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Police forced to get involved with Oldham and Wrexham fans scrapping pre-match

Police were forced to get involved with Oldham Athletic and Wrexham fans taking scrapping pre-match on Saturday afternoon.

Video footage has emerge showing just what happened prior to kick off, for what was David Unsworth’s first home game in charge of Latics.

It was played in front of the biggest Oldham crowd of the season, prompting the National League game to be made all-ticket, with no pay on the day option.

Wrexham sold out their entire away allocation of 2,520, adding to what could be Oldham’s largest home attendance for a league fixture since the visit of Leeds in October 2007, which was watched by 10,054.

One clip, filmed from an upstairs window, shows the men, many with their hoods up, punching, kicking and hitting out each other in the middle of the road as a car tries to pass.

After a couple of seconds the crowd begins to scatter, as a police officer arrives with a baton.

A police van then arrives with extra back-up especially due to the size of the groups fighting, while some of the men continue to lash out at each other.

Another video taken from a nearby car shows a mass of thugs running up the road while throwing pint glasses into the air at each other.

Some witnesses have claims several fans were left covered in blood after the ordeal.

The scenes were filmed from the Tesco Extra store on Ashton Road West, a residential street in Failsworth, Oldham, at around 2pm. The other footage, shows fighting breaking out on nearby Lord Lane. Riot officers from Greater Manchester Police were reportedly called to the scene in both cases.

This is what fans had to say as police are forced to get involved with Oldham and Wrexham fans scrapping pre-match…

@finneh86: What they all doing in failsworth?! Bit of a schlep to boundary park from there

@PottsMalc: What harm are they doing? A slight difference of opinion that’s all.

@13Jonah: Stop dancing with each other ffs

@mcscotty808: Where is deadpool

@Gary_short1: FUCKING OLDHAM !!

@jack_carefree: The scenes everyone wants to see

@charfieldblue: The choreography on Strictly has gone seriously down hill and why oh why did they swop Blackpool for Oldham? Some abysmal flecklers and look at those shoulder lines! It’s a 4 from me.

@ArtOfMatty: Waahhh wahhh football fans are so harshly treated wahh wahh fucking half of them just use footy as an excuse to be a cunt

@dannykay10: State of this

@bensonio: Stuff like this / why don’t the police just cover them all in paint with a hose? Not only does it make it easier to identify the people involved, but it’s a proper laugh thinking they’ve ruined someone’s £600+ stone island coat 🤣

@si42946274: Great little knock 25 seconds in at the back of the van 😁

@Mr_Rochdale18: Hopefully this time they didn’t punch their own fans.

@ModzzGG: Imagine getting battered and your team drops points. Ultimate howler.

@RyanDyson: Wonder if they will show this on the Welcome To Wrexham documentary 👀

@CW9_MCFC: Great stuff.

@laureng5783: Jesus, grow up 🤦🏼‍♀️ What an embarrassment.

@MsLauraTeeee: Good old Oldham plod being absolutely fucking useless as usual 😂

@Gary_Poynton: Wonder if the same people will be calling for armed police after seeing this 👀

@Charlanardo: This’ll be a good watch on the second series of the documentary!

@Michael_McGuirk: That’s just how we greet each other

@Dannywhufcfrost: Fair play both getting stuck in

@KyleJJ93: 29 seconds that geezer 🤣🤣

@RAFCDan: Community club of the year

@19KhanIm: Fans on left outnumbered the fans on right 10 to 1 and still got pushed back & run lol

@hosk1985: Is the captain @bootlegger1974 leading them into battle?

@Paulbowers1963: If ever a game to kick off this week this would have been up near the top

@mjadair1971: Get into em oldham 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

The match itself saw Paul Mullin’s late penalty secure a dramatic victory for Wrexham, who went top and denied Oldham a first victory under David Unsworth.

The Latics dominated early on and ex-Red Dragons striker Mike Fondop took advantage of Ben Tozer’s mistake to score.

Wrexham improved in the second half with chances for Elliott Lee and Jordan Davies before Tozer got a leveller.

Mullin converted a stoppage-time penalty after Luke Young was fouled to send the Welsh outfit’s supporters home happy.

Oldham Athletic (5-3-2): Norman; Clarke, Okagbue, Sheron, Carragher, Roberts; Stobbs (Wellens 69), Cooper, Tollitt (Couto 82); Rooney, Fondop. Subs not used: Leutwiler, Luamba, Vaughan.

Wrexham (5-3-2): Howard; Forde, Hayden, Tozer, Cleworth (Lee 59), McFadzean (McAlinden 82); Jones (Dalby 78), Young, Davies; Mullin, Palmer. Subs not used: Watson, Tunnicliffe.

Attendance: 9,496 (2,520 from Wrexham).

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