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Rochdale vs. Latics

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday Nine

24 September 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Latics make the short journey to Spotland to take on rivals Rochdale in Sky Bet League Two this weekend (3pm KO).

Last time out, Oldham’s Carabao Cup journey came to an abrupt end as Keith Curle’s men found themselves on the end of a 7-0 thrashing by Premier League side Brentford.


Ernie Cooksey Trophy

The match will also see both teams compete for the Ernie Cooksey Trophy.

It was reintroduced from the Rose Bowl for the pre-season friendly between the sides back in July 2019, which Rochdale won 3-2. This was made possible thanks to the Dale Supporters Trust and Oldham Athletic Supporters Foundation who came together to fund the new trophy. 

Ernie was treated for skin cancer in 2006 but suffered a reoccurrence two years later and sadly passed away in the summer of 2008.

Playing for both during his career he proved to be an extremely popular figure with supporters. A Latics inspired England flag also still honours his name at different events all over the world representing Ernie and the club with pride.


Form Guide

Rochdale have made a good start to the League Two season following a relegation from the third-tier last term.

It was a shaky opening to the season as Dale went three without a win in the league, losing two of them.

Since, they have won three of their next five league games which has seen them rise up the table to eighth place, outside of the top seven just on goal difference and just three points away from the automatic places.

Similarly to Latics, Rochdale made it into the third round of the league cup before falling to defeat against Premier League opposition in the shape of Burnley.

Dale’s Last Six:

  1. Burnley 4-1 Rochdale (Carabao Cup)
  2. Mansfield Town 1-1 Rochdale
  3. Rochdale 1-0 Tranmere Rovers
  4. Port Vale 2-3 Rochdale
  5. Rochdale 4-0 Liverpool U21 (EFL Trophy)
  6. Rochdale 1-1 Colchester United


Meetings: 60

Latics wins: 23
Rochdale wins: 18
Draws: 19

Scored - 90
Conceded - 74

The last time that the two clubs met was in the Football League Trophy back in December 2018.

Oldham weren’t helped by the dismissal of Mohamed Maouche in the 51st minute and they ended up losing 2-0 with both goals coming in time added on at the end of the match.

The last time that Latics got the better of their local rivals was November 2017. In the first half goals from Cameron Dummigan and Matt Done saw them go in level at Boundary Park.

A quick-fire Eoin Doyle brace towards the end of the game saw Latics win all three points in League One.

Watch Out For

Danny Cashman’s goals have earned Dale four points in their previous two league games.

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The forward netted the winner in their 1-0 win over Tranmere whilst his 50th minute strike at Mansfield put his side in front but they were unable to hang on.

He previously opened his Rochdale account in their 2-0 win over Shrewsbury in the League Cup Second Round.

Cashman arrived to Spotland this summer on loan from Coventry City. He had just departed Brighton and Hove Albion, where he had been part of the youth setup since 2012, where he captained their under 18 side.

The 20-year-old will be hoping to find the net for a third time in a row.


Spotland Stadium (Crown Oil Arena)

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Capacity: 10,000

Record attendance: 24,231 (vs. Notts County, 1949)

Opened: 1878

In The Dugout

Robbie Stockdale is the man in the dugout for the hosts.

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This is the Redcar-born manager’s first permanent posting in football, but he has got caretaker experience at Grimsby Town and Sunderland.

The 41-year-old came through the ranks at Middlesbrough as a player and also turned out for Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham United, Rotherham United, Hull City, Darlington, Tranmere Rovers and Grimsby.

He was also capped five times by the Scotland national team.

Match Officials

The man in the middle for the game is Will Finnie.

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His last fixture in charge of Latics arrived in April 2021 as we won 4-1 away at Crawley Town and he handed out zero red cards as well as two yellow cards.

He's taken charge of seven games, so far, this campaign, handing out a total of 11 yellow cards and one red cards.

Finnie will be assisted by Simon Clayton and Helen Edwards, with Andy Haines the Fourth Official.

Sky Bet Odds

Dale have been made 4/6 favourites to strengthen their place amongst the promotion hopefuls in the division.

Latics are 19/5 to pick up a much needed three points on the road whilst 11/4 is the price on offer for the draw.

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How To Follow The Game

Ticket News

Ticket news for Rochdale vs Oldham Athletic on 25 Sep 21

23 September 2021

Live commentary is available on iFollow Latics with Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown who will be talking you through the match with special guest Sam Hart.

Unfortunately an iFollow match pass stream isn't available in the UK due to the 3pm blackout from broadcasters.

For more information, visit the iFollow Latics page by clicking here.

Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC

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Match Reports

Rochdale 0-1 Latics

25 September 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Latics claimed the bragging rights in Greater Manchester as Keith Curle’s side beat Rochdale to pick up the Ernie Cooksey Trophy.

Davis Keillor-Dunn created chaos in the away end in the 59th minute as he brilliantly curled into the far corner from the edge of the box which secured a great victory in the local derby.

Following the midweek disappointment, Latics were given a much-needed boost ahead of their journey to the Crown Oil Arena with Harrison McGahey available for selection against his former employer. The Head Coach named him in the starting XI alongside two other changes with Benny Couto making his league debut and Hallam Hope in the team as well.

The first opportunity of the encounter fell to Couto as the left-back found space on the edge of the area, however, he sliced his strike over the crossbar.

With his name being chanted from the away terrace, Dylan Bahamboula produced a trademark dribble on the left-hand side and glided past several Dale defenders before winning a corner for his team. From the resulting set-piece, Carl Piergianni climbed above his marker, but the skipper steered his header past the far post.

Immediately after, Hope received the ball inside the penalty area before spinning the defender and powerfully striking on goal with Latics academy product Joel Coleman excellently denying the forward, how good it was.

Robbie Stockdale will have been frustrated when Aaron Morley delivered an inviting cross into the box, however, the onrushing Jimmy Keohane, a former Latics trialist under Darren Kelly, somehow couldn’t make any connection whilst being unmarked at the back post.

Early into the second-half, Morley nearly found the opener as the ball was laid into his path on the edge of the area and the technical midfielder drilled his shot along the floor which cannoned off the post before it was cleared.

Once again, Bahamboula illustrated his natural talent as he raced with the ball from the halfway line to the area before making the ‘keeper produce a fine save before Couto’s effort was blocked.

In the 59th minute, the away end absolutely erupted as Latics took the lead in the derby. Keillor-Dunn picked up the ball on the edge of the box before having the composure to curl his effort into the far corner as he frantically reeled away in celebration.

Dale went in search of an equaliser and Alex Newby struck a volley from the edge of the box sweetly, however, Jayson Leutwiler was equal to it as he parried it away.

Rochdale kept the pressure up and ex-Latics defender Eoghan O’Connell received the ball in the box and fired a shot on goal, but Raphael Diarra bravely blocked the attempt.

Following that, O’Connell, former defensive partner with Virgil van Dijk, managed to win a header inside the six-yard which looped over everyone and hit the crossbar with the danger eventually cleared.

The Dale captain then won possession around 25-yards from goal and unleashed a powerful curling effort, but Leutwiler fantastically denied O’Connell as Latics picked up their first win away at Rochdale since November 2014 under Lee Johnson.  

Rochdale XI – Coleman (GK), O’Keeffe, O’Connell ©, Morley, Beesley, Newby (Andrews 84’), Dorsett, Keohane, Broadbent (Kelly 60’), Graham, Cashman (Odoh 60’).

Subs: Lynch (GK), Taylor, Dooley, Done.

Oldham Athletic XI – Leutwiler (GK), Fage, Clarke, McGahey, Piergianni, Couto (Jameson 86’), Diarra, Whelan, Keillor-Dunn (Bettache 74’), Bahamboula, Hope.

Subs: Danielewicz (GK), Bowden, Vaughan, Da Silva, Dearnley.

Goals: Keillor-Dunn 59’

Attendance: 5,234 (1,518 away)

Referee – Will Finnie

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Ticket News

Rochdale (A) Tickets & Travel Information

23 September 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Ticket and travel information for the upcoming away fixture at Spotland against Rochdale (Saturday 25 September - 3pm KO).

The club have received a large allocation of tickets, with just over half (1,600) sold for the Reside Estate Agency Stand (reserved seating). This game is all-ticket and no sales will be made available on the day of the game from the hosts.

Adult £22
Seniors (65+) £17
Young Person (21 & Under) £14
Junior (11 & Under) £7

Please note, Rochdale will not print duplicate tickets for any lost or stolen, therefore these will not be posted out to supporters. If collection can't be made at Boundary Park, Rochdale will have a collections cabin on the day of the game from 12:30pm.

Tickets are on general sale at the Ticket Office window as well as online, with plenty still available. They will go off sale in person and online the day before the game on Friday 24 September at 3pm.

There will be no official club coach travel from Boundary Park for this local game.

Tickets can be purchased online, by clicking here.

Updated Ticket Office Opening Times (This Week)

In addition, to facilitate ticket sales, the Ticket Office will be open on the following dates and times.

Thursday 23 September 1pm till 7pm  
Friday 24 September 10am till 4pm  

For more information and any assistance, please email 

Travel Information

Please note, the planned industrial action on the Metrolink has been called off and services will be working as normal. For more information, click here.

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