York’s Super League Bid promo video in The General Rugby League Forum Posted November 26, 2020 3 minutes ago, Hopping Mad said: Middlesbrough Football Club (historically, in the North Riding) have an impact on North Yorkshire's sporting preferences. Boro's support extends well beyond Teesside, with fans as far south as Thirsk and Whitby. North Yorkshire might be huge, geographically, but it is relatively sparsely populated. It is sparsely populated but still has a population of over 1.1million. 200,000 in York alone. Middlesbrough has been swaying in and out of North Yorkshire but be great to be in as a further 140,000 to be included in the population. They aren't sure themselves where they belong as Cleveland isn't a county anymore but most up that way would class themselves more as North Eastern than Yorkist. You find most North Yorkshire football fans in the York/Harrogate area of either a Leeds or Bradford persuasion with the rest being glory followers. After Middlesbrough were relegated it stopped the glory followers but you still have the odd ones. Personally I would like Middlesbrough to be included in North Yorkshire as it increases the exposure and especially on the back of the world cup hosting a game and the cook Islands can only be a good thing.