List of Oldham Athletic A.F.C. managers

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David Ashworth, Oldham's first manager

The following is a list of managers of Oldham Athletic A.F.C. and all honours won by the club since 1906 to the 2011–12 season. As of the start of Oldham's 2011–12 season, the club has had 32 different managers. As of the end of the 2010–11 season, the club has not won any major competitions in their history.

Joe Royle is one of the longest serving in Oldham's history. Royle was manager of the club between 1982 to 1994 in which time he led the club to promotion from the Football League Second Division to the First Division while accumulating 225 total competitive wins—the most by any manager in Oldham's history. He also led the club to two semi-final appearances in the FA Cup and a runners up spot in the 1989–90 Football League Cup as his side lost 1–0 to Nottingham Forest. On 15 March 2009, Royle returned to the club as manager following John Sheridan's departure from the club, before leaving the club again at season's end.

Jimmy Frizzell is also one of the longest serving managers in the club's history, holding the position from 1970 until 1982. Both he and Royle are the only managers in Oldham's history with 200 or more competitive victories.

History[edit]

Oldham Athletic in 1905 with David Ashworth (far left)

In 1906, Oldham Athletic appointed their first manager in club history as David Ashworth came to the club.[1] In his first season, Ashworth led the club to a third place finish in the Lancashire Combination Second Division, gaining promotion to the First Division. Two years later, Ashworth once again led the club to victory as it finished in first place in the 1906–07 season, the final season of the Lancashire Combination. After the league disbanded, Oldham Athletic joined the Football League in the Second Division as they finished in third place their first season. In the following season, David Ashworth won his second trophy at Oldham Athletic as the club won the Lancashire Senior Cup—a local tournament for clubs in and around Lancashire. In 1909–10, Ashworth led the club to another promotion as they reached the Football League First Division. After several top-half finishes, Ashworth left the club to manage at Stockport County.

In 1914–15, Herbert Bamlett became Oldham Athletic's second manager and found success with the club in his first season. Oldham finished in second place in the First Division, as well as reaching the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. As competitive football returned to England following the end of the First World War, Bamlett returned as manager. Many of Oldham's original players were killed during the war or retired from football as the club found little success. Charle Roberts took over the club for the 1921–22 season, though only served as manager for one season.

David Ashworth returned to Oldham after having served at both Stockport County and Liverpool, though also struggled as Oldham were relegated back to the Second Division. For the next 11 seasons, Oldham failed to reach the First Division again as the club averaged a mid-table finish under managers Robert Mellor, Andrew Wilson, and Jimmy McMullan. During 1934–35, Robert Mellor—in his second stint with the club since leaving in 1927—returned to the club as Oldham were relegated once more, finishing in twenty-second, and placed in Football League Third Division North. Oldham and Mellor found relative success in Third Division North, but never gained promotion back to the Second Division before the Second World War once again interrupted football in England.

After the return of competitive football once more, Oldham failed to regain promotion under Frank Womack and Billy Wootton. George Hardwick became manager in 1950–51 and led the club to promotion in 1952–53 by winning the league, but were relegated once more as they finished in last place the following season. After little success following the promotion, Oldham went through two managers during the 1950s including Ted Goodier and Norman Dodgin. In 1958–59, Oldham became part of Football League Fourth Division as Division Third North and South disbanded for separate divisions.

In the early 1960s, both manager Jack Rowley and owner Ken Bates entered Oldham Athletic. With Bates's money, Oldham Athletic's fortunes turned for the better as the club once again reached Football League Third Division with the club finish in second place, though Rowley left the club in April of the same year. The club finished with mid-table results under managers Les McDowall, Gordon Hurst, and Jimmy McIlroy—with McIlroy winning the only trophy, by way the Lancashire Senior Cup. Rowley returned midway through the 1968–69 season as the club was relegated back to Division Four. Midway through the 1969–70 season, both Rowley and owner Ken Bates exited the club[2] as Jimmy Frizzell became manager.

Jimmy Frizzell, a Scottish-born defender, was appointed as Oldham's player-manager during the 1969–70 season. In the 1970–71 season, Oldham earned their best finish since 1962–63, finishing in third and gaining promotion back into the Third Division. After a midtable result in their first season, the club missed out on promotion—finishing in fourth place, seven points behind league champions Bolton Wanderers. In the 1973–74 season, the club finished in first place and return to the Second Division for the first time in 21 years. Oldham's trip back to the Second Division was more successful than their previous appearance. During Frizzell's remaining time at the club, the club remained in Division Two and little FA Cup and Football League Cup success.

