This ANZAC Day we're honoured to share this 2015 piece by Andrew Ferguson.
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The European Superleague is set to continue to build on its crowd average record if sales of 2007 season tickets are anything to go by.
Three Superleague clubs have reported increased interest in season tickets since the announcement of the 2007 draw last week.
Hull FC, also buoyed by the inclusion in Superleague of their derby rivals Hull KR, have recorded ticket sale of over 5,000 so far this year.
The Bradford Bulls have also registered encouraging ticket sales, and hope to secure 7,000 season ticket holders by the start of the season.
While Wigan has just completed a near disastrous campaign, their fans have lost little faith with the club recording over 10,000 season ticket sales.
With these sales, and other new crowd pulling events such as the Hull derbies and the Cardiff round in May, the RFL will hope to break the Superleague crowd average record for the fourth consecutive season.
Total crowd averages have increased regularly over the last few years, climbing from an average of 7,955 in 2003 to 9,010 last season. Hull KR and Leeds meanwhile continued their preparation for the new season announcing new naming rights sponsors.
Lloyd TSB will be primary sponsor for Hull KR?s return to elite competition, while fellow financial institution Leeds Building Society will be seen on the Rhino?s playing strips.