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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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