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Places in England where RL is more popular than football


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I know obviously many teams get higher attendances than the football teams in their town (St Helens, Warrington, Cas, Widnes, Wakey etc etc), but people from there may also go to watch the larger football teams in their area.
 

Are there any places in England where RL is genuinely more popular than football, ie where it’s talked about before football in workplaces, pubs and schools? 

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1 minute ago, hunsletgreenandgold said:

A very small area but I reckon I could honestly say RL is more popular in Hunslet than football. 

That’s good to hear. Maybe Cas and Fev too? 

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5 minutes ago, Eddie said:

That’s good to hear. Maybe Cas and Fev too? 

Yeah I'd say so - my only doubt would be that Cas at least is quite a large town and whilst most support Tigers, they pretty much all support Leeds United as well. Where as in Hunslet in many quarters there's a complete disdain towards Leeds united and football in general, which makes me feel more comfortable saying there. 

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55 minutes ago, Mrgameandwatch said:

The closest I've lived in is West Cumbria, but even then I feel football is more popular nowadays. 

I think in West Cumbria most pubs show RL, everyone talks about the game, especially the amateur games, and the Rugby clubs get better attendances then the local semi pro Football Workington Reds team.

You probably see slightly more Man U and Liverpool tops on the streets than the local RL teams or even Leeds and Saints but not by much.

The Schools don't push RL so the young kids still get exposed to a lot more Football than RL.

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Cas, Fev and Wakey? 

Not to say their individual clubs are the biggest as quite clearly there is crossover and more than a few Rhinos fans.

Leeds United are the biggest sporting institution in the area, but in these 3 places it probably plays second fiddle, just, to RL as a whole.

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7 minutes ago, Tommygilf said:

Cas, Fev and Wakey? 

Not to say their individual clubs are the biggest as quite clearly there is crossover and more than a few Rhinos fans.

Leeds United are the biggest sporting institution in the area, but in these 3 places it probably plays second fiddle, just, to RL as a whole.

You'd honestly say RL is bigger in Wakey than Football, Tommy? That surprises me a bit - most the lads I went to school with from over that way couldn't careless for RL except when they played Rhinos maybe but no more than a casual interest. Almost all supported Leeds United (or another football team) though.

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35 minutes ago, Tommygilf said:

Cas, Fev and Wakey? 

Not to say their individual clubs are the biggest as quite clearly there is crossover and more than a few Rhinos fans.

Leeds United are the biggest sporting institution in the area, but in these 3 places it probably plays second fiddle, just, to RL as a whole.

Lots of LUFC fans in Featherstone. Pubs usually do well when they are on TV. As opposed to SL games.

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27 minutes ago, hunsletgreenandgold said:

You'd honestly say RL is bigger in Wakey than Football, Tommy? That surprises me a bit - most the lads I went to school with from over that way couldn't careless for RL except when they played Rhinos maybe but no more than a casual interest. Almost all supported Leeds United (or another football team) though.

I suppose it depends on the area of Wakey in general most of the North, East and South of the city I'd say is "rugby" (either code) whereas the west definitely leans closer to football domination.

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15 minutes ago, Gooleboy said:

Lots of LUFC fans in Featherstone. Pubs usually do well when they are on TV. As opposed to SL games.

Absolutely, as I said LUFC are the single biggest sporting institution, but RL as a whole - as in the sport in all its forms, has a lot of latent presence. 

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York RL have been on an amazing journey in the last few years with Jon Flatman and his crew in charge , now in the second tier of RL yet the footy team in the same period have plummeted to the sixth tier , the only team in 

National League North who are full time players. For years previous they ridiculed us in the local press but their bile is now directed at City. Our attendance has increased , theirs is pretty much the same , and above ours.

Still a footy town ? , most definately.

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23 minutes ago, Tommygilf said:

Hull?

Taking Wigan as a comparison, I’d say there is a lot more football fans that RL. For all the profile of Wigan RL and teams that St Pats and the like put out, local amateur football clubs have multiple teams at multiple levels.

There’s a reason why football is the national sport and that the average weekly RL fee paying crowd could be accommodated within one premiership football ground. 

 

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