Latics bid for third straight win, but fan unease continues

Date published: 03 September 2021

Keith Curle's improving Latics will bid to make it three victories on the spin tomorrow as they host Barrow in League Two.

However, fan unrest aimed at the club ownership is continuing to grow after it emerged today (Friday) that the 'Athleticos' group were apparently told that 'our banners and flags will no longer be allowed into Boundary Park until further notice'.

The group of fans, always vociferous and passionate in their support from behind the Rochdale Road end goal at each home game, have now vowed not to attend any more matches until 'restrictions have been lifted'.

The news hasn't gone down well amongst other Latics supporters on social media.

One wrote: "These younger fans should be looked after, they are watching terrible football in the fourth division.

"They could easily follow the masses and support City/United but they choose to support #oafc their club.

"Don’t upset them, look after them.

"The board haven’t got a clue. Embarrassing."

Another added: "Was there a justification?

"Interested to see if they allow flags in the away end still."

The Oldham Athletic Supporters Foundation, meanwhile, clearly have sympathy.

They Tweeted: "We are concerned by this.

"It appears the club are more concerned about eradicating symptoms rather than addressing the root causes.

"We will reach out directly to the Athleticos to see what we can do."

Fellow fan group Push the Boundary stated: "Another example of trying to stamp out the issue rather than looking at why it’s happening in the first place."

Back to goings-on on the field, and Latics will hope to make it three consecutive wins after triumphing 2-1 at Sutton United last weekend and 1-0 against Salford City in the Papa John's Trophy in midweek.

Like Latics, Barrow have won just once in the league so far this term.

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