Tigers stave off fans’ ticket worries

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Tigers are planning to stage 25 meetings at Owlerton this season - with or without progress in cup competitions.

Management member Damien Bates has moved to assure fans considering buying a season ticket that the club will be looking to stage extra meetings to fill blank dates in the fixture list.

Some fans have been in touch with the club expressing concern about the prospect of only 18 fixtures.

But Bates said: “We can confirm we will be looking at 25 meetings, there or thereabouts.

“Obviously we want to make progress in the cup competitions, but if that doesn’t happen then we will look at other fixtures.

“I’m a big fan of the Northern Riders’ Championship, it would be nice to revive that - but to be honest it would be better for us if we were looking to arrange league cup and knockout cup meetings because we have been successful!

“That’s the plan. I understand how some supporters have been concerned about value for money on season tickets if we only stage 18 meetings but that won’t be the case.

“Once we get to 25 or 26 it represents a great saving for season ticket holders and that’s the plan.

“We are also looking at bringing Cradley here for a challenge match and hopefully we will have some news shortly on the opening night fixture on March 27.

“I would also urge supporters to be patient with us, we have entered this fairly late after the takeover and we have loads to do.”

The club have also revealed how fans attending the evening with Tigers Legends next week, March 5, can get their hands on rare items of memorabilia.

And the new 2014 team race jacket will be unveiled with a one-off signed by the legends available to auction on the night.