The Second City Derby Record
The fact that Aston Villa haven’t actually played Birmingham City in a second city derby since the existence of My Old Man Said, means the local rivalry between the two teams hasn’t really been much of an issue beyond the context of Alex McLeish. If the Blues aren’t in the Premier League alongside Villa, then there’s not much to be gained from comparisons. As Villans, we need to aim higher and reach outside of a very easy comfort zone of second city derby rivalry.
Get promoted Blues, then we can talk banter.
However, MOMS was sent in the below infographic on the second city derby that was worth a post, if only to remind ourselves, there actually is one.
There’s some interesting second city derby facts. The most startling is probably the fact that one of our best managers went to Small Heath after us, while the only manager to go the opposite way ended up being one of the worst Villa has ever known.
Check out the record attendance for a match between Villa and the Blues – over 62,000. It would take a cup semi or final at Wembley between the two teams to now top that.
Perhaps the only disappointment of the graphic is the creator of it not coming up with an excuse to the put the 5-1 mauling of the Blues in April 2008 in there somewhere.