Head back to 1986 for most ‘Manc’ clash

Manchester Evening News - - THE 177TH DERBY - By DAVID DUBAS-FISHER

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

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