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The Biggest Football Derbies in the United Kingdom

Derby days! The expectation, nerves, surprises, and passion. There are few things that mean more to fans than football rivalry. Derby day is the first fixture a fan will pencil into the calendar in the months building up to the matches. The main aim is to win against your closest rivals. We take a look at the biggest football derbies below.

North London Derby

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The rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is the biggest in North London and among the most anticipated in the English Premier League. It began bubbling in the early 1900s after Arsenal moved to Highbury. Only four miles separate Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

The derby is exciting with goals galore and the ‘King of North London’ tag at stake during every game.

Merseyside Derby

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The Merseyside derby pitting Liverpool FC against Everton is the longest-running derby in the UK. It has been played annually since the 1962-63 season. Less than a mile apart, Stanley Park sits between Anfield and Goodison Park.

Everton has been trying to get out of Liverpool’s shadow, making it a tense derby every time the two sides clash. Initially, the rivalry was known as the ‘friendly derby.’ For instance, fans from both teams sat together in the 1984 League Cup Final chanting ‘Merseyside’ unanimously.

The derby has witnessed twenty-one red cards to players since the inception of the EPL.

Manchester Derby

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If you happen to be in Manchester on derby day, you will see a city painted in red and sky-blue. The city comes to a standstill as Manchester City or Manchester United descend on either Etihad Stadium or Old Trafford, respectively.

Balotelli’s ‘Why Always Me?’ shirt during Manchester City’s 6-1 win against Manchester United in October 2011 and Wayne Rooney’s breath-taking bicycle kick eight months earlier are some of the derby’s most incredible moments. With both teams playing topflight EPL and European football, the rivalry will become even more intense!

Old Firm Derby

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Based in Glasgow, both Rangers and Celtic are four miles apart. They are the leading and most successful Scottish football clubs. Each team seeks the throne of Scotland’s best football team.

The Ibrox Stadium and Celtic Park rivalry began with a friendly tone in the 20th century before embroiling into hatred and competition. Rival fans fought on the stands and the pitch during the famous Scottish Cup Final in 1980. The Scottish FA banned alcohol consumption at all Old Firm Derby matches!

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The UK’s Biggest Football Clubs by Number of Fans

This is often a back-and-forth discussion, depending on what parameters you use. Every fan wants a metric that favours their team. In this article, we look at clubs’ greatness purely in terms of fan numbers and online activity.

Manchester United

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With around 74 million likes on their Facebook page alone, Manchester United prove that they still have a great reputation. This is despite going almost seven years without a league win as of 2021. The re-signing of Cristiano Ronaldo has boosted the club’s popularity in a big way.

Chelsea

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Chelsea has had a good record in recent years. They have one of the best squads in the league and are champions of Europe. This good vein has seen the team win loads of new fans both inside and outside the UK. The team has around 50 million followers on Facebook.

Manchester City

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This is another team that has grown immensely over the last decade. Manchester City emerged from the shadows to dominate UK football and have always been title contenders in the last five years. They are the league’s defending champions, and, for their efforts, they have earned themselves over 41 million Facebook followers.

Arsenal

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Despite a heavy fall from grace, Arsenal is still able to attract over 38 Facebook followers. The team has been on a downward spiral for some years now. Mikel Arteta’s seemingly has the ability to return the team to its rightful position, but opinions are still divided.

With a fairly youthful squad in the 2021/22 season, there are glimpses of potential. But will they be able to hold this team together long enough to get back into elite positions? We wait.