By Josh Powell | Northerner
The rivalry between the North and South of England has been simmering for as long as time with both sides of the invisible border believing they are the dominant national force. Whether you’re a ‘Northern monkey’ or a ‘Southern fairy’ is decided by where you were born and dictates what you wear, what you eat, and whether you tune in to Albert Square or Coronation Street.
More importantly in the struggle for power between the North and South is football. It is a battle that many will fight together despite their differences. Newcastle and Sunderland will put their rivalry aside, the Manchester clubs will even unite with their neighbours on Merseyside and the North will come together.
Below the border the London clubs will put a stop to their bickering to fight the bigger cause, Reading and Southampton will join the teams from the capital and the South will combine forces to get one over on the Northerners.
The North took a huge hit last season with the loss of loyal (although unspectacular) warriors Bolton and Blackburn. The South gained three more recruits through promotion from the Championship and now this season it’s all even as eight teams from each side of the border scrap it out.
Representing the North:
- Manchester United
- Manchester City
And fighting for the South:
- West Ham United
The battlelines have been drawn ahead of another Premier League season. The Northerners are kitted out in their flatcaps, drinking pints of gravy. The Southerners are looking down their noses while polishing their monocles.
(Infographic design by Melissa Stolberg/Paddy Power)