I follow what you say Batley Bob and for the most part you are correct. Featherstone has about 15K population, but support comes from outlying areas and this must be cultivated. We have: Pontefract, Sharlston, Ackworth, Streethouse . Normanton, Knottingley, Ferrybridge, Selby, Womersley, Wombwell, etc to draw on and if marketed right we could get good crowds. in the old days we had supporters buses and special trains. Whilst we haven't got a big city some of these people live just as near as the outskirts of Leeds supporters do. I reckon with the right effort the smaller clubs could get outlying district supporting them. Down to effort and good business sense.
Fev are situated better than Batley in that sense, as we are right in the middle of 4 super league sides with rhinos about 5 miles north , giants and bulls and wakey about 4 to 6 miles in various directions, encircling us all trying to gain fans from our area, then there's us, dewsbury and hunslet trying to pull the same fans