>: >: To be fair Leicester Tigers get good crowds upto 16,000 for the big home
>: >: games and they can take 35,000 away to cup finals.
>: >To be fairer:
>: What makes your statement fairer, is there any factual inaccuracies in
>: my comments????
>Figure of speech, sorry.
>: The fact that RU crowds at some Courage one clubs are so poor is part of
>: the reason why Tigers gates are as low as 11,000 how many supporters do
>: Sale, Orrell, London Irish et all take away??? significantly less than
>: SL clubs.
>Yeah... But then how many do London Broncos take with them when they hit
>the road. Not many I bet but Bradford got over 15,000 for that game.
Wot the mighty London travelling army
>Bradford's first 'well supported' club (a term which for the sake of
>argument I'm defining here as a club likely to finish top five and who've
>been around for over 10 years) play at Odsal on Sunday. A desire amongst
>Bradfordians to see similar 'revenge' to that meeted out last season, a
>decent Saints following plus the neutrals wanting to see the top two
>sides play each other should see a crowd in excess of 20,000 this
>weekend. I'd consider anything less to be a failure.
>: >The Tigers are the best supported club in English RU and are averaging
>: >just short of 11,000 this year.
>: >The top four supported clubs in SL are beating that at the moment with
>: >the business end of the season and the high drawing games against the
>: >Aussies still to come. My club Bradford are currently averaging 14,600
>: >per game and with the Bradford v Saints game to come at the weekend (if
>: >there's less than 20,000 there I'll be disappointed) that can only rise.
Bradford are on the crest of a wave and I wish them every success, I
think they have worked *** and off the field. But the assumption
that gates can only increase must be a value judgement rather than a
What matter it if RFU get upto 150,000 ticket applications for every
home five nations game.
>: Bradford are a well supported club, I also see that gates at Leeds,
>: Saints and London are up on last year.
>I think only Wigan and Cas' are down on last year. There maybe one other
>club but I don't recall who it is.
>: If my memory serves me correctly the original posting that I responded
>: to was something of a generalisation, I merely wanted to highlight the
>: fact that some Union games attract reasonable crowds.
>: I hope we are not going to get into the Legaue is better cos more
>: Bradford get big crowds argrument again!!!
>Not at all. Just presenting the other side to the argument. I missed the
>original post and had to stick my twopenneth in.
>While we're on the subject though... :^)
>Bradford's crowds are up by over 50% on the same period last year, a
>period which saw a greater than 100% rise on the year before that. The
>overall rise in SL attendances this year has been 15% if you compare
>Salford's crowds to last year's relegated club, Workington.
>: If that's so then the US car racing that attracts 100,000 regularly must
>: be the best sport then
>So, as I said in another post, does US College Football. Big deal. We're
>talking about Rugby crowds of either code in the UK.
SL crowds are up good, more people watch rugby league good, Bradford get
15,000 crowds great.....
Other than stating the obvious what is your point
I would guess that RL crowds have always been greater than RU crowds at
club level. Remember RU has had one year of professionalism and RL a
hundred and one.
Some RU clubs can attract good support (Leicester Tigers in particular)
as I already stated on this group there must have been 35,000 Leicester
fans at the European Cup Final at Cardiff Arms; and as we have both now
said some RL clubs have a 10,000 plus average gate.