It's been dragging on for weeks, but it could really be all over after this one. Still believe? Here's the preview of Latics v Shrimpers on Saturday, April 24th; kick-off 15.00. v SHRIMPERSSo this is it, we face the final curtain, though most would agree, certainly Ron, that it's been closed all ready.For everyone going I hope the lads put on a decent show and return with three points which may keep the fun going for another week, but it would tale a massive turnaround in form.For all the good things being said I'm just not sure their herats are in it, and yto be honest who can blame them.Still, we at S24 are preparing the Pub Crawls for next season, and whatever happens Saturday will have a few after the Stockport game next week, and then their's the Saints to look forward to.Let's hope the weather stays fair. COME ON YOU BLUES!!!!!Possible Southend United: Mildenhall, Francis, Baldwin, Barrett, Herd, Grant, McCormack, Christophe, Laurent, Vernon, Moussa.Subs: Jack, Sankofa, M'Voto, O'Keefe, Malone, Patterson, Crawford. OPPOSITION Keeper Darryl Flahaven should start against his former club.Latics Boss Dave Penney has a full squad to pick from yet Latics midfielders Dale Stephens and Danny Whitaker may be recalled after being rested for the goalless draw at Southampton in midweek.For that game Alex Marrow and Jon Worthington took their place.Oldham are unbeaten in four games and are sitting a very comfortable seven points clear of the League One bottom four with three games remaining.16Oldham Athletic 43768212466101626131218375051-1317Yeovil Town 43877332646111831121318515749-618Leyton Orient 43967332536121735121219506048-1019Gillingham 431183331406151344111418465847-1220Exeter City 43894271827131739101617445746-1321Tranmere Rovers 43103928322514113912823397144-3222Wycombe Wanderers 43561021294810304391420517241-2123Southend United 43610627263216194091222466639-20Last Time Out - Southampton 0 Oldham Athletic 0 (played on Tuesday, April 20th.) Oldham moved a huge step closer to League One safety after producing a brave defensive performance to hold play-off chasing Southampton to a draw.With both sides having played four games in ten day it made for a lethargic first half and Southampton had the first, and what turned out to be only shot on target, on ten minutes.Top-scorer Rickie Lambert tried to beat Darryl Flahavan with a 30-yard free kick, but the Oldham goalkeeper was able to make a comfortable save to his left.Oldham were defending stoutly, restricting the home side to attempting impossible long-range efforts.Southampton did manage to craft a chance on the half hour as Lambert cushioned a header into the path of Dean Hammond but the midfielder's attempted flick over Flahavan was too delicate and landed in the keeper's arms.Oldham continued to defend manfully after the break but had a rare sight of the Southampton goal when Alex Marrow robbed Lloyd James on the centre circle.Marrow fed Pawel Abbott and his inside pass was just inches away from opening a shooting chance for Lewis Guy only for Dan Seaborne to make a fine last-ditch challenge.Frustrated Saints were struggling to break down Dave Penney's side and Oldham were unlucky not to take the lead on 70 minutes when Kelvin Davis denied substitute Tom Eaves and then kept out Marrow's rebound effort.Southampton could have stolen the points in the third minute of stoppage time when substitute Papa Waigo somehow failed to convert Lambert's low cross.(Report supplied by www.oldhamadvertiser.co.uk)PREVIOUSLYAt Oldham Ath. (14)At Southend Utd. (16)ResultsTotal%ResultsTotal%Oldham Ath.535.71Southend Utd.637.50Southend Utd.642.86Oldham Ath.531.25Draws321.43Draws531.25GoalsTotalAv.pgGoalsTotalAv.pgOldham Ath.110.79Southend Utd.261.63Southend Utd.110.79Oldham Ath.161.00On Neutral Ground (0)Overall (30 matches)ResultsTotal%ResultsTotal%Oldham Ath.00.00Oldham Ath.1033.33Southend Utd.00.00Southend Utd.1240.00Draws00.00Draws826.67GoalsTotalAv.pgGoalsTotalAv.pgOldham Ath.00.00Oldham Ath.270.90Southend Utd.00.00Southend Utd.371.23RecordsHighest Aggregate7Southend Utd. 6 - 1Oldham Ath.1964/1965 Highest Oldham Ath. score:3Oldham Ath. 3 - 0Southend Utd.1969/1970 Highest Southend Utd. score:6Southend Utd. 6 - 1Oldham Ath.1964/1965 SeasonDateHomeScoreAwayCompetition 2009/2010Sat 26 SepSouthend Utd.0 - 1Oldham Ath.League One 2008/2009Sat 25 AprOldham Ath.1 - 1Southend Utd.League One Sat 22 NovSouthend Utd.1 - 2Oldham Ath.League One 2007/2008Sat 22 DecSouthend Utd.0 - 1Oldham Ath.League One Sat 15 SepOldham Ath.0 - 1Southend Utd.League One 2005/2006Sat 07 JanOldham Ath.0 - 0Southend Utd.League One Sun 04 SepSouthend Utd.2 - 1Oldham Ath.League One 1997/1998Sat 25 AprOldham Ath.2 - 0Southend Utd.League Division Two Sat 25 OctSouthend Utd.1 - 1Oldham Ath.League Division Two 1996/1997Sat 30 NovSouthend Utd.1 - 1Oldham Ath.League Division One Sat 26 OctOldham Ath.0 - 0Southend Utd.League Division One 1995/1996Sat 27 AprSouthend Utd.1 - 1Oldham Ath.League Division One Sat 25 NovOldham Ath.0 - 1Southend Utd.League Division One 1994/1995Tue 07 MarOldham Ath.0 - 2Southend Utd.League Division One Sat 03 SepSouthend Utd.1 - 