Be careful with your argument here, in 91/92 Halifax averaged just over 7,000 and a couple of other seasons around the same time of over 6,000. Against the poor draw teams they could manage 5k, which is pretty reasonable.
Problem was the crowds were success based, success goes, crowds go, crowds go, money goes, club dive bombs.
You have to think about what track record a club has in recent history, I know we are talking 20 years ago but it shows that over time (important phrase) Halifax could show a good return. It certainly wouldn't happen overnight, too many of those 5,000 are probably dead as the average age of an RL supporter 20 years ago was bordering on pensioner..
I am of course indebted to your kind reply.
I plead guilty to being a tad careless with my post.
However I like the idea Halifax when playing well could only manage 5,000 when they didn't have the honour of a lot of away fans coming from just oop t' road.
Bit like London who equally could manage 5,000 when they were playing well but were however playing well 200 miles from M62 Land and away fans.
I do remember when Halifax were playing poorly in SL they averaged 2,977 with the advantage of many away fans a car ride away.
So maybe there's nothing in it crowds wise.
That leaves the RFL deciding which club can bring on the most professionals to expand the player pool.