I do have great sympathy with this view Tro.
Catchment areas are a basis for crowds, but catchment area requirements for a crowd can reduce if the area is steeped in RL.
But this is what makes me sad about the game refusing to move on from the past.
In 2008 Cas had 9,500 for Leeds visit on their return to SL after going down before 11,000 at Wakefield in 2006 when the Leeds game also attracted 11,000 to Wheldon Road. To square the circle Featherstone Rovers are so well supported on a low catchment.
The area is of course full of tribal loyalties, but also full of many more people who'd just like to see a club whether it be one club dominating or a merged side....... actually competing rather than being a nursery for Leeds and Hull to strengthen their sides from.
You have your fierce loyalties so I don't expect agreement (even though you've cheered both Wakey and Fev on) but this game needs strong clubs and those loyalties horribly weaken the potential for a club who could strengthen the game, defy the order of things, and help take the game forward.
It will never happen now Parky. Lindsay or whoever it was messed it up with the suggestion of culling off existing clubs due to merge, and stupid names like Calder. If the RFL had adopted an approach similar to Terry Mullaney's idea in '95 we might now have successfuly merged clubs. His idea (if I remember correctly) was that these clubs would still exist in a winter league while supplying their best players for a merged Super League side playing in summer, jointly owned by the three clubs, or two clubs in other areas. Over the years most of the former clubs would have probably happily settled into being a summer feeder set up to the parent SL club, which would hopefully have been appropriately named so as to attract all fans of the orginal teams.
Please feel free to put me right if I got it slightly wrong Terry.