdom through ball, completely tearing apart the Oldham offside trap before sliding in the equaliser at the near post past Oldham's Italian keeper Nicola Leali.

The Reds then took the lead for the second time in the game following Harry Kane spearheading a 4v2 attack on Oldham's defence, playing a long ball over the head of Jesús Vallejo to Fabio Borini before toepoking the lead past fellow Italian, Leali to make it 4-3 to Liverpool on 70 minutes.

Wisdom was yet again blamed for Oldham's equaliser, with Dombaxe racing past Dejan Lovren on the right-wing on the counter-attack. The Angolan put in a low cross for Mexican team-mate Fierro, who got a touch on the ball on target, but was saved by Boaz Myhill... Only to be tapped in on the goal-line by the England Under-21 international. Let's just say it wasn't Wisdom's day that night.

The Angolan right-winger Laste Dombaxe then got the goal that his performance throughout the game deserved, with youngster Dominic Sharples pouncing on a loose ball in Liverpool's final third, giving the ball to former Manchester United winger Joshua King, who played it to Fierro, who then laid it off for Colombian international Jhon Wilmar Arango who took a first-time shot - stopped by Welsh international Boaz Myhill, only for the rebound to land at Dombaxe's feet, who was never going to miss from there. The goal on the 84th minute mark sent Scholes wild in the stands, with everyone in the ground knowing his disdain towards Liverpool, who even planted a kiss on Nicky Butt's balded head.

Scholes Returns to The Dugout

Oldham manager Paul Scholes made an emotional return to the touchline today in the Latics' F.A. Cup Third Round fixture against Aitor Karanka's Southampton side at St. Mary's Stadium.

The Manchester United hero was greeted by his opposite number Karanka with a heartfelt hug, with the Spaniard sympathising with the Scholes in the usual press conference before today's game. Scholes also turned up with a whole new backroom staff team, with the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, Eric Cantona and Gary Neville all emerging from the tunnel before the game to join their friend in the dugout.

Scholes' new right-hand man Ryan Giggs had taken Scholes' Oldham team he had assembled and took them to twelve wins and one draw out of thirteen matches, while Scholes took the under-18's squad - previously managed by Dean Holden before Giggs' arrival, leading the youngsters to eleven straight wins, most of which were by a huge margin. The whole point of the switch was to ease Scholes back into management without the pressure that comes with Championship football said Giggs.

But today, Scholes looked as healthy as ever as he walked out in front of a 16,351 crowd at St. Mary's, receiving a warm welcome from both sets of fans. Scholes played his typical 4-2-3-1 formation as the two sides fought for an eventual 1-1 draw, resulting in a replay at Boundary Park in the coming weeks.

After the game, the two managers were called in for their regular post-match opinions, however most of the questions were not about the match but about Scholes' return. Aitor Karanka said "It's a pleasure to have Scholes back in football and I was delighted to see him make his comeback in what I think is a special football arena. I hope he enjoyed his return, and wish him the best of luck in his team's league campaign."

The main man Scholes replied saying "It's an absolute pleasure to be back in football. I'd like to offer my apologies to the fans who had to overcome my absence so suddenly, but I thoroughly enjoyed today, the Southampton fans and staff - both players and backroom gave me a shiver down my spine at the start of the game. It's what I'd been missing out on the past couple of months and I've got it all back now.

"I enjoyed my time with the youth team, yes. I mean, I always relied on Dean [Holden] to give me reports on the youngsters coming through but now I've had the opportunity to manage them and see their personalities and ability, it's changed my perspective a hell of a lot. You can expect to see some new faces in the first-team at some point in the near future and I tell you, you won't be disappointed."

Scholes now has a tough job to do throughout the remains of this month, the transfer window opened yesterday and those not getting a game will no doubt be wanting to move on from Boundary Park, and so arrivals may have to come in or maybe Scholes will look to sources within the club, like the youth team for replacements like he said?

Capital One Cup Final 2016: LIVE

Hello and welcome to BBC's coverage of the English League Cup Final, commonly known as the Capital One Cup Final across England. Today we will be covering Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace as they try to fight off the threat of Championship league leaders Oldham Athletic - led by footballing maestro Paul Scholes nowadays.

Both teams have had great challenges on the road to Wembley, with Crystal Palace defeating both Chelsea and Manchester City, while Oldham fought off the threats of Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. To find them at Wembley today is a scenario nobody could've predicted when the tournament kicked off it's first round back near the start of August, where Oldham thumped Northampton Town 7-0, courtesy of a Laste Dombaxe hat-trick.

