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Oldham fans carry coffin and ‘call on grim reaper’ as protests vs owner get creative

Over 500 Oldham fans gathered outside of the Boundary Park to protest against their current owners, the Lemsagam family.

Oldham faced Hartlepool, in a League Two battle that ended goalless. The Latics remain rooted to the bottom.

Although non-league is a possibility for the Lancashire team, it hasn’t always been about fighting professional football’s decline.

Oldham was in League One in 2018. However, the Lemsagam family has taken over and the club has fallen down the leagues.

Lemsagam spoke of a vision after the Latics were relegated into League Two. But his fan support seems to have waned.



A coffin is seen outside the stadium as fans protest against Oldham Athletic owner Abdallah Lemsagem prior to the Sky Bet League Two match between Oldham Athletic and Hartlepool United at Boundary Park on September 18, 2021 in Oldham, England.
Supporters carried a mock coffin outside of Boundary Park

Fans carried a mock coffin to their clash with Hartlepool on Saturday afternoon, and one individual was even filmed dressed as the grim reaper.

Steve Shipman, who helped organise the protests, told BBC Radio Manchester: “The rot at the club has been in for way longer than the current regime.

“This is a football league club, we know there are people out there that want to buy it.

“We want to bring those people to the table and give the owner a viable option, to say lower your asking price for the club and walk away, because the situation is not going to improve while you’re here.”

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Fans protest outside the stadium against Oldham Athletic owner Abdallah Lemsagem prior to the Sky Bet League Two match between Oldham Athletic and Hartlepool United at Boundary Park on September 18, 2021 in Oldham, England.
Supporters are protesting the ownership of the club

Saturday’s protests is the latest in a string of demonstrations against the current ownership.

During their 3-0 defeat at Barrow, some fans were able get on the pitch.

Others threw tennis balls, flares, and other items onto the pitch during their EFL Cup clash against Accrington Stanley.

Oldham fans carry coffin and ‘call on grim reaper’ as protests vs owner get creative
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