OLDHAM Athletic’s chief executive has revealed how many supporters are tuning in to watch Latics’ games this season.

With the season starting behind closed doors, matches are being shown on the EFL’s streaming platform iFollow.

That is either as part of a season ticket package, with a code sent out for each game, or at a cost of £10 per match.

Karl Evans, who took over from managing director Natalie Atkinson last month, has now outlined what the uptake has been.

For games at Boundary Park, Latics keep all the revenue for passes bought by home supporters and the first 500 from the away side.

On the flipside, that distribution of cash means that games at Stevenage and Colchester drew minimal or no revenue at all for the club.

Evans said in a statement on the club’s website: “To start, 692 season ticket holders took advantage of the code received for the opening game at Boundary Park against Leyton Orient, with 574 fans paying the £10 match pass fee to watch the game. 

“In total, the home support was 1,266. Additionally, home clubs retain the revenue of sales up to a maximum of 500 from the away side, which in this case was achieved. Orient kept the extra balance due to additional subscriptions through their service.

“With regards to Crawley Town, 771 season ticket holders watched the game with 360 passes being sold totalling 1,131 home fans. The away side managed to sell 161 which we retained in full.

“For away numbers, we sold 527 for Stevenage resulting in the football club receiving the revenue from 27 sales, but unfortunately we only got to 469 against Colchester at the weekend so the home club this time retained all of that revenue.”

Revenue from cup fixtures, in the EFL Trophy and Carabao Cup, is split equally, with those matches not forming part of any season ticket deals.  

Evans outlined two examples, with the Carabao Cup game against Carlisle seeing Latics sell 716 passes and the visitors 622.

Tuesday’s EFL Trophy meeting with Doncaster saw 373 Rovers fan tune in as opposed to 293 from Oldham.

Evans added: “These figures are always subject to slight changes, but it gives an insight into how your support via iFollow can help clubs like ourselves in League One and Two to ensure their short-term financial safety is secured.

“This is because for most, iFollow has become the main source of direct income until fans can return.

“All that is left to say for the time being is to thank you for the continued backing by purchasing a season ticket or paying the £10 fee for any of the upcoming games.”