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Rochdale vs. Latics

21 October 2023

National League football will make a return this weekend when Oldham Athletic make the trip to the Crown Oil Arena to face Rochdale.

Both sides experienced different outcomes in the final round of qualifying in the FA Cup last weekend. Oldham reached the first-round proper of the competition after an impressive 1-0 win at Altrincham, which will see them face League Two side Newport County in just under two weeks' time.

Harrison McGahey snatched the win at Moss Lane, bundling the ball in from a deep corner from the left. Altrincham had much of the possession and territory in the first half whilst Latics were clinical with their opportunities in the game to secure the win.


The result saw Oldham continue their unbeaten run which now stands at seven without defeat whilst Latics will now be led by Micky Mellon who was appointed as the new head coach on Sunday. Mellon will look to kick off his tenure with a return to the winning column after Oldham have played out three consecutive 1-1 draws.

Oldham have scored first in each of their last seven fixtures, and though they have won four of them Latics have failed to convert their last three outings to wins.

It will meanwhile be consecutive trips for Oldham for the first time in October, and their second of three successive visits. The win at Altrincham was their first away clean sheet since the stalemate at Boreham Wood, though their first in a victory.

Mellon will hope both Brennan Dickenson and Devarn Green will be fit in time for the weekend’s clash after both picked up knocks during the win at Moss Lane.

The Opposition

The hosts meanwhile will hope their fortunes will turn around after a recent rut in form. A 1-0 defeat at National League North side Hereford in their final qualifying fixture saw that run continue, with Rochdale now five without a win.

The Dale were dominant for large periods of the game, Ian Henderson had a headed effort disallowed for offside inside 15 minutes whilst Ryan East and Jimmy Keohane both went close with just 20 minutes gone.

Louie Houlden did have one piece of business to take care of in the first half for the Dale, tipping over a fierce volley from Adam Rooney after the forward had latched onto a direct pass from deep.

Cian Hayes looked destined to open the scoring for the visitors after Keohane had found the wide man inside the box. Hayes jinked inside but was denied superbly by the feet of Curtis Pond in the Hereford net.

Ethan Freemantle had a hectic next ten minutes for the hosts. He first blazed a terrific chance over the bar from close range, before missing another opportunity minutes later after being denied a certain goal thanks to a superb Kwaku Oduroh block.

The 23-year-old wasn’t to be denied for a third time however, Alex Babos robbed Rochdale deep in their half before slipping the centre forward in on goal and Freemantle made no mistake, sliding the ball through the legs of Houlden.

The result would have left a sour taste in the mouths of the Dale faithful who would have felt they were the better side with many of the opportunities, though their wastefulness in front of goal was punished.

It means Rochdale won’t make an appearance in the FA Cup for the first time in five seasons, though with attention now back on league football, boss Jim McNulty will hope his side can get back to winning ways.

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Without a win in their last four National League fixtures has seen Rochdale now tenth in the standings, whilst before that run they had previously enjoyed a four-game unbeaten streak that sat them just outside the playoff spots.

They do return to the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday after enduring an unsuccessful three game road trip in which two defeats were sandwiched by a 2-2 draw at Maidenhead.

Dale will also have to turn things around at home, without a win in their last two on their home turf means their last triumph at Crown Oil came in the impressive 4-2 win over second place Barnet in mid-September.

Just two wins from seven and eight points from a possible 21 must be something Rochdale improve on if they are to reach the playoffs, though they do remain well in the mix just two points off seventh.

A return to form could see Rochdale into the top seven for the first time since game week four, though they will have to rely on other results going their way. The Dale will be hoping for a draw between ninth place Aldershot Town and seventh place Hartlepool whilst Halifax (8th) host Kidderminster.

Key Threat

There’s no secret the man in form is 25-year-old Kairo Mitchell for Rochdale. The forward has scored four times in his last six appearances for the club adding to his tally of six goals so far this season since his summer move from Notts County.

That record is only bested by Tyrese Sinclair (8) this season for Rochdale, though the signs are positive for Mitchell to have his most fruitful campaign in front of goal yet in his seven-year career.

