OLDHAM Rugby League Club’s League 1 campaign in 2018 begins on Sunday, February 18 with a tough test in Cumbria against last season’s beaten promotion finalists Whitehaven.
The first home league game is against Hemel Stags on Sunday, March 4.
In a division of 14 clubs there will be 13 home games and 13 away in a competition that runs to the weekend of September 22/23, followed by the promotion semi-final on September 30 and the final on October 7.
The RFL has confirmed the team finishing top will gain automatic promotion to the Championship, while a play-off system involving the four teams finishing second to fifth will determine the second promotion spot.
Bradford Bulls will be hot favourites to win the title, but several other clubs, including Scott Naylor’s Oldham, will fancy their chances of pushing them all the way with promotion at the first attempt as the ultimate prize.
Oldham go to Bradford on Good Friday (3pm), but the return fixture is not until Sunday, September 16, the last home game.
Oldham fans who buy a season ticket before December 22 will watch three of 13 home League 1 games next season free of charge.
That’s what they save when buying up front compared with paying at the turnstiles each time Roughyeds have home advantage in a division that promises to be the best and most competitive for years.
Adults can save up to £48; over-65s up to £42; and under-16s up to £25.
Fans can pay on-line with debit or credit card and with an option of spreading payment with instalments in November, December and January so long as the first instalment is paid by November 30.
Biggest savings will be available up to December 22 and the office will be open from 11am to 3pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 9.30am to 3pm on Fridays. For more information ring 07904 898177.
Outside of on-line purchases, all others will require cash or cheque.
Prices are as follows (13 home league games):
STANDING: adults £140; over-65s £120; under-16s £20.
SEATS: adults £160; over-65s £140; under-16s £40.
Match-day turnstile prices:
STANDING: Adults £14; over-65s £12; under-16s £2.
SEATS: Adults £16; over-65s £14; under-16s £5.
Some categories have been reduced from last season, notably adults (standing and sitting) and under-16s (standing).
Buy by post to: Oldham RLFC, Vestacare Stadium, Whitebank Rd, Limehurst Village, Oldham OL8 3JH.
18 Whitehaven A 3pm
25 Challenge Cup (3)
4 Hemel Stags H 3pm
11 York City Knights H 3pm
18 Challenge Cup (4)
25 North Wales Crusaders A 2.30pm
30 (Good Friday) Bradford Bulls A 3pm
8 Hunslet H 3pm
15 Keighley Cougars H 3pm
22 Challenge Cup (5)
29 Workington Town A 3pm
6 Newcastle Thunder H 3pm
13 Challenge Cup (6)
19 (Sat) West Wales Raiders A 3pm
27 Doncaster H 3pm
3 Challenge Cup (quarter-finals)
10 Coventry Bears A 3pm
17 London Skolars H 3pm
24 Hunslet A 3pm
1 Workington Town H 3pm
8 West Wales Raiders H 3pm
15 Keighley Cougars A 3pm
22 North Wales Crusaders H 3pm
29 Doncaster A 3pm
5 Hemel Stags A 2pm
12 Whitehaven H 3pm
19 Newcastle Thunder A 3pm
25 (Sat) Challenge Cup final
2 Coventry Bears H 3pm
9 York City Knights A 3pm
16 Bradford Bulls H 3pm
22 (Sat) London Skolars A 3pm
30 Promotion semi-final
7 Promotion final