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Meet the opposition: Oldham

10 October 2019

The Stags return to Sky Bet League Two action against Oldham Athletic on Saturday (3pm kick-off) at One Call Stadium. Here’s all you need to know about the Latics...

Their story...

After a 21-year period in the third tier of English football, Oldham were relegated to League Two in 2018, playing at this level for the first time since 1974.

The Latics enjoyed their most recent spell in the top flight between the years 1991 and 1994. This saw them involved in the maiden season of the Premier League (1992-93), in which they avoided relegation on goal difference.

Their last meeting with the Stags ended in a 3-2 victory at Boundary Park in April of this year.

Oldham’s most recent honour was the second division in the 1990-91 season. They have reached the FA Cup semi-finals on three occasions with the most recent in 1994 when they were beaten 4-1 in a replay by Manchester United.

Their current form...

Varied. The Latics have won just once in their last six League Two matches but have lost on only a single occasion during this period, drawing four times.

Their most recent league fixture saw them earn a point against fifth-placed Cheltenham Town in a game which ended 1-1.

They currently sit 21st in League Two, two points behind Mansfield.

The boss...


Dino Maamria. The 48-year-old took charge last month after the sacking of previous boss Laurent Banide following a poor start to the season.

Maamria has so far tasted victory, a draw and a defeat in his three league matches in charge. His most impressive result came in his first game as his side beat Morecambe 3-1 on home turf.

The Tunisian's previous job saw him manage Stevenage, who he guided to a tenth-placed finish in League Two last season, before being relieved of his duties early last month following a winless opening seven games.

The key men...

Since signing in the summer, experienced central defender David Wheater, has become a vital component of the Latics’ side.

The 32-year-old, who has over 300 appearances in England’s top two divisions on his résumé, has started ten times in the league, scoring on two occasions.

Another player who may prove key for Maamria’s men is Portuguese wide-man Filipe Morais.

The 33-year-old has two goals and an assist to his name in his six games since signing last month.

Midfielder Christopher Missilou will be hoping to add to his tally of three goals, which currently sees him top of the Latics’ scoring charts.

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