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Emotional new Oldham chairman gives hilarious interview as season tickets soar in sales

Fans are in awe as emotional new Oldham Athletic chairman Frank Rothwell gives a hilarious interview as season tickets soar in sales.

On the first day of season ticket sales since the Rothwell family’s takeover was announced last week, over 1,000 had been sold within the first 12 hours.

The ticket office had been closed for around one month and season ticket sales were suspended while the new owners carried out thorough due diligence.

At 12 o’clock on Monday the 1st of August, fans also flocked in their droves to Furtherwood Road to make their purchase in person, with some getting their first season ticket in three years. 

The Rothwells spoke earlier this week, thanking fans, getting a little choked up with emotion and there were some laughs too.

Frank said: “Ticket sales in this new era for Oldham Athletic are now going through the roof.

“We sold nearly a thousand tickets in one day.

“And it’s going from strength to strength.

“And if you’ve got any mates and they wanna come and they haven’t got a ticket, tell them to get one.

“There will also be standing at the back.

“For Saturday’s game at Torquay, Judith and myself, we’re going all the way to Torquay on our motorbike.

“I can’t wait to get there before the coach so I can welcome all the players as they get off the coach as we’re going into the hotel.

“We’re looking forward to that.

“And shaking all the individual players and supporters, staff’s hand as they get off.

“We’re looking forward to that. Judith and myself, we just had a stadium tour and there’s a charm to Boundary Park.

“The grass looks great again.

“Everything’s looking… for the staff, getting everything ready for a massive day. I think the pie order has gone in.

“We’ve got thousands more pies than we normally have and somebody’s doing pie testing.

“What I want to do is give John (Sheridan) support, if things don’t go quite far away, give him support.

“We understand where he’s at.

“We can see he’s doing his best, and we see the team’s doing the best because I’ve spoken to them all and I can see they’re all enthusiastic about this next season.”

In a letter to supporters, Darren Royle provides details of the resumption of season ticket sales, together with information relating to matchday prices for the 2022/23 season.

Dear Latics Supporters,

I wanted to write to you all as soon as possible to confirm ticket prices for the coming season.about:blank

It is vitally important that we balance our key objective of supporting the club financially whilst being aware of what is going on in our community with job losses, increases in taxation and the rising cost of living impacting heavily on our loyal supporters.

While the cost of running the club has gone up substantially with inflation we wanted to shoulder as much of that burden as possible, without passing these costs onto our amazing supporters who we now need to come back in their droves.

As Frank has said, you will be our 12th and 13th players this season in what will be an incredibly important year and one in which we must restore stability both on and off the pitch.

Following a lengthy board meeting on Friday, I am pleased to confirm the following:

  • Under 16s prices will now extend to Under 18s, to allow a further two years of discounted tickets.
  • All match ticket prices will be frozen and kept the same as the standard prices from last season.
  • The early bird offer will be reinstated for one more week to allow people the opportunity of taking advantage of cost savings.

Following feedback from supporters, we are also extending the opening hours of the club Ticket Office and are employing more staff to help. We appreciate there have previously been access issues, with club staff restricted in their working hours.

We do urge supporters to book as early and online wherever possible to avoid delay. We understand and appreciate that online may not be an option for some supporters and urge you to visit the club ticket office as early as possible.

A full breakdown of season ticket and matchday prices, as well as Ticket Office opening times and the links to online sales, are provided below.

I am also pleased to be able to confirm that the Joe Royle Stand will be fully reopened.

The 100 Club and Executive Boxes will be reinstated, with first option being offered to those supporters who had previously purchased tickets/boxes.

Season tickets for the Family Enclosure of the Rochdale Road End will be suspended until further notice pending a review, however match tickets may be purchased at the early bird price for families wishing to attend the opening two home games.

Thank you all once again for the part you will play in making this club great again. As you know, we cannot do this without your backing and we cannot stress how important that is.

We have consulted with members of three of the fans groups and taken on board feedback wherever possible. We are in this together. Let’s make Boundary Park a fortress.

See you all soon,

Darren Royle

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Fans reacted as an emotional new Oldham chairman gives a hilarious interview as season tickets soar in sales…

@Harry0AFC: Love you Frank x

@OAFC_Jay: Head and shoulders above the lemmies already and it’s not even been a week yet! What a man!

@JamesBarneyB: That’s gonna be some top biking to Torquay

@loud_MM91: Good grief 😍😍😍

@MaccaTheFourth: Either adopt me or marry me, Frank. One or the other, I’m not fussed.

