I've been a fan of RL and a Widnes supporter since I was 11 but have never lived there - neither have any of my family. I have often gone to watch other clubs like Warrington, Wigan & saints when we were in the championship and have watched championship teams since we have been in SL. I have no ill feelings against Warrington, the only time I wish defeat on them is when they play us. My daughter did her work experience there and they were fantastic with her.
8 years ago I met - and eventually married - a lad from Widnes. Total opposite! He dislikes Warrington intently, even when we were in different leagues he hated it when they won!! Bizzare!
Apologies, didn't see the bit about RL game! Must admit, i think Flower incident was worse than Cassidy and McDermott, but the Aussie website and Daily Mirro have the Flower incident as amongt the worst acts in sport, ever. I can't think of a comparably bad Rl incident, Barry Mac on Sironen could count as worse because he is so proud of it!
At Leigh a few years ago (can't remember the year) 2 players held onto Mark Smiths arms while another punched him till he was dragged off. It looked so co-ordinated and many Widnes fans at the time suggested it was pre-planned as retaliation for a high tackle committed by smith in the previous fixture.
That was pretty bad and the worst thing I'd seen for a while.
HKR, Wigan and London home gates were used as they were classed as the home team at Magic. I have no idea who decides who is at home and who is away. I also have no idea who decides the fixtures or why they pick the ones they do - I agree that the extra round screws up the equality, takes the shine of the Hull derby, and makes our sport look a bit silly.
Having said that, I do enjoy it as an event and yes, while I think the crowds are good I would like them to be better.
My question was what are we missing.....the concept is great but somehow it doesnt attract the fans despite a fantastic marketing approach. Looking for ideas but probably not your forte!
(Only read up to here so far, so sorry if this has been mentioned since)
I think that it does attract the fans. These aren't my workings out but the comparative fixture gates as individual matches are:
Saturday's matches: Widnes v Salford 06/03/14 crowd was 5,291 London v Catalans 17/04/14 crowd was 1,002 HKR V Hull 17/04/14 crowds was 10,197 Wigan v Leeds 05/09/13 crowd was 14,982 So total crowd for these same fixtures at the home teams ground (all this year except last one) is 31,472 compared to 36,339 that attended at the Ethiad on Saturday. So Sat attendance was 15% up on the same fixtures.
Sunday's matches: Wakey v Castleford 18/04/14 crowd was 5,159 Bradford v Hudds 16/03/14 crowd was 6,781 Wire v St's 13/02/14 crowd was 13,157 So total crowd figure is 25,097 compared to 28,213 that attended at the Ethiad on Sunday. So Sun attendance was 12% up on the same fixtures.
Plus the fact that, even though the support was great from both clubs, more Hull fans would have gone if not for the clash.
Great signing for Salford. (For most SL teams to be fair!)
Hopefully they will use the rest of the season to settle in the future HB pairing (Chase/Fages?) and sign a good 9 for next year (Tomkins....?) or it will be a bit like buying the icing before they've made the cake!