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The Complete History Of Oldham Athletic's Visits To The Moss Rose

9 January 2020

Despite the fact that under thirty miles separate the two clubs, Oldham Athletic have only ever visited the Moss Rose for a competitive fixture on two previous occasions.
 
These resulted in defiant Silkmen victories and ahead of The Latics' third visit on Saturday, we take a look back at both games.
 
The first time that Oldham visited the Moss Rose was back in February 1999, when Sammy McIlroy's heroes were gallantly embroiled in a third tier relegation fight.
 
A crowd of 4,038 witnessed a hard-fought contest which seemed destined for a goalless stalemate for much of the encounter.
 
The deadlock would dramatically be broken in the 84th minute however, as Efe Sodje struck to hand McIlroy's illustrious side a precious victory.
 
Almost twenty years later, The Latics returned to the Moss Rose with The Silkmen once again in the midst of a gruelling crusade against relegation.
 
Sol Campbell's side got off to the worst start possible when debutant Urko Vera fired home a hotly-disputed penalty within the first minute, yet it catalysed the home side into completing a pulsating comeback.
 
Harry Smith restored parity deep into first half injury time, as he fired across the face of goal and past Latics 'keeper Dan Iverson.
 
Scott Wilson then struck what proved to be the winner nine minutes into the second period, when he broke free of the Oldham defence and coolly slotted the ball home in front of a jubilant Star Lane End.
 
Despite weathering a tirade of pressure in the closing exchanges, Campbell's men hung on to claim a spirited victory which proved to be vital in our survival bid.
 
This means that our record against Oldham here at the Moss Rose is as follows -
 
Played 2. Won 2. Drawn 0. Lost 0.

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