Envy drives football rivalry – if only we would admit it

WHEN Liverpool won the Champions League for the sixth time, there were as many bricks thrown at the club as bouquets. Supporters of Liverpool’s closest rivals, notably Manchester United and Chelsea, begrudged the success of the Reds, using all sorts of excuses for why they had won the competition and, unable to be over negative about the team, turned to criticising the fans and their … Continue reading Envy drives football rivalry – if only we would admit it

The enduring appeal of the derby

WATCHING football in a foreign country is a thrill in itself, but when you manage to gatecrash a major event, such as a local derby that captures the passion, emotion and intensity of football at its most engaging, then it is a big bonus. We have become obsessed with these games to a certain degree. TV broadcasters leverage the power of a derby to crank-up … Continue reading The enduring appeal of the derby

Derby days: Chelsea, Tottenham and the 1970s slump in London football

THREE suedeheads sat on the London tube train at Tower Hill station chanting: “We’re the Tottenham, we’re the Tottenham, we’re the Tottenham, from the Lane.” There I was, with a Chelsea scarf tucked into my coat, on my way to Stamford Bridge to see Chelsea play Manchester City on October 10, 1970. I had just seen Keith Weller quickly jump onto the next carriage, also … Continue reading Derby days: Chelsea, Tottenham and the 1970s slump in London football