Billy Bob, I think you are way out with your assumption that there was more non-RL supporters than genuine fans at the World Cup games. If you mean by genuine supporters the sum total of our two clubs then you would be correct but there were many people from amateur clubs and many ex-fans from both clubs.
As for where would the money come from, well you have quoted £45k that Haven get as if that was the only sponsorship money in the area. Add together what both clubs get and that would be for one club not two, plus I'm sure increased gates and the higher league we played in the more chance of better and bigger sponsors coming on board. That is what has happened at many SL clubs who have increased their turnover quite considerably. Two lotteries become one for one club and so on.
I get a bit tired of these "what if's" as if that was what was going to happen. "What if" we had a very successful SL team up here with everything in place underneath - Under 20's team, junior development working in conjunction with the Lillyhall Academy, top quality sponsorship, increased gates, excellent marketing, our own new stadium, attachments to the Lakes College, - but of course that could never happen, could it, because we are always doomed to fail.
I forgot to say as well from 2015 SL clubs are to receive £1.8 million per season for a salary cap of £1.6 million per season that's why they can pay big wages!!
Edited by Keith T, 30 April 2014 - 03:33 PM.
I remember when .............................
"It is impossible not to feel a twinge of sympathy for Workington Town, the fall guys this season for the Super League's determination to retain it's European dimension, in the shape of Paris. While the French have had every assistance to survive, the importance of having a flagship in a heartland area like West Cumbria has been conveniently forgotten." - Dave Hadfield - Independent 25th August 1996.