About 13,000 Oldham Athletic fans were given free entry to watch the team's 6-0 victory over Grimsby Town on Sunday.
The club's new owners repaid fans for their loyalty
The Latics let the supporters into the Boundary Park ground without paying to reward them for their loyalty.
The club is set to leave administration with an imminent takeover by a trio of New York-based English businessmen.
Management apologised to about 150 fans who were unable to get in because the ground was full.
The Football Association and the Football League have approved transfer of its membership and fixtures to a new club, Oldham Athletic (2004).
Ex-striker Andy Ritchie and former manager Jimmy Frizzell made an appearance at the match, named Celebration Sunday.