Being born and bred in Wigan, going to the game was the natural thing to do and I lived in the RL bubble. For the last 10 years I have lived in Nottingham and worked in Sheffield where football dominates and the minority sports of RL and RU work incredibly hard to get people through the turnstiles. Most people will refer to RU as the 'proper' code and still link RL to Eddie Wareing. They know RU through internationals and the vast majority have never and will never go to a game and have no idea how the local teams are doing.
My take is that those who want to watch live sport already do, it just doesn't register on most others radar. If we want the game to grow we have to help it. Why did I start watching? Someone took me, I enjoyed it and kept going. I've introduced my new family to RL and will continue to badger my friends and work colleagues to join me however there is a high level of prejudice to overcome.
I signed up for the WC and I'm really glad I did. It reminds me what the competition is all about - not just the top teams but the other "lesser" games which have all had something of interest. The picture and production quality isn't great but that's not a real problem to me, the quality of the game is more important. That said, give me Voss over the sky clowns any day, it's refreshing to hear positives not negatives all the time. BBC are only interested if it fits in with their schedules so fair play to Premier Sports for giving it a go. For a tenner a month it is great value for the games I am getting for the next few weeks, although not sure I could justify it afterwards.
As a season ticket holder living 2 hours away I was a little annoyed at the squad named and for a moment asked myself whether I could be bothered if the club couldn't. What I got was a thoroughly entertaining game, some great attacking play from both sides, the best atmosphere in a while and 34 players totally committed to winning the game. Yes I was annoyed at the timekeeping debacle however drove home happy that I had made the effort. The difference in the teams was the composure shown by Houghton and Holdsworth in the last 90 seconds. Hopefully, the game will have prepared the Wigan youngsters well (and Hull's for that matter) for the future.