During the mid-1980s, the club ushered in a new era under manager Joe Royle—who became one of the most successful in Oldham's history. Royle and Oldham reached Wembley Stadium in the 1990 Football League Cup Final as the club lost 1–0 in the final. The next season, Royle led the club to the First Division for the first time in 68 years. In their first season back in the top flight, the club finished in 17th and became one of the founding members of the newly formed Premier League.[3] Though after two more seasons at the top level, Oldham faced relegation yet again[3] and during the following season, the Joe Royle era at Oldham Athletic came to an end, as he left the club for Everton.[4]

In the mid-1990s, Oldham began to falter as they were relegated back to the Second Division under manager Neil Warnock following two lower-half finishes under Graeme Sharp. Warnock departed by mutual consent in May 1998[5] and was replaced by his former assistant and fans' favourite Andy Ritchie.

In 2001, Oldham Athletic was purchased by Oxford-based businessman Chris Moore who sacked Ritchie as part of a restructuring of the club's coaching set-up.[6] Mick Wadsworth was appointed to replace Ritchie. However, Wadsworth lasted only 18 months before being replaced by Iain Dowie.[7] Moore pulled out of the club in the summer of 2003,[8] followed by Dowie in December of that year.[9] Following a brief period when David Eyres and John Sheridan acted as joint caretaker managers, Brian Talbot was appointed as manager by new owners Simon Blitz, Simon Corney and Danny Gazal.[10] Ronnie Moore replaced Talbot in March 2005 and managed Oldham until June 2006, winning another Lancashire Senior Cup for the club in the process.

On 1 June 2006, Sheridan again became Oldham's manager.[11] His first season was relatively successful as the club reached the League One play-offs, though lost 5–2 to Blackpool on aggregate.[12] On 15 March 2009, Sheridan left Oldham,[13] and was immediately replaced by former manager Joe Royle.[14] However, in late April 2009, Royle rejected an offer to extend his stay as manager,[15] before ultimately being replaced by Darlington boss Dave Penney on 30 April.[16] Penney parted company with Oldham on 6 May 2010 with the club 16th in League One. Penney was succeeded for the final game of the 2009–10 season by his assistant Martin Gray.[17]

Paul Dickov signed a one-year contract as player/manager on 9 June 2010.[18] Dickov retired from playing following the final game of the 2010–11 season before signing a new contract to remain at Oldham into the 2011–12 season.[19] Dickov resigned on 3 February 2013 following a poor run of league form, despite having led Oldham to victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup 4th round.[20] Dickov's replacement was named on 18 March 2013 as Lee Johnson who, at 31, was then the youngest manager in the English football league.[21]

Statistics[edit]

