5 May ~ In the build-up to last Monday's match between Manchester City and Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson called it "the derby to end all derbies". The interest in the fixture between the Premier League's top two sides was so high that it was watched on TV by a record-breaking 4.4 million people in the UK and around 650 million globally. In terms of the average attendances of the clubs competing, though, the Manchester derby is not Europe's biggest. That crown, according to Tom Riley's Ascent of Manchester blog, goes to the Revierderby in Germany, between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04.

Comments (3)
Comment by Ichabod 2012-05-05 08:55:36

How about the 20 most one sided derbies?
Heart of Midlothian v Hibernian would surely rank at the top of that one!

Comment by donedmundo 2012-05-05 11:12:18

This blog is somewhat disingenuous. 'The Football League was founded in the city [Manchester] in 1888.' This is just about correct but omits the background. William McGregor, an Aston Villa director, was the first to propose a league. A meeting of interested parties was held in London (before the FA Cup Final) and the formalities were completed in Manchester. Notably no clubs from Manchester were included.

Comment by Tommo84 2012-05-05 12:11:25

You're right about the background to founding of the Football League - I've changed the text accordingly. Thanks for the input.

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