A look at the Latics, ahead of the new season.
We continue our look at all our League 1 opponents next season, by taking a look at Oldham Athletic.
Who are this lot then?
Oldham Athletic, also known as the Latics, have played at League One level since their promotion from the Football League’s basement division in 2004. In recent years they have caught the eye with cup runs which saw them defeat Merseyside duo Everton and Liverpool, while under the stewardship of Paul Dickov.
Did they get up to much last season?
The Latics finished 15th in League One last season. Their 57-point haul saw them finish 12 points away from the play-offs and seven points above the relegation zone.
Who's the boss?
Former Carlisle United and York City defender Darren Kelly has taken the reigns at Boundary Park at the age of just 36, making him one of the league’s youngest managers. Only Barnsley boss Lee Johnson and Wigan Athletic manager Gary Caldwell are younger. This season will be Kelly’s first in the managerial hot-seat, after hanging up his playing boots after a spell with Scarborough Athletic.
Any stand out players?
Former Scunthorpe United and Southampton frontman Jonathan Forte (below) netted 15 goals in his debut season with the Greater Manchester club. Other notable players include Dominic Poleon and former Norwich City midfielder Lee Croft, who is in his second spell with the Latics.
Last season’s loanee Jake Cassidy signed for Oldham following the end of his contract at parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer. Cassidy, 22, represented Blues on 17 occasions but failed to register a goal during his stay in Essex.
Blues winger David Worrall had a spell on loan at Boundary Park in 2014, when he was out-of-favour at Championship side Rotherham United.
What's the ground like?
Boundary Park has a capacity of 10,638 and has been home to the town’s football club since its opening in 1904. The past couple of years have seen the club undertake redevelopment of the ground, with the construction of a new North Stand, capable of holding 2,671 spectator. The new development will also host event suites, a health and fitness centre and a supporters’ bar, and is due to open for the coming season.
How far away is the place?
A round-trip to Boundary Park to follow the Blues will see you rack up 492 miles.
Any big name fans?
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes is a lifelong Latics fan, as is well-known TV personality and scientist Professor Brian Cox, who previously held a season ticket at Boundary Park.
Good memories against them?
Blues just edge the Latics when it comes to past meetings, with Southend coming out on top in 12 encounters. There have been 10 draws and 11 wins for Oldham in the 33 meetings between the sides. Blues haven't tasted victory over the Latics in seven meetings, with the last victory coming in September 2007, when a solitary goal from Leon Clarke secured victory for Southend United at Boundary Park.
What are the odds on that?
Oldham Athletic are 8/1 to secure promotion to the Championship, and 5/1 to find themselves in League Two next season.