Burnley v Blackburn

Burnley vs Blackburn Rovers One of the UK derby classics

Burnley vs Blackburn Rovers One of the UK derby classics
The name of this duel comes from the fact that both Blackburn and Burnley are historically industrial cities, especially in the textile sector and specifically in cotton (Cotton). The rivalry between the two sides is legendary, dating back to the end of the 21st century, with both being founders of the Football League. They have met 112 times, with Blackburn winning by a landslide (45) and Burnley twice as many (20).

Britain’s other biggest derbies

Countries that exude football from coast to coast, in every city, neighbourhood, town or fan’s heart. And full of rivalries, hatred and enmity fostered in geographical situations; neighbours, some almost brothers, for political, religious, historical reasons or a rivalry cemented in the struggle for the supremacy of a city or an entire country. In this first chapter, we describe the 25 most important derbies in England:

1.- English derby: Liverpool vs Manchester United.
Also known as the North West Derby. The derby par excellence in English football. A sporting rivalry that dates back to 1894, when Liverpool beat Newton Heath 2-0, formerly Manchester United, but a city rivalry that has lasted since the industrial revolution. 182 meetings between the two and 122 titles between the two giants, with Old Trafford’s side slightly ahead.

2.- North London Derby: Arsenal vs Tottenham
The derby between the two most powerful teams in the English capital, until the emergence of Chelsea, and a rivalry that dates back to 1913, when Arsenal moved to Highbury, a stadium very close to White Hart Lane. Just a few miles away, a cradle of conflict and clashes between fans. 177 matches between the two with a balance of 20 more wins for the Gunners: 75 to 55.

3.- Manchester Derby: Manchester United vs Manchester City
A rivalry due to proximity, of course, but which was not such until after World War II. In fact, both teams were only called Manchester and had a good relationship. It was common for the city’s fans to cheer one team one week and the other the next. It was with the modernity of football and the rise of fratricidal clashes that the rivalry developed. Although very unequal, in favour of the Red Devils, in terms of titles and victories.

4.- Merseyside Derby: Liverpool vs Everton
The Liverpool derby is the one that has seen the most red cards since the creation of the Premier League in the 90s. It is not uncommon to see families divided between red and blue, as the mix in the city is complete. The origins of the rivalry date back to the 1980s and are politically motivated; liberals and conservatives, and religious; Catholics and Protestants. A rivalry that has increased in recent years in which Liverpool has crushed the Toffees in victories and titles.

5.- Great London Derby: Chelsea vs Arsenal
A recent rivalry. Arsenal have been the most successful club in London until the arrival of Roman Abramovich and his millions to make Chelsea a new great. The Gunners, having seen their neighbours steal the capital’s crown, began to cement a rivalry between the two strongest teams in London today. The two fighting for titles. The “Great London Derby” it was called, and the team with the longest history, Arsenal, will never forget how Chelsea won the Champions League before them.

6.- Dockers derby: West Ham vs Milwall (3rd)
The most intense and dangerous derby in Britain. The origin of the rivalry lies in the fights between the Dockers, the ship loaders; Milwall, and the ship builders; West Ham. Fortunately, it is a derby that does not happen very often as Milwall are a modest club and have not competed in the Premier League for many years, but in 2009 in a cup clash one person died as a result of the bloody clashes that have been repeated between the two fans throughout the 20th century. The film Hooligans sums up the hatred between the two to perfection.

7.- Birmingham/Second City derby: Aston Villa (2nd) vs Birmingham (2nd)
The derby between the two most important teams in the city of Birmingham. Popularly called the “Second City” because Birmingham was considered the second great city of the UK in the 19th century. The rivalry comes from the geographical location and the struggle to be the first team of the city. A struggle that clearly takes Aston Villa, remember that they are champions of the 1982 Champions League, even.

8.- Tyny-Wear derby: Newcastle (2nd) vs Sunderland
A rivalry that transcends purely football. The cities of Sunderland and Newcastle – separated by barely ten kilometres – base their hatred on the English Revolution back in the 17th century. This, coupled with the proximity of the two cities and the proliferation of matches between the two clubs, has created an evenly matched rivalry, with Newcastle leading Sunderland by just four head-to-head wins.

Tyne-Tees derby: Newcastle (2nd) v Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough, the third professional team in this region, have a strong rivalry with Newcastle. It is not as old as the Magpies’ rivalry with Sunderland, but since the 1990s the two teams have had strong disagreements in their Premier League appearances.

10.- Tees-Wear derby: Middlesbrough vs Sunderland
The third of the derbies between teams from this metropolitan region of Tyne & Wear and the only one that will take place in the top flight of English football this 2016/17 season. The three cities: Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Sunderland are separated by less than 30 kilometres and therefore these three teams have strong rivalries.

11.- South London Derby: Crystal Palace vs Charlton Athletic (3rd) vs Milwall (3rd) and AFC Wimbledon (3rd)
This is the name given to any match between the four South London teams. On two occasions in history, all four have met in the same division. The strongest rivalry is between Crystal Palace and Charlton in terms of frequency of meetings. They have met each other more often than the rest.

