Match preview: Oldham Athletic (a)

The Spireites could win the National League title today if they beat Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park and Barnet’s result goes their way.

If Barnet don’t win their fixture against Woking at 3pm, it will confirm the Chesterfield’s promotion back to the EFL.

Here’s everything you need to know…

Match Details

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2024

Opponents: Oldham Athletic

Kick-off: 12:30pm

Competition: Vanarama National League

Location: Boundary Park

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The Opposition

Name: Oldham Athletic Association Football Club

Nickname: Latics

Founded: 1895

Stadium: Boundary Park

Capacity: 13,512

Manager: Micky Mellon


Second Division Champions | 1990/91

Their Division Champions | 1952/53 & 2973/74

Lancashire Combination Champions | 1906/07

On Micky Mellon

Micky Mellon had a professional playing career spanning 17 years, with his most notable stints coming at Blackpool, Burnley and Tranmere Rovers. The midfielder moved into management in 2008 when he joined Fleetwood Town – guiding them to the Conference North play-offs in 2010 and winning the Conference title in 2012. Mellon took Shrewsbury Town to promotion to League One in 2015 before also winning the 2017/18 National League play-offs as well as the 2018/19 League Two play-offs with Tranmere Rovers.

One to watch

James Norwood has proved himself to be one of the most dangerous strikers in the National League. He has scored 200 goals in over 500 career appearances. The striker has scored more goals this season than in his previous four campaigns.

This season in numbers:

Appearances – 36

Goals – 17

Yellow Cards – 9

Red Cards – 0

Minutes Played – 2,765

Played for both

Oldham currently have four players that have also put on a Chesterfield shirt – Dan Gardner is one of those. He joined the Spireites from FC Halifax Town in January 2014. The midfielder was part of the League Two title-winning side and spent three years in North Derbyshire. He also had loan spells at Bury and Tranmere Rovers during that time before joining Oldham on a permanent basis.

He spent two years at Boundary Park, suffering a relegation to League Two during that stint. Gardner had a year at Wigan Athletic and Doncaster Rovers before moving back to Oldham. He has played 110 times for the club in the two spells – the same number of appearances that he made at Chesterfield.

View from the dugout

Danny Webb said: “It’s going to be some atmosphere and we’re well aware of that. It’s two ex-Football League clubs going against each other, it certainly won’t feel like a typical National League game.

“We are just approaching it like any other game. It’s business as usual, we’re looking forward to the atmosphere but without doubt we’ll be switched on and approaching the game like normal.”