Which NRL club is the best supported in 2015? The Gurgler Fan Index (GFI) Explains

Running low on Rugby League off season news? Have you ever wondered which NRL club has the best supporter base? If you answered perhaps to any of those questions, why not keep reading below to find out which club is the most supported using the All New Gurgler Fan Index.

Here at the Gurgler we are fond of answering the questions that nobody asks, look at a back catalogue of some of our rubbish for proof. But with very little rugby league to talk about, a bit of player movement and Sam Burgess weddings aside, we wondered which club could claim to be the best supported.

UPDATE – We have the figures for Best Supported Club for 2016 too.

We have come up with a figure, what we are calling The Gurgler Fan Index (GFI) in a blatant attempt to blow our own trumpet, and the results are reasonably interesting and not overly surprising. It is certainly a little more in depth than our previous attempt to determine which NRL Mascot is the best. At best it is great NRL off season filler, at the other end it is complete garbage and a waste of time reading.

HOW IT WAS DETERMINED

We decided on a range of Categories including Social Media, Membership, Crowd Figures, and as ever one obscure category. All teams were ranked top to bottom in each category, and 16 was assigned to the top performed in each category, 15 to second, etc, until the lowest ranked team got one points. To determine the overall winner, the scores from all the categories were totalled and the winner appeared. But we won’t tell you who that is yet, hang on for a little bit of sizzle.

NOTES

Whilst some of the categories may be heavily favoured towards teams like the Broncos, we have also used a cross reference back to the size of the city which we call the City Corrected figure. For Sydney we used the total for the Sydney metro area and divided by the nine teams. For North Queensland we used the populations of the major cities in the catchment area.

We considered TV viewing figures, but that would include too many neutrals.

0.5 are due to teams that are equal in a category and the ranks scores are added and divided equally amongst the relevant teams.

Social Media figures are as of the official account on December 31, 2015.

Full figures are available if anyone is interested.

 

CATEGORY 1 – TWITTER STATS

TEAM TWITTER FOLLOWERS TWEETS TWEET LIKES TWITTER SUB TOTAL
NEW ZEALAND 15.5 12 16 43.5
SOUTHS 15.5 13 14 42.5
MELBOURNE 13 15 12 40
BRISBANE 14 8 15 37
BULLDOGS 12 14 10 36
WESTS TIGERS 10 16 9 35
ROOSTERS 11 10 13 34
PARRAMATTA 9 7 8 24
NEWCASTLE 4 6 11 21
NORTH QLD 8 9 3 20
ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA 5 11 4 20
MANLY 7 5 5 17
PENRITH 2 4 7 13
CRONULLA 3 3 6 12
GOLD COAST 6 1 1 8
CANBERRA 1 2 2 5

 

CATEGORY 2 – FACEBOOK LIKES

TEAM FACEBOOK LIKES
BRISBANE 16
MELBOURNE 15
SOUTHS 14
PARRAMATTA 13
BULLDOGS 12
WESTS TIGERS 11
NORTH QLD 10
ROOSTERS 9
MANLY 8
GOLD COAST 7
ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA 6
NEWCASTLE 5
CRONULLA 4
PENRITH 3
CANBERRA 2
NEW ZEALAND 1

 

CATEGORY 3 – HIGH CROWD, LOW CROWD

TEAM HIGHEST CROWD 2015 HIGH CROWD
CITY CORRECTED
LOWEST CROWD LOWEST CROWD
CITY CORRECTED
DIFF HIGH TO LOW HIGH LOW SUB TOTAL
NORTH QLD 11 12 14 15 13 65
NEWCASTLE 10 16 12 16 10 64
BULLDOGS 15 15 13 14 3 60
ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA 9 10 11 13 11 54
BRISBANE 16 3 16 3 15 53
SOUTHS 12 11 9 12 4 48
PARRAMATTA 14 14 7 9 1 45
ROOSTERS 13 13 6 8 2 42
CRONULLA 7 8 8 10 8 41
NEW ZEALAND 5 2 15 2 16 40
WESTS TIGERS 8 9 4 7 6 34
CANBERRA 1 6 1 11 12 31
MELBOURNE 4 1 10 1 14 30
GOLD COAST 2 4 5 5 9 25
MANLY 3 5 3 6 7 24
PENRITH 6 7 2 4 5 24

