Sunday saw the Oldham Athletics Select 11 play the Community Select 11 in a charity football match to raise money Human Appeal International and to further cement relationships with the community and continue building community cohesion.
The match was watched by 3,500 people from the Bangladeshi community as well as local supporters. It was also attended by the Mayor of Oldham Cllr. Jim McArdle, Deputy leader of the Labour Party Oldham and former Mayor Cllr. Shoab Akhtar and barrister Rizwan Hussain from Channel S Television.
The game ended 3:3 and Oldham Athletics won on penalties
The Sylhet Times continues to support events like this and hope more people from the British Asian communities will support the Latics and come watch games during the season.
In May 2007 the Latics became the first British league team to play in Bangladesh when they went on tour playing Premier League side Mohammadan and Abhani as well the National Under 21’s side.
Although there was no Sylhet Times in May 2007, as the trip preceding our first issue by some 7 months we do have pictures from our man on the spot who was helping behind the scenes at the time.