A moment in time: Oldham Athletic’s FA Cup run

The 2012/13 season was one that will certainly live long in the memory for Oldham fans. The Latics may have struggled domestically, finishing 19th in League One, but it was their FA Cup run that the fans look back on so fondly. Paul Dickov, in his penultimate game as the gaffer at Boundary Park, masterminded an incredible win over Liverpool in a season that will live long in the memory for the fans.

Whilst victories over Kidderminster Harriers, Doncaster Rovers, Nottingham Forest and Liverpool saw the club reach the FA Cup 5th round, it was eventually Everton who sent the league One side packing, although they needed two attempts to do so after being held to  2-2 draw at Boundary Park before winning 3-1 in the replay back at Goodison Park.

Whilst that famous cup run was massively impressive for the Latics, it did see their form in the league suffer. Just four years previously the club had been on a great run in the league and were knocking on the door when it came to gaining promotion to the Championship, recording 6th, 8th and 10th placed finished between 2006 and 2008, but then the wheels started to come off for the club.

It was the 2017/18 season that eventually saw the Boundary Park faithful end their 21-year stay in the English third division, however, the writing had been on the wall for a while. During that famous 12/13 cup run it was clear that the club was prioritising their fairy tale dream ahead of the league campaign and that season saw them finish 19th and just three points above the drop zone as they cut it fine to survive.

From that point on, The Latics never looked too far away from the drop and after back-to-back 15th placed finishes were followed by back-to-back 17th placed finished, they finally succumbed to relegation when they finished 21st last season, taking up the final relegation place and missing out on survival by just one point Rochdale survived after a daring great escape.

Currently, Oldham are slap-bang in the middle of the table in League Two after 19 games and promotion doesn’t look like a viable option for the club at the moment. Which begs the question, if the club pooled their resources and efforts into survival and a promotion push instead of into a cup run, could they be plying their trade as a Championship side, or at least a League One side now?

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