Last week, the club partnered with the Royal Oldham Hospital to launch our away strip for the 2023/24 season.
With the hospital, formerly known as Boundary Park Hospital, being a stone’s throw from Boundary Park, it provided a unique opportunity for the two to collaborate and work together on the kit launch.
The club has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the hospital, with players visiting the children’s ward each Christmas to hand out gifts and presents.
More recently, Latics have dedicated matchdays to groups such as Maggie’s and North Care, who work with the NHS to support staff, patients, and their families.
On 5th July, the NHS celebrated its 75th birthday having been formed during Nye Bevan’s tenure as Minister of Health following the conclusion of WW2.
Leah Robins, Chief Operating Officer at Oldham Care Organisation was delighted to see the club and hospital work together as part of the NHS’ birthday celebrations.
“With Oldham Athletic being neighbours to The Royal Oldham Hospital, we have a long-standing history with the club and were delighted when they asked us to be part of the reveal for their new kits to mark our 75th anniversary celebrations of the NHS.
“We have a loyal and dedicated community of fans amongst our colleagues, and those that were part of the shoot announcing the kit were honored to be given the opportunity to wear the shirt for the first time for the public to see.
“Thank you to Oldham Athletic for being part of our #NHS75.”
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A host of Latics fans who work at the hospital were chosen to take part in the launch.
Ian Cooper is a Materials Manager within the ICU, and has worked at the NHS for 40 years.
Dr Redmond Tully is an Intensive Care Consultant, been a season ticket holder for 34 years, worked at the NHS for 18 years, and once resuscitated a player at a game he was attending. He chose to work at Oldham Royal Hospital to be close to Latics.
Vic Skinner has been a Latics supporter for 73 years, has volunteered at the hospital’s radio, Radio Cavall, for eight years, and can recite the 1950’s team off by heart.
Jeanette Lightfoot is a Patient Flow Coordinator, and has been a Nurse for 40 years. She loves her job because every day is different, and has followed Latics for 20 years.
Ashleigh Trickett works in Intensive Care as a Nurse, having recently qualified.
Arlene Finnigan is a Clinical Coder and has been a Latics fan since 1993 and will be familiar to those who read her blog on BPAS.
Gail Taylor is a lifelong Latics fan, worked at the NHS for 21 years, in addition to her nine years of service as a volunteer on Radio Cavell.
Ian Angus is an ICU Charge Nurse, and now supports Latics through his work at the hospital.
Linda Cummins has been a season ticket holder for 50 years, and has served the Cancer Services department for 29 years.
Aaron Nicholls is a Haematology Manager, and has given 16 years of service to the NHS, as well as being a Latics season ticket holder for 26 years.
Patrick Maher is an ICU Admin Coordinator and has worked for the NHS for 5 years. He’s a converted fan, having attended the 3-2 victory over Liverpool in the 2013 FA Cup.
Andrew Gardner is a Managing Director within Perinatal Care and has been an Oldham fan all his life, holding a season ticket for 46 years.