What is a derby? | Answerbag

For some derbies, an added source of tension between the two clubs can be political or sectarian rivalry.

An example of sectarian rivalry is in the Old Firm derby between the two leading clubs of Glasgow in Scotland. Another theory is that it originated from The Derby, the name of a horse race in England, founded by the twelfth Earl of Derby in 1780.. This match has been and still is played on Shrove Tuesday. In North America, crosstown rivalry is a more common term. To name an example, the “North London Derby” is Arsenal versus Tottenham Hotspur. In the matches between Celtic and Rangers, Celtic represents the Catholic population, and Rangers the Protestant population of Glasgow.

‘Derby’ is commonly used to signify matches between teams in the same town or region, however historical national rivalries, such as Ajax Amsterdam v Feyenoord and Internazionale v Juventus F.C., are sometimes also considered derbies as well as major football rivalries.

In many countries the term local derby, or simply just derby (pronounced ‘dar-bee’ in UK English, and ‘durr-bee’ by most Americans) is used to mean a sporting fixture between two (generally local) rivals, particularly in Association Football. Derbies usually have a much more heated atmosphere between the fans and often the players of the two clubs. The term is sometimes also used to describe major rivalries in which both clubs have substantial regional or national followings.

The phrase may have originated from an all-in football game contested annually between the two halves of the English town of Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Posted August 9th, 2015 in Uncategorized.

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