Just one shy of his most clinical year which came for King’s Lynn Town in the 2020/21 season where he netted seven times, Mitchell may have finally found his rhythm and the right environment to thrive as a centre forward.

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He has already played the most minutes of his career in a season so far, starting in all 15 fixtures this campaign, proving just how important and impressive he has been for McNulty and this Rochdale side.

Mitchell certainly doesn’t lack a clinical edge in front of goal, the forward has proved he doesn’t need a flurry of opportunities to find the back of the net.

Epitomised by his terrific forward play in the draw with Maidenhead, where he latched onto a deep pass showing good strength to hold off the defender, before burying a wonderful left footed strike into the bottom corner. It was classic number nine play.

Oldham will have their tails up after their win last weekend, and whilst the clean sheet will give them confidence defensively, they will face a number nine that is on top form and one they must keep away from their box.

In the dugout

After taking on his first management role this season, McNulty has had a solid start to life at the Crown Oil Arena. If you had told the Dale boss that his side would be just outside the playoff positions after his first 15 games in charge, he would have snapped your hand off.

Initially McNulty took over Rochdale as caretaker manager early in the 22/23 campaign where he took charge of just three fixtures, where he was unable to pick up a win before returning in March the following year for the final seven fixtures where 11 points from a possible 21 weren’t enough to secure survival in League Two.

A 4-1 win meanwhile on the final day against Sutton United secured McNulty the permanent job at Rochdale which has seen him enter this season with a solid record in the National League.

Securing 20 points from 15 games, the Rochdale manager has steered his side to be well in the chasing pack for the playoff spots, whilst McNulty will have hopes of an immediate promotion back to the fourth tier of English football.

There has been promise during his tenure at the club so far, none more signified than a highly impressive 4-2 win over title hopefuls Barnet which came in Rochdale’s best run of form under McNulty.

The signs are there for this Rochdale side, who remain well in touch of the sides ahead of them, though they will need to get themselves out of this rut of form if they wish to remain that way.

Match Details

Kick-off is scheduled at 15:00pm on Saturday 21 October at the Crown Oil Arena. The referee is James Westgate, who will be assisted by Scott Chalkley and Ryan McILravey. The fourth official is Luis Griffiths.

Match coverage and information  

Live audio commentary is available on Latics Player, guiding you through the match.  

For more information, visit the Latics Player page by clicking here 

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

As this game is being played within the blocked broadcast hours stipulated by UEFA, live streaming will not be available through National League TV for supporters in the UK. The game will be available overseas.

Matchday passes are available for £9.50, with further details here. 

As always, we will endeavour to ensure confirmation of the line-up is published as soon as possible.

However, supporters should note that team sheets in the National League are exchanged 15 minutes later than in the EFL and as a result, the line-up is likely to be published slightly later than in previous seasons.

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Match Reports

Rochdale 3-4 Latics

21 October 2023

Micky Mellon kicked-off life as Oldham Athletic manager with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Rochdale.

It could be argued that Rochdale had the better of possession in the opening minutes of the game, but Latics made the most of what they had, when Sheron opened the scoring.

Kitching’s cross was half-cleared by Rochdale, Green took control of it, laying it off for Sheron, who unleashed a thunderous shot, finding the bottom corner.

Dale’s lion’s share of possession was in large part down to their preference to play out from the back, but Latics’ three frontmen, Hope, Norwood and Green, pressed the defence, and didn’t allow them to pass the ball around with ease.

Neither side created many huge chances for the rest of the first-half, the best from Latics saw Hope fire the ball across the face of goal, failing to find a Latics player, whilst Sinclair headed over in stoppage time for Rochdale.

The half-time team talks clearly changed things - for both sides, as the second-half was night and day compared to the first.

Oldham scored early in the first-half, and they scored early in the second, Kitching’s fantastic cross found Green, who nodded the ball past Moulden.

They say 2-0 is the most dangerous lead in football, and proponents of it will perhaps point to this game as evidence, as Dale threw everything forward, leading to Keohane pulling a goal back for the hosts.

