Top 15 ‘fiercest rivalries’ in English football
Whatever region of the country you find yourself in, there will always be local clubs who view one another as rivals. Be that the Midlands, London, Manchester or Merseyside – England has some of the biggest derbies on the football calendar.
Some of these rivalries have existed for over 100 years, some exist because of geographical proximity, whereas others exist between clubs that battle it out for silverware every season. Nonetheless, these rivalries all have a fascinating history.
Unfortunately, derby days are often marred by violence and rioting. The atmosphere of these games can affect players like that of no other game – and red cards are highly likely in these ties. This list comprises 15 of the fiercest rivalries in the English game, with some of these being particularly intimidating affairs.
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