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Manchester Derby Day Tops Them All


Celtic v Rangers, Liverpool v Everton, Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield United, no thank you. The Manchester Derby tops them all.

It has been said that the best atmosphere any football derby can generate is either at Celtic Park or Ibrox when the auld enemy collide, however I beg to differ.

Come 1:30pm on Sunday 5 May 2008 around 76,000 fans will be crammed into Old Trafford to watch a game of pure brilliance and quality. Millions around the world will be glued to their television sets to witness some of the best players in the world perform their trade like no other. Therefore I ask the question, where else in the UK can you see anything that remotely comes close?

In an attempt to get the adrenaline pumping Vital Manchester City has found the following video clip. The date, 9 November 2002, the last Maine Road derby. Score, City 3-1 Rags.

Have a close look and see how many faces you recognise.








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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 6 2009

Time: 2:41PM

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I still say that the Rags equaliser, was a foul by Horseface on weikens.
Buzz Lightyear
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06/05/2009 14:52:00

I still say that the Rags equaliser, was a foul by Horseface on weikens.
Buzz Lightyear
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06/05/2009 14:52:00

on derby day the scores were level, then the goat was fed by neville, silly boy should know for sure, feed the goat and he will score!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MCFC_Goatboy
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06/05/2009 14:56:00

on derby day the scores were level, then the goat was fed by neville, silly boy should know for sure, feed the goat and he will score!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MCFC_Goatboy
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06/05/2009 14:56:00

...when is the next derby...? I wish it was a year ago - on last night's display by the dark side I don't think we've got a prayer!
mcfc2112
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06/05/2009 14:59:00

...when is the next derby...? I wish it was a year ago - on last night's display by the dark side I don't think we've got a prayer!
mcfc2112
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06/05/2009 14:59:00

Point taken - magnificent turnout for two top Premier League teams. Interested however to know what percentage of that crowd actually comes from Manchester as opposed to say a Glasgow or Sheffield derby? Just a thought.
Worth
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06/05/2009 15:52:00

Point taken - magnificent turnout for two top Premier League teams. Interested however to know what percentage of that crowd actually comes from Manchester as opposed to say a Glasgow or Sheffield derby? Just a thought.
Worth
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06/05/2009 15:52:00

Probably not a lot Worth, say 99% United fans and 1% City.
Tudor
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06/05/2009 16:09:00

Probably not a lot Worth, say 99% United fans and 1% City.
Tudor
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06/05/2009 16:09:00

I just don't think you can compare to be fair. Man U have a vast crowd without argument.. however there are people slavering from all over the known universe wanting to see them.. a sizeable chunk are not from and have no ties to the Manchester area. Another sizeable chunk will be there for the first time or only time. Now imagine, like Sheffield, both teams were poor to middling Championship sides, you'd get 30-40,000 I reckon, made up of 95%+ locals. Same in Glasgow. Take away the novelty 'pet team' element from Man U and the 70,000 becomes a LOT less. I bet the crowd is smaller at Eastlands but has a bigger percentage of actual Manchester based fans.
Worth
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06/05/2009 16:24:00

I just don't think you can compare to be fair. Man U have a vast crowd without argument.. however there are people slavering from all over the known universe wanting to see them.. a sizeable chunk are not from and have no ties to the Manchester area. Another sizeable chunk will be there for the first time or only time. Now imagine, like Sheffield, both teams were poor to middling Championship sides, you'd get 30-40,000 I reckon, made up of 95%+ locals. Same in Glasgow. Take away the novelty 'pet team' element from Man U and the 70,000 becomes a LOT less. I bet the crowd is smaller at Eastlands but has a bigger percentage of actual Manchester based fans.
Worth
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06/05/2009 16:24:00

A good debate well put mate.
Tudor
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06/05/2009 16:39:00

A good debate well put mate.
Tudor
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06/05/2009 16:39:00

My point being this.. a local derby is just that.. a local derby. You go to a Sheffield, Liverpool or Glasgow derby match and tell me it isn't just as important as the Manchester derby, and you really don't understand football.. not really. To the sizeable non-Manc element it's just another 'event' to tick off their list, like Michael Jackson at the O2 or something.
Worth
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06/05/2009 16:41:00

My point being this.. a local derby is just that.. a local derby. You go to a Sheffield, Liverpool or Glasgow derby match and tell me it isn't just as important as the Manchester derby, and you really don't understand football.. not really. To the sizeable non-Manc element it's just another 'event' to tick off their list, like Michael Jackson at the O2 or something.
Worth
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06/05/2009 16:41:00

I'll be watching though haha - COME ON CITY!!!!
Worth
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06/05/2009 16:43:00

I'll be watching though haha - COME ON CITY!!!!
Worth
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06/05/2009 16:43:00

what a crap statement, how can you say one derby is better than another, they mean the same all over the country!! i'm from sheffield and the sheffield derby mean as much to me as the manchester one does to someone from manchester!!
demonjamez
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06/05/2009 17:02:00

what a crap statement, how can you say one derby is better than another, they mean the same all over the country!! i'm from sheffield and the sheffield derby mean as much to me as the manchester one does to someone from manchester!!
demonjamez
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06/05/2009 17:02:00

Whichever derby whichever teams it doesnt matter YOUR local derby is the biggest for you.
jackblue
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06/05/2009 17:03:00

Whichever derby whichever teams it doesnt matter YOUR local derby is the biggest for you.
jackblue
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06/05/2009 17:03:00

When all is said and done, BOTH Manchester teams have magnificent squads and great set ups now.. and, damn it, I'm jealous of the standard of football you real Mancs get to see. BUT remember this United, when you're stood on top of the world.. it revolves. An oil oligarch can fly away in his helicopter as well as fly in.
Worth
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06/05/2009 17:05:00

When all is said and done, BOTH Manchester teams have magnificent squads and great set ups now.. and, damn it, I'm jealous of the standard of football you real Mancs get to see. BUT remember this United, when you're stood on top of the world.. it revolves. An oil oligarch can fly away in his helicopter as well as fly in.
Worth
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06/05/2009 17:05:00

That's the whole point of the statement jackblue ...it was written by a City fan on a City site for City fans.
Doody
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06/05/2009 19:38:00

That's the whole point of the statement jackblue ...it was written by a City fan on a City site for City fans.
Doody
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06/05/2009 19:38:00

From a football point of view I would admit that there have been some truly great Liverpool-Everton derbies over the years. But there's nothing like the Manchester derby for raising the hair on the back of your neck and sheer joy when the Blues win.
Sindbad
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07/05/2009 17:12:00

Please Please Please get points off of those United ****s... just out of curiosity..do you Citeh fans hate my club Liverpool?...just something ive wondered..
I Bling Red
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07/05/2009 17:18:00

I hope your right I Bling Red, we could do with getting 3 points and in the process, giving a bit of hope back to Liverpool fans. Regarding the hate word. Nah, not really!!
Tudor
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07/05/2009 17:40:00

 

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