Match preview: Oldham Athletic (h)

Chesterfield will hope to continue their 100% record against Oldham Athletic when the two meet at the SMH Group Stadium.

The game, which is live on TNT Sports, will see two of the National League title favourites look to put an early season stamp on their title charge.

Here’s everything you need to know…

Match Details

Date: Saturday, August 19, 2023

Opponents: Oldham Athletic

Kick-off: 12:30pm

Competition: Vanarama National League

Location: SMH Group Stadium


Tickets are available for the fixture against Oldham Athletic here:

Please note that away fans must use the Auto Windscreens (North) Stand.

TV Coverage

The fixture will be shown live on TNT Sports (12:30pm kick-off), with coverage starting at 12pm.

Live Radio Commentary

Our in-house radio station, 1866 Sport, will provide exclusive full match commentary on the game, as well as pre and post-match analysis.

Don’t forget that 1866 Sport is on air 24-hours a day, seven days a week!

You can download the app from the Apple Store here:

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It is also available via Alexa.

Our dedicated matchday show is sponsored by National Windscreens and will see commentator Phil Tooley joined by a special co-commentator.

Social Media

You can follow the action on our Twitter page (, where we will provide regular updates as well as our exclusive goal graphics, which are used when a player scores.

Key news and moments will also be posted onto our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Pre/post-match interviews and highlights will be posted to our YouTube channel ( throughout the weekend.

The Opposition

Name: Oldham Athletic Football Club

Nickname: The Latics

Founded: 1895

Stadium: Boundary Park

Capacity: 13,512

Manager: David Unsworth


Second Division Champions | 1990/91

Third Division Champions | 1973/74

Third Division North Champions | 1952/53

Lancashire Combination Winners | 1906/07

Lancashire Senior Cup Winners | 1907/08, 1966/67, 2005/06

On David Unsworth

A defender who spent the majority of his playing career in the Premier League, David Unsworth moved into coaching soon after retiring in 2009. Spells as Preston North End’s caretaker manager and Sheffield United assistant manger followed before becoming Everton’s U23 manager. The 49-year-old left the Toffees in April 2022 and became Oldham Athletic manager in September of the same year – replacing John Sheridan.

Speaking after Oldham’s 2-1 defeat to FC Halifax Town, Unsworth said: “Every game is a massive game and anybody can beat anybody in this league – as we showed when we went to Chesterfield last season.“They are probably the team to beat. They are a good team and [Paul Cook] has got them going well.”

One to watch

James Norwood surprised everyone when making the move to Oldham Athletic from last season’s beaten play-off finalists, Barnsley. The striker has scored goals wherever he has been and has knowledge of how to get out of the National League as he helped Tranmere Rovers to promotion to League Two in 2018.

Last season in numbers:

Appearances – 41

Goals – 11

Assist – 4

Yellow Cards – 10

Red Cards – 1

Minutes Played – 2,661

Played for both

Currently, both sides have players that have had stints at both clubs – Ollie Banks is one of those. He joined Oldham Athletic In 2016 after spending three years in north Derbyshire. The midfielder spent two years at Boundary Park before making the move to Tranmere Rovers in 2018 after an original loan spell.

In 2022, Banks decided to re-join the Spireites from League Two side Barrow. He has since made another 45 appearances as he closes in on 150 in total for the club. The 30-year-old was a big part in Chesterfield’s National League Promotion Final campaign.

View from the dugout

Danny Webb said: “Three points now is as important as three points towards the end of the season, tomorrow is a big game no doubt.

“A near full house and a big away following, it’s a great occasion to be involved with.”

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