Bring on the Reds!
Reporter: MATTHEW CHAMBERS
Date online: 07 January 2013
LATICS chairman Simon Corney predicts Boundary Park will be “rocking” when Liverpool come visiting in the FA Cup fourth round later this month.
A capacity crowd of around 10,000 is expected for the tie, which pits the club against the Premier League giants and seven-time winners of the world’s oldest domestic knockout competition.
It is the biggest game at Boundary Park since Manchester City were sent packing 1-0 in a third-round FA Cup encounter in 2005.
Corney believes the draw — made yesterday, prior to Liverpool defeating Mansfield 2-1 in the third round — will have Oldham buzzing for the next three weeks.
There is a good chance the tie - on the weekend January 26-27 - will be chosen for live television coverage on ITV1 or ESPN.
“It will be a great occasion – especially if the game is shown live on TV,” said Corney, who was at the City Ground to witness Athletic’s superb victory.
“I can’t wait to have our own ground packed to the rafters. The place will be rocking.
“There are no two ways about it — there will be lots of excitement.”
Ticket details have yet to be finalised, but Liverpool is likely to be allocated the whole of the Rochdale Road Stand.
Which means a scramble for tickets when they go on sale to Athletic fans.
Last season, Athletic lost 5-1 at Anfield in front of a crowd of 44,556 — of which 6,136 had made the journey to Liverpool from Oldham.
Athletic made £67,500 in prize money by winning on Saturday, as well as taking 40 per centof ground receipts.
The same split gate applies in the fourth round, but with prize money up to£90,000.
Should the tie be televised, Athletic will pick up an extra £135,850.
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