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

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Khan to Fight in the UK

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester City Articles

Don't Fear The Sweeper

JB on the fact that City are paying towards loan salaries to clear the decks for an important season...

(Video) Madness Of Mario Balotelli At Manchester City

For two-and-a-half years Mario Balotelli played for Manchester City, but in the end his tireless on and off the pitch antics drove then manager, Roberto Mancini insane.

Blues Caught on Camera At The Etihad Stadium

The Etihad Stadium, home to Manchester City Football Club has a current capacity of 55,097, the fourth largest stadium in the Premier League and the eight largest within...

Gunn Gets England U21 Call

Manchester City's young goalkeeper Angus Gunn has been called up by Gareth Southgate for England's upcoming Under 21 qualifier against Norway.

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Tudor (VMC Editor)
Editor email
Profile
Johnny Baguette
no email
Profile
Pedmachine
no email
Profile
Skoorb
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Deadline Day: How many players will leave City, inc loan deals?
Suggested By: Tudor
No one will leave2%
One0%
Two8%
Three16%
Four33%
Five or more41%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 3 3 0 0 9 6
2 Chelsea 3 3 0 0 9 5
3 Man Utd 3 3 0 0 9 5
4 Everton 3 2 1 0 7 2
5 Hull City 3 2 0 1 6 2
6 Middlesbrough 3 1 2 0 5 1
7 Spurs 3 1 2 0 5 1
8 Arsenal 3 1 1 1 4 1
9 Leicester City 3 1 1 1 4 0
10 WBA 3 1 1 1 4 0
11 Liverpool 3 1 1 1 4 -1
12 West Ham 3 1 0 2 3 -2
13 Burnley 3 1 0 2 3 -2
14 Swansea 3 1 0 2 3 -2
15 Southampton 3 0 2 1 2 -2
16 Sunderland 3 0 1 2 1 -2
17 Crystal Palace 3 0 1 2 1 -2
18 Watford 3 0 1 2 1 -3
19 AFC Bournemouth 3 0 1 2 1 -3
20 Stoke 3 0 1 2 1 -4
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)