Date: 10th February 2018 at 7:34pm
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As far as local derbies go, the second city derby is right up there with the best. Attractive, open football isn’t always a guarantee but for emotion, rivalry and sheer passion, there isn’t many better.

Obviously, the Old Firm springs to mind. But that has much to do with religious beliefs as well as the two teams spending decades battling it out for titles and trophies. But it cannot be disputed that this is the most hate filled fixture in British football.

The Steel City derby is a joy to behold too. When United and Wednesday fight for the keys to Sheffield, you definitely get the impression of a proper rivalry. Ditto the Tyne-Wear offering.

On the other side of the coin is Merseyside. No. JUST NO! I’m not having that. You can’t class it as a proper fierce fixture when both sets of fans sit side by side wearing half and half scarves.

Liverpool’s real rival is, without a doubt, Manchester United. And United would concur. Forget about City. United spent years competing with Liverpool before Sheikh Mansour rocked into Manchester flaunting his billions.

I can’t buy into plastic derbies either. Norwich v Ipswich is a second rate derby. With 45 miles between the two clubs, local bragging rights are non-existent.

The same with Palace and Brighton. A few weeks back, they played out a cup tie in front of a stadium which was two thirds empty.

Would that ever be the case with Blues v Villa, Newcastle v Sunderland or Rangers v Celtic? Absolutely no chance.


1. Rangers v Celtic
2. Newcastle v Sunderland
3. Birmingham v Aston Villa
4. West Ham v Millwall
5. Sheffield Utd v Sheffield Wed

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2 Replies to “The second city derby…a proper derby”

  • This is the biggest test of Cotties managerial career , he has turned blues around for the biggy , COME ON YOU BLUENOSES ,,WE DON’T CARE WHO YOUR FATHER’S WAS ,,YOUR THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN BRUM COME SUNDAY …GET IT IN THERE ..

  • Every bluenose can accept this Villa defeat by their sheer superiority in players.Terry and their entire team hardly put a foot wrong and the second half gave them not an ounce of trouble. What I cannot accept is the woeful use of Adams and Jota.Any knowledgeable Coach would have put these two on much earlier with a decent time scale of perhaps threatening their goal. Davis hobbled around when surely should have replaced by Gardner and even now the very thought and sight of Ndoye gives me nightmares- not only is he an embarrassment but liability wise he is right up there. Our main concern now is on the injury front,with no signings made to cover this in the window by a deliberate policy,we really are up against it.However,I am not surprised as I recently commented that the towel was thrown in at Xmas.We can still hope the next three winnable games do materialise in view of the restrictions Cotterill has to contend with.Support from the fans against Millwall is keenly sought more than ever now,with this game crying out for Adams and Jota.

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