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Lone traveller Baxter

26 February 2013

Match day news for Latics' big cup tie

Jose Baxter isn't travelling tonight with Latics to the FA Cup with Budweiser, fifth-round replay at Everton.

The former Evertonian won't be on the team coach which leaves Boundary Park this afternoon.

Don't worry, however, as Baxter has been given special dispensation to travel separately as he lives in Bootle which is only a stone's throw from Goodison Park.

Instead non-driver Baxter, who was an Everton player between the ages of six and 20 years, will be chauffeured to the ground by his dad Andy.

There will be a mass exodus from Oldham as Latics have sold almost 4,000 tickets which is remarkable number bearing in mind it is for a midweek match which is also being screened live on ITV1.

A convoy of 20 official supporters' coaches leaves Boundary Park while others have been organised by local pubs and clubs.

They travel to Merseyside with hope in their hearts that they can repeat the FA Cup win of 2008 when they emerged 1-0 victors thanks to Gary McDonald's spectacular goal.

Incredibly, Latics are unbeaten in their last six FA Cup matches against Everton.

They also triumphed in 1990 following a second replay as they went on to reach the semi finals.

Latics will also be bidding for a third FA Cup win at Everton following their successes of 2008 and 1913.

In FA Cup meetings between the two clubs, Latics have three wins, Everton two victories while four games ending in draws.

Taking charge of tonight's cup tie is Michael Oliver who is aged 28 and the holder of numerous records.

Oliver is the youngest-ever person to referee a Football League match, aged just 22, and also a Premier League fixture, the latter achieved aged 25 years and 182 days.

And fans, on their return to Oldham, will be able to buy a special one-off edition of the Green Final as they step off the coaches.

The Oldham Evening Chronicle is printing a special one-off 12-page edition of the sports paper which folded 40 years ago.

If you can't make it to Goodison Park, however, Latics' official website will bring you unrivalled coverage of the big cup tie.

Subscribers to Latics Player will be able to listen to full commentary of the match by Gordon Lawton and Roy Butterworth while there will be reports posted at half time and full time. Later there will be a full match report and reaction to the game.

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