But Palace played their first game against Sheffield United in the 2nd round, where Lucas Piazón put them through to the 3rd round with a 72nd minute strike back in late August. They went on to play Premier League rivals West Brom which finished 0-0 after extra time, only for Palace to put 5 penalties past them, going through to the 4th round against Chelsea. Chelsea were leading 2-1 up until the 93rd minute of the game after Scott Dann nodded home a corner to take the game to extra-time, where South Korean midfielder Lee Chung-Yong finished the game in the 99th minute of the game.

That win put Palace through to the Quarter-Final to face the beast that is Manchester City at the Etihad. However, Palace strolled past the favourites, with Dwight Gayle netting a hat-trick, winning the game 4-1 and setting up a semi-final fixture against East-Anglia side Norwich City. Crystal Palace's chances of reaching Wembley were blunted in the first-leg of the fixture, with Lewis Grabban stealing a 90th minute goal to put The Canaries in the lead coming to Selhurst Park. Wilfried Zaha immediately destroyed Norwich's lead in the second leg, equalising the game with a 2nd minute goal, only for Dwight Gayle to send Alan Pardew's men to Wembley 77 minutes later.

Paul Scholes' Oldham only played one non-Premier League side in their Capital One Cup campaign, so his men didn't have quite the peace at mind that Alan Pardew did. Their road to the final began at Boundary Park in front of a 2,705 crowd as Laste Dombaxe led Oldham to a 7-0 thrashing of League Two's Northampton Town. They were then thrown straight into the mix against Premier League relegation favourites Leicester City as two quickfire Joshua King goals in the last two minutes set up a tie against local rivals Manchester United in the third round.

Oldham had beaten Manchester United last season in the F.A. Cup, but now with a whole new team, this was the first real challenge Scholes' new squad had. In front of a full to the brim Boundary Park, the Latics delighted their fans to a last-gasp finish by Carlos Fierro in the last minute of extra-time to finish the game off 3-2 and put them through to the 4th round of the cup.

Oldham faced Hull in the fourth round, another Premier League team and the game was deadlocked at 90 minutes, with both teams' defences keeping solidified and nobody risking anything. It was extra-time where this game came to life, as Hull hitman Sone Aluko put the Tigers in the lead on 114 minutes, with everyone expecting Hull to reach the quarter-finals of the cup, step up John Guidetti who equalised three minutes later to send the game to penalties. Oldham's penalty takers were all on target, scoring 5 out of 5, however Hull's £3million striker Dame N'Doye was the villain as he missed his team's final penalty, which set up a quarter-final tie with Liverpool for Oldham.

The game at Anfield between Liverpool and Oldham will definitely be the most action-packed cup-tie of the season, with nine goals scored in total it will go down in history as a classic game in League Cup history. Liverpool took the lead after 19 seconds, only for Oldham's Jhon Arango to equalise a minute later. Boaz Myhill put one in his own net to put Oldham in the lead after 18 minutes, only for centre-back Andre Wisdom to cancel that goal out. Oldham's Mexican striker Carlos Fierro put Oldham back in the lead with a 41st minute penalty. This was again cancelled out by £12million striker Harry Kane one minute after the whistle blew for the beginning of the second half. Borini then put Liverpool in the lead 69 minutes after they first held it in the first minute, 4-3 Liverpool. Just 12 minutes later, another own goal cost Liverpool the lead as Andre Wisdom tapped in a goal on the 82nd minute mark. The fifth goal, and decisive goal was scored by Laste Dombaxe in the 84th minute of the game, which sent Oldham through to the semi-final.

Oldham were sent down to London to White Hart Lane as they faced Tottenham Hotspur in the first leg of the semi-final. All the goals came in the second half - beginning with Nicolas Nkoulou's 47th minute header to send Spurs 1-0 up. Carlos Fierro cancelled that strike out in the 66th minute, and furthered their dominance with two goals in two minutes, a volley from Joe Walsh and a tidy, placed finish in the 85th minute by Laste Dombaxe. Christian Eriksen pulled one back for Spurs, but sent Pochettino's men to Boundary Park chasing a one-goal deficit.

Seven goals were scored at Boundary Park in front of a full-capacity attendance. Fierro kicked the goals off with a seventh minute strike, with the equaliser coming three minutes later from Emmanuel Adebayor. The same man put Spurs in the lead two minutes later with a penalty. However, Carlos Fierro had other ideas and sent the game to 2-2 in the 16th minute. Joshua King put Oldham back in the lead just before half-time, a goal cancelled out 32 minutes later courtesy of Gokhan Tore. Oldham's Jesús Vallejo then sent Oldham to Wembley in the 83rd minute, making the tie 7-5 on aggregate.

