It’s Like Breathing
Earlier in the season MOMS asked its readers why they actually hate the Blues. there was an various assortment of responses but our favourite had to be Villa supporter, Roger Kendall’s.
‘I have no idea,” he said. “It’s a little like breathing, it is something that I have done from birth!’
Villa vs Blues derbies in recent years haven’t been as frequent as most would like (blame the Blues for that), but you’d be foolish to think the rivalry has diminished in any way. While it’s not competitive in terms of achievements and winning trophies, an underlining hatred seems to continually fuel the expectation of the fixture.
Since Villa have come down to the Blues’ standard level of the Championship, we can perhaps embrace it more with it being the main event of the season in this division…unless of course, the Blues keep the habit of being a league below us and get relegated this season.
While the Manchester derby gets pushed out to the football universe by a rabid hype machine, Villa-Blues remains more of a local concern. The almost irrational distaste between the teams, in a strange way, kind of keeps things real and is welcome as football becomes an increasingly sanitised experience.
As we’ve stated before, like bull fighting, while the outside world pours scorn upon its violent nature, it’s simply tradition for the locals.
First Experiences of the Derby
I had personally missed seeing Villa-Blues games in the 1980’s due to living out of town and being a kid, then came a five-year gap of the fixture not being played, after Villa had beaten them three times in a season in 1988. So my first chance of catching the derby was the 1993 League Cup two-leg game.
It was a good job I made it to the mid-week fixture at Villa Park, because after that, we didn’t play again for another nine years.
Listen to MOMS experience of the night here:
When the derby did return, as we’ll also hear in the above short 10 minute podcast, it didn’t exactly fill Villa fans with too much joy. The Blues went three seasons unbeaten in the fixture, including the nightmare at St Andrews, that Dan Rogers recounts as his first Second City derby experience.
Happier days were round the corner though, as Villa started to win regularly when the two teams clashed, as Chad Wrenn recalls the 5-1 smashing in the podcast.
What were your first Second City derby experiences? Share them in the comments section below!
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Show Running Order
Harry Redknapp’s approach to managing the Blues
Villa vs Blues 1993
Blues vs Villa 2002
Villa vs Blue 2008
David Michael – @oldmansaid
Dan Rodgers – @avfc_vilr
Chad Wrenn – @ChadBillyWrenn