List of sports rivalries in the United Kingdom


This is a list of the main sporting local derbies and other sports rivalries in the UK.

The Old Firm derby between Celtic and Rangers is widely considered the greatest in British sports.[1][2][3][4][5] This image showing the separation of the two fanbases on derby day.

England


American football

Association football

Basketball

Cricket

Ice hockey

Korfball

  • Big Two derby: Bec KC vs. Trojans KC
  • Manchester derby: Manchester Hawks vs. Manchester Warriors
  • Milton Keynes derby: MK Bucks vs. MK Lakers[50]

Motorcycle Speedway

Rowing

Rugby league

A Good Friday Derby in 2009

Rugby union

Wasps vs Tigers in the 2008 Premiership Final

Northern Ireland


Association football

Gaelic football

Scotland


American football

Association football

Basketball

Cricket

Ice Hockey

Motorcycle Speedway

Rowing

Rugby union

Shinty

Wales


Association football

Rugby league

Rugby union

A Judgement Day rivalry, Scarlets vs Cardiff Blues

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