It would be easy to write off Featherstone Rovers’ 2022 as unsuccessful.
The Rovers were pegged as one of the favourites for Super League promotion and were expected to enjoy a titanic battle with Leigh Leopards, then the Leigh Centurions, for a place in the top tier.
They even appointed Super League’s most successful ever coach in ex-Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott alongside some statement signings.
But, despite starting the season exceptionally well, the Rovers fell far behind Leigh who only lost one league game all season to the Rovers in Round Two.
After losing the 1895 Cup Final to Leigh at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium, Fev were unable to join them in the Championship Final after they were stunned by Batley Bulldogs in the semi-final which spelt the end of McDermott’s time at the club.
The future looks bright under former St Helens star Sean Long and he has signed the likes of Warrington Wolves youngster Riley Dean on loan.
But 2022 was a successful year for the Rovers, especially through the lens of IMG, with the club growing amazingly off the field.
They had a massive social media presence, a growth in season ticket holders and attendance as well as sizeable growth of their women’s team.
The Rovers released the statistics behind this on social media.
Here they are:
– 20% growth in season ticket holders
– 1100 junior blue wall members
– 45,000 school contact hours by the community team
– 10% increase in home crowds post pandemic
– 5 million digital engagements per month equating to 60 million in 2022
– 300 members of squad builder
– 100 new junior pathway players both boys and girls
– 99 games hosted at the Millenium Stadium including BARLA, football and amateur finals
– Most ticket sales for summer bash in 2022
– Highest attendance for a Rovers women’s game which came against Castleford Tigers
– 50 kids a day through the doors at the Millenium Stadium for summer and winter activity camps.