Yorkshire is home to some of the biggest football rivalries in England. These Yorkshire clubs have very passionate fans that makes the rivalries even more thrilling and exciting. In this article, let us have a look at some of the biggest football rivalries in Yorkshire.
Based on atmosphere, viewership, media hype, ticket sales, and intensity of the games, here are the ten biggest football rivalries in Yorkshire.
10. Bradford City vs Leeds United
Bradford engage in a very fierce competition with Leeds United. The lilywhites are considered to be the club’s most hated rivals in modern times. This rivalry is mainly due to the two cities’ proximity to one another.
There have been some football fans within Bradford choosing to travel the short distance to support Leeds rather than the home town’s Bradford City, and this hasn’t gone down well with the Bradford fans. Although Leeds fans are unlikely to raise the same level of emotion talking about Bradford that a City fan would in talking about Leeds.
9. Rotherham United vs Barnsley
Neither clubs consider each other as their biggest rivals. However, there is no denying the fact that bragging rights is at stake whenever they face each other. Rotherham United fans consider Barnsley as their second biggest rival, while Barnsley fans consider them as their fifth biggest rival.
8. Barnsley vs Sheffield United
Sheffield United and Barnsley contest in a South Yorkshire rivalry. The hatred of both sets of supporters towards each other is mutual. In a 2019 survey, Sheffield United voted Barnsley as their third biggest rival, while Barnsley fans rated United as their second biggest rival.
7. Sheffield United vs Leeds United
Sheffield United’s second-biggest rival is Leeds United from West Yorkshire. This is known as a Yorkshire derby match, as Sheffield and Leeds are the largest two cities in Yorkshire. Surprisingly, Leeds fans do not consider Sheffield United as one of their top five rivals. Nonetheless, this is still one of the biggest football rivalries in Yorkshire.