 

CATEGORY 4 – AVERAGE CROWDS

TEAM AVERAGE CROWD AVERAGE CROWD
CITY CORRECTED
AVERAGE MONDAY
NIGHT CROWD
AVERAGE SUB TOTAL
BULLDOGS 15 15 16 46
NEWCASTLE 14 16 12 42
SOUTHS 13 13 15 41
NORTH QLD 12 14 13 39
ROOSTERS 11 12 8 31
PARRAMATTA 9 11 9 29
ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA 8 10 10 28
WESTS TIGERS 5 7 14 26
CRONULLA 6 8 11 25
BRISBANE 16 3 0 19
MELBOURNE 7 1 7 15
PENRITH 4 6 5 15
GOLD COAST 3 4 6 13
CANBERRA 1 9 3 13
NEW ZEALAND 10 2 0 12
MANLY 2 5 4 11

 

CATEGORY 5 – MEMBERSHIPS

TEAM MEMBERS MEMBERS
CITY CORRECTED
NEW MEMBERS M’SHIP SUB TOTAL
SOUTHS 16 16 10 42
ROOSTERS 11 12 14 37
ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA 14 14 8 36
BRISBANE 15 3 16 34
NEWCASTLE 13 15 1 29
PARRAMATTA 12 13 4 29
BULLDOGS 10 11 7 28
MANLY 7 9 11 27
CRONULLA 4 6 12 22
NORTH QLD 8 10 2 20
WESTS TIGERS 1 4 15 20
PENRITH 6 7 6 19
CANBERRA 2 8 9 19
NEW ZEALAND 3 2 13 18
MELBOURNE 9 1 5 15
GOLD COAST 5 5 3 13

 

 

CATEGORY 6 – HIGHEST PRICE FOR A JERSEY ON EBAY

TEAM EBAY HIGH
ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA 16
NORTH QLD 15
PARRAMATTA 14
BRISBANE 13
CRONULLA 12
SOUTHS 11
ROOSTERS 10
MELBOURNE 9
WESTS TIGERS 8
MANLY 7
NEWCASTLE 6
PENRITH 5
GOLD COAST 4
CANBERRA 3
BULLDOGS 2
NEW ZEALAND 1

 

CATEGORY 7 – TAKING IT TO THE FANS – NUMBER OF HOME GROUNDS USED

TEAM NUMBER OF HOME GROUNDS USED IN 2015
ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA 16
SOUTHS 15
BULLDOGS 12.5
PARRAMATTA 12.5
WESTS TIGERS 12.5
MANLY 12.5
ROOSTERS 8.5
MELBOURNE 8.5
NEW ZEALAND 8.5
PENRITH 8.5
BRISBANE 3.5
NORTH QLD 3.5
NEWCASTLE 3.5
CRONULLA 3.5
CANBERRA 3.5
GOLD COAST 3.5

 

TOTAL OVERALL SCORE

TEAM TOTAL SCORE
SOUTHS 213.5
BULLDOGS 196.5
ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA 176
BRISBANE 175.5
NORTH QLD 172.5
ROOSTERS 171.5
NEWCASTLE 170.5
PARRAMATTA 166.5
WESTS TIGERS 146.5
MELBOURNE 132.5
NEW ZEALAND 124
CRONULLA 119.5
MANLY 106.5
PENRITH 87.5
CANBERRA 76.5
GOLD COAST 73.5

 

So there you have it, given 100,000 marched to keep them in the competition it is not much of a surprise to see Souths top the list, although they’d be happy if a bigger percentage of that crowd showed up for more games. Bulldogs too are famed for their fans so second isn’t surprising either.

There wasn’t much in it between 3rd and 7th, a few extra through the gate may have just tipped it.

Gold Coast are also probably no surprise in last given they are the newest team in the comp and haven’t played finals football in a while. But that’s just our study, I’m sure someone more important and smrter could come up with better. Whether they can be bothered is another point.

 

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