Whitebank open for season ticket sales

Date published: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
TO make it easier for fans to buy 2015 season tickets in the run-up to Christmas and before the December 23 cut-off point for getting the biggest discounts, they will be on sale from the refreshment hut at the Whitebank ground next Monday and Tuesday, December 22 and 23 between 9.30am and 1.30pm.
The refreshment hut will be manned between those hours for fans wishing to make late purchases, possibly as Christmas presents, or to speak to a member of staff to clear up any queries they might have about season tickets.
Despite soaring expenditure on players, the club is selling 2015 season tickets at prices which offer the best discounts for several years.
Compared with match-day prices, up by £1 for adults and concessions, season-ticket fans can save up to £29 across 11 home games in the new Kingstone Press League One.
Fans buying a seat for the season before December 23 (£125) will effectively pay for only nine of the 11 games at Whitebank against new club Coventry Bears, London Skolars, Gloucester All Golds, Gateshead Thunder, North Wales Crusaders, Oxford, York City Knights, Rochdale Hornets, Keighley Cougars, Barrow Raiders and Swinton Lions between April 12 and September 6.
Season tickets for standing fans (£110) work out at the equivalent of just short of two free games.
The season promises to be a cracker with all teams having strengthened (Gateshead, for instance, have signed several players from Papua New Guinea) and the five teams coming down from the Championship (Rochdale, Keighley, Barrow, Swinton and North Wales) having had the advantage of parachute payments.
To prepare for the challenge, Roughyeds have signed, or re-signed on new deals, 21 players, including some who were on full-time contracts at other clubs last season. 
The inclusion, in a restructured third tier, of the five clubs who were relegated has inevitably raised the bar on player expectations and demands.
Said chairman Chris Hamilton: “In putting together a good squad which we believe will be up there challenging, we are battling against ever-increasing costs in a fiercely competitive market.
“It has to be a balancing act when it comes to what we can spend and what we can reasonably recoup at the turnstiles, but we have tried to keep things in perspective and do the best we can for our loyal fans by putting up turnstile prices by only £1 and offering season-ticket discounts which are significantly better than in previous years.
“We are still one of the cheapest clubs in the division.”
Match-day prices: adults £12, concessions £10, under-16s £3, plus £2 transfer to seats across all categories.
Season tickets (11 league games): seats, adults £125, concessions £110; standing, adults £110, concessions £95, under-16s £20, including away games.
Concessionary prices include students under-18 in full-time education with appropriate ID.
These prices are valid until December 23. Existing seat holders had until 5pm on Friday, December 12 to claim the same seats.
Purchases can also be made by post if fans send in full details, ideally including a contact telephone number, plus cheque made payable to Oldham RLFC, and addressed to Oldham RLFC, c/o Oasis Academy Oldham, Hollins Road, Oldham OL8 4JZ. The phone number for all queries relating to season tickets is (0161) 624 9630 ext 70552.
Added Chris: “Rival clubs have been trying to pick off our players in a tough and highly competitive market place.
“We are battling against stiff competition, but we’ve kept the players we wanted to keep and we’ve brought in quality newcomers.
“George Tyson and Gareth Owen, who were full-time at Salford last year, are big signings for us, as is Adam Neal, who has played 45 games in Super League.
“We haven’t finished yet and there will be another major announcement to be made any day now on another positive move relating to the playing side of the club.
“Season ticket sales provide a vital source of revenue during the close season and we are asking fans to back us on this wherever they can.”
Opening hours at Whitebank —– next Monday and Tuesday, December 22 and 23 from 9.30am to 1.30pm.