0Oldham Ath.League Division One 1973/1974Mon 22 OctSouthend Utd.2 - 2Oldham Ath.Third Division Tue 11 SepOldham Ath.2 - 0Southend Utd.Third Division 1972/1973Sat 03 FebOldham Ath.0 - 1Southend Utd.Third Division Mon 09 OctSouthend Utd.0 - 1Oldham Ath.Third Division 1970/1971Mon 12 AprSouthend Utd.3 - 0Oldham Ath.Fourth Division Sat 03 OctOldham Ath.2 - 0Southend Utd.Fourth Division 1969/1970Sat 21 MarSouthend Utd.1 - 0Oldham Ath.Fourth Division Tue 03 MarOldham Ath.3 - 0Southend Utd.Fourth Division 1965/1966Fri 11 MarSouthend Utd.0 - 2Oldham Ath.Third Division Fri 17 SepOldham Ath.1 - 0Southend Utd.Third Division 1964/1965Sat 27 FebSouthend Utd.6 - 1Oldham Ath.Third Division Sat 17 OctOldham Ath.0 - 2Southend Utd.Third Division 1963/1964Sat 01 FebOldham Ath.0 - 3Southend Utd.Third Division Sat 21 SepSouthend Utd.2 - 2Oldham Ath.Third Division 1951/1952Sat 15 DecSouthend Utd.5 - 0Oldham Ath.F.A. Cup GROUNDThe ground at the moment is comprised of just three sides as the Club had planned on the building of a new stand on the Broadway side of the stadium, but this has been shelved as the Latics look to moving to a new site altogether. At one end is the comparatively new Rochdale Road End, a good sized all seater covered stand with an excellent view of the pitch. It has windshields to either side of it and an electric scoreboard on its roof. Part of this stand is given to away supporters. The other end, the Chadderton Road Stand (also known as the 'Chaddy End'), is a medium sized all seater covered stand. Again there are windshields to either side, but the elderly nature of this stand is apparent from the supporting pillars running across the front of it. On one side there is an old two tiered Main Stand. This used to have terracing in front, since filled with seating. There is still some old unused terracing on one side of this stand. Opposite is currently a building site as a new stand is being constructed. The ground also benefits from four large floodlight pylons, leaving the visitor in no doubt that this is a football ground. The Club has a mascot called 'Chaddy The Champion Owl'!Away fans are housed in the Rochdale Road Stand at one end of the ground. This stand is split between a larger section on side, which houses 3,000 fans and a smaller section on the other side which houses 1,600 supporters. The smaller area will be allocated to Shrimpers. The sections are kept separate by a large moat like gap, which certainly makes for a lot of banter? The facilities in this newish stand are fairly good, as are the acoustics. (Ground information supplied by www.footballgroundguide.com)WEATHERLovely; sunny and 19c's. REFThe man in the middle is Steve Tanner from Somerset.He gives an interview here: www.refworld.com/referee/22/0/steve-tanner FIXTURESSaturday, April 24th; (all kick-offs 15.00): Brentford v Yeovil, Brighton v Bristol Rovers, Colchester v Tranmere, Exeter v Charlton, Leeds v MK Dons, Millwall v Leyton Orient, Norwich v Gillingham, Oldham v Southend, Southampton v Carlisle, Stockport v Huddersfield, Walsall v Hartlepool, Wycombe v Swindon. BETOldham (to win) - Evens, Draw - 13/5, Southend (to win) - 10/3. For all the footy odds go here: www.oddschecker.com/football/english TRANSPORTBy Train go here: www.southendunited-mad.co.uk/feat/edw5/southend_united_oldham_450292/index.shtmlBy Car go here: www.southendunited-mad.co.uk/feat/edw7/southend_united_oldham_450460/index.shtmlBy Coach go here: www.southendunited-mad.co.uk/feat/edw3/oldham_athletic_450409/index.shtmlPUB AND PIESFor the best drinking hostelries around, and we're aiming for the Rifle Range, go here: www.southendunited-mad.co.uk/feat/edw8/tap_into_the_local_brewery_pub_crawl_in_leeds_514479/index.shtmlHISTORY Oldham Athletic in 1905; Bowlers not compulsory now for management. Shame, Tilly would look good in onePine Villa Football Club was formed in 1895, though the club changed its appearance and name in 1899 to Oldham Athletic Football Club. The club immediately gained professional status and played in both the Lancashire Combination and Lancashire League. Unlike many clubs, Oldham gained quick success and gained acceptance into the Football League in 1907-08. After three years in the Second Division the Latics gained promotion to the First Division.The current limited company was formed after several months in administration in 2003-04 .On 3 February 2004, the club's immediate future was secured when a group of American-based expatriate British businessmen led by Simon Blitz bought the club, forming Oldham Athletic (2004) Association Football Club Limited.After two years with the club, manager John Sheridan was sacked on March 15th 2009, immediately being replaced by former manager Joe Royle. After being offered the job on a permanent basis, Royle rejected the offer and announced that he would be leaving the club after the final game of the season. Darlington boss Dave Penney was announced as Royle's successor on April 30th 2009, though Royle did remain in charge until the season's end.For a full history of the club, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Oldham_Athletic_A.F.C.