To be honest I am sick of this tradition. For too long now, other sports have used the pay on the turnstyle stick to beat us with and it makes us look like we are completely stuck in the past. I bet you anything on the BBC this weekend it will just show establishing shots of people reaching into their wallets just before they go into the turnstyle (like they always do), completely ignoring the hundreds waltzing in with their pre-paid ticket. Typical BBC bias against our sport, making us look stuck in the past.
In fact I'm surprised that I am the first to say it, but I think a franchise point should be awarded in the next round of Super League franchises for clubs that no longer allow you to pay on the gate. I know the flatcappers won't like it, but this is the only way our sport can move away from this stuffy "walking up to the gate any old time you want" image.
Yeah, we don't need to entice people who can't make up their minds beforehand do we? Woe betide anyone who doesn't know whether they can make a game until the day arrives. Why stop there? If you haven't got a season ticket that lasts for the next five years, not only will you be denied entry but you will be paraded around the local town centre so people can throw rotten fruit at you (maybe put them in stocks) before being banned from attending any RL match for 20 years for having the gall to try and attend a game of RL on a whim.
Any club implementing the above policy will be given an immediate ten year SL licence.
We'll worry about what to do when there aren't enough fans to cover the salary of the man who shines Stevo's head and combs Eddie's syrup before matches when that point is reached.