Football Rivalries : The Merseyside derby

Mersey-Side-RivalriesThis rivalry stems from the working class streets of Merseyside. You can see the working class connections if you take a short walk round the housing estates that surround Anfield.

The best rivalries are born from down right jealously of each other.

The origins of the derby began however in the fact that a large number of families had both Everton and Liverpool fans in them.

Liverpool dominated English football in the 70s and 80s, whilst Everton fans had to sit back and grit their teeth.

Everton did however come on strong in the mid eighties and for a few seasons both teams were battling directly with each other for the league title.

Despite not claiming a league title since 1990 Liverpool have often challenged for the league title yet their blue rivals have dropped off often flirting with relegation.

The scoring exploits of Ian Rush currently have him in the lead for derby goals with 25 strikes and Ray Clemence holds the clean sheets record of 15 in 27.

The most high profile player to ‘cross the divide’ was arguably the brilliant Peter Beardsley back in 1991.

Liverpool also made legends of many blue nose childhood Everton fans such as Carragher,Fowler,Mcmahon,McManaman, Owen and Rush.

On the other side of the coin, Everton signed red nose childhood Liverpool fans such as Dave Watson, Peter Reid and Leon Osman.

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