It has been a
good month for big rivalries, with Celtic v Rangers, Blackburn v Burnley, Liverpool v Manchester United and Arsenal v Tottenham in
this sequence, here is Early Doors's
totally arbitrary list of the 10 bitterest rivalries in British football.
1. Celtic v
So many to choose from - a toss-up between Paul Gascoigne's
flute celebration for Rangers in 1998, and Artur Boruc's
'God Bless The Pope' t-shirt last year.
2. Arsenal v
Arsenal have had the upper hand of late, but the 1991 FA Cup semi-final,
featuring Paul Gascoigne's
outrageous free-kick, was a classic.
3. Cardiff v Swansea
Not sure what the signature moment is, but it probably took place in the
morning. These games are so fiery they now kick off at 11:30am.
4. Newcastle v Sunderland
Toon boss Ruud Gullit was run out of town in 1999 after dropping Alan Shearer
and Duncan Ferguson for a Tyne-Wear derby that Sunderland
won 2-1 at St James' Park.
5. Liverpool v Manchester United
The seething hatred has rarely been stronger than when Paul Ince scored a late
equaliser for Liverpool against his old club
in 1999. Loses marks because of United's
rivalries with Man City, Leeds and
6. West Ham v
The unpleasant violent scenes in and around Upton Park when they played in the
Carling Cup this season showed this is still the hardened thug's match of choice.
7. Aston Villa v Birmingham City
Villa keeper Peter Enckelman's
toe-curling howler in 2002, when he let an Olof Mellberg throw pass under his foot
and into the net, and was then 'thanked' by a pitch-invading Brum fan.
8. Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield United
Must be 1993, when the entire city descended on Wembley for a FA Cup
semi-final. Chris Waddle's stunning
free-kick and Mark Bright's tap-in
gave the Owls a 2-1 win.
9. Nottingham Forest
There was some nice aggro earlier this season, when Forest's Nathan Tyson paraded a corner flag in front of Derby fans, much to
Robbie Savage's disgust.
10. Crystal Palace
This curious 'derby' reached its zenith in 1976, when a twice-replayed FA
Cup tie, ended in a controversial win for Palace and some choice words from
Brighton's Alan Mullery.