WARRINGTON Wolves will be keeping an anxious eye on the attendance at Thursday’s Betfred Super League game against Salford Red Devils at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Last month’s Betfred Challenge Cup defeat by Wakefield Trinity was watched by just 2,627 – the lowest crowd for a competitive fixture at the ground, which opened in 2004, and the lowest home gate for 27 years.

Warrington would expect at least double that number to turn out on Thursday, but that would still be the lowest attendance for a regular season Super League fixture at the ground.

The lowest Super League crowd at The Halliwell Jones Stadium so far is the 7,123 who watched The Wire beat London Broncos 42-12 in June 2004, with two tries from Ben Westwood and seven goals from Lee Briers.

One unwanted record that should be safe is the lowest home Super League crowd of 3,298 who turned out for the game against Halifax Blue Sox at Wilderspool in June 1999.

If that record falls, the club really are in trouble.