Best Supported NRL Team in 2017? The Gurgler Fan Index is Back.

The question over who was the Best Supported NRL Team in 2017 has been answered by the Gurgler with our third GFI Gurgler Fan Index for the 2017 season.

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So who was the Best Supported NRL Team in 2017? The question so few people ask about has been answered by The Gurgler for a third straight season with the Gurgler Fan Index returning.

We have previously answered the question of who was the Best Supported NRL Team in 2016, and 2015, with last year’s version going to the Roar website, where one comment generously calling it “the biggest piece of crap ever written. Such praise from a Keyboard Warrior.

But people not liking or reading our website has never stopped us before, and so we present the GFI for 2017 where we attempt to answer the question of the Best Supported NRL Team in 2017.

The ultimate answer of the Best Supported NRL Team in 2017 is not that surprising, but we attempted to use a variety of statistics to ensure it wasn’t just down to one team having the advantage of an entire capital city at their disposal.

Across the 15 statistics we have ranked the teams from best to least best, and scored the top NRL team with 16 points down to the lowest with one. After all the ranking points are done, the sum of all 15 will determine the Best Supported NRL Team in 2017

Settle in for a bunch of tables and statistics to prove who we have as the Best Supported NRL Team in 2017.

 

Best Supported NRL Team in 2017 – AVERAGE CROWDS

Team Avg Home Crowd Avg Crowd Rank Avg Crowd Corrected Avg Crowd per Comp Point Rank
Brisbane Broncos                        31,394 16 3 15
Melbourne Storm                        18,375 15 1 4
North Queensland Cowboys                        16,069 14 14 9
Newcastle Knights                        15,964 13 16 16
Sydney Roosters                        15,387 12 13 3
Parramatta Eels                        14,346 11 12 2
Canberra Raiders                        14,100 10 15 10
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs                        14,039 9 11 11
Wests Tigers                        13,551 8 10 14
Manly Sea Eagles                        13,493 7 9 5
St. George Illawarra Dragons                        13,427 6 8 7
Cronulla Sharks                        13,072 5 7 1
Gold Coast Titans                        12,961 4 5 13
Penrith Panthers                        12,922 3 6 6
New Zealand Warriors                        11,754 2 2 12
South Sydney Rabbitohs                        10,903 1 4 8

No surprise that the Brisbane Broncos are top of the list, given their one city status. Melbourne Storm are in a similar position with the Broncos, but have to compete against AFL. Talking of AFL, there are 10 sides who have an average crowd figure greater than the Broncos, and only three teams below 20,000.

The corrected score is an attempt to level out the playing field by dividing the average crowd by the population base of the team’s city. For Sydney the total Sydney region was used and divided by 9 for all the Sydney based NRL teams.

While we’re at it, why not have the average crowd per point to see the real loyalty of the fans, or if winning makes all the difference. Once again the Newcastle Knights rated highly, proving to be a real rugby league city.

 

 

Best Supported NRL Team in 2017 – HIGH-LOW CROWDS

 

Team Top3 High Crowd Avg Top 3 Rank Top3 Corr Min High-Low Min Hi-Low Rank Avg % Full % Full Rank
Brisbane Broncos               41,345 16 3 -56% 10 60% 15
Melbourne Storm               28,929 15 1 -75% 6 56% 11
Sydney Roosters               27,472 14 15 -83% 2 38% 4
Canterbury Bulldogs               25,052 13 14 -79% 3 26% 3
Manly Sea Eagles               24,371 12 13 -91% 1 50% 9
Parramatta Eels               22,261 11 10 -76% 5 23% 2
Wests Tigers               21,203 10 9 -78% 4 44% 6
North Queensland Cowboys               20,859 9 12 -41% 14 62% 16
Newcastle Knights               20,492 8 16 -49% 12 47% 7
St. George Illawarra Dragons               18,162 7 8 -66% 7 49% 8
Gold Coast Titans               17,907 6 5 -41% 15 50% 10
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks               17,510 5 7 -61% 9 59% 13
Penrith Panthers               16,721 4 6 -54% 11 60% 14
Canberra Raiders               16,478 3 11 -42% 13 56% 12
South Sydney Rabbitohs               15,099 2 4 -63% 8 22% 1
New Zealand Warriors               13,688 1 2 -34% 16 40% 5

 

Here we take the average of the Top 3 Home Crowds for 2017, which lessens the impact of of big one-offs like for Manly and Melbourne in the Suncorp Stadium double Header or the big Anzac Day clashes.

Once again we have used the location correction too, as once again teams with one team in town have an advantage. Newcastle Knights top this location corrected field. Unsurprisingly, the Brisbane Broncos top the Top 3 highest crowd average.

Also thrown in is the difference between the highest crowd and the lowest crowd, the smaller the gap, the more loyal the fans are between different days or form on the field. In a rare win, the New Zealand Warriors have the smallest gap between highest crowd and lowest.

Finally for each game we have worked out the % full of the home crowd, and worked out the average of that % Full figure. The North Queensland Cowboys top that category.

