The Manchester Derby which took place on March 22, 1986, was the most ‘Manc’ derby of modern times.
The starting lineups for that match included seven players born in Manchester and another two born in Greater Manchester.
Man 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 Manchester United.
Kenny 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 taking 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.
The Manchester derby has become a global event over the last decade and a half.
Up until the 2002/03 season, starting XI players born in the British Isles outnumbered those born elsewhere.
That’s not been the case in any of the last eight campaigns.
To find the most Manc derby the M.E.N. collated starting lineups from worldfootball.net’s records.
Those records go as far back as 1957/58 for league derbies and 1995/96 for cup derbies.
The map below shows the average place of birth of the starting XIs in each Manchester Derby since the 1950s – it shows how the epicentre has moved further and further away from Manchester over the years:
The most ‘Manc’ Manchester Derby, United v City, 22-03-1986
- Andy May – born in Collyhurst
- Clive Wilson – Manchester
- David Phillips – Wegburg, Germany
- Eric Nixon – Manchester
- Kenny Clements – Middleton
- Mark Lillis – Didsbury, England
- Neil McNab – Greenock, Scotland
- Nicky Reid – Urmston
- Paul Power – Manchester
- Steve Kinsey – Manchester
- Steve Redmond – Liverpool
- Arthur Albiston – Edinburgh
- Chris Turner – Sheffield
- Colin Gibson – Bridport, England
- Gordon Strachan – Edinburgh
- Mark Higgins – Buxton
- Mark Hughes – Wrexham
- Michael Duxbury – Accrington
- Norman Whiteside – Belfast
- Paul McGrath – Ealing
- Peter Barnes – Manchester
- Peter Davenport – Birkenhead
Help us build a Derby Day map of Manchester:
Where will you be supporting United or City from? You can help us compile a Derby Day map of Manchester.
Simply enter the first part of your postcode, then click on the red or bluebutton. Your entry will be added to the results – and you’ll get to see an interactive map which shows the results so far for each Greater Manchester area.
The survey will appear immediately below here, please wait a few seconds if it hasn’t loaded yet
When you enter in your own club affiliation, you will see a map showing how the votes have been going so far but the final results could change as more fans take part.
We will publish the verdict after Sunday’s big game.