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Jimmy Frizzell (1937-2016)

3 July 2016

Oldham Athletic are saddened to learn of the death of club legend, Jimmy Frizzell, aged 79.

Jimmy served Latics as both a player and manager in a spell which spanned over 22 years.

He first joined the club in 1960 and instantly became a fans favourite due to his tenacious play and tough tackling.

In a 10 year spell as a player, Frizzell would go on to make 318 appearances for the club, scoring 56 goals.

In 1970, Frizzell took over the managerial reins at the club, succeeding Jack Rowley, and he instantly tasted success.

He guided the club to promotion to Division Three in his first season in charge, finishing third in the Fourth Division.

Three years later, Frizzell masterminded another promotion, guiding Latics to the old Division Three title, finishing a point ahead of York City and Bristol Rovers.

Jimmy always had an eye for a player and was responsible for bringing Alan Groves, David Shaw and the legendary Roger Palmer to the club.

Frizzell left the club in 1982, making him the club’s second longest serving manager in the club’s history. 

Chief Executive Neil Joy said: “Jimmy was a true Oldham Athletic legend as a player and manager, and he was a real gentleman.

“All Latics fans will feel a real sense of loss at this news. Our thoughts are with Jimmy’s friends and family at this sad time.”

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