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#3091904 Only one RL story on the BBC Sports news tonight

Posted by brooza on 20 March 2015 - 09:55 AM

What are 'normal standards'?

Not assaulting people, I would say.


I tend to hold most people to that standard

#3090353 Crowdwatch week 5

Posted by brooza on 17 March 2015 - 01:52 PM

Very good point. Their is also the point to take into consideration some fans target certain games to attend throughout the season also. Ie say a wire fan can't afford to go to all the home games they will just attend the ones that are most attractive to them throughout the season. Then you also get fans who one year might travel to say a Wigan away game but next season don't for whatever reason. Catalans away is probably where the crowds fluctuate the most in this scenario. Its ok comparing crowds but does it really give an indication? With the points I've made above etc I think it is really hard to compare crowds from one season to the next and come to a perfect conclusion. Obviously this is the only real way you can do it to compare crowds but I just feel personally it doesn't always add up with one thing or another. Our main problem at the moment is the lack of getting new fans through the gates that's the real problem or even lapsed fans. People have said to me in the past I'm not going to watch Fev (for example) because theirs nothing to play for. But now their is something to play for they still are not interested their response is now well Fev are not going up so what's point. But same could be said for wakey the hulls Cas etc etc. its swings and roundabouts if I'm being honest and I don't think the new or old system plays much of a part to increase crowds. Its more to do with people's mindsets than the structure of the game IMO. Obviously the above is just for lapsed supporters but getting new fans is probably harder to get through the gates.

This is the point I was getting at in particular when I mentioned the time of year.


Catalans will tend to get more away fans during the summer than they will in February.


I'm going to make a prediction now and say that Catalans v Wigan will probably be down on last year, playing in May as opposed to July. In fact, I'd hazard a guess that Catalans' crowds will be down overall this year, having only 1 match in July.


There are many factors to look at in analysis, it's not just a case of "this figure = this figure", it's more a case of "this figure is similar to this figure, but these other figures need to be looked at too".

#3090209 'Southern' RL fans - why do you follow the sport?

Posted by brooza on 17 March 2015 - 09:28 AM

Did you buy a whippet as well?

No, but me and the ex did seriously consider getting a ferret!

#3089621 Crowdwatch week 5

Posted by brooza on 16 March 2015 - 09:19 AM

So it's just looking at the facts if they are down (no matter by how little), but nasty to say they are up (no matter by how little). Incidentally, if you just look at the first five weeks of each season, the average is up by about 6.5% (8386.7 average 2014, 8923.7 average 2015 from the RLfans stats page).



So that's a comparison using averages  of a 14 club SL against a 12 club SL over only five weeks then, that's fine but I'll continue with the like for like games thanks. You may be able to get a short term contract with KPMG because that's just the sort of thing they'll need for the press releases at the end of the season.

Let's just agree that neither method of comparing figures are perfect

#3089212 'Southern' RL fans - why do you follow the sport?

Posted by brooza on 15 March 2015 - 05:50 PM



Spectator, former team manager, committee member, wheelchair RL player

Yorkshire stubbornness. When I moved down here when I was about 22, I'd never watched a game of RL, but I decided I wanted to stick to my northern roots and started drinking bitter and watching RL (the bitter drinking didn't stick)

#3077418 WCS: Overall impressions, conclusions and bonkers theorising

Posted by brooza on 23 February 2015 - 12:02 PM

I'm just glad that we have the new format, otherwise it would have just been last night's match

#3074146 Brooklyn Kings' International Raffle

Posted by brooza on 18 February 2015 - 11:57 AM

$25 thrown into the pot from me :)


Fingers crossed!

#3074117 Sweden Rugby League

Posted by brooza on 18 February 2015 - 10:35 AM

I like the Sodertalje Storm shirt, but I'd probably go for Stockholm, as I've no idea how to pronounce Sodertalje!

#3070177 Superleague Show flashback

Posted by brooza on 11 February 2015 - 09:58 AM

Super league show needs scrapping its gash

Good for those of us without Sky though. Even if I have to wait until Tuesday for it

#3066194 Difference between heartland and non heartland fans?

Posted by brooza on 04 February 2015 - 02:16 PM

My background is Saints on both sides of my family as far back as the sport goes but aside from a trip to Wembley to see Saints lose to Halifax when I was a kid I didn't attend a rugby league match live until I was well into adulthood.  In fact, the obsession shown by my Dad and two brothers growing up put me right off.  It was only on one of the occasions when I lived elsewhere in the country - in Sheffield to be precise - that I found myself enjoying rugby league, thanks to the Superleague Show.  I then decided to take in a live game when I was back home visiting, just in time to miss the all conquering 2006 team.  Alas! 


I would say I'm rugby league first, Saints second, although I love indulging in the rivalry with Wigan and Warrington fans when I come across them.  I think some of that is simply identity.  St Helens is my home town, Saints are my home town club, they're my roots and roots are important.  Rugby league is fundamentally a community sport which is both an advantage and disadvantage but it's definitely its essential character.  However, because I came to the sport for myself much later I think I am less inclined to be parochial while still enjoying the sense of shared community against our rivals.

In a similar way to yourseld, I never watched a match when I lived in Leeds. It was only when I moved to Hertfordshire in 2008 that I started watching it. Then it was a combination of Leeds United being in the 3rd division, Leeds Rhinos being champions, and my Yorkshire stubbornness telling me to keep hold of my northern roots that drew me in!


I do often think that if I'd grown up watching RL I'd be a very different type of fan to the one I am now.


But because of not having the history of following RL etc, my rivalries have developed from more recently. I don't have the same dislike of Wigan that some Leeds fans do, the teams I see as rivals are St Helens and Hemel (not both for Leeds, mind)

#3066086 Phil Clarke's latest comments are deplorable

Posted by brooza on 04 February 2015 - 11:34 AM

I'm not a fan of Clarke, but I don't disagree woth most of what he said

#3046988 Places I have played - watched Rugby

Posted by brooza on 19 December 2014 - 10:01 AM

Played -






M62 corridor

London/South East


South West




Spain (only training sessions, but I'm counting it)

#3040170 New Kits 2015

Posted by brooza on 02 December 2014 - 01:07 PM

I quite like that, but all the logos are either embroidered (which I'm happy with) or glued on, which means I'm giving both shirts a miss this year

I'll go for a Madrid one instead!


#3030201 New Kits 2015

Posted by brooza on 09 November 2014 - 02:47 PM

Hull one is nice and traditional, the Hudds one ....it might look different when you see it 'live'.





Oh wow, that is bad

#3021873 12-Year International Schedule?

Posted by brooza on 28 October 2014 - 12:45 PM

I'd like to see a structure that allows for emerging nations to work their way into higher competitions, rather than rejig and change the rules to suit. It looks so amateur.

There currently is. They European Championships A, B and C. With the winner of A qualifying for the 4N