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You’d think that the pies in Wigan are spiked with hallucinogens the way Warrior supporters go on about their so called ‘massive’ fan base. That and a load of funny mirrors that make you look fat like the ones you’d get at a fairground fun house. But back in the real world the massive Wigan Warriors fan base has been nothing but a myth spouted by a minority of fans with a big chip on their shoulder.
Let’s start off with this year’s challenge cup semi-final where some Wigan fans bemoaned that the size of the venue for their clash against local rivals St Helens wasn’t big enough. The Halliwell Jones stadium was the venue that hosted this event. It’s a modest venue that only holds just over 13,000 people. This challenge cup semi-final only managed to attract 12,713 fans on the day. The other challenge cup final between Leeds and Castleford which on the other hand managed to bring in 13,158 fans.
It gets even more worrying. Last year the Challenge Cup Final between Leeds and Warrington drew in 85,217 rugby league fans. This year less people bothered to show up with an offering of 78,482 making it down to Wembley last Saturday, which by the way did include myself. If anything this is a message to the RFL that less people are interested in watching Wigan than other teams. Other teams like Leeds.
Earlier this year Wigan Warriors lost to St George Illawarra Dragons at the DW stadium where 24,268 pie eaters realised that this Wigan Warriors team aren’t all that good. This is a massive downturn compared to the attendances at Leeds Rhinos World Club Challenges. But what’s most worrying of all is that internationals are back at Wembley now Wigan are dominant. Wigan might be dominant on the field but my column this week has clearly proven that there not dominant off of it. This whole boast of a big Wigan fan base is leading up to an embarrassing Wembley attendance.
God help us all when the internationals come!