In a new addition to The Scratching Shed, I’ve decided to try and interview an opposition fan before each of our league and cup games. Hopefully it’ll provide a bit of light hearted fun and an insight into what we can expect from the forthcoming fixture.

Ahead of our FA Cup clash with Oldham Athletic and for the first outing of ‘Interview with an opposition fan’ I put my questions to Bob from the OAFC message board.

TSS – Hi Bob, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for TSS. Since Leeds United were demoted to League One, the FA Cup (and indeed all cups for that matter) have often been seen as a distraction from the primary task of getting promoted. How do Oldham Athletic fans view the competition?

Bob – Always look forward to re-living the dream shattered twice in two semi finals!

TSS – I think it’s fair to say that you’ve had a good run of results against Leeds United over the last two seasons, most notably a 2-0 victory at Elland Road last August. With that in mind, I guess you’ll be expecting a win in the FA Cup clash too?

Bob – Our team is full of injured players at the moment. Threadbare team for Saturday but we will give it a go.

TSS – Sticking with the forthcoming FA Cup tie, it’s going to be screened live from the FA’s website. I watched the England match in a sports bar in Leeds and found the viewing experience intolerable. What are your thoughts on the FA’s decision to stream the game?

Bob – Too much money is ruining the game. Theres only one way to view and that is to go to the match.

TSS – Chris Taylor is the player who I remember most from the 2-0 defeat last season, probably because he scored both the goals that day. Who else should we be keeping an eye on this weekend?

Bob – Chris is one of our many injured players. Furman is good in midfield but we are so weak that its difficult to name any threats.

TSS – After finishing in tenth place last season, I was expecting to see Oldham a little further up the table this time round. What are your expectations for this season and how do you think you’re getting along so far?

Bob – Mid table at best

TSS – I remember your current manager, Dave Penney from his time at Donny Rovers. His record at Donny is a truly remarkable one, including two promotions. Do you think he can achieve similar things at Oldham?

Bob – It will need a couple of seasons to find out.

TSS – Overall, who do you think the big winners and losers will be in League One this season? Any surprises yet to come?

Bob – I think Charlton were good when I saw them down there recently. Leeds will walk it. Tranmere will go down. No real surprises apart from Colchester.

TSS – Finally, what’s your prediction for this weekends tie?

Bob – 3-1 to Leeds but we are at our most dangerous when everyone writes us off so who knows?

Thanks to Bob for taking the time out to answer the questions and to the OAFC board for allowing me to poach someone. Next week I’ve lined up Rob who writes long established Grimsby Town website TheFishy.co.uk ahead of our JPT clash.

  • Luca

    Not very talkative was he!

  • Tim

    He sounds really confident doesn’t he. There’s nothing like getting behind your team is there…..

    • TSS

      One win in the last five for Oldham. I imagine we’d be feeling a bit pessimistic too with that kind of form.

  • Matt

    TSS, that’s a really good idea and I look forward to reading this in the future. It should be quite interesting when we get down to the sides who are slightly bitter towards us. As for Bob, if we get the result he expects on Saturday, I think somebody should call round at his after the match, to make sure he hasn’t done anything stupid.

    • TSS

      Wish I could take credit for the idea, but I actually stole the idea off Oldham Athletic’s official forum.

  • jesmondwhite

    really good idea this TSS – should give us an interesting insight into the opposition

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  • Bob

    Ok you lot.I was only kidding with my replies to soften you up.We are going to win 4-2 tomorrow.Our star winger Chris Taylor has recovered and will play.He will rip your defence to shreds.We will wreck your form and send you back over the Pennines with your lambs tails between your arses.Lancashire hotpot v Yorkshire puddings….ha ha ha.

  • Bob

    Ok you were the better team and won.Your fans disrespect for the minutes silence after the last post was inexcusable.I hope you hang your heads in shame tonight.