Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

Derby Week .. Warning signs?

Derby Week .. Warning signs?

I was chatting to a red acquaintance the other day when the conversation, not surprisingly, turned to this weekend’s Manchester derby. Besides the usual arguments over who will win, who has the better support etc, the thing we both found ourselves agreeing on was the lack of a ‘derby atmosphere’ at recent derbies, both at Eastlands and Old Trafford. Last year’s home derby was particularly poor, in my opinion, although that wasn’t helped by the result.

So why has there been this decline in the atmosphere? Well the all seating issue must take centre stage. When the primary aim of the stewards is to make you sit down and shut up it doesn’t really lend itself to a good atmosphere. Those of you over 30 will know what I’m talking about if you had the good fortune to stand up at a Manchester derby. Take yourself back to the bad old days, as most PC journalists will tell you, of the 70’s and 80’s. Stadiums may have been ramshackle, as opposed to today, but terracing lent itself to larger capacities, and consequently, larger away allocations. It was perfectly natural for each derby to have 10-12,000 away supporters officially allocated. The supporters stood and made a noise, sacrilege to today’s football planners.

As well as reduced away allocations and all seating stadiums however, is the part played by the state of the modern game. United’s 20 something support just doesn’t care for a Manchester derby as it does its games against Arsenal and Chelsea. (It used to be Liverpool and may well be again when they become a threat). They may spend 90 minutes of every game singing of City but they just haven’t been brought up on a diet of meaningful Manchester derbies. Nor for that matter has City’s younger support. Of course the vitriol is still there but there is little in the way of recent history between the two clubs. Add this together with the new and improved sanitisation of football and perhaps it becomes understandable why the atmosphere of old is lacking.

These are the warning signs that football should be taking on board but are failing to see because of their greed and arrogance. When a Manchester derby fails to reach levels of passion of years gone by, and is even at this late stage not a sell out, then football is in trouble. Those of a certain vintage, from both sides of the divide, know what tomorrow is about, I’m not sure many younger supporters do.



Register on this site via the drop down menu and leave feedback to this story below or click here to join in the debates on the forum.

Go on, get vitalled!

Writer:Andy Leggott
Date:Friday January 13 2006
Time: 10:22AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester City Articles

Skoorb on the Spot - City 1 Spurs 2

Once again City suffered at the hands of the officials in this fixture against the latest title contenders to visit the Etihad

(Audio) Pellegrini: Unlucky With The Ref

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini expressed his dismay over referee Mark Clattenburg and the decisions he has made in both matches against Tottenham this year.

(Video) Bye Bye Pellegrini

Sky Sports Sunday Supplement: Mark Ogden from The Telegraph thinks Pep Guardiola could oversee a big turnover of players in the summer if some do not raise their game.

Stats: Manchester City v Tottenham

All the stats from Manchester City (1) vs (2) Tottenham, Etihad Stadium, 14/02/16 Att: 54,551

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Tudor
Profile
Johnny Baguette
Profile
Pedmachine
Profile
Sedgie
Profile
Skoorb
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

How many trophies will MCFC win this season?
Suggested By: Tudor
Premier League8%
Champions League1%
League Cup22%
FA Cup2%
Two of the above9%
Three of the above1%
All four6%
City will not win anything this season51%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 53 20
2 Spurs 25 13 9 3 48 26
3 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 48 17
4 Man City 25 14 5 6 47 21
5 Man Utd 26 11 8 7 41 9
6 Southampton 26 11 7 8 40 10
7 West Ham 26 10 10 6 40 9
8 Watford 26 10 6 10 36 1
9 Stoke 26 10 6 10 36 -5
10 Everton 26 8 11 7 35 11
11 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 35 -4
12 Chelsea 26 8 9 9 33 2
13 Crystal Palace 26 9 5 12 32 -5
14 WBA 26 8 8 10 32 -8
15 AFC Bournemouth 26 7 7 12 28 -14
16 Swansea 26 6 9 11 27 -10
17 Norwich 26 6 6 14 24 -20
18 Newcastle 26 6 6 14 24 -22
19 Sunderland 26 6 5 15 23 -18
20 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 16 -20
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Feb 14 2016 4:15PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 21 2016 4:00PM : Chelsea (a)
FA Cup
Feb 28 2016 12:00PM : Newcastle United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 28 2016 4:30PM : Liverpool (a)
Capital One Cup
Mar 2 2016 8:00PM : Liverpool (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Aston Villa (H)
Barclays Premier League

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Buzz Lightyear307
2.Skoorb287
3.Tudor250
4.Johnny Baguette179
5.Bluedub117
6.fifthcolumnblue75
7.johnkelv51
8.Colin Is The King46
9.PhillyBlueMoon42
10.citizhun40