Based on the cup attendance losses which I highlighted per club, that figure already amounted to over 300K. Clubs outside Division One in 1991/92 also produced cup attendances which would be unheard of today. For example, Workington recorded home attendances of 5,298 in the Challenge Cup and 3,499 in the Lancashire Cup, Oldham 5,814 in the Regal Trophy, Batley 3,089 in the Yorkshire Cup, Hunslet 3,182 in the Challenge Cup, Sheffield 3,227 in the Challenge Cup, Dewsbury 3,460 in the Challenge Cup, Hudds 4,799 in the Yorkshire Cup and 4,239 in the Regal Trophy, Bramley 3,484 in the Challenge Cup, Barrow 3,414 in the Challenge Cup. Swinton who were Division 1 but finished bottom and relegated in 1991/92 still recorded home cup attendances of 4,676 in the Challenge Cup and 3,285 in the Lancashire Cup. Estimating an aggregate attendance loss from cup games in the region of between 300K and 400K is therefore a not unreasonable estimation.
How can the decline in cup competitions and subsequent loss of associated cup attendances be down to anything else other than Super League?
I am not saying your are right or wrong. I just don't see how anyone can be so certain that it is purely down to introduction of Super League, as if fans suddenly decided that now we have Super League I'll not attend cup games..
I can certainly, if figures are correct, go along with the view that decline in cup competitions coincided with the introduction of Super League. But that is different that saying absolute cause and effect. Maybe the drop off would have happened whether Super League or not as there are other factors (e.g. season ticket culture took hold or it is always the same teams that get or win the cups, or that Wembley decrepit nature cause loss of glamour, etc). You have yet put forward the proof that it was purely the introduction of Super league that is the cause of the effect.
It may be a pedantic point but my logical brain prevents me jumping to certainty's without being sure other factors are not at play.
It may be that the advent of Super League resulted in certain outcomes that impacted in cup competitions. However I'm not convinced.it wouldn't have happened anyway because certain impacting decisions would have been taken anyway.
Edited by redjonn, Today, 10:05 PM.