@midnite315: Cheers frank and Judith for being saviours

@gazapalooza: Proper couple running a proper club. Just sensational! Get them pies tested! 💙

@CarlosMarsden: Breath of fresh air. Feels like OUR club again 😀 👏👏👏

@the_g_smith: someone’s been pie testing yeah I secret, they’ve all gone already, Barry Owen took them with him

@rammylatic: Fantastic, absolutely spot on that interview. Just connects with the fan base. I think I will need to adorn a flat cap now in sheer respect. ST ordered and can’t wait for the season to start. Thank you Frank and Judith for lifting the club to a new era #oafc

@Lee1ofmany: Possibly the best club owner in the country

@RickWild1: Love it, Is this even real? #oafc

@BradleyKnowles1: What a man #oafc

@KevinMAspin: What an owner we have!? Even prouder to be an Oldham fan than I have been fo over 35 years!! Special times! Atmosphere will be electric at Torquay! Happy days!!

@FranceOAFC: I could just imagine our previous owner coming out like that .. Not ..This new regime is a complete breath of fresh air .. thanks for saving us, here’s to you Frank and your lovely family …and the Royle’s too. Proud to be Oldham … Thank you ❤️❤️

@Craig_Cushy: I don’t really care what happens this season, I’m just happy we’ve got our club back and the new owners are absolutely brilliant! #oafc #owtb

@oafc_prozac: The man’s enthusiasm is infectious, it’s great to see everyone coming together as one. Time to strap ourselves in for one helluva ride! #OAFC

@Ng21_RAM: Massive derby county fan here but Oldham are defo my 2nd team this season. Both had horrible owners in the past but now have bright futures. Frank is a ledge

@JayForeyBFC: What a guy! Some trek to Torquay on a motorbike when he coukd go by any means he fancies. Good luck Oldham, glad you took inspiration from us( Blackpool) and took action to get rid of your shote owners 👍

Revised season ticket purchase and price information

The prices of season tickets for the 2022/23 season are as follows. These are applicable to seats in all three home stands at Boundary Park.

Early Bird

Available from 12.00pm on Monday 1 August until 11.59pm on Sunday 7 August 2022

 PriceCost per game
Over 65s£140£6.09
Under 21s£140£6.09
Under 18s£46£2.00
Under 7sFree with an adultFree with an adult

Standard prices

From midnight on Monday 8 August 2022

 PriceCost per game
Over 65s£180£7.83
Under 21s£180£7.83
Under 18s£69£3.00
Under 7sFree with an adultFree with an adult

Season tickets will go back on sale from 12.00pm on Monday 1 August, both in person at the Ticket Office in the Main Stand off Furtherwood Road, as well as online.

Supporters who had a season card for the 2021/22 season and would still like to retain the same seat can do so until 11.59pm on Sunday 7 August.

If you had a season ticket for the 2021/22 season and would like to renew and keep your current seat(s), please click here. You will need to enter the ticket barcode number from your current season card that will be displayed on the back.

If you were NOT a season ticket holder in the 2021/22 season please click here.

In addition to online sales, the Ticket Office will be extending its opening hours during the next week as follows:

Monday 1 August12pm-6pm
Tuesday 2 August10am-6pm
Wednesday 3 August10am-6pm
Thursday 4 August10am-8pm
Friday 5 August10am-8pm
Saturday 6 August9am-1pm
Sunday 7 AugustClosed

Season tickets which were purchased before 30 June are also now available for collection.

Any season ticket purchases now made online will be available to collect the next working day. Please bring proof of ID when collecting season cards.

Joe Royle Stand

Fans who initially bought a season ticket in the Joe Royle Stand but were then moved have now automatically been transferred back to their original seat in this stand.

Any supporters wanting to make alternative arrangements should contact the Ticket Office using the details below.

Club Shop

A reminder that season ticket holders are also entitled to 10% off merchandise bought in the Club Shop. This discount applies to in-store sales only and excludes items already on offer or subject to seperate promotions.

Matchday prices

As detailed in the letter from Darren above, matchday prices will remain the same as for the 2021/22 season.

There will be no increase in the categories as previously advised, meaning matchday admission will be as follows:

Over 65s£8£10
Under 21s£8£10
Under 18s£5£7
Under 7sFree with an adultFree with an adult

Supporters aged 17 and 18 who originally purchased a season ticket but would now be eligable for the lower age category will be refunded the difference.

For further details on season ticket sales or any further queries about admission to games, fans can contact supporter.services@oldhamathletic.co.uk or call 0161 785 5150 to speak directly to the Ticket Office.

Full terms and conditions can be found by clicking here.

Details on hospitality for the new season will be communicated in due course.

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