Heart Of Football

History of fierce rivalry gives the lie to 'just another game'

When you can walk to the opponents' stadium, and walk in the footsteps of generations of your family, that is the true essence of a local derby.

We have three this afternoon and evening in England. The oldest and most venerable by a distance is the Merseyside Derby that started between Liverpool and Everton in 1894.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 02, 2018, with the headline 'History of fierce rivalry gives the lie to 'just another game''. Print Edition | Subscribe