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Offline alexander

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Derby Day
« on: Apr 16, 2006, 15:26 »
Was talking to a stranger down the local yesterday about derbies like the one tomorrow at the SoL.. He said that modern footballers don't have the same intense feeling going into games like this one simply because these days it's all about money and very little about club pride with almost not a single player staying at the same club for very long. Is it really like that ? Having downed a few cold Easter ales it sounded like the Gospel Truth last night but now I dunno. I hate the idea of derbies being given less priority these days simply because the players come from all over, have no club-feeling whatsoever and at the end of the day are only there because it pays good money. Derbies still mean a Hell of a lot to the supporters but is club pride for footballers dying out and will tomorrow's game just be another day at the office for them ?

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re: Derby Day
« Reply #1 on: Apr 17, 2006, 00:43 »
I wouldn't think so with Newcastle v Sunderland... maybe on the side of Sunderland, not too sure about their players, but within the NUFC camp you have Alan Shearer, Lee Clark, Peter Ramage, Ameobi and more who will understand the rivalry. Shay has been at NUFC for ages, Robbie Elliot has spent a long time on Tyneside, Roeder played for them, and Peter Beardsley is on the stafflist, the physio is also NUFC through and through.

Also, I'm sure the press coverage in the days/weeks leading up to derbies rubs off on the players, then the increased crowd buzz/tension before and during the match. I'm guessing it all builds to make it mean more.



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