|What is Ernieflag?|
|Written by Mark W|
|Thursday, 17 July 2008 21:13|
The news of the death of Ernie Cooksey on 2nd July 2008 was hugely upsetting for a lot of people and a large number of Oldham Athletic fans in particular.
In our first season, 2008/9, We took the flag to every game that Oldham Athletic played, starting with a friendly match at Rhyl and ending with the final league game at Walsall. We also took it to the North West Masters tournament at the MEN Arena in Manchester where a team of former Oldham players competed and also every England game bar those which clashed with an Oldham match.
Since then we have tried to take the flag to as many games as possible and to date it has been to every ground that Oldham have visited over the last 8 years. The flag has also visited over 20 countries; as diverse as Kazakhstan, Brazil and San Marino where it has been displayed at England internationals.
Along the way, we take a photograph of the flag at each ground and publish a report of each away trip when we visit a ground we've not taken the flag to previously. Again, this was not always written by the same individual but hopefully it provides Oldham fans with a different perspective on these trips. It is also hoped that supporters of other clubs find these tales interesting. For supporters of Premier League clubs, they show why we follow our club and how our experience differs from their own. For supporters of clubs that we visit during the tour we hope that they will take an interest on our take on visiting their town and take the reports in the manner in which they are intended.
There have been a few hic-ups along the way with some reports lacking a little detail after more alcohol than planned was consumed on the day, and one occasion where the flag was stolen but the response that we’ve had from opposition fans and clubs has been amazing.
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