Hull KR's success has undoubtedly been a good thing, up to a point. 8K fans have been unexpectedly found from an abandoned heartland team. Problem is - as Hudgell himself points out - we've hit a glass ceiling and you clearly can't build a dynamic top flight model around too many teams of this nature. The question is whether we can push on and get nearer to a 15K mark. I would say - as I repeatedly do - that there is a case to be made to support this in a town of 250K people and with a large uncontested hinterland sharing only 2 clubs, however I do accept it is a moot point.
Calder is not a moot point. It can clearly only support 1 competitive SL team.
The point about HKR achieving 8,000 fans is it was achieved by the input of a couple of million to get there and half a million a year to largely plod along in mid table.
I'm not "Hull bashing" another example is Huddersfield, I dread to think how many millions Mr. Davey has spent to get them to where they are.
Now do we want strong competitive stand alone clubs who can turn a profit on their turnover, rather than clubs under a glass ceiling which runs up £millions in the directors loans accounts?
The heart says it's lovely to see 7-8,000 HKR fans in full cry, but even Mr. Keighley understands that that crowd loses Mr. Hudgell half a million a year don't you.
I don't think you do, you say the point is "whether we can push on to 15,000".
I think Mr. Hudgell has answered that, and I don't understand your logic regarding this. Hull supports one of the biggest RL clubs in the game and they support a major professional Soccer team, it's a massive leap of faith to think that they could also supply 15,000 fans to Rovers.
In the right circumstances they could, If Hull FC collapsed you'd be working to 15,000 over the next 20 years.
I always thought it a bit rich to say Calder could not support two clubs but Hull can. Since you said that events haven't proved you right in Hull yet you persist?
Castleford got to over 7000 crowds and at one time had Glasshoughton to come to boost crowds.
Glover's no big money man, but he has Trinity at 8,000 crowds and newmarket can boost that.
Hull only managed a second club because a big money man came in. They are your club and I think when it comes to them your not thinking with your head with respect.
If Hull has still has the potential for two clubs then so does Calder.