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Posted by GaryHall
on 03 September 2014 - 05:45 PM
Apologies Barlby Knight, I wouldn't want to offend genuine fans of any club. I was referring to the rabble that turned up at Skolars, and pretty much embarrassed themselves. I love banter as much as the next guy, but I've never heard fans sing for another team before, or boo the opposition's head coach.....
I was at the Skolars v Hunslet game at no time did I hear anyone from York boo Barry Eaton, the only booing was for the Hunslet "fan" who walked kept walking in front of the stand putting up two fingers at the Knights and Crusader fans. Every one of the York fans who were at the Skolars game were genuine RL fans who have supported York home and away for decades.
In 1989 York RL invested the proceeds of the sale of Clarence Street into the partnership with Ryedale Council to build Huntington Stadium, at the time admission to the ground was £3 it is now £15 so based on the inflation of admission the contribution from rugby is £3.75 million in todays terms.
As someone who has lived in York all my life and has supported York RL for over 50 years I find the this topic interesting.
The population of York according to 2011 census is 202,000, The sparsely surrounding area as described by Futtocks includes Huntington pop 9,000 New Earswick 2500 Strensall 3000, Haxby 9000 and Wigginton 3000.
Which other rugby league town/city has two radio stations, and a daily newspaper which exclusively reports on ONE RL club ?
The main reason often given for the lack of support for RL in York is the location of the stadium, which is just 2 miles from Clarence Street, but Clarence St was sold 25 years ago to pay back debts due to the lack of support.
In fact the first seasons at Huntington stadium the attendances actually increased.
Our problem is that a lot of the increasing population of York are not York born and bred, so don't have any sporting loyalty to York. Castleford, Leeds, Wakefield Hull,Hull KR and Bradford are within easy travelling distance from York, and people who watch RL on TV will go to the super league clubs in close proximity.
The Knights have worked hard in promoting the game in schools and have a good working relationship with both Universities and York College.
This all bodes well for the future.
The coaching staff have developed some fantastic talent since the Knights were formed for example Tom Lineham now at Hull, Ian Kirke at Leeds, Danny Brough, now at Huddersfield, Peter Fox now Halifax and in the current squad we have Ben Dent, James Morland Greg Minikin, Harry Carter, Pat & Ed Smith, Kris Brining, Adam Dent, George Elliott all who have come through local teams and/or the scolarship. We need to build around these players to ensure we are towards the top of the championship when we move back to the new stadium at Huntington in 2016 and push towards Super League.