A North West daily is to bring back its ‘green final’ sports edition for the first time in 40 years next week.
Oldham Athletic’s giant-killing run in this season’s FA Cup has earned them a fifth round replay with Everton at Goodison Park on Tuesday.
To mark the occasion, the Oldham Evening Chronicle is bringing back its green final for a one-off special edition designed to hit the streets within minutes of the full time whistle.
The 16-page edition will have a print run of 5,000 and it copies will be distributed first to 24-hour supermarkets and then to selected newsagents to catch morning commuters.
The paper also plans to have sellers out at the two big “car parks” where the fleets of coaches bringing thousands of Oldham fans home from the game will be returning around 11pm.
And there will be a 12-page in-paper supplement of analysis and reaction from the match for the following day’s main edition.
Chronicle Editor David Whaley said: “There is always a great buzz around a town when the football club gets on a run like this and we have been pleased to play our part to feed the Cup fever.
“Our editorial team is only small in number but they have been brilliant in taking on extra work and extra shifts at short notice for the good of the newspaper and that makes me very proud.
“These are tough times in regional newspapers and anything that can provide a circulation spike or additional revenue has got to be worth going for.”
The Chronicle is printed on Trinity Mirror presses at Hollinwood, near Oldham, and the Trinity Mirror Print have sourced the green paper which will be used for the special edition.