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Match Preview: Bury vs Oldham Athletic

22 February 2019

We look ahead to Derby Day, as we take on Oldham Athletic this weekend!

Manager Ryan Lowe wasn’t interested in the battle of the managers, while also looking to get revenge over the Latics, "It's not about me or Paul Scholes, it's just about two teams locking horns… We know that we weren't good enough at their place; they were the better team and deserved the win, but since then, we've come on leaps and bounds."

Bury Vice-Captain Nicky Adams and the rest of his team can’t wait for this weekend’s local derby, "The atmosphere will be great tomorrow! They're all big games now, so we'll take it one game at a time, but the lads are looking forward to tomorrow!"

Fan vs Fan

Bury fan Ben Brumby loves the feeling of Derby Day “You’re so in it together, it’s a great feeling, and this is why local derbies like this matter more or why they’re so intense because the Oldham fans, they’re exactly the same, they’re so passionate about their team at this level.”

“It’s really two passionate fan bases coming together, two local towns coming together, it’s like a town rivalry rather than just an on the pitch rivalry, so it’s a big occasion”

Oldham supporter Ben Smithies-Casey gives his opinion on taking on local rivals away from home, “It’s always a fantastic atmosphere when we meet Bury at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane and this will be no different. Our away support is always brilliant and this local derby is so important for both teams in terms of promotion from this league.”

Oldham Athletic’s View

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Last Time Out

Match Coverage

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Saturday's game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.

Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions. We will also have updates over on our Twitter account: @buryfcofficial. There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow. 


Darren Drysdale is the referee for Saturday’s encounter with Oldham, taking charge of his twenty-ninth match of the season. To date, he has produced just short of one-hundred yellow cards with ninety-seven. Drysdale has taken the red card out of his pocket on three occasions this season so far.

It will be the Official’s first Bury game of the season, having previously overseeing two Oldham games. He saw the Latics draw 1-1 at Forest Green Rovers, as well as their 3-2 win over Everton u21s in the Checkatrade Trophy.

On one occasion this season, Drysdale has opted against giving anyone a card, which was Walsall’s 3-0 at Gillingham. Sunderland’s 1-1 draw when they hosted Fleetwood Town saw Drysdale reach for a card on eight occasions, booking three Sunderland players and five from Fleetwood.

We’ve Met Before

Bury and Oldham have played forty-eight times, with both sides being deadlocked at fifteen wins each. This means that the remaining eighteen games have ended all square.

In the last three meetings between Bury and Oldham, there has been thirteen goals scored.

The Shakers biggest win against the Latics was a 4-0 victory at Gigg Lane back in 1958.  

Form Guide

The last eight matches see the Shakers top of the league, collecting twenty points from the twenty-four on offer, in the form of six wins and two draws while avoiding defeat. Ryan Lowe’s side boast the best goal difference from this period, sitting on a plus seven goal difference after scoring an impressive eighteen goals!

In comparison, Oldham sit eleventh in the table, as three wins, two draws, and three losses have seen them collect eleven points. Saturday’s visitors have appointed a new manager in this time, in the three games in charge, Paul Scholes has won one, drawn one and lost one.

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