How did Wigan's crowds stand up when they were in the mire and ultimately recovered to send Castleford down?
It didn't stand up it went up from 13,900 to 14,400.
I went to some of the games and the fact was their fans simply carried on supporting their club in the same numbers.
They were all happy to take some rough with the smooth.
You can see above from JTBC's excellent research just how many people are interested in big time professional RL, yet how few go when clubs have a sustained period of failure.
Relegation battles are nearly always about clubs who are failures and regular failures at that.
The argument made for a closed shop Superleague was they wanted all clubs to spend full cap and also have a vibrant youth system that would lead to some clubs being down one year then challenging for the honours another year. The model was the NRL always was always will be.
After Cas went down the fight was on to avoid relegation and the key game (when there is a relegation dogfight it only ever throws up one or at best two games that capture the fans imagination) was Salford.v.HKR.
The crowds flooded in from Manchester, special trains came across the pennines, the kick off was put back three hours, and an extra 2,000 fans over the Salford average turned up and most of them were clearly Rovers fans.
What will pull in the fans is a Salford that stop being perennial losers and can drag themselves up the league, there's easily a few thousand EVERY match available to the club if they can do that.
In 2006 we had the winner takes all relegation battle between Wakey and cas. I was there and so were 11,000 others. A complete one off. The next to last wakey match against Leeds had drawn a disapointing average crowd only of 5,400. The next to last Cas game had drawn an awful crowd.
The problem is not a lack of P & R it's clubs who just can't hack SL scrubbing around the bottom of the league and its an absurd plan to introduce them to a mini competition playing other clubs who equally can't hack Superleague.