Or maybe another way of looking at it is that L'Angelo is being very positive in that he believes what's happening now compares quite favourably with other eras?
I think there's a big danger in taking attendance figures out of context. Rovers averaged a shockingly small number when we won the league, but the sport in general was at a low ebb then. Those huge crowds we got in the late 50s again reflected a boom time for attendances.
Where we've suffered post 1996 is not really in terms of the size of our support, but our crowds compared to clubs in the top league which have shown some big improvements. It's logical to say that had we been in the top flight in the last 16 years our crowds would have commensurately improved.
It's also true to say that it takes a hell of an effort to buck the general trend, something the club has done this year.
That's what I'm saying Mark.
Although things were supposed to 'better' then. Also Rovers attendances outside the 70s were poor, they were poor in other eras as well. Rovers had big crowds in the 5os and 60s for cup games mainly, and the club's league attendances, that record notwithstanding weren't that great during the boom era: check out 'Coal Is Our Life', and don't forget also that most games were local derbies.
There are one or two clubs bucking the 'trend' outside SL. Interesting averages at Workington, dewsbury and Crusaders for instance.
If Rovers had been in Sl with the current regime there would have been a better chance of having better attendances in SL. But this is a no brainer really, since the entire culture of the club has changed...at last, thank goodness.