But now, the line-ups have been handed into the referee and are ready to walk out onto the famous Wembley turf - a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of these men and mascots.

And now, the teams are in position and we will go to our commentary team of Martin Tyler and Alan Smith.

1': Yes, the managers have shaken hands and now it's time to go to war on the pristine Wembley pitch. Crystal Palace to kick us off.

2': We have our first attack of significance here, as McArthur looks to whip a ball into the box from this free-kick. Oldham's Spanish centre-back Vallejo clears with his head now and the ball has ended up back at the feet of McArthur, with Joshua King bearing down on him. Here's Joel Ward now... Dispossessed by Laste Dombaxe here, who looks to create a counter-attack. Here's the Colombian wonderkid Jhon Wilmar Arango bursting down the centre of the pitch with the ball at his feet, not many options ahead of him, though. He plays the ball left, to the winger King, who is making a run inside to receive the ball here... Straight into Hennessey's hands. Great play by Arango!

19': Fisher throws the ball to right-winger Dombaxe. Arango feeds the ball down the right side of the penalty area, the pass is cut out by Ward but immediately won back by Fierro. Plays a low ball into Dombaxe who's arrived in the 18-yard box, he's taken a shot which is blocked by Hangeland, falls back at the feet of Fierro, now also in the box. Piazón puts a foot in but Oldham still have possession, not anymore, though. Piazón has the ball now.

20': Hunt throws the ball down the line to Chung-Yong's feet. Puncheon lays a pass off for Guédioura who looks to piledrive a shot towards goal! Leali kneels down to hold the ball in his grasp, good creativity by Puncheon there.

26': McArthur looks set to put a ball into the area again from a free-kick. Intercepted by the first man Darnell Fisher who finds Dombaxe who was initially in the one-man wall. He's taken a heavy first touch here, which Ward gleefully gets control of. Piazón receives a pass at chest height from Ward. He turns away from the sliding challenge by Fisher and gives the ball to Adlene Guédioura. Jones tackles and tries to play a passback to Leali... But it's too short! Gayle finishes to make it 1-0 to Palace! Dwight Gayle has put Crystal Palace 1-0 up in the Capital One Cup Final!

26': Crystal Palace 1 - 0 Oldham Athletic

28': Hunt has a throw-in. Lee Chung-Yong gathers it in his control, Puncheon receives it in the box here, plays a soft, head-height ball towards Gayle - Leali gathers it. Leali launches a ball out right to Fisher. Dombaxe faces up to Ward now, plays it inside to Arango. Fisher has the ball again in Crystal Palace's half now. Sends a superb cross in towards Fierro! He's got his head on it but it's over! Brilliant cross by Fisher there!

35': Leali takes the free-kick level with the centre-circle. Aims towards Jones but only finds the head of Guédioura. Chung-Yong gives the ball to Gayle - the only Crystal Palace body in the Oldham half at the moment. Guédioura now on the edge of the box, finds Chung-Yong, spots the run of Puncheon now... Wasted opportunity for Palace as he skies it, shortly followed by jeers from Oldham supporters.

37': Guédioura to take the free-kick on the halfway line. McArthur now. Here's Scott Dann with the ball. Puncheon receives the ball out right but is tackled by Simon Ford, the ball has found its way to Arango who bursts forward with the ball close under control. McArthur makes a great challenge and its Ward on the ball now. Piazón now on the left. McArthur to Guédioura. He's tried to find the run of Puncheon but Ford blocks off his path and now its Walsh with the ball for Oldham. Ford plays it up his side to Joshua King, he's turned and found Carlos Fierro on the halfway line, he pounces on the ball and charges at the Palace defence at pace. He's cut across goal on the edge of the box now... Takes a shot which is blocked and is now at Guédioura's feet somehow.

45': Arango has a free-kick very much in Arango territory here. He's looking across the goal to try spot weaknesses. A five-man wall lines up inside the box... Arango runs up... It's in! It's a goal! It's an Arango special! He's curled it past Hennessey and found the top-left corner! What a goal from the Colombian international, that's what heroes are made of! Jhon Wilmar Arango has drawn Oldham level in the Capital One Cup Final!

45': Crystal Palace 1 - 1 Oldham Athletic

45+2': The referee calls time on an excellent first half at Wembley here.

