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#1 John Drake

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 01:59 PM

The derby game is a big part of Rugby League folklore and arguments rage as to which is the biggest and most significant clash of neighbourly titans. In our next issue, Rugby League World will wade right into the middle of the debate. Hold onto your scarves it could get lively!

We'd also like to hear from you...

Which is the biggest derby game in Rugby League and why? Is it all just about attendances or is it something else? What makes a derby game so special? What are your lasting derby day memories? Are they the games you most look forward to seeing all season? We want the truth so don't hold back!

Send your comments to feedback@rugbyleagueworld.net

The sooner you get your thoughts in to us the more chance you have of them making the magazine. If you'd like to have your picture in the magazine alongside your comments feel free to send us a mugshot.

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#2 Trojan

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 02:07 PM

May not be the biggest as far as crowds go, but in terms of intensity and passion Fev/Cas must be no.1. Trouble is they're a bit few and far between these days. And when Cas get kicked out of SL Fev will take their place so there'll still be no derby games. wink.gif
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#3 Wendall

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 02:11 PM

Widnes v Warrington used to be the most deadly rivalry in the sport. It may not have had the crowds of the plazzi scousers v pie eaters derby but for sheer brutality, violence, rivalry and hatred on and off the pitch it was number 1. Wait till Widnes get back into SL next time!



#4 westhuller

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 02:17 PM

I wouldnt bother and lock it, we all know that a Derby is played by teams from the same city. All the rest are just pretending. biggrin.gif smiley face added just to please John.

#5 Saint Toppy

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 02:32 PM

Forget about opinions and look at the facts, Saints V Wigan has the biggest combined crowd (home & away fixture) and they attract the biggest TV audience. Add in the fact that between them they have won more trophies than any of the other derby clubs combined, this makes this derby the biggest by a long way !!

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 02:34 PM

QUOTE (Saint Toppy @ Jul 8 2010, 03:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Forget about opinions and look at the facts, Saints V Wigan has the biggest combined crowd (home & away fixture) and they attract the biggest TV audience. Add in the fact that between them they have won more trophies than any of the other derby clubs combined, this makes this derby the biggest by a long way !!

But its not a Derby wink.gif

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#7 The Bobster

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 02:42 PM

QUOTE (westhuller @ Jul 8 2010, 03:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I wouldnt bother and lock it, we all know that a Derby is played by teams from the same city. All the rest are just pretending. biggrin.gif smiley face added just to please John.


Bloody Hell! After all these years the media have been misleading Manchester United and Manchester City, isn't after all a derby! biggrin.gif

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 02:43 PM

QUOTE (Saint Toppy @ Jul 8 2010, 03:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Forget about opinions and look at the facts, Saints V Wigan has the biggest combined crowd (home & away fixture) and they attract the biggest TV audience. Add in the fact that between them they have won more trophies than any of the other derby clubs combined, this makes this derby the biggest by a long way !!

It's a;so the oldest one, so Iam led to believe.

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#9 Exiled Wiganer

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 03:26 PM

Over the years the biggest event would be Saints-Wigan, as these teams have generally been in the same division and more often near the top of the game. These are vital factors lacking elsewhere I would have thought. I couldn't say which derby has most venemous intensity though.

#10 Errol Stock

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 03:33 PM

Since Leeds have no viable local opposition to trouble them - it currently leaves only Saints V Wigan as the biggest LOCAL AREA derby - if we are getting technical about what the definition is cool.gif

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 03:35 PM

Has to be Wigan vs Saints people who think FC vs Kr is bigger, its just not. Biggest crowd in the stadium and at home and i would think by a fer distance
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#12 Kenilworth Tiger

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 04:09 PM

Got to be Saints v Wigan

nothing else comes close in my opinion
Now then, it's a race between Sandie....and Fairburn....and the little man is in........yeees he's in.

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#13 Bob8

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 04:12 PM

QUOTE (westhuller @ Jul 8 2010, 04:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I wouldnt bother and lock it, we all know that a Derby is played by teams from the same city. All the rest are just pretending. biggrin.gif smiley face added just to please John.


The term comes from Derby (as in Lord Derby) being the main event in the horse racing season. There was no requirement that all the horses come from the same town then or now.

Really, it is just nonsense.

#14 Johnny Rocco

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 04:52 PM

QUOTE (westhuller @ Jul 8 2010, 03:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I wouldnt bother and lock it, we all know that a Derby is played by teams from the same city. All the rest are just pretending. biggrin.gif smiley face added just to please John.


Not according to the Oxford English Dictionary it's not.

(derby; also local derby)British a sports match between two rival teams from the same area

#15 fieldofclothofgold

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 04:59 PM

hunslet -leeds in the 50s they used to get 20k for the pre season lazenby cup match.
but you and I weve been through that and this is not our fate.
So let us so let us not talk falsely now.
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#16 Old Frightful

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 05:14 PM

"Local Derby" Definition=A Rugby League match played in Kingston Upon Hull in the North East of England between two teams, one a group of heroes in black and white, the other a group of mainly Australians in red and white. There is no other Local Derby.

So there you have it.

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#17 deluded pom?

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 05:19 PM

QUOTE (Wigansnapper89 @ Jul 8 2010, 04:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Has to be Wigan vs Saints people who think FC vs Kr is bigger, its just not. Biggest crowd in the stadium and at home and i would think by a fer distance



laugh.gif Yep, they really packed out the DWS this year didn't they? Both teams near or at the top of the table too. rolleyes.gif Maybe the problem was there were too many of them at home. laugh.gif

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#18 Mortis

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 05:36 PM

I used to really look forward to the Bradford - Halifax match. A much better derby than Bradford - that team to the east.
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#19 Bob8

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 05:37 PM

QUOTE (Johnny Rocco @ Jul 8 2010, 06:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not according to the Oxford English Dictionary it's not.

(derby; also local derby)British a sports match between two rival teams from the same area


I do not know why we bother. This has been explained to them on numerous occasions.

#20 1976PMJwires

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 07:12 PM

Pie's v's Skints, by far the biggest and best.


over the last few years fc v's kr's have been good games (esp for the dobbins wink.gif )

i have also enjoyed the bulls / whinos for entertainment value.




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