Got into RL after watching the 3rd Ashes Test in 1988 on TV. Watch some Challenge Cup games but first live game was 1st Ashes Test in 1990 and I was hooked. Found out Swindon had a team (Swindon Bulldogs) and played for them until they folded. Swindon St George started about 10 years later and I played/coached/media with them. Only spectator now, mostly on TV, but still watch the Challenge Cup Final, Grand Final, Internationals and the Mighty Swindon St George live.
One thing we can,t answer is how would the crowds have been if the new structure had not been introduced? After 2 years of a downward trend my view is that this would have continued under the old system.Just by standing still might be considered by some to be a success.