 

Best Supported NRL Team in 2017 – MEMBERSHIPS

 

Team 2017 Members Member Rank Member Corr Rank 16to17 Member Growth Mem Growth Rank Av Crowd Membership AvCrowd-M’ship Rank
Brisbane Broncos 36220 16 3 0.0% 7 87% 11
South Sydney Rabbitohs 30454 15 16 -7.7% 2 36% 1
Parramatta Eels 24462 14 14 2.8% 8 59% 2
Melbourne Storm 20296 13 1 13.7% 14 91% 12
Penrith Panthers 19139 12 11 -5.5% 3 68% 4
Canberra Raiders 19091 11 15 20.2% 16 74% 6
St. George Illawarra Dragons 18732 10 10 4.3% 9 72% 5
North Queensland Cowboys 18678 9 12 -5.3% 4 86% 10
Cant.Bulldogs 18416 8 9 -12.4% 1 76% 7
Wests Tigers 17686 7 8 15.9% 15 77% 8
New Zealand Warriors 17428 6 2 -5.3% 5 67% 3
Sydney Roosters 15686 5 7 7.8% 11 98% 13
Cronulla Sharks 15556 4 6 7.9% 12 84% 9
Newcastle Knights 13237 3 13 8.5% 13 121% 16
Manly Sea Eagles 12779 2 5 -4.5% 6 106% 14
Gold Coast Titans 10883 1 4 5.6% 10 119% 15

 

South Sydney prove they are big on Memberships in a rare win for the Rabbitohs in any category. Second overall, and easily win the location corrected statistic.

Growth of memberships from 2016 to 2017 is the next mildly interesting stat, and after a great 2016 finals run, Canberra Raiders top the growth stat, but one can wonder if that growth will continue given the Raiders disappointing run in 2017. The lowest growth went to the Bulldogs.

Finally we have the average crowd to memberships comparison, where we measure whether how many of the members actually show up. The three lowest teams for Membership are the top three for this stat. All over 100%.

 

 

Best Supported NRL Team in 2017 – SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Team Facebook Likes FB Likes Rank Twitter Followers Twit Follow Rank Twitter Likes Twit Likes Rank
Brisbane Broncos        650,485 16    128,000 16        21,800 15
Melbourne Storm        487,748 15    118,000 15           9,933 12
New Zealand Warriors        474,554 14       98,900 14        26,400 16
South Sydney Rabbitohs        427,498 13       98,400 13        17,800 14
Parramatta Eels        320,687 12       58,900 5           7,279 9
North Queensland Cowboys        286,233 11       73,300 10           2,215 2
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs        284,909 10       88,200 12           7,422 10
Wests Tigers        261,181 9       77,800 11           6,354 8
Sydney Roosters        220,488 8       65,900 9        10,900 13
Gold Coast Titans        195,009 7       61,200 7           1,087 1
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles        186,992 6       60,400 6           2,562 4
St. George Illawarra Dragons        172,512 5       56,600 4           2,225 3
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks        166,059 4       62,600 8           6,201 7
Newcastle Knights        151,185 3       52,900 2           9,670 11
Canberra Raiders        149,500 2       49,500 1           3,236 5
Penrith Panthers        147,002 1       53,800 3           6,059 6

 

Next is the all important Social Media. We have taken the stats from Facebook and Twitter. No location correction as anyone can follow from all around the world.

Big hitters Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm are up the top, as are the overall underperformers in South Sydney and the NZ Warriors,

 

Best Supported NRL Team in 2017 – SUPPORTER JERSEY ON EBAY

 

Team Ebay Jersey Jersey Rank
St. George Illawarra Dragons  $        2,400.00 16
North Queensland Cowboys  $        1,999.00 15
Brisbane Broncos  $        1,399.00 14
CanterburyBulldogs  $        1,199.99 13
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks  $             899.00 12
Melbourne Storm  $             799.00 11
Wests Tigers  $             650.00 9.5
Penrith Panthers  $             650.00 9.5
Gold Coast Titans  $             600.00 8
New Zealand Warriors  $             599.00 7
Canberra Raiders  $             500.00 5.5
Parramatta Eels  $             500.00 5.5
Newcastle Knights  $             300.00 4
South Sydney Rabbitohs  $             299.95 3
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles  $             275.00 2
Sydney Roosters  $             250.00 1

 

Why not have a slightly more ridiculous field. The more expensive the Jersey on Ebay, the more people want it, meaning the more that team is supported. We say anyway.

St George illawarra Dragons win this one.

 

Best Supported NRL Team in 2017 – OVERALL WINNER

 

Team Running Total
Brisbane Broncos 176
North Queensland Cowboys 161
Newcastle Knights 153
Melbourne Storm 146
Wests Tigers 136.5
Canberra Raiders 135.5
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 134
Sydney Roosters 130
Parramatta Eels 122.5
St. George Illawarra Dragons 113
Gold Coast Titans 111
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 109
New Zealand Warriors 107
South Sydney Rabbitohs 105
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 101
Penrith Panthers 99.5

 

Here are the final results adding all the ranking points together. 

Once again the Brisbane Broncos win the Best Supported NRL Team, and the Cowboys featured strongly in second place.

A surprise of sorts in third place is the Newcastle Knights, whose fans loyalty you could never question.

Melbourne Storm and another surprise, the Wests Tigers, round out the top 5.

A bunch of Sydney clubs are at the bottom, and the NZ side and the Gold Coast.

 

Best Supported NRL Team in 2017 – Conclusion

No surprise that Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys are up the top, the Broncos having an advantage like nothing else. Newcastle and West Tigers were the surprise in the top 5.

Sadly a whole bunch of Sydney clubs finish in the lower half, proving how hard the Sydney clubs have work to bring in more supporters.

 

 

 

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Max has no time for long bios, he has only time for sport and then more sport. Each week he tries to sum up what sport has tickled the collective fancy of The Gurgler.

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