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Super League’s magnificent seven pull in record crowd


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#1 no13benny

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 11:10 PM

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The biggest weekend of the Engage Super League XV season more than lived up to its billing with a new record aggregate crowd of 89,356 watching the magnificent seven Round 22 fixtures.

The total is 4,981 higher than the previous record of 84,375 set in Round 8 of 2009 and testifies to the high quality of the most open competition in Super League history, according to RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood.

“I’m absolutely delighted that a new record has been established, it’s a magnificent achievement which reflects how Engage Super League continues to go from strength to strength,” said Wood.

“The leading clubs are setting new standards, both on and off the field. The intensive nature of contests played in front of bumper crowds is great to see and I’m sure this new record won’t last long.

“All the fans who turned out this weekend were treated to sporting entertainment of the highest quality and will be back for more over the weeks to come as the clubs home in on what should be an outstanding top-eight Super League play-off series.

“With the Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-finals and final coming up, as well as the battles to make the top eight, Rugby League supporters are in for some wonderful treats.”

The first of the magnificent seven came on Thursday night when 20,079 people filled the KC Stadium to see Hull FC defeat their neighbours Hull Kingston Rovers in a memorable derby.

On Friday night the biggest crowd of the season so far, 22,701 turned out for the Big One 2 at DW Stadium where Warrington Wolves defeated Wigan Warriors in a thrilling contest.

Leeds Rhinos’ home victory over Huddersfield Giants was watched by a crowd of 15,070 while other highlights include the attendance of 10,399 at St Helens for their win against Harlequins and Castleford Tigers’ highest gate of the year, 8,517 for their derby defeat of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Rugby League supporters also turned out in force at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, where a crowd of 8,138 witnesses a cracking Northern Rail Cup final won with a try in the penultimate minute by Batley Bulldogs against Widnes Vikings.


Magnificent 7


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#2 Terry Mullaney

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 11:57 PM

QUOTE (no13benny @ Jul 19 2010, 12:10 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Nearly twice last week's aggregate. rolleyes.gif rolleyes.gif
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Posted 18 July 2010 - 11:58 PM

QUOTE (Terry Mullaney @ Jul 19 2010, 12:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nearly twice last week's aggregate. rolleyes.gif rolleyes.gif


So what?

#4 Terry Mullaney

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 12:03 AM

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So what?

So what, what?
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#5 Johnoco

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 12:04 AM

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So what, what?


What's previous attendances got to do with it?

#6 adelwire

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 12:08 AM

Great attendances. Some clubs have really marketed some games this season. Alas too many clubs haven't fully marketed this great sport. Clubs, dont you want to make money? Have you exhausted every promotional opportunity?

#7 Terry Mullaney

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 12:11 AM

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What's previous attendances got to do with it?

Sorry Jon, but I don't see where I've said last week's aggregate has anything to do with it.
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Posted 19 July 2010 - 07:32 AM

QUOTE (Terry Mullaney @ Jul 19 2010, 01:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sorry Jon, but I don't see where I've said last week's aggregate has anything to do with it.


There's just no talking to Bradford fans at the moment
Now then, it's a race between Sandie....and Fairburn....and the little man is in........yeees he's in.

I, just like those Castleford supporters felt that the ball should have gone to David Plange but he put the bit betwen his teeth...and it was a try

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 08:28 AM

I would like to applaud everyone concerned, players, administrators, Sky TV etc. for a magnificent weekend of Rugby League. Three very exciting games that went down to the wire. Even my wife was jumping up and down on the sofa and shouting, and she normally hates sport.
Well done Rugby League. Yes it is the greatest game. Moaners, and there are too many, SHUT UP!


#10 no13benny

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:14 AM

QUOTE (Swansea Jack @ Jul 19 2010, 09:28 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would like to applaud everyone concerned, players, administrators, Sky TV etc. for a magnificent weekend of Rugby League. Three very exciting games that went down to the wire. Even my wife was jumping up and down on the sofa and shouting, and she normally hates sport.
Well done Rugby League. Yes it is the greatest game. Moaners, and there are too many, SHUT UP!


Actually there were 5 that went down to the wire in Super League, and one Northern Rail Cup Final
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Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:21 AM

It was a brilliant effort all round.
The figure which most stands out for me is Saints getting over 10k for Quins. It makes you wonder whether people may prefer Sunday afternoons? Glad they got to see a competitive game as well.
I hope the good people of Bradford hang in there. The vast majority of teams have seen darker teams in the last few years. It is just harder when there is such a gap between expectation and delivery.