Information correct as at 04 June 2014.
Name Nationality From To P W D L Win % Honours Note(s)
Ashworth, DavidDavid Ashworth  Ireland 1 August 1906 1 April 1914 283 126 67 90 44.52 1 Lancashire Combination title (1906–07)
1 Lancashire Senior Cup title (1907–08)
1 Football League Second Division runner-up (1909–10)
[22]
Bamlett, HerbertHerbert Bamlett  England 1 June 1914 1 May 1921 127 44 35 48 34.65 [23]
Roberts, CharlieCharlie Roberts  England 1 July 1921 31 January 1922 27 9 7 11 33.33 [24]
Ashworth, DavidDavid Ashworth  Ireland 1 January 1923 1 July 1924 63 20 22 21 31.75 [22]
Robert Mellor  England 1 July 1924 1 July 1927 132 52 26 54 39.39 [25]
Wilson, AndrewAndrew Wilson  Scotland 1 July 1927 1 July 1932 218 87 45 86 39.91 [26]
McMullan, JimmyJimmy McMullan  Scotland 1 May 1933 1 May 1934 45 18 11 16 40 [27]
Robert Mellor  England 1 May 1934 1 February 1945 221 93 46 82 42.08 [25]
Womack, FrankFrank Womack  England 1 February 1945 1 April 1947 38 14 7 17 36.84 [28]
Wootton, BillyBilly Wootton  England 1 June 1947 1 September 1950 141 54 36 51 38.28 [29]
Hardwick, GeorgeGeorge Hardwick  England 1 November 1950 1 May 1956 271 101 69 101 37.27 1 Football League Third Division North title (1952–53) [30]
Goodier, TedTed Goodier  England 1 May 1956 30 June 1958 96 28 36 32 29.17 [31]
Dodgin, NormanNorman Dodgin  England 1 July 1958 1 May 1960 97 27 17 53 27.84 [32]
Rowley, JackJack Rowley  England 1 June 1960 31 May 1963 151 66 33 52 43.71 1 Football League Fourth Division runner-up (1962–63) [33]
McDowall, LesLes McDowall  Scotland 1 June 1963 1 March 1965 86 33 15 38 38.37 [34]
Gordon Hurst  England 1 April 1965 1 January 1966 19 3 5 11 15.79 [35]
McIlroy, JimmyJimmy McIlroy  Northern Ireland 1 January 1966 1 August 1968 121 46 26 49 38.01 1 Lancashire Senior Cup title (1966–67) [36]
Rowley, JackJack Rowley  England 1 October 1968 1 December 1969 57 16 14 27 28.07 [33]
Frizzell, JimmyJimmy Frizzell  Scotland 1 March 1970 12 June 1982 544 200 160 184 36.76 1 Football League Fourth Division promotion (1970–71)
1 Football League Third Division title (1973–74)
1 Lancashire Senior Cup runner-up (1978–79)
[37]
Royle, JoeJoe Royle  England 14 July 1982 10 November 1994 608 225 165 218 37 1 Football League Cup runner-up (1989–90)
1 Football League Second Division title (1990–91)
[38]
Sharp, GraemeGraeme Sharp  Scotland 16 November 1994 11 February 1997 117 35 34 48 29.91 [39]
Warnock, NeilNeil Warnock  England 21 February 1997 7 April 1998 69 22 20 27 31.88 [40]
Ritchie, AndyAndy Ritchie  England 7 May 1998 31 October 2001 179 59 45 75 32.96 [41]
Billy Urmson  England 31 October 2001 7 November 2001 1 0 1 0 0 [42]
Wadsworth, MickMick Wadsworth  England 7 November 2001 31 May 2002 35 15 9 11 42.86 [43]
Dowie, IainIain Dowie  Northern Ireland 31 May 2002 19 December 2003 82 31 28 23 37.8 [44]
Eyres, DavidDavid Eyres &
John Sheridan
 England
 Ireland
20 December 2003 10 March 2004 12 2 6 4 16.67 [45]
Talbot, BrianBrian Talbot  England 10 March 2004 25 February 2005 55 20 14 21 36.36 [46]
Philliskirk, TonyTony Philliskirk  England 25 February 2005 1 March 2005 1 0 0 1 0 [47]
Moore, RonnieRonnie Moore  England 1 March 2005 1 June 2006 65 23 18 24 35.38 1 Lancashire Senior Cup title (2005–06) [48]
Sheridan, JohnJohn Sheridan  Ireland 1 June 2006 15 March 2009 151 61 47 43 40.39 [11][13][49]
Royle, JoeJoe Royle  England 15 March 2009 2 May 2009 9 1 4 4 11.11 [14][38]
Penney, DaveDave Penney  England 30 April 2009 6 May 2010 48 13 13 22 27.08 [50]
Gray, MartinMartin Gray  England 6 May 2010 2 June 2010 1 0 0 1 0 [51]
Dickov, PaulPaul Dickov  Scotland 9 June 2010 3 February 2013 141 43 37 61 30.50 [52]
Philliskirk, TonyTony Philliskirk  England 4 February 2013 18 March 2013 8 3 1 4 37.50 [47]
Johnson, LeeLee Johnson  England 18 March 2013 Present 66 23 20 23 34.85 [53]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Conn, David (2005-11-23). "How watchdog inquiry left Bates unruffled". London: Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
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  22. ^ a b David Ashworth management career stats at Soccerbase
  23. ^ Herbert Bamlett management career stats at Soccerbase
  24. ^ Charlie Roberts management career stats at Soccerbase
  25. ^ a b Bob Mellor management career stats at Soccerbase
  26. ^ Andy Wilson management career stats at Soccerbase
  27. ^ Jimmy McMullan management career stats at Soccerbase
  28. ^ Frank Womack management career stats at Soccerbase
  29. ^ Billy Wootton management career stats at Soccerbase
  30. ^ George Hardwick management career stats at Soccerbase
  31. ^ Ted Goodier management career stats at Soccerbase
  32. ^ Norman Dodgin management career stats at Soccerbase
  33. ^ a b Jack Rowley management career stats at Soccerbase
  34. ^ Les McDowall management career stats at Soccerbase
  35. ^ Gordon Hurst management career stats at Soccerbase
  36. ^ Jimmy McIlroy management career stats at Soccerbase
  37. ^ Jimmy Frizzell management career stats at Soccerbase
  38. ^ a b Joe Royle management career stats at Soccerbase
  39. ^ Graeme Sharp management career stats at Soccerbase
  40. ^ Neil Warnock management career stats at Soccerbase
  41. ^ Andy Ritchie management career stats at Soccerbase
  42. ^ "Duo wait to show hand". BBC Sport. 2001-11-01. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  43. ^ Mick Wadsworth management career stats at Soccerbase
  44. ^ Iain Dowie management career stats at Soccerbase
  45. ^ "Sheridan and Eyres step up". MEN Media. 2003-12-20. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  46. ^ Brian Talbot management career stats at Soccerbase
  47. ^ a b Tony Philliskirk management career stats at Soccerbase
  48. ^ Ronnie Moore management career stats at Soccerbase
  49. ^ John Sheridan management career stats at Soccerbase
  50. ^ Dave Penney management career stats at Soccerbase
  51. ^ "Oldham Athletic rule out caretaker boss Martin Gray". BBC Sport. 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  52. ^ Paul Dickov management career stats at Soccerbase
  53. ^ Lee Johnson (footballer) management career stats at Soccerbase

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