The town of Derby is preparing for an iconic football match this weekend, in which its home team plays itself in the 111th Derby v. Derby derby. The Derby-Derby derby has ended in a goalless draw every year since 1902, but the tantalising chance that one team, probably Derby, could come out on top, keeps fans on edge.
For Derby’s police, however, the match is always a challenge. ‘People do start fighting with themselves earlier and earlier in the day, said Chief Constable Carl Smithers, ‘and it’s always a challenge to separate a rival fan who would otherwise be watching the match on TV at home.’
Added Smithers: ‘We are always mindful of the knife fight that broke out between one fan at the 1997 Derby-Derby derby, which tragically ended in suicide. As ever, there will be a thirty second silence at the beginning of both halves to remember both halves of her.’