HT: Crystal Palace 1 - 1 Oldham Athletic

46': Fierro kicks off the second half at Wembley now, passing it to Arango from kick-off. Crystal Palace have brought on Joe Ledley for Adlene Guédioura.

48': Ward has a free-kick in his own half for Palace. He's taken no risks and passed it short to Lucas Piazón. Passed back to Ward, Norwegian centre-back Brede Hangeland has it now. He's launched it long towards Gayle, but only finds the head of Joe Walsh. Chung-Yong gets it under control now. Spreads the play to the left-wing with Piazón receiving the ball who's hit it 20 yards back to Hangeland. The play switches over to the right with Puncheon on the ball now, a pass towards Chung-Yong is intercepted by Welshman Walsh. Ford gives it back to Walsh. Jones now has it, hits a long ball to Norwegian winger Joshua King. He can't turn for Hunt bearing down on him so it goes back to Ford. Now it's Arango on the halfway line, King now receives it in a bit more space. He's shown a wonderful burst of pace there and he's gained at least 20 yards just from that run. Fierro now has it facing goal on the edge of the box. He runs across the edge, looking for options. He's had a shot that's always heading wide.

55': Arango has another free-kick in another threatening area, he will shoot from here. It's another five-man wall set up by the keeper Wayne Hennessey, Arango lines up his shot now... But this time he's skied it. Poor effort from the Colombian. Hennessey takes the goal kick and launches it up in doing so. Ford beats Puncheon to the header and it's fallen to King. Hunt tackles but the result ends up in Oldham's favour with Sharples on the ball here. Hunt tackles and this time keeps possession in the Oldham half now. Ford makes a great tackle and may set up a counter attack here. Arango tries to find King but it's intercepted by Puncheon, covering for Hunt. He's blasted the ball back to his keeper, Hennessey, who again boots it high and long into the Oldham half, this time Walsh winning the header. McArthur has it now, with pressure from young Dominic Sharples. Here's Joe Ledley, feeds it into Chung-Yong. A through ball to Gayle! He's through! Saved magnificently by the great Italian Nicola Leali! Walsh clears up the rebound.

58': Arango to take the free-kick in a lesser threatening position now. Dann heads away the cross. Arango regains possession and plays it to King, now Fierro. A shot is blocked and it's rolled out for a corner for Oldham here. It gives time for the injured Joshua King to be replaced by Dutch wonderkid Zakaria Bakkali. Arango to take the corner here. Vallejo nods it down for a Bakkali volley! Saved by the Welsh keeper Wayne Hennessey. Good technique from the substitute though. Hennessey's kick has found Piazón, who's given it to Gayle now - bearing down on the young Oldham defence. He's found Lee Chung-Yong's run! Offside.

60': Jason Puncheon is replaced by Yannick Bolasie.

67': Simon Ford begins his run up at the advertising boards, preparing for one of his trademark long, flat throws into the penalty area. Not much threat this time as Hennessey catches the ball with ease. He attempts to find lone striker Gayle with a long pass, but instead finds Joe Walsh's head. Dominic Sharples skips past McArthur's challenge and has given himself a lot of time to study his options in the final third now. Fierro is the option Sharples has opted for, Ledley tackles but has found the feet of Fisher on the right, who puts a cross in first time... It's gone deep to the far post, Bakkali runs towards the path of the ball.. Cleared by Hangeland! That was an extremely important clearance from the Norwegian there! Arango to take the corner. It's low and easy pickings for Hangeland to clear.

72': Alex Pearce replaces the fatigued Jesús Vallejo for Oldham, Crystal Palace bring on Pape Souaré

82': Souaré takes the throw-in, finds Lee Chung-Yong with it. McArthur to Hangeland now. Souaré knocks it all the way back to Hennessey, tries to find Ledley but Pearce heads away. Hangeland out wide to Piazón now, he's tried to switch play but can only find Simon Ford. Shocking pass. Sharples to Fierro now, he's found his team-mate Bakkali with a gorgeous long pass out left. Bakkali makes his way into the box and he's put a beautiful cross in towards the back post here... Dombaxe meets it! It's a goal! Laste Dombaxe is the cup final hero! He's got the beating of his marker Pape Souaré and slotted in the finish at the far post! Excellent vision by Bakkali to find the Angolan, but all Oldham have to do now is defend for their lives. Oldham take the lead at Wembley with eight minutes remaining!

