For years Chelsea fans have chanted the words “there is only one team in Fulham” at their London neighbors. For the American who knows a little bit about London boroughs they would guess that Chelsea FC is in Chelsea and Fulham FC is in Fulham. Well you’d be wrong. Both of these premier league clubs inhabit the London borough of Fulham which makes this derby a particularly contentious one. The two stadiums are separated by less than two miles, however the distance between the two in the table this year will be much larger.
Continuing our 10 part series into the British Premier Leagues most anticipated derby games brings us to the South Wales Derby between Swansea City and Cardiff City. It is described by most patrons as one of the most hostile derbies in all of British football. In their 105 competitive meeting Cardiff holds the edge with 43 wins to Swansea’s 35 with 27 draws. Interesting note though, in this rivalry no one has pulled the double in the same year. Its the first time both Welsh clubs will face off as Premier League foes, not to mention it will be the first competitive game against each other in just under three years. The two meet November 3rd in Cardiff and you can bet all televisions in Wales will be on this game. The two meet again February 8th with potentially the first chance of a team earning a double in this hostile rivalry.
Out of all the Rivalries in Britain there has been none as important as the Manchester Derby in recent years. In fact the last 3 Premier League Titles have been hoisted by players sporting sky blue or red. The 4.5 miles that separate the Etihad from Old Trafford has become particularly contensious since the introduction of the Dubai influence that turned the Rowdy Neighbors into a world power. We start our 10 part series with a look into the Northwest Rivalry that defines derby’s in both Quality and Brutality.