So what. Exactly that's just what the RFL are thinking.
I refer to the rest of the post in the context of the OUT OF TOWN MENTALITY (Richard Lewis is from Surrey, which is just about as far away as you can get).
2% You could use those type of stats with any traditional rugby league town and come up with the same percentages they don't mean a thing, is Featherstone for example not a rugby league town because only a small number of the population goes to games at the moment.
Halifax was and still is a Rugby League TOWN in the context of those that follow sport.
If you were to speak to the sporting fraternity of Halifax they would talk about and have an opinion on rugby league both at profesional and amatuer level so it's not just about those who pay to watch.
That would not be the case with Sheffield that only have a few hundred home supports and even less to away games so stats again is a false argument ,how would the same statistics work out in Sheffield?
There are 200 people where i work and many of them are from Sheffield and surrounding districts i speak to them often about the game but not one of them watches or are interested in rugby league.
There are a number of reasons why people don't pay anymore but one of them is because they ARE from a traditional rugby league background and don't like what they see happening to the game it's changed so much it's not the game they once loved.
Because of this if Halifax were to go out of buisness i and many others would walk away from the game tomorrow and never look back and so would a lot of other teams supporters.
In fact it would be good to ask that very same question on the other teams sites and see what answers come back.
If your team were to go out of buisness how many of you would walk away and not look back with the state of the game at the moment
As regards Halifax being a rubgy league TOWN, still just at the moment but not for much longer, as each successive generation comes through the interest is getting less and less and it may end up as a town with no proffesional rugby team at all.
Sheffield never has been and never can be a rugby league TOWN in comparison to the traditional clubs from both sides of the border simply because they were not around at proffesional level when the game started and developed.
That does not mean however that they are some lesser club or their fans are some lesser supporters in fact it means the opposite, to put a competative team on the field like they do with a small yet loyal and passionate fan base and limited resources tops many other sides and is in place now not because what happened decades ago in a completely different time.
Speaking personally and for all the Halifax fans i know Sheffield are thought of as a tough quality side that can beat any side home or away and will be there or there abouts come the end of the season and deserve and command respect.
As regards Sheffield being in the West Riding, Wings and Griff can talk about that because that's who raised it in the first place and not me.