The Best British Football Derby Match

With this weekends football action bringing both the Steel City Derby and Manchester Derby I take a step back and ask the question, ‘What British Derby match is the best?’.

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With this weekends football action bringing both the Steel City Derby and Manchester Derby I take a step back and ask the question, ‘What British Derby match is the best?’

As football fans our respective Derbies are always going to be the most important, you try telling a Norwich City fan that the Manchester Derby means more than the Norwich Ipswich encounter. Every one’s local Derby is the most important game of the domestic season, to save face at work more than anything.

However looking at it from a neutrals perspective, now this will be hard as I’m always going to opt for Leicester City panning Forest all day long, I want to try and unravel, along with commented help from you, what the best footballing Derby match is here in Britain.

The candidates

Now apologises if I have missed your team off here but I want to pick a top 5 and let you argue it out. This is bound to be wrong and upset many a fan, the correct order will also be questioned I’m sure!

I plucked out the expected culprits, Celtic, Rangers, the Manchester sides, Merseyside Derby, North East Derby, Villa, Birmingham, Sheffield Derby, Ipswich, Norwich, Forest, Derby, West Ham, Millwall, Fulham, Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal. However I need a top 5 and this is the order I have come up with.

At 5

A tough one which was fought out between the Birmingham Aston Villa game, the North London Derby of Arsenal and Spurs, the hate filled West Ham Millwall encounter and the Manchester Derby. After careful consideration it was the Manchester United v Manchester City game that took 5th spot.

The Manchester Derby, as all Derbies, is full of pride and passion. This one has the edge of having the biggest name in World football included within it. This season has added extra spice to the fixture with City boasting big bucks and a 100% League record start. Saturday will be a different type of ‘Manc Derby’ that we’re used too as expectation is just as high on either side this time around.

Rolling in at 4

Another tough one but 4th spot has been handed to the ‘All Steel City Derby’. Sheffield United against Sheffield Wednesday has a great tradition about it. A big City split into two corners and passion really is highly charged during these affairs. At present a pretty evenly matched game is expected, guaranteed excitement and tasty tackles here.

3rd Place

Manchester United feature again, this time against Liverpool. This game still has to be the biggest Premiership fixture on the calendar. The North West Derby is fierce but has that cutting edge of two top class football teams. They may be a bit tasty but are rarely scrappy. A game we all look forward to each year.

2nd Place

Sorry to the North East but I’m putting Newcastle and Sunderland in at runner up. Football is much more than a game up there, it’s a religion and when these two clubs meet it’s massive. Great fans and usually great games. I’m afraid though there is one other Derby in Britain that tops this…….

The winner

Old Firm. In terms of the scale of this game, you don’t get much bigger. Celtic and Rangers may play each other a heck of a lot more than the neighbouring teams in England do but I just think this adds to the occasion. Two clubs with massive fan base and shear hatred toward one another……..It don’t get better than that.

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  1. Allah IsACunt
    Posted November 7, 2009 at 7:14 am


  2. mogsy!
    Posted November 8, 2009 at 6:34 am

    where the hell is swans and cardiff? except rangers n celtic they make the rest of them look like play dates!

  3. Posted November 22, 2009 at 3:19 am

    thanks for the info

  4. Greg
    Posted January 18, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Newcastle Sunderland is nothing, and the Sheffield one isn’t all that either.

    Should really have:
    Leeds Man U
    Swansea Cardiff

    Even Forest Derby is more heated than them two you mentioned.

  5. ~Andrew Thompson
    Posted February 6, 2010 at 5:49 am

    North East derby definitley derserves its place at second, its all people talk about for weeks and weeks before and afterwards.
    The passion up there is unbelivable, both clubs have some of the best fans in the country.
    Great List, even though nobody is gonna be happy with it

  6. The man
    Posted March 15, 2010 at 5:38 am

    The North London derby is and always has been Number 1. It is the only derby both clubs fans look for and wait all season for. The other derbies people might switch on, but doesn’t matter too much if they don’t. Celtic Rangers, not even sure more then 1m have watched any of them this season, plus its in a very poor league

  7. Posted April 7, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Doesnt matter if its a poor league. The only game that is up there with the Old Firm is the derby between Boca and River

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  9. RAB
    Posted September 2, 2010 at 10:44 am

    ive been to old firm derby’s being a Rangers fan and its explosive, the noise, hatred and atmosphere makes it the biggest and most feared derby not just in the UK but in the world.
    with every old firm match ive been to at Ibrox, Celtic Park and Hampden i could have a story for all from coins thrown on to the pitch to supporters clashing with each other in the streets. its bonkers.
    watched a documentry on youtube about the old firm and it showed a riot in Glasgow after an old firm clash and there were guys running about with axes.

  10. Sam
    Posted January 27, 2011 at 7:37 am

    you’ve given us no background, history or information on any of these derbies. other than saying their ‘exciting.’

    what a waste of time.

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