Local Derby

I received an email from Sacramento’s new football team, Sacramento Republic FC. The email was an invitation to a competition that offered flights, accommodation, and tickets to a Premier League game at Old Trafford. The text of the message sells this game as “one of the most historic rivalries” against opponents from “..a nearby city”.

Manchester United  v Liverpool is a deep English rivalry and the cities are about thirty miles apart. That game would meet the description, but that is not the match on offer

Manchester United v Leeds United is driven by a bitter hatred that harks back to the War of the Roses. The cities are less than fifty miles apart.  However, Leeds are no longer in the Premier League, so that is not the match on offer.

The game is Manchester United v Chelsea, which is not what I would consider as a historic rivalry. More to the point Chelsea’s ground is over 210 miles from Manchester United’s ground – that is not a nearby city; the only Premier League ground further from Manchester United is that of Southampton.

Published in: on 26 July, 2013 at 5:54  Leave a Comment  

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