Head back to 1986 for most ‘Manc’ clash
THE derby which took place on March 22, 1986, was the most ‘Manc’ derby of modern times.
The starting line-ups for that match included seven players born in Manchester and another two born in Greater Manchester.
City’s Andy May, Clive Wilson, Eric Nixon, Mark Lillis, Paul Power and Steve Kinsey all hailed from Manchester. So too did Peter Barnes of United. Kenney Clements was from Middleton, while Nicky Reid was from Urmston. Both were City players.
That’s more people from the city and its surrounding areas than in any derby to have taken place since 1957/58 – the earliest date for which modern records are available.
If you take the place of birth of every player who started that derby and average them out, then you would find yourself just round the back of North Manchester General Hospital, just 4.3 miles from the centre of town. It puts the match just ahead of two other modern derbies which also have strong claims to be the most Manc on record.
The 2-2 league draw which took place on December 28, 1957, featured five players born in Manchester, two in Bolton and one in Salford.
A 1-1 draw on September 29, 1958, featured four Manchester players, one from Oldham, one from Heywood and one from Eccles.
City legend Paul Power