Visit Britain are looking to find the biggest Super Fan in football, and between fans of both Brighton and Crystal Palace – they might just be able to find it.
For a bit of context, Crystal Palace are a side based in London, who play their football at Selhurst Park, and are currently playing in the Premier League. Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion, on the other hand, are based in the City of Brighton – which is on the south British coastline.
Whilst the majority of rivalries in British football are built on geographical standings, the animosity between Crystal Palace and Brighton instead revolves around a series of games between the pair. Stretching back to before the 1950s, the rivalry has slowly been picking up in pace ever since – with both clubs frequently having the same objectives through the 1970s and 1980s.
A heated rivalry felt by fans, players and managers alike, there is an argument to suggest that the M23 derby – as it is sometimes known – is one of the most heated and passionate in English football.
Perhaps the most recognisable example of a game between the two clubs came in the 1976/77 season – with the two clubs drawn against each other in the FA Cup. It took three periods of 90 minutes to separate the sides, with the first two games both being sent to a first and second replay respectively – with Crystal Palace eventually taking the victory.
Lately, games between the two sides have been fairly rare – with Brighton currently in the division below Crystal Palace. But with the Seagulls looking to seal promotion to the top flight this season, they could very well begin to meet on a more regular basis during 2017/18 campaign.
Indeed, both sides are fairly unusual in that they are rarely competitive with any of their local rivals. Brighton don’t really have any top level teams around them, whilst Crystal Palace have frequently been far below the quality of the majority of the other sides in London. So, for many fans, games between Palace and Brighton are the most important of the season when they happen – and in the crowds at Selhurst Park and the AMEX Stadium – you will find thousands of passionate fans willing their team on.
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