‘Shambles,’ ‘Making a mockery of our history’ – These angry Oldham fans react to the latest significant club announcement

It is always going to be a hard sell to convince fans of a struggling League Two club to renew their season ticket for next season.

If you add into the mix a seemingly endless decline under unpopular owners, then the task becomes even harder, just ask the board of Oldham Athletic.

Eighteenth in League Two is bad enough for a club that was a founder member of the Premier League, and the recent closure of the Joe Royle stand on matchdays due to safety concerns only added to the sense the club is being poorly run by its controversial owner Abdallah Lemsagam.

The Latics are 125 years old this year, and the club attempted to use the birthday to appeal to the fans sense of loyalty by freezing early bird ticket prices and announcing that 125 fans tempted to commit early to another season of football at Boundary Park would be drawn at random to get a free season ticket for the 2021/22.

The announcement also used the club’s old badge in a clumsy attempt to appeal to the sense of history of their supporters. However, as season ticket promotions go, it did not go well and was greeted with a hostile reaction on social media by many angry Oldham fans.

Plenty of fans said they would not renew under the current ownership, arguing the club is a shambles and not worthy of their support. Indeed, many fans called for a boycott to drive the owners out.

Others said they would only commit if the club sacked manager Dino Maamria while those that offered support did so out of a sense of loyalty only the most hardened of lower league fans can relate too.

The disconnect between the club and its supporters is stark, as the following selection of responses to the announcement on Twitter illustrates.

 

 

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