Speedway team always got better crowds than egg chasers. They were lucky to reach 1,000, the Falcons often got over 4,000 on a Monday night. But of course did not own the ground!I don't agree with this at all. When I was a kid no one gave a toss about rugby unless you were from a public school. We played rugby as well as football at school, but it was football that everyone was passionate about and everyone talked about. The rugby teams did get a brief mention in the sports section of local news but it was always football that was dominant. In fact I remember Exeter Falcons getting more coverage than the rugby.
I don't remember anyone going to watch rugby live. If they did they certainly didn't talk about it.