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  1. 3 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

    We've done this before but it's worth repeating: the vast majority of the country don't really know the geography of the rest of the country.

    Some places have more 'cut through' than others though. Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow - people recognise the accent, might know films or tv shows set there, bands from there, celebrities, well known buildings or landmarks. I suspect the average person might be able to conjure up a reference to the Norfolk Broads, Colmans Mustard, Delia Smith or Alan Partridge if Norwich were mentioned. Leeds has nothing, maybe too wrapped up in a wider Yorkshire identity. Wigan possibly has more national recognition as a place than anywhere else in SL.

  2. On 25/03/2022 at 09:41, RigbyLuger said:

    Does the casual viewer of union on ITV know those teams better than the Super League one on C4? I doubt it.

    No, they don't. 

    The average person in this country hasn't a clue that Wakefield is a smaller place than Warrington. Given Leeds anonymity/ overall low profile relative to just about every other UK city, I'd suggest that most people don't know that Leeds is a pretty big place either. I doubt the average punter knows much about any of our top flight teams or the places they represent. The idea that 60% of the audience for the first game decided not to watch a month later based on who was playing or the size of place they represent is laughable.

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  3. 21 minutes ago, Sidi Fidi Gold said:

    Italy out of World Cup , beaten at home by North Macedonia .

    Well worth a watch on the highlights too - hilarious stuff. Italy camped out in the Macedonia penalty area for 90-odd minutes, passing it to each other, barely losing possession but barely making a chance. Macedonia get the ball in injury time and score a wonder goal on the breakaway,

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  4. 29 minutes ago, Josef K said:

    What was the official attendance at Catalans ?. 


    I guess very few away fans. Also Toulouse being at home means a lot of the diehard treizistes from Aude, Tarn etc. have an alternative. Lot of criticism in France about the decision to play at 8:30 on a Friday night too.

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  5. On 16/03/2022 at 14:27, gingerjon said:

    A quote from Good Omens.

    'Shadwell hated all southerners and, by implication, was standing on the North Pole ...'

    i've spent the last week on Svalbard (amazing place). The locals consider the people from the Arctic North of mainland Norway to be soft southerners living a life of luxury with their fancy plants that grow outside in summer and all.

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  6. 43 minutes ago, Eddie said:

    We do amazingly, what other regional sport in Europe gets 8k average crowds in their top division and can draw 70k+ for a cup final?  If you consider that the population of the heartlands is say 5m it’s incredible. 

    Yorkshire is over 5 million population by itself. How much of that you call "heartland" is another matter, but it's already higher than Ireland, Wales or New Zealand, and only marginally lower than Scotland.

  7. 1 minute ago, dkw said:

    Barra have been easily the best team, fully deserve to be ahead.

    Yes, 12-0 down after 10 minutes, but well on top for the rest of the game. Nathan Mossop in particular, has been excellent.

    Both teams have way too many errors in them to be anything other than fringe play-off contenders, but a very enjoyable game with plenty of good attacking moves.

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