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Preview | Oldham Athletic (H)

20 October 2023

Rochdale AFC vs Oldham Athletic | Vanarama National League, Saturday 21st October, Crown Oil Arena, 3pm Kick-Off

Dale return to the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday, as we welcome Oldham Athletic in Vanarama National League action.

Get ready for the game by reading all of the pre-match build-up below.


As of Saturday morning, the Crown Oil Arena pitch remains in a playable condition, and at this time, when taking into account the favourable forecast, there are no concerns ahead of this afternoon's game.


Coming to Saturday’s game? Check out all of the information you need to make the most of your visit HERE.


Jimmy McNulty and Harvey Gilmour have been speaking ahead of the fixture.

Read what the Head Coach said to BBC Radio Manchester's Total Sport show HERE.

Click HERE to watch the interview with Gilmour in full.


Saturday's game will be the first in the dugout for Oldham's new manager, Micky Mellon.

The Scot led Tranmere Rovers to back-to-back promotions, in 2018 and 2019, and has signed a three-year deal with Latics.

They are currently 12th in the table and are six unbeaten, a run which was led by Interim Manager Steve Thompson, following the dismissal of David Unsworth in September.

Our near neighbours added a number of former EFL players to their ranks this summer, most notably that of striker James Norwood, who was prolific at Tranmere under Mellon, and has five goals so far this term.


This will be the first league meeting between the sides outside of the EFL.

There have been 62 matches, with 18 wins for Dale, 23 for Oldham, and 21 draws.



James Westgate will be the referee for Saturday’s game. It is his first full season at National League level.

Scott Chalkley and Ryan McIlravey are the assistant referees, with Luis Griffiths as the fourth official.


Those fans based in the UK & Ireland can listen to live match commentary, whilst overseas supporters can watch live via the National League TV platform. Click HERE for full details.

There will also be live updates via the club’s official twitter account.

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Report | Dale 3-4 Oldham Athletic

21 October 2023

Dale were on the wrong end of a seven goal thriller on Saturday, losing 4-3 at home to Oldham Athletic.

A goal either side of the break saw Latics 2-0 up, before goals from Kairo Mitchell and Jimmy Keohane drew Dale level.

The visitors scored twice to restore a two-goal cushion, before Keohane’s second pulled Dale within one, but they couldn’t find a second equaliser.

Jimmy McNulty made three changes from last weekend’s game at Hereford. Max Taylor replaced the suspended Ethan Ebanks-Landell, whilst George Nevett and Kairo Mitchell returned from international duty, replacing Kwaku Oduroh and Ian Henderson.

Dale started the game well, with Tyrese Sinclair having a shot deflected into the arms of the goalkeeper and Mitchell heading over a Ryan East corner.

Adam Clayton hit a free-kick into the Oldham wall, from which the visitors broke down the other end and opened the scoring, when Nathan Sheron fired home from 20-yards.

Ferguson turned an East corner whilst Sinclair almost created a golden opportunity from the byline, only to see a last-ditch tackle from an Oldham defender.

Louie Moulden made a superb save one-on-one to deny Devarn Green’s breakaway opportunity, shortly before Ferguson was subbed off due to injury.

Sinclair headed over a difficult opportunity from Cian Hayes’ cross, before James Norwood’s strike from close range hit his own man when destined for goal.

Four minutes after the break, the visitors doubled their lead, when Green headed home a cross at the back-post.

McNulty made a double substitution just after the goal, with Sinclair having to come off injured after being victim of a nasty tackle, along with Clayton, as Henderson and Jesurun Uchegbulam replaced them.

Almost instantly, Dale halved the deficit. Hayes was played the ball into space, and he pulled it back for Keohane, whose shot deflected off Mitchell and beyond Oldham stopper Mathew Hudson.

Uchegbulam saw an effort deflected wide before Keohane levelled just after the hour mark, slotting home after a corner had fallen to him in the area.

However, Oldham regained the lead just moments later, when Hallam Hope curled an effort into the far corner.

Keohane was denied by a fine save from Hudson, when his back-post header looked certain to level matters, only for the goalkeeper to fly across goal and turn behind for a corner.

Norwood added a fourth for Oldham in the 72nd minute, slotting beyond Moulden after latching on to a ball behind the defence.

Mitchell had a header deflected behind for a corner, shortly before Keohane grabbed his second and Dale’s third, slamming home when the ball fell to him from a corner.

Dale gave it everything in the 16 minutes of added time, with Mitchell heading over, as well as Keohane and Henderson being denied by Hudson, but McNulty’s men just couldn’t find the equaliser.

Dale XI | Moulden, Ferguson (36’ Oduroh), Taylor, Nevett, Keohane, Hayes, Clayton (52’ Uchegbulam), East, Gilmour, Sinclair (52’ Henderson), Mitchell.

Unused subs | McDermott, Afuye.

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