So if one big SL club exists in the Calder area at some time in the future are you saying that the other two will eventually be left with next to no fans in say 10 or 20 years time? With respect, all three clubs in the Wakefield area have strong fan bases, Fev for instance increased their attendances last season by 38% despite not being in SL. No indication of any sort of defection to either of the SL clubs there then. So when do you reckon the drift towards the bigger clubs might take a grip? SL is approaching its 18th season. Comparing the rest with what's happened to Hunslet is a mistake.
Well it may suit your argument to say what happened to Bramley and Hunslet in Leeds cannot happen in the Wakefield area.
When I started watching RL in Leeds Leeds were big and won trophies, none of the Wakey three win anything so the conditions are not yet there to see one club dominate the other two for a sustained period of time. However if ever one of the clubs ends up being a far bigger attraction then that process may begin. It all depends on one of these three loss making clubs starting to turn in a profit and starting to be able to compete with the big clubs. There's no sign of Newmarket yet as Kenny points out.
Despite not being in the first division Hunslet increased their 267 crowd against Huyton in 1972/3 to 4,000 in 1973/4 how many percent is that and what did it matter when eventually Leeds total domination saw us end up at 150 fans a couple of years back.
Around 1974 Bramley had a strong base of 1,500 fans at matches 38 years on they are gone.
It's great you can draw 2,000 fans Terry going forwards, but when you went backwards the crowds dropped to 800 IIRC, you just cannot dismiss the correlation between success and failure and fanbases, how about Bradford Northern 1947 to 1964.
How about HKR's demise to 1,000 fans in the second division. If Hudgell had not come along where would that "strong fan base" of the early 1980's be now? Without success fans disappear very quickly leaving clubs needing rescuing. Eventually nobody wants to rescue them like Bramley, or rescue comes in the form of playing in CC1 before a few hundred fans until one has to tie up with an SL club like Hunslet has with Leeds "for survival".
Had either of the "Rovers" not been rescued and revived they could have been the ones doing the link ups with Hull and Wakefield.
It's not a mistake to reflect on what's happened in Leeds, exactly the same conditions can come about anywhere and have done, only today the situation is accentuated as the have's and have not's are poles apart.
Edited by The Parksider, 21 November 2012 - 03:34 PM.