Oldham told to keep their shirts on

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 18 February, 2013, 3:15am


Oldham banned their players from swapping shirts with Everton's stars after their dramatic 2-2 draw in the FA Cup fifth round as the cash-strapped League One club try to cut costs.

Oldham's owners were concerned the players would give away their shirts to their Everton counterparts in the traditional post-match ritual, therefore forcing the minnows to buy a new set of kit.

And with money tight at the Lancashire club, Oldham's players had a stern message posted to the dressing room wall at Boundary Park.

"Please be advised that due to a severe shortage of first team home shirts, players must not give away their kit following the conclusion of the Everton match," the message from caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk and chief executive Neil Joy read.

Giantkillers Oldham secured the draw with Everton after the third-tier side grabbed a dramatic equaliser in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Matt Smith, who scored twice when Oldham knocked out Liverpool in the last round, rose highest on a last-ditch corner to head in and spark jubilant scenes.

"It was a tremendous cross and I managed to get my head on it," said Smith. "We left it to the death but they all count. We'll go to Everton for the replay full of confidence."

Everton manager David Moyes blamed a lack of composure for his side's failure to secure victory.

"I thought we could see it out but in the last five minutes we looked as if we were panicking a bit," Moyes said.

Oldham's players appeared to obey the shirt instruction after Smith earned the Latics a money-spinning replay at Goodison Park.

And with that unexpected windfall maybe they might even be allowed to swap shirts after the replay.