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:31 AM

QUOTE (Exiled Wiganer @ Jul 19 2010, 10:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It was a brilliant effort all round.
The figure which most stands out for me is Saints getting over 10k for Quins. It makes you wonder whether people may prefer Sunday afternoons? Glad they got to see a competitive game as well.
I hope the good people of Bradford hang in there. The vast majority of teams have seen darker teams in the last few years. It is just harder when there is such a gap between expectation and delivery.


Spot on. That's why the RFL moved most fixtures there in the seventies. The only exceptions IIRC were Leeds who always preferred to play at Headingley on a Friday night, I seem to remember Salford playing Fridays too.

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 09:33 AM

QUOTE (Exiled Wiganer @ Jul 19 2010, 10:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It was a brilliant effort all round.
The figure which most stands out for me is Saints getting over 10k for Quins. It makes you wonder whether people may prefer Sunday afternoons? Glad they got to see a competitive game as well.
I hope the good people of Bradford hang in there. The vast majority of teams have seen darker teams in the last few years. It is just harder when there is such a gap between expectation and delivery.
Yep, was pleasantly surprised with the Saints crowd, especially when they have already had 5 lower crowds than the game against Quins, which is probably quite unusual.

I know Warrington make a bit of an effort for games like the Quins and Cats games, with more promotion and offers, and it does make you wonder why they don't do it more regularly. I assume that Saints did something different for this game with regards the promotion, although as you point out, it may have just been the day the game was played.


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Posted 19 July 2010 - 10:20 AM

QUOTE (Terry Mullaney @ Jul 19 2010, 01:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sorry Jon, but I don't see where I've said last week's aggregate has anything to do with it.

You said it was double last weeks attendances and added some smileys.

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 10:21 AM

QUOTE (Johnoco @ Jul 19 2010, 11:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You said it was double last weeks attendances and added some smileys.


Because it's good news isn't it?
Now then, it's a race between Sandie....and Fairburn....and the little man is in........yeees he's in.

I, just like those Castleford supporters felt that the ball should have gone to David Plange but he put the bit betwen his teeth...and it was a try

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 10:42 AM

QUOTE (Kenilworth Tiger @ Jul 19 2010, 11:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Because it's good news isn't it?

Ironic smileys?

#17 Padge

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 11:06 AM

QUOTE (Trojan @ Jul 19 2010, 10:31 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Spot on. That's why the RFL moved most fixtures there in the seventies. The only exceptions IIRC were Leeds who always preferred to play at Headingley on a Friday night, I seem to remember Salford playing Fridays too.

The overall stats don't back it up.

Teams moved their fixtures to Friday nights because by doing that they could avoid being selected for the BBC on a saturday afternoon.

When games were played on Saturday the BBC could pick any game to televise, many clubs where against televised games. They wanted out of the TV contract but still wanted a cut of the money, they way they got around it was to play games on Friday nights. This meant they were available for TV if the BBC wanted to show a game on a Friday night, which they didn't, and they could have a cut of the money without having their home games televised.

Sunday games came later.

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 11:33 AM

Good golly miss molly. I never knew that.
As a further twist, if you have an occasional Sunday game you can do what Wigan did with the Cas game and have it as the centrepiece of a day of activities.
Padge - you are the most likely to know this, though anyone else who knows can chip in - why do Wakey (and Cas?) kick off at 3 30 rather than 3 on Sundays?
If it gets tighter at the top then timing of games may become significant.

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 11:41 AM

QUOTE (Exiled Wiganer @ Jul 19 2010, 12:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Good golly miss molly. I never knew that.
As a further twist, if you have an occasional Sunday game you can do what Wigan did with the Cas game and have it as the centrepiece of a day of activities.
Padge - you are the most likely to know this, though anyone else who knows can chip in - why do Wakey (and Cas?) kick off at 3 30 rather than 3 on Sundays?
If it gets tighter at the top then timing of games may become significant.

The 3:00 v 3:30 kick off I believe tied in with local licensing laws.

On a Saturday afternoon, under restricted opening hours, different areas had slightly different hours.

Kick offs were timed around the pub hours.

Leigh traditionally have a 3:30 ko where as Wigan was always 3:00, Saturday afternoon in Wigan pubs shut at 3:00 and in Leigh it was 3:30.

When the games moved to Sunday it stayed that way as on a Sunday the pubs shut at 2:00 or 2:30 but clubs had an hours extension.

Basically they didn't want to compete with the pubs and clubs

Also bare in mind that many clubs had their own supporters club which made money for the club and you would want to maximize the amount of time supporters were in the bar.

Edited by Padge, 19 July 2010 - 11:43 AM.


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Posted 19 July 2010 - 12:25 PM

If you throw in the NRC Final 97500 for the eight games played.
In the good-bad old days like 1975 the total league crowds reached around 800,000 for the season.
Somebodies getting something right even if it is only one weekends attendances.
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