Oldham condemn ‘so-called supporters’ vandalism of Tranmere coach

Oldham Athletic bosses have issued a statement condemning fans who damaged the Tranmere team coach on Tuesday evening.

Tranmere visited Oldham, beating them with a 90th-minute goal from Charlie Jolley in the league 2 fixture.

In the statement, Oldham Athletic bosses said that they were “extremely disappointed in the behaviour of a small minority of so-called ‘supporters’ who decided to attack and damage the Tranmere Rovers coach after the fixture last night.”

The club is working with and giving every support to Greater Manchester Police to help identify those responsible and to ensure they are dealt with in the correct manner going forwards.

In a Tweet, Tranmere Rovers’ Vice-Chair, Nicola Palios said, “Very disappointing that the windows on [the Tranmere Rovers] team coach were smashed this evening. [Coach operators] Anthoney’s Travel don’t deserve that. If anyone saw anything please let us know.”

A spokesperson for Anthony’s Travel said, “[We are] very disappointed with the conduct of Oldham Athletic ‘fans’ last night damaging our team coach and causing unwanted expense and disruption, such ‘fans’ should be banned from any stadia, big thank you to Tranmere Rovers for their support.”

Greater Manchester Police Chief Inspector Gareth Firth, said the attack was being investigated. “This behaviour is completely unacceptable at a game that otherwise passed off without any incident and will not be tolerated,” he said.

A spokesperson for Oldham said, “We would also like to offer an unreserved apology to Tranmere Rovers Football Club, its players, staff and supporters for the incident that happened and the distress caused.”

If anyone has any further information on the vandalism that happened, please contact Oldham Athletic direct on 0161 624 4972 or supporter.services@oldhamathletic.co.uk  where it will be taken in the strictest of confidence, or alternatively you can report it to the Police using 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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