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Laurence

On the question of Derby games

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The commentators at the Rangers Celtic match claimed  the fixture was the oldest in football. I was very dubious because I though Celtic were not in competitive  football in the early days.

I got out my history books and noticed that in a competitive match - The first derby with teams still playing today   (  In either  England or Scotland ) was a third round  Scottish FA cup fixture , between Rangers and Partick Thistle

Date  1878 -79

Rangers went on to get to the final at Hampden, drew 1. 1 with Vale of Leven. Rangers failed to turn up for the replay claiming they scored the winning goal in the first match which was disallowed. The SFA awarded the cup to Vale.

 

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1 hour ago, Laurence said:

The commentators at the Rangers Celtic match claimed  the fixture was the oldest in football. I was very dubious because I though Celtic were not in competitive  football in the early days.

I got out my history books and noticed that in a competitive match - The first derby with teams still playing today   (  In either  England or Scotland ) was a third round  Scottish FA cup fixture , between Rangers and Partick Thistle

Date  1878 -79

Rangers went on to get to the final at Hampden, drew 1. 1 with Vale of Leven. Rangers failed to turn up for the replay claiming they scored the winning goal in the first match which was disallowed. The SFA awarded the cup to Vale.

 

That would have been the old Rangers Laurence :wink:

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29 minutes ago, Tichy_Blacks_Back said:

The East Midlands Derby? :ponder: 

Must be.  I can't think of another place called Derby in the UK. :whistle:

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I am aware of the rivalry between Derby County and Nottingham Forest. Does that really constitute a Derby derby ? Another footballing conundrum; who do the residents of the south end of Preston support ?

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