12.- West London Derby: Chelsea vs Fulham (2nd) vs QPR (2nd) vs Brentford (2nd)
As was the case in the south, West London has several teams. The most frequently replayed game is Fulham v Chelsea but the recent situation of the Stamford Bridge club has meant that their rivalries vary with bigger teams. The financial difference between Chelsea and the other three is abysmal. Both QPR, Fulham and Brentford share a division in the 2016/17 season.

13.- Clash/War of the roses: Leeds United (2nd) vs Manchester United
The origin of this rivalry goes back to the Middle Ages, to the “Battle of the Roses” between the houses of Lancaster and York, today’s counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Why roses? Because the white rose is the coat of arms of the house of York and the red rose is the coat of arms of Lancaster. Manchester United and Leeds wear red and white respectively for this reason, and their rivalry is a product of this mythical clash. The numbers are very favourable to the Manchester side.

14.- Black Country Derby: West Brom vs Wolves (2nd) vs Walsall (3rd)
The rivalry between these two teams lies in the antiquity, both are founding members of the Premiership, and the proximity between the two cities. The team that has won it more times is West Brom, although the difference is not very big. Both teams also have a less intense rivalry with Walsall that could be included in this derby. The rivalry between West Brom and Wolves is one of the toughest and most hateful in the country.

Steel City Derby: Sheffield United (3rd) v Sheffield Wednesday (2nd)
The Sheffield City derby, one of the most passionate in British football. The two teams have met 127 times, with only three victories in favour of United. The last one took place in 2012 at the legendary Hillsborough Stadium.

16.- Old Farm/East Anglian Derby: Ipswich Town (2nd) vs Norwich City (2nd)
One of the strongest rivalries in English football. Popularly known as the “Old Farm”, a joke on the “Old Firm” which pits Celtic and Rangers against each other. The winner of the derby is proclaimed the “Pride of Anglian” and, despite Norwich’s recent top-flight status, Ipswich have won 60 of their 142 meetings to the Canaries’ 57.

17.- New Forest derby: Bournemouth v Southampton
A derby based on the proximity of these two cities. Historically, Bournemouth did not play in the Premier League until two seasons ago and are a much more modest club than Southampton, so this rivalry is not as strong as some of the previously mentioned and the meetings between the two sides much less numerous.

18.- The South Coast Derby: Southampton vs Portsmouth (4th)
The New Forest derby was so named when Bournemouth were promoted to the Premier League to differentiate it from the matches between Southampton and Porstmouth – one could also include Brighton here, due to proximity. Porstmouth and Soton have met 70 times, with 34 wins for the Saints. Pompey’s recent financial and sporting problems prevent the rivalry from growing.

19.- East Midlands derby: Derby County (2nd) vs Nottingham Forest (2nd) vs Leicester City.
The rivalry extends to all three teams, although both Leicester and Derby County regard Nottingham Forest as their biggest rivals. The star duel is the one between Derby and Nottingham, especially in the 1970s. Nottingham have won this match 39 times, to Derby’s 34. Although coincidentally Leicester are the reigning Premiership champions and the only one in the top flight.

20.- Bristol derby: Bristol City (2nd) vs Bristol Rovers (3rd)
Bristol City’s local derby is one of the toughest and most hate-filled in the country. The two have met in the lower divisions of the Football League and their battle for the Bristol City crown dates back to the 21st century. They have met 232 times with City winning 105 times to Rovers’ 65. They have played so many times because from 1887 to 1996 the Gloucestershire Cup, a kind of Super Cup between Gloucestershire teams, was played between the two sides from 1907 to 1996. Without this cup, the number would exceed 100 but would not be as high.

21.- West Midlands derby: Aston Villa (2nd) vs West Brom
A traditional derby whose rivalry is fuelled by the proximity of the two teams. In fact, Villa Park and The Hawthorns are only four kilometres apart. An ancient rivalry, whose mutual hatred increased in the 70s and 80s. Aston Villa have won this duel 68 times to the Baggies’ 47.

22.- M23 derby: Brighton (2nd) vs Crystal Palace
The birth of this derby is quite recent: from the mid 70s. The hatred is rooted in the direct clashes between the two teams as they climbed the ranks of English football, all the way up to the First Division. The peculiar name of these matches, M23, comes from the motorway that separates the south of London, where Palace play, with Sussex, home of Brighton.

23.- Nottingham derby: Nottingham Forest (2nd) vs Notts County (4th)
Nottingham Forest have Derby County as their biggest enemy, but that does not detract from their rather one-sided battle to be Nottingham’s top team. They have beaten Notts County 40 times, to the Magpies’ 30 wins. But Forest are League and European champions with Brian Clough’s glorious 1970s side.

24.- East London: West Ham vs Leyton Orient (4th)
West Ham’s biggest rivalry is with Milwall but in East London, meetings with Leyton are not without risk. So are those with Dagenham and Redbridge, but this season they are not in any of the four professional divisions. They are enemies in terms of geographical proximity but these are games that are unlikely to happen because of the difference in the league and budget between the two sides.

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