Bill Bryson, Notes From a Small Island.
Such was the picture of appalling squalor Orwell painted that even now I was startled to find how neat and well maintained Wigan appeared to be as we entered it by means of a long hill. I got off at the bottom, pleased to return to the fresh air, and set off in search of the famous pier. Wigan Pier is an arresting landmark, yet - and here's another reason to be a bit cautious with regard to old George's reporting skills - after spending some days in the town, he concluded that the pier had been demolished. (So too, for that matter, did Paul Theroux in Kingdom by the Sea.) Now correct me if I'm wrong, but don't you think it a bit odd to write a book called The Road to Wigan Pier and to spend some days in the town and never once think to ask anybody whether the pier was still there or not?
Wigan, and many other Northern Towns may not be the Cotswolds, but a lot are not as bad as painted by those who live there.
Many of these towns are within less than an hour from 4 National Parks, Snowdonia, Peak District, Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.
Wigan is the Greenest of the 10 Associated Manchester Authorities.
Warrington and WIgan both sit on the West Coast Main Line making London only a fraction over 2 hours away. Both these towns have great East West links to Manchester and Liverpool by road and Rail.
Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield are a great gateway to North Yorkshire, York and Harrogate.
We shouldn't only look at can we attract people to RL games by what we can offer on our doorstep, but look from the outside in. Can we use visitors to places that surround our clubs to come to games by working closer and pushing offers through the tourist agencies.
Saints v Wigan on a Monday night in the middle of summer with Blackpool on the doorstep should be looking at getting people on Holiday there to the game, it should be a joint marketing venture with both clubs doing a reciprocal deal for each game.