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Time to move on I agree and I too admire both clubs and their fans. My last point would be that Falcons had a gate of 4300 for London Irish - hardly 1 in 10 of those stayed for GT v Stags, so am not sure it was worth the switch and certainly the way it was done.
Any way us southern RL fans, following Hemels departure last night, can now go into hibernation until the Capital Challenge against Wigan in January. Apparently they have been playing football matches in London over the last month too, might give that a look.
(Sorry forgot SW Chargers - RLDS season not quite over)
Not sure if this has been said before but one issue is that, ability wise, there is a huge gap between C1 and SL. I have seen all Skolars home games this season and a few away. The quality isn't great (generally I mean not just London). If a team is good, often due to DR, they walk it, which does not make for a great spectacle. I have bought a few RU fans to Skolars because although they are different sports there should be some affinity but too often the quality of the game is poor.
I took two newbies to Broncos yesterday and they loved it. To expand the game we not only need to market and link in with communities but also ensure a decent product.
I agree about the above about RFL. One thing we really need in London is to join things up more. Both Broncos and Skolars have supporters groups and Hemel are owed by the fans - we need to come together as London RL Fans and see what we can do. Skolars do great community work. Broncos will hopefully build what they are beginning (hard if you keep moving though). Perhaps more cooperation. More links with the amateur clubs too.
My feeling is that it is a shame that we didn't move, or we wern't allowed (due to licensing criteria) to move to this stadium a few years ago. However if you lose most of your home games year after year then attendances are bound to fall wherever you are. I am glad I went today. It wasn't the most skilful match but it was entertaining simply because all outcomes were possible right up to the end.i was sitting at the end of the main but I did feel that there were a few newer Broncos fans there. However I feel there is little chance ofLondon coming straight back up to the top division. On the current crowds I don't think Barnet will keep us there and then we are on the move again.
I am trying to be positive but it is difficult. Unlike others on here I don't think attendances will go up next season but more likely the opposite, I think they will be lower. However someone may still come along in the next few tears who will have the ability and resources to get London back into the SL and turn things around. It has happened to a certain extent at Salford and Gateshead (things being turned around I mean). In the short-term though things are going to be tough in my view if only because of a big drop in away supporters and also because there will be fewer home fans attending also.
The future is unwritten .
I think crowds will go up if the team is successful. Matches being played on the same day and time each week will help. You are right though that generally away fans will drop although can imagine a fair few from Fax or Leigh or Bradford or Fetherstone coming down.
If London do not do well, then gates will be around 500.
One thing though, which I have said before- RL in London is more than Broncs or Skolars. There were plenty of people from Youth and amateur clubs there today (not inclded in the attendance).