The Fan Led Group are delighted to be able to say that for the upcoming pre-season friendlies between Latics and Rochdale on Saturday, July 20, and Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, July 27 that we will be opening the North Stand hospitality area as a supporters bar.

The bar will be in the Broadway Suite for both fixtures and will open from 12pm until 2:45pm and then from full-time closing at 6.30pm.  The closing time will be later for the Bolton game, but more details will follow on that.

Entry will be via the main entrance with fans from all areas of the stadium pre and post match, and we also have several former players in attendance.

As the Rochdale fixture is for the inaugural Ernie Cooksey Trophy we will be holding a collection with all proceeds going to Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, Cancer UK and Prostate Cancer, and we will present the funds raised prior to the Bolton fixture.

At the Rochdale game we will have in operation our “bottoms up” draught dispenser which we hope to have in permanent operation within the new Fan Bar and Joe Royle Stand kiosks.

We will also be looking for feedback on a potential new pie supplier for the season, as the kiosks within the stadium are run and operated by the OEC.

We are running the fan bar as a trial at these two fixtures in order to see what the demand will be ahead of the new season, we hope to see you there for your pre-match pint!