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Posts posted by JonM

  1. 7 hours ago, GUBRATS said:

    Gingerjon suggested ' tens of thousands ' of southern people attending previous RL events in the capital , I asked you , how they knew about it last time , because you agreed with him , so again , how did they know about those events previously ? , I'm not asking GJ , because he never answers anything 

    What ' happened ' last time that got those people into the stadiums ? 

    Well, for a start, there were emails telling people that the game was on, and offering to sell them tickets. I've been to every cup final since the return to Wembley in 2007 (*), and on numerous occasions bumped into people I knew from London, Oxford etc. who were not regular RL fans. Last few years, it just seems like the RFL has given up on the idea of trying to actually make more money - more focused on how to share out what money there is.

    Having said that, prices are higher than previous years, and I haven't seen any discounting or other offers at all, so perhaps the thinking is that it's better to have sold 40K tickets at £40 than 60K tickets at £20.


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  2. I went over to watch Heworth v Woolston at the weekend, a fairly comfortable win (38-4) for the home team with some cracking tries scored.  Certainly wasn't all one-way traffic, Woolston had long spells in both halves where they spent periods with the ball on the Heworth line, but they didn't seem unable to create gaps in the defence at any point.

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  3. 1 hour ago, Eddie said:

    Any guesses at the cup final attendance? I’d say 15,000 from Wigan, 5,000 from Huddersfield, 20,000 neutrals so a total of 40,000. 

    It was over 50K when Catalans were in the final and 62K the following year. I seriously doubt that moving it to Spurs is going to knock 20k off the crowd figure.

  4. 33 minutes ago, GUBRATS said:

    Not really , when it's 2 traditional clubs , if it had been Sheffield v the Broncos , well ?

    Sheffield took a pretty reasonable number when they were in the final. In the context of a 60 000+ crowd, there isn't a big difference between a Championship club taking 1000 fans and one taking 3000.

  5. 5 hours ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

    Tottenham Hotspur Stadium only holds 62,850 compared to Wembley’s 90,000, it’s a far more suitable size for a Rugby League Final. With the novelty of a new stadium attracting neutral Rugby League fans I think it should be close to if not full.

    I bought a couple more tickets last week and was pleasantly surprised at how many sections had very little availability. I think if it's not full, it'll be because there'll be some unsold tickets in the Huddersfield end.

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  6. 1 hour ago, Marauder said:

    No, I said the ones who don't turn up could be sat at home because they may be in a position of making the chose between heating or eating, ot may be because of one of the other reason I mentioned as well, or a completely different one, like fallen out of love with rugby league because they don't like what the game has developed into in the last 30 years.

    The fairly small number of people who watched the game 30 years ago but don't now are really not the people to be targeting to grow the sport.

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  7. 8 minutes ago, HawkMan said:

    Greater London population 12 million ,900k Liverpool fans? That's 7.5 % of the whole population of London are Liverpool fans?.😆😀😃🤪🤣

    Between 8 % and 9% of the UK population are Liverpool fans, according to YouGov (the figure moves around a little bit).

    In any case, the exact numbers don't matter. It's ludicrous to compare teams which have *millions* of supporters selling 40,000 tickets for a game with teams which have (at a very generous over-estimate) 50 000 fans selling maybe 6000 tickets for a game live on free-to-air tv.

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  8. 1 hour ago, HawkMan said:

    No I'm 61, I didn't say it hasn't lessened in importance , but at least supporters can still get off their backsides to get to a semi final hundreds of miles away, even when both clubs have bigger targets.

    Liverpool have approximately 4 million fans in the UK. Man City have approximately 1 million. Liverpool have approx 900k fans living in London alone. It's not remotely comparable. 

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  9. Just now, Fevrover said:

    You can't tar all of us with the same brush. 

    I'm absolutely not tarring you all with the same brush. Most people supporting Fev are well-behaved, there to enjoy the game, the same as RL fans anywhere else. And there are certainly some proper idiots supporting Widnes home and away. There's plenty of things to like about Featherstone as a place steeped in RL tradition. But it's just not a good place to visit for an away fan, and hasn't been for quite a few years.

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  10. 1 minute ago, Fevrover said:

    I witnessed the Widnes fans causing trouble last season so you can hardly talk.

    I'm a fifty-something man who goes to games with family. I just want to turn up and watch the rugby without being subject to threats, racist abuse, witnessing fights nearby etc. I can do that at other grounds. If Fev don't want away fans paying their money, it's fine by me, there's plenty of other things I can do on a Sunday afternoon, but it's a bit rich to come on here and moan about numbers of away fans.

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