WHO ARE THE SHOTS PLAYING?
This Friday, The Shots take a trip up north to face Oldham as they look for a second win of the season. Founded in 1895, Oldham play their home games at Boundary Park. Otherwise known as the ‘Latics’, Oldham are currently sat 16th in the Vanarama National League, with a win, a draw and two losses from their opening four.
HOW DID THEY DO LAST SEAOSN?
Oldham were one of the two sides who suffered relegation from the Football League in 2021/22, dropping down from League Two. As a result, Oldham became the first side who have played both Premier League and National League football. Oldham finished the season 12 points ahead of Scunthorpe at the foot of the table, but ultimately finished 6 points behind Barrow and safety.
WHO IS THEIR GAFFER?
The current Oldham manager is 57-year-old John Sheridan. During his playing days, Sheridan made 100+ appearances for 3 different clubs: Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday, and the club he now manages, Oldham Athletic. This is not Sheridan’s first stint in charge of Oldham – first taking charge of the club in 2006 and guiding his side to the playoffs in his first season.
Eight years after his departure from The Latics in 2008, Sheridan returned in 2016, joining in January and saving Oldham from relegation to the National League before joining Notts County of May the same year. Just a year later, Sheridan returned for his third spell at Oldham, once again departing in September to this time join Fleetwood Town.
During his fourth and most current spell, Sheridan failed to repeat the survival trick of 16/17, seeing Oldham relegated. Sheridan has remained in his position at Oldham, promising fans a triumphant return to the Football League next season.
OLDHAM SQUAD UPDATE:
A new league has meant big turnover at Oldham this summer, with 14 arrivals and 14 departures to the squad. Academy trio Trey Turner, Oliver Kilner and Joseph Edwards have all been promoted from the u18s squad to the senior side for the upcoming season and 22-year-old Jordan Windass signed from Bradford PA. Stockport pair Liam Hogan and Lois Maynard have remained in the National League by signing with Oldham and Charlie Cooper, formerly of Wealdstone, another National League signing. Ben Tollitt has stepped up a division from Fylde, and the remainder of their signings have all joined from Football League sides. Magnus Norman, Zanie Francis-Angol, Chris Porter, Nathan Sheron, Dan Gardner and Luke Burgess have signed from Carlisle, Hartlepool, Crewe, Harrogate, Doncaster and Salford respectively.
In terms of outgoings, Christopher Missilou, Tope Obadehyi and Dylan Fage have all left the club as free agents. Kyle Jameson, Carl Piergianni, Davis Keillor-Dunn and Sam Hart all remained in the Football League with Tranmere, Stevenage, Sutton and Burton Albion, with Jamie Hopcutt and Raphael Diarra both securing moves to the continents, moving to Finland and France. Ousseynou Cisse, Danny Rogers, Dylan Bahamboula, Nicky Adams, and Callum Whelan all also departed the club, all staying within the UK.
The only expected absentee from the Oldham squad is Magnus Norman with an ankle fracture, with no one else expected to miss out, whether that be through injury or suspension.
The only former Shot in the Oldham team is 28-year-old forward Mike Fondop. Fondop had a brief stint at Aldershot during the 20/21 National League season, making just 4 appearances with half coming from the bench.
HOW TO GET TICKETS:
Tickets are available on the Oldham website HERE, and they are priced as follows:
- Adult: £18
- Senior: £8
- Under 21: £8
- Under 18: £5
- Under 7: Free
HOW TO FOLLOW THE GAME:
There will be live BBC Surrey Sport online commentary of the game with Rob Worrall and a guest summariser.