I thought we were midtable in terms of fans (talking from a Sydney/NSW pov), yeah I knew the Rabbitohs were popular, but thought successful sides like Manly and the Chooks would have more fans
Nah were up there in sydney.
Western sydney is the heartland of rugby league Dogs, Tigers & Eels have the majority of fans along with souths in sydney.
Parramatta are always in top 5 for membership despite being crap for the last decade.
Manly and roosters being in upperclass areas. Sport isnt there priority. Bondi has more backpackers and obivously older rich people who don't give a s**t. Its why roosters get bagged for supposedly never having any fans at the home game.
Then Manly is similar with the north shore abnoxious vibe about them. Not giving a toss really. Plus everyone in sydney hates Manly unless your a manly fan. Probably like collingwood except not as popular.
Though i do think the roosters do have strong fanbase and i would say are definitely more popular then people think especially out west of sydney due to people who used to live in the eastern suburbs move out west and get there kids to support them as well. I know a lot more roosters fans then most other teams in sydney.