It can’t be much fun being an Oldham Athletic fan.
They have the immortal boast of being a founder member of the Premier League, back in 1992. They once had the likes of Denis Irwin, Earl Barrett, and Leeds United legend, Gunnar Halle! Oldham were FA Cup semi-finalists as recently as 1994.
And yet, something at Boundary Park has gone very wrong. And no one, it seems, quite knows how to put it right.
The Latics have been at the third level of English football for 21 long years. In all that time, they have never finished higher than 5th and have only put their fans through the ringer of a play-off battle twice. Conversely, they have finished between 17th and 20th six times. And this season is almost certain to follow suit, with the club languishing in 21st, two points off safety.
Ten years ago, Swansea City and Bournemouth were both far below Oldham on the football pyramid. Now both are living the high life in the Premier League. So it does not seem inconceivable that the feat is beyond Oldham.
But why has it not happened so far? Here are four reasons why The Latics are the EFL’s most ineffective yoyo.