Archive for April 2011

Learning to be more fanlike

Apr 30th, 2011 | By | Category: Cross Channel

There were 50,073 in the crowd at Lansdowne Road for the European Rugby Cup semi-final between Leinster and Stade Toulousain.  It was a great occasion; the sort to which Leinster have become accustomed in recent seasons.  Two seasons ago, they set a world record for a club match when over 80,000 attended Croke Park for a match against Munster.

But compare the crowds enjoyed by Leinster with those for clubs playing in the same League, and the disparity is vast. Crowds of 1-2,000 would not be uncommon for the less …