>>>SUPER LEAGUE "ON THE ROAD"
>>>Friday 10th July
>>>Leeds v Salford (at Gateshead Stadium)
>>>Friday 17th July
>>>Sheffield v Halifax (at Sixfields, Northampton)
>Can' t see more than 5,000
>>>Sunday 19th July
>>>Bradford v London (at Tynecastle, Edinburgh)
>>>Friday 24th July
>>>Hull v Huddersfield (at Gateshead Stadium)
>possibly 6,000 if the Sharkies turn up
>>>Saturday 25th July
>>>Warrington v Castleford (at Ninian Park, Cardiff)
>"Might as well be on the moon"
>>>Sunday 26th July
>>>St Helens v Wigan (at Vetch Field, Swansea)
>Would the figures above be classed as a success by the powers that be ? If
>so why do they bother. Surely they should be aiming for double figures at
>all of the above.
Call me optimistic, but I reckon all your above figures will be easily
exceeded. Those kind of crowds could be expected with no local support at
all turning up, which is IMO inconceivable.
Remember the RL World Cup in '95, when the biggest mismatch of the
tournament (Aus v South Africa) pulled in over 8,000 midweek at Gateshead,
which was comfortably more than PNG v Tonga on the same night at the
Boulevard, which got around 5,000.
Gateshead has also pulled in good crowds for GB v France Tests, better than
these games used to get in Leeds, so is no stranger to supporting RL.
Of the other games:
The Bradford Bulls squad and community development team are spending the
whole of the week preceding their game in Edinburgh going round schools etc
to drum up interest and support. They, at least, are not leaving a good
turnout down to chance, or their own travelling fans.
Northampton successfully staged a game in the '95 Emerging Nations comp
(Morrocco v Moldova), and have dedicated RL people on the ground who have
lobbied hard to get a SL game down there, so I'm pretty sure they'll work
hard to get people into the stadium for it. They are even on the web, which
is more than some SL clubs!
As for the games in Wales...who knows. I seem to remember Sheffield Eagles
played in Cardiff a couple of seasons ago and got more than 5,000 just on
their own efforts, so a decently promoted (big ask I know!!) game should
easily get more than that, whoever is playing. And at the Vetch in Swansea,
anything is possible. I remember watching Wales RL play Western Samoa in the
'95 World Cup and it was a lockout. Ok, so it was Wales playing, not club
sides, but if SLE cannot fill the ground for Wigan v Saints then IMO they
haven't really tried.
I think they ought to be aiming to sell out every one of the above matches.
And if, as reported in another thread, they really are going to allow under
16s admission for 1, then they have taken an important step towards making
Here's hoping :-)
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