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I think both clubs can do more to get the fans in though. Like people say, people won't just come to you, we've got to get into people's faces to show our product and club because both clubs deserve to be better supported

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I think which ever club in effect closed (thinking of Shuddersfield) most people would drift away from the sport or like myself probably switch to Wakey of Fev

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imo...i cant see Batley supporters going up to the Tip Rat to support a joint club...the ground is in Dewsbury...maybe you could pull the tip rat down.....and then your welcome to come up to the mount ?.....

 

now if we could find a spot for a ground that overlapped the boundary.....???

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imo...i cant see Batley supporters going up to the Tip Rat to support a joint club...the ground is in Dewsbury...maybe you could pull the tip rat down.....and then your welcome to come up to the mount ?.....

 

now if we could find a spot for a ground that overlapped the boundary.....???

As long as Kevin Nicholas is in charge of the Bulldogs there will be no merger That suits me fine. "WE ARE BATLEY BULLDOGS " see you all tommorow.

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I would like to see the idea of a merged A team looked at. A merger of the clubs completely is a non runner however there maybe some good to a combined A team. I would rather see a combined A team that not have one at all.

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I would like to see the idea of a merged A team looked at. A merger of the clubs completely is a non runner however there maybe some good to a combined A team. I would rather see a combined A team that not have one at all.

we had a dews/batley mixed second team at one point years ago.not sure why it dident work but there was plenty training from both camps.

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That would be a decent idea, a combined rams dogs a team..atleest then both clubs can give runs ours to fringe players and local amatuers with huge potential. Although rumour as it the rams will have a second team next season for fringe players like the 3 lads at Gloucester and Shaun Robinson who's now joined Rochdale on loan

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we used to get decent crowds for second team games too and acadamy games so not sure if it would bring in revenue to offset against the costs of said extra team. hard work getting crowds for first team games, i note dtid mentioned dewsburys hardcore of 750 fans higher up this page, if they were hardcor then why is there only maybe 300 at our games and 100 at the most in the crowd of only 278 for swinton game last week. some real bad crowds that need sorting before any club as a chance of a second team that am told costs at least £25.000 a season nowadays. anyways suns shining, beers getting cold, lets see 2.000 fans up at teabag stadium tonight for a classic old biff n bang game.all the best.  humptie dumpies barmy army. :bb:

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we used to get decent crowds for second team games too and acadamy games so not sure if it would bring in revenue to offset against the costs of said extra team. hard work getting crowds for first team games, i note dtid mentioned dewsburys hardcore of 750 fans higher up this page, if they were hardcor then why is there only maybe 300 at our games and 100 at the most in the crowd of only 278 for swinton game last week. some real bad crowds that need sorting before any club as a chance of a second team that am told costs at least £25.000 a season nowadays. anyways suns shining, beers getting cold, lets see 2.000 fans up at teabag stadium tonight for a classic old biff n bang game.all the best.  humptie dumpies barmy army. :bb:

 

Clearly he meant home support, and the gate at Swinton was 412 - nothing to boast about but let's be accurate.

 

Championship clubs are all struggling, with a very few exceptions, and the solution isn't obvious to anyone, least of all me.

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Clearly he meant home support, and the gate at Swinton was 412 - nothing to boast about but let's be accurate.

 

Championship clubs are all struggling, with a very few exceptions, and the solution isn't obvious to anyone, least of all me.

yep you must be right bsj,

 i had seen the post a few days back were the swinton fella mentions his last 4 home games been poor and yours looked like last figure.

 

  

Peewagg, on 14 Apr 2014 - 5:18 PM, said:snapback.png

Just noticed that we had the second-lowest attendance yesterday, of ALL games in ALL leagues! The only game with fewer speccies was at Gloucester 'Old' Spots! Disgraceful :-(

. The corresponding fixture against Dewsbury last season at the same time of year attracted 567 .Indeed the last four home attendances have been 412 427 403 and 249.What happened to all those fans who used to turn up at the Willows? Attendances in C1 don't bare thinking about!

Edited by duffymoon, 14 April 2014 - 05:39 PM.

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People may not like this but my dad( rams fan)as said this for years now and iv only just started to sort of agree in away... Maybe in the long term dewsbury and batley may need to merge a club to survive??? No offence to batley but I can't see a good longterm future for you as opposed to the rams with the development and bigger crowds over the last few years despite relegation battles. You've been a top 5 club outside superleague for a while now and had some decent success yet you don't get the crowds you'd expect and deserve. If both clubs were merged or one sadly folded, they would be a bigger catchment area to attract supporters. Say one day in the future this did happen, do you think a combined successful club from the heavy woollen district would generate crowds of over 1k every week? I think it would easily. Rams have a hardcore 750, dogs around 550-600. If both merged that would give home crowds of 1300 every week minus away followings and this without been high flyers in the league as the 1300 would be loyal supporters. Put it this way, I reckon if both did merge and had ambitions of superleague maybe then wel start to see the crowds improve and gain them dewsbury and batley born giants bulls leeds fans to our matches. End of day it's a poor supported league and even likes of hull kr and wakey only got 1500 in our league before superleague.. Maybe the rugby league should look at poor crowds at our level instead of wasting thousands of pounds on other development clubs away from the rugby league corridor and help clubs to sort things out because you only have to look at crowds after fev Halifax and Leigh to see how poor the championship is supported. Hope this doesn't cause offence to any dews or batley fans but just an opinion on the long term future of both our clubs..

No chance. A merger would not make any difference to crowds in the long run. Dewsbury and Batley have the same problems when attracting support. The only reason Dewsbury have bigger crowds is because it is a town with a larger population. 

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well i doubt last nights game will have inspired anyone,any new folks who made the game will be up at rams buying a new jumper.i think by sounds of a lot a fans last night our crowds will dwindle even more now as we look at other teams who have built on last years squads and brought in players to build on what they already had while we lost our main stay and ended up with a dozen players who most of em simply aint up to it, i can see why other clubs get a decent turn out from fans by the quality on show on the pitch. as a fan of 35+ years i feel like am been sold well short. :(

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Last night's game was intriguing though because of the attendance that it drew. as far as I am aware there was no real special promotion of the game yet 2000 people turned up to watch - far more than the total of regular Batley and Dewsbury fans put together. Viewed simplistically this can be seen as 700 floating fans who could conceivably be attracted to attend more regularly if the right conditions were created to attract them.

 

Undoubtedly the day, weather, kick-off time, lack of sport on TV etc will have played a part, but there should be something there to inspire a degree of optimism for those trying to promote Championship RL in our area. All is not lost, surely?

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