Derbies & Rivalries

All about the top derbies and rivalries in British and European football.

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Liverpool vs Manchester United: The Biggest Rivalry in English Football

January 14, 2021

All the great English football rivalries contain some combination of proximity, a history that goes beyond football, and a shared level of success. That all comes together like nowhere else in the North West Derby, Manchester United vs Liverpool. Since we here at Groundhopper Guides love to explore and explain the world of English football,…

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Say Hello to the Black Country Derby

January 14, 2021

We at Groundhopper Guides like to introduce folks to parts of English football culture you might not be aware of. So along those lines, let's get to know one of the most intense rivalries in all of English football, the Black Country derby between Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion. If you're really new to…

East Anglian Derby: Norwich City vs Ipswich Town

March 1, 2019

I love a derby day. It’s the peak experience of watching English soccer. And the East Anglian Derby featuring Norwich City vs Ipswich Town is a lesser know example (outside of England anyway) of a proper rivalry. This post was written in 2019, when Norwich and Ipswich were in the Championship, and has been left…

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Back in Sheffield for Another Steel City Derby

January 14, 2018

Somewhere, in the streets near my hotel, a small band of lads are giving it one last “We are BLAAAADES!” The result is a kind of echoing silence. No “We are Wednesday” response, no clopping of police horse hooves, no sirens, no word from any other Blades. Still determined to give it a go, I…

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Agony and Ecstasy:
The 2017 Steel City Derby

September 25, 2017

Perhaps the reason we go to football games is because we just might have an experience people will talk about for generations. We sit through countless forgettable affairs because someday we’re going to see a world-class game-winner, or a stunning upset, or a penalty kick hit a season-saving post, or some seismic shift in the…

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