82': Crystal Palace 1 - 2 Oldham Athletic

84': McArthur swings in a corner - cleared at the near post by Mike Jones. Piazón hits it on the volley! Saved by Leali! Great catch. Leali boots it forward, Ledley wins the header and it's with Piazón now. Fouled by Darnell Fisher. Yellow card for the former Celtic man. McArthur hits Souaré with the free-kick and its back at the halfway line - fortunately there's now threat up top to take advantage. McArthur finds Ward's head on the edge of the box, although it's nodded down to Oldham's Sharples. Here's Dombaxe. Back to Alex Pearce now, all the way back to the start with Leali. Excellent kick by the Italian to find Dombaxe in Palace's half! Ledley tackles the Angolan winger. Souaré's clearance goes as far as Joe Walsh on the halfway line in acres of space to operate. Ford now. Bakkali takes the pass down under control well, he's found Arango with his back to goal, wonderful ball inside to Fierro! He's one-on-one with Hennessey, it's got to be! It is! That's it! That's the winner! Mexican striker Carlos Fierro has buried it and the fixture along with the goal! Just hand over the cup now why don't you! It's now 3-1 all thanks to Carlos Fierro!

84': Crystal Palace 1 - 3 Oldham Athletic

88': Piazón takes the throw-in, only finds the head of Fisher. It's at the feet of Jones now. Here's Sharples, the body of a youngster, the experience of a seasoned pro. Arango now. Feeds in Fierro on the edge of the box, fires a shot towards goal only to find the hands of Hennessey.

89': Wilson Palacios comes on for Mike Jones.

90': Arango has a free-kick out wide, bodies in the box for Oldham. Whipped in by the Colombian. Walsh gets a head on it... Sharples gets a head on it! Hits the post! Unlucky for Oldham, the could've had a fourth there!

90+4': McArthur puts a ball into the middle from the corner, Arango heads away confidently. Bakkali turns, finds Fierro who only has Dombaxe up with him. Excellent ball to find Dombaxe - evading the attempts of Souaré. A cross is then blocked by Souaré, McArthur blasts a ball up the field. He knows he has lost this game. And that's it! It's all over! Oldham Athletic are continuing their excellent season by bagging the League Cup! That means they're in Europe next season! The board have a lot to thank Scholes for, as he runs towards the 40,000 Oldham fans packed into Wembley today - they love him - everyone loves him!

FT: Crystal Palace 1 - 3 Oldham Athletic

Interviewer: Paul! Paul! Scholes! Mr. Scholes! Can we have a quick interview?!

Scholes: Haha! Sure mate!

Interviewer: That performance was really something wasn't it? These players have just had their biggest advertisement to the world as of now, am I right in thinking that?

Scholes: Oh, absolutely! I might look very happy on the outside now, but by God, inside, I'm almost about to burst with pride. After everything I've been through, and especially how the players reacted to the situation with Scholes, today just shows the intimate family atmosphere within the club, just look at these lads celebrating altogether, even the youth team are here, look. That's what we're about now. Being a team.

Interviewer: Absolutely. Jhon Arango won Man of the Match today according to the national viewers on here - what did you make of his performance?

Scholes: The boy's a star. He is a star and will continue to be a bigger star in the future. Trust me, this boy will get to the very top of the game - whether that's with us or someone else, I don't know, but today has just shown a national audience just what that boy is capable of. That free-kick? Does it every week, every day in training. It's extremely difficult stuff that he does with ease! He's got a future has that boy.

Interviewer: A few players sourcing from your youth team played today, what did you make of them?

Scholes: That's all down to the incredible infrastructure and attention that our academy workers have given all these past few years, and Dean Holden, although he's gone had a massive impact on these players' careers. Simon [Ford] and Dom [Sharples] both got 90 minutes today and Bhavin [Mandora] and Conor [Parkin] were on the bench, two of them are seventeen and the other two are sixteen. That's incredible and it's why I'm going to be here for a long time. I want to help these players grow into superstars.

Interviewer: This win means you will be playing in the Europa League next season, promotion or not. Are you excited for that?

Scholes: Am I excited? Jesus man, that's an understatement. I played in Europe pretty much every season of my playing career, and it's brilliant that some of these players will experience what I did, they really deserve it as well. This season has proven what we can achieve with a bit of money thrown in, thanks to the chairman, if we get to the top-flight, our spending will multiply, and who knows what we can achieve then?

Interviewer: Ok Paul, congratulations on winning the cup, and thank you for speaking to us.

Scholes: Thank you too!

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