2011 Season ticket news

Date published: Tuesday, October 19, 2010

FOR the first time in its 14-year history Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd has announced match-day and season-ticket prices knowing that every home game in 2011 will be played on the club’s own ground in the town.

“That’s a massive milestone in the club’s development,” said chairman Chris Hamilton, who piloted Roughyeds into their new home at the Whitebank Stadium half way through last season to end 13 years of wandering.

Now, the club is looking forward to a “full and exciting” 2011 campaign at Whitebank following the transitional 2010 season in which the first five home games were played out of town at Sedgley Park, Whitefield.

Whitebank became home sweet home on May 9, 2010 with the historic visit of York City Knights and in total nine first-team games were played there over the remainder of the season — eight in Co-operative Championship One plus a play-off qualifier, also against York.

Crowds doubled from a five-game Sedgley Park average of 480 to a Whitebank average over nine games of nearly 1,000. And the team responded by winning 17 of its 20 league games to finish championship runners-up, the Roughyeds highest finish in four seasons at that level.

“We feel team and club provided fans with excellent value for money,” added Hamilton, “and we will be doing our utmost to give them value again in 2011.”

Roughyeds admission prices last year were the cheapest in the division and season-ticket holders got a particularly good buy as reward for putting their money up front and answering the club’s call for help at a time when it wasn’t clear where home matches were going to be played.

Admission prices were set accordingly. Season-ticket holders were given seats at Sedgley Park for five games without paying anything extra for them and when Whitebank came into play they were offered an eight-game upgrade to seats for just £10.

Increases in 2011, say the club, merely put Roughyeds in line with what their rival clubs are charging and also take into account that VAT will rise to 20 per cent in January.

Turnstile admission prices will be £12 adults, £10 concessions and £4 for under-16s compared with last season’s £10, £8 and £3 respectively.

Season-tickets, on sale from 9am tomorrow (Wed), cover all home league games except play-off matches as well as two home Northern Rail Cup games and a Carnegie Challenge Cup third-round tie.

Standing season tickets are £125 adults, £105 concessions (over-65s in line with RFL policy and instruction) and £30 for under-16s. The under-16s ticket is a special one that includes all home and away league matches; home and away games in the Northern Rail Cup up to and including the quarter-final; and Carnegie Challenge Cup ties up to and including the quarter-final providing Oldham are still involved.

Prices for adults and concessions represent savings of approximately 20 per cent against match-day prices.

Season-ticket holders who want a seat will be charged £150 (adults), £130 (concessions) and £55 (under-16s).

All season-ticket prices are applicable up to mid-day on December 24, 2010. Seats will be available to existing seat season-ticket holders only (those who upgraded during last season) on a first-come basis until 5pm on Friday, November 5. Last season’s ticket books will need to be shown as proof. After November 5 seats will go on general sale.

Application forms and renewal letters will be going out to existing season-ticket holders in the next two days. Postal applications must be received at the club in time to meet the November 5 or December 24 cut-off points.

Unlike last season seats will be numbered and tickets will be allocated to specific seats. A seating plan is available at the club office in Lansdowne Road, Chadderton (tel: 0161 628 3677), which is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

At this stage the small stand behind the posts at the clubhouse end is not available for season ticket sales.

Any unsold seats in the main stand will be available on payment of a £2 transfer on a match-to-match basis.

Added Hamilton: “Seats are at a premium so we are asking people to come forward as soon as they can. As ever, it is important to the club that as many people as possible buy season tickets.

“Purchases provide the club with vital funds during the close season. The more who buy, the stronger the club’s position becomes in being able to service debts and carry out work on the ground.”