Last chance for best discounts on season tickets

Date published: Monday, December 22, 2014
OLDHAM fans have their last chance to get the biggest discounts on 2015 season tickets, up to £29, by purchasing from the refreshment vehicle at Whitebank today (Monday) or tomorrow (Tuesday) between 9.30am and 1.30pm.
Season tickets provide excellent Christmas presents for regular home fans, who are expected to increase in number next season on the back of a new and bigger League One, strengthened  by the inclusion of traditional clubs Rochdale Hornets, Keighley Cougars, Swinton Lions and Barrow Raiders as well as new boys Coventry Bears and a relatively new club that has excellent away support in North Wales Crusaders.
“We rely on income from season tickets at this time of year and we are asking fans to back us on this as much as they can,” said club chairman Chris Hamiton.
Four rule changes, relating to concussion, referrals to the video referee, obstruction and use of the sin-bin, will be introduced next season in Super League, Championship, League One and Challenge Cup.
Oldham’s season kicks off at Whitebank on Sunday, March 1 (3pm) with the visit of new boys Coventry Bears in the first round of the new League One Cup.
 Changes to the obstruction policy will favour the attacking side and remove ambiguity that caused confusion among players and fans last season.
Teams will be allowed an additional ‘free’ interchange if an injured player needs a pitch-side concussion assessment — a move designed to safeguard even further players who receive head injuries.

Offences for which players can be sin-binned will be cut from seven to four to encourage referees to impose immediate sanctions and thus reduce the number of ‘on report’ decisions.
A new law on the use of video referees will bring the sport in this country in line with Australia’s NRL in which the referee is required to signal his decision first even if he then goes ‘upstairs’ for the video official to look at whether there is enough evidence to over-rule him. 

RFL chief executive Nigel Wood said: “These changes will enhance the sport for players, spectators, coaches and TV viewers alike by making the laws of the game as simple and unambiguous as possible.”