THE countdown to Radcliffe’s new season in the Evo-Stik Premier League is officially on – and chairman, Paul Hilton, believes local fans are responding.

Boro announced their season ticket and matchday prices this week at the Neuven Stadium, which is receiving a refurbishment to bring it up to top-flight class after last season’s promotion.

Admission prices next season will be £9 for adults, £6 for concessions, £3 for under-18s and u16s can watch Jon Macken’s side for free.

For the more regular attendees at the stadium season tickets are on offer at £160, with concessions £100 and u18s £50.

For the first time Boro are also offering a VIP season ticket which includes a replica shirt, mug, programme at every game, and 10 per cent off items in the club shop and members’ bar – with more discounts to come.

Chairman Hilton has already stated his intention to be in the promotion mix again this season and after gates improved dramatically in the last 12 months, he feels the long-term vision he and others had for the club when they arrived is now starting to reap its rewards.

“Radcliffe is a town of 35,000 people and that for me is a good set of people,” he said. “We are right in the heart of the community.

“The first thing we identified all those years ago was that we can be the thing the town can shout about, but it’s going to take time.

“The reason why is that we were in decline for a long time. The people who were and still are here have done a great job of keeping this place afloat.

“We had that chance to turn it into something good, and together, that is what we have done – and continue to do.

“There is an on-tap resource here for the town, and we believe that we have really woken it up with the things we are trying to do.

“We are now more prominent in the town itself and in terms of what we want to achieve, it’s a big part of it. We need to be in the town more and more, and we are getting there.”