Oldham withdraws from Football League after 115 years amid violent protests | Oldham

Oldham were relegated from League Two after a nasty 2-1 home defeat to Salford ended their 115-year stay in the Football League. The club became the first club to play in the Premier League and to leave the top four divisions of the game in England.

The result was only confirmed after Boundary Park was stormed by hundreds of angry fans who unfurled a banner reading “Get out of our club”, addressed to owner Abdullah Msagam.

Earlier, fans chanted: “We want our club back” and “We’re not going anywhere” as the hosts struggled to maintain order.

Referee Bobby Madley escorted both groups off the field, while the last protester did not leave the field for nearly an hour. The match was then initially abandoned before the final 12 minutes could be played behind closed doors, ultimately leading to the Latics’ fourth consecutive defeat.

The association said in a statement: “Despite the previous announcement that the match had been abandoned, after discussions with the two clubs, match officials, and stadium security, it was agreed to conclude the match today.

“The decision was made in order to preserve the integrity of the competition given the importance of the match at both ends of the League Two table.”

Oldham, who had a pitch invasion earlier in the season, is now likely to see relegation misery followed by punishment from both the Football Association and the Premier League.

All three goals in the game came in the first half, with former Oldham player Matt Smith and Brandon Thomas Asante scoring for the visitors on either side of Davis Keylor Dunn’s penalty kick for the hosts after Jordan Turnbull was judged to have dealt with the team. a ball.

Latex relegation rivals Barrow and Stevenage won their games, defeating Sutton and Tranmere, who are chasing promotion respectively, to move up both to 44 points – while second-placed Oldham is seventh with 37 games with just two games and six points remaining.

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    Their slide to the bottom began in 1994, when they tied their career in 1990 with the FA Cup semi-final, but finished second in the standings after three seasons in the First Division. Three years later, in 1997, Neil Warnock’s late-season appointment failed to produce the results they needed to avoid another relegation.

    Relative stability followed, as he spent 21 seasons in the English Football League Third Division, including qualifying chances in 2003 and 2007, which ended in the semi-finals. However, in 2018, the club was relegated to League Two and four years of decline mean it will play in the National League from next season.

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