Just to be clear, no they weren't.
Average attendance at the KC Stadium before Hull KR joined Super League:
2003 - 11,598
2004 - 11,458
2005 - 10,639
2006 - 10,866
Average attendance at the KC Stadium since Hull KR joined Super League and EXCLUDING Hull derbies:
2007 - 13,079
2008 - 12,778
2009 - 12,217
2010 - 13,202
2011 - 11,377
2012 - 11,294
Your not (or red dwarf is not, I don't know due to the vagaries of the board posting problems)being clear at all here, and the idea HKR's promotion had fans thinking I must go and watch Hull FC.....
"So essentially HKR s promotion improved FC s attendances , or at least it is concievable they contributed to it ?"
which others have concluded, is an astonishing conclusion to some very basic stats and facts.
Hull's crowds had built up steadily from their 5741 in 1998 due to promotion and their team improving, then the switch to the KC really had the fans going, they then won the cup and they then went on in 2006 to be runners up in the league and went to Old Trafford for the 2007 grand final.
Forgive me if my argument is somehow "contrived" but I always thought getting to the top of the game, getting to finals and actually winning things was and remains the biggest catalyst for fan growth?
If not can people please be clear what is??
Because if the revival of an old rival is what the fans actually want then Hetherington had better set about getting Hunslet promoted to Superleague. Featherstone had best push for Cas to still be around when they get promoted, because local rivalry seemingly comes way before success as a way to build a big regular crowd.
Hulls 2007 opener was against Catalans who bring few fans (12700) and they they were next at home to Wakefield (13,229) games played before they took on Rovers. I can't swallow the idea that the additional Hull fans were all turning up to these games because HKR had now arrived on the scene.
How does that work??
And if HKR being in SL boosts Hulls crowds why did they then fall away and why now that they have played Catalans again only in this recent case just manage to creep over the 10,000?
Is it because since Hudgell has announced major problems at HKR HullFC fans have decided they aren't that interested in watching Rugby League any more.
Before the childish Hull bashing accusations start this is about how clubs support grows, and how clubs support can be limited in growth if another club nearby is chasing the same new fans. It could be the same principle as to how could a promoted Fev pull fans from Pontefract if Cas up the road were rejuvinated, and Wakefield got Newmarket.
Or how would Leigh's crowds go in SL if people in and in centres of population around the town have gravitated to Wigan over the years? Or where a Halifax crowd will come from if Bulls and fartown continue to do well.
Edited by The Parksider, 10 April 2013 - 06:30 AM.