Latics had the chance to restore their two-goal lead, Green moved forward on the break, giving the ball to Norwood on the wing. James looked to return the favour to Devarn, who would have been one-on-one with the goalie, but his pass was just a tad heavy.

Dale equalises, again through Keohane, and again it was a scrappy goal. Ryan East’s corner pinballed around the box, before Keohane poked it home, to the anger and dismay of the Oldham players and fans.

Micky Mellon’s side didn’t let their heads drop though, and just three minutes later, Hallam Hope cut in from the left, saw an inviting opening, and curled a beautiful shot into the far corner, giving Moulden no chance.

Hope & co celebrated with the 3,118 Latics fans inside Spotland, who were in fine voice throughout the entire game.

The Oldham defence were called into action not long after retaking the lead, a looping cross found Keohane at the far post, and he seemed certain to have bagged his hat-trick. But a combination of Hudson’s hands and Sutton’s aggression kept the ball out of the net.

A fourth goal was needed by Oldham to keep the travelling fans’ heartrates down, and that’s exactly what they got.

Hope, an instrumental part of the attack throughout all 87 minutes he was on the pitch, nodded the ball forward, anticipating that Norwood would run onto it. He did, and the lethal finish made no mistake beating the goalkeeper from close-range.

Four wasn’t enough for Athletic, who looked for another when Green switched possession to Sheron inside the box, but his effort went over the bar.

Keohane, who was denied a hat-trick just over ten earlier, finally got his hands on the matchball when he poked home again from close-range.

Reid came on for Hope with three minutes of normal time to play, but Alex ended up playing upwards of 20 minutes, as 16 minutes of stoppage time were added on.

Keohane nearly had a fourth, but Hudson managed to get down and push it wide.

Fondop came on halfway through stoppage time for Green, to give Latics some fresh legs and aggression.

Veteran Ian Henderson saw the ball fall to him inside the box, he flung a shot at Hudson, but it didn’t trouble him.

Dale threw everything at Oldham, but it was to no avail, and Micky Mellon started his time in the Latics hotseat with a win.

Oldham: Hudson, Kitching, Hogan, Hobson, Lundstram, Sheron, Green (Fondop 90+7’), McGahey, Hope (Reid, 87’), Sutton, Norwood.

Subs not used: Norman, Shelton, Tollitt.

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Ticket News

Rochdale (A)

20 October 2023

Match information for the fixture at Spotland against Rochdale (Saturday 21 October, kick-off 3.00pm).

Latics have been allocated 3,118 tickets for this fixture which have now sold out.

The club has been advised that no futher away tickets will be released.

Collections will be available from the Ticket Office at Boundary Park until 4pm on Friday 20 October. Any remaining tickets can be collected on the day from the Away Ticket Office at Spotland.

Additional Information

Working together with Greater Manchester Police, both clubs have identified where visiting supporters have purchased tickets in the home sections of Spotland ahead of Saturday’s fixture.   

These tickets have now been cancelled in accordance with the terms of sale. As such, the tickets are now void and will not permit access at the turnstiles, nor will a refund be issued. Those with cancelled tickets have been notified by email and should not attempt to gain access to the stadium. 

Any supporter who is found on Saturday to have gained entry to the incorrect part of the stadium will be ejected, not relocated.

Supporters are also reminded that the use pyrotechnics and encroachment onto the playing surface are criminal offences at any football match.


A coach has been arranged, with a departure time of 1:30pm from the Joe Royle Stand car park. A limited numbr of places on the coach are still available.

Prices are as follows:

Adults £10
Under 18s £8
Seats can be secured online or in person at the Ticket Office at Boundary Park.

Opening Hours

Opening hours for the Ticket Office are as follows:

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10am-4pm (open until kick-off for home games)
Wednesday Closed
Thursday & Friday 10am-4pm
Saturday 11am until kick-off for home games only (Closed for away fixtures)
Sunday Closed


Adam Street
0161 785 5150
Oldham Athletic Ticket Office
Boundary Park Main Stand
Furtherwood Road (Off Sheepfoot Lane)
Greater Manchester

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