WHILE some clubs have previously ditched the sale of match-day programmes, and others will follow suit in the coming season, Oldham RLFC has decided to continue with the sale of traditional programmes as a service to fans.
For various reasons this is no longer a money-making exercise — hence the decision of many clubs to either go online or abandon programmes entirely — but the majority view of our ten-strong management committee was to retain the status quo.
One of the reasons to stay traditional is the fact that many of our supporters have told us many times over that they prefer a written programme and would be disappointed if it were to become another thing of the past in a rapidly-changing world.
We have listened to what they have said in the hope that supporters will realise there is a lot of work involved in regular programme production with very little financial return, if any, for the club.
Alongside membership of the Club Cash lottery at £1 a week, purchase of a match-day programme is another way in which fans can actively support their club in times when every £1 matters and does make a difference.
For our part, we are changing programme format this year to give it a different look with new features and a greater emphasis on what’s going on at YOUR club and within YOUR team, starting with the first issue for the visit of Widnes Vikings to Bower Fold on Sunday, February 2, kick-off 3pm.
Any fans with questions about this or other decisions of the management team can throw them at us this Thursday night, 7pm start, at the Vestacare Stadium when head coach Matt Diskin and some of the players will be in attendance for a pre-season meet-and-greet session.
With a new coach, different coaching philosophies, a new backroom staff and a lot of new players we feel we are on the threshold of new beginnings in the Betfred Championship, the start of which will be little more than a week away by the time we get to Thursday.
Next week Matt and the players want to focus entirely on the Widnes Vikings game, but they will relish the opportunity to meet their fans, chat and answer questions in the social club this Thursday evening.
We hope as many fans as possible will turn up, not only for the Q and A sessions, but to offer their support to the lads who will wear the Roughyeds jersey with pride and on our behalf in the long, hard season that lies ahead.