Sydney Derby (A-League)
|City or region||Sydney
New South Wales
|Teams involved||Sydney FC,
Western Sydney Wanderers
|First contested||20 October 2012|
|Number of meetings||3|
|Most wins||Sydney (1)
Western Sydney (1)
|Largest victory||Sydney 0-2 Western Sydney
(15 December 2012)
The Sydney Derby is an intra-city local derby in Australia's premier football competition the A-League. It is contested between the two Sydney teams in the competition, Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers FC.
The Sydney Derby is a part of Sydney's historic "East vs West" rivalry, of the same dynamic that takes place throughout sport and life in Sydney. The round 3 inaugural Derby match was the most anticipated match of the season. It is considered to be a match that "sells itself" and was expected to be sold out.
The Sydney Derby began in the 2012–13 A-League season, with the first meeting between the two clubs in Round 3 on 20 October 2012, hosted by Western Sydney Wanderers at Parramatta Stadium. The attendance for the first ever Sydney Derby was 19,126. The Sydney Derby is one of two A-League intra-city derbies, the other being the Melbourne Derby.
During their inaugural season Western Sydney Wanders went on a run of ten consecutive wins. With two games remaining they had the chance to win the regular season title if they won at home to Sydney on 23rd March 2013, however a hard earned draw put the celebrations on ice.
|#||Date||Wk.||Home team||Score||Away team||Goals (home)||Goals (away)||Venue||Attendance|
|1||20 October 2012||3||Western Sydney||0 – 1||Sydney||Del Piero (54)||Parramatta Stadium||19,126|
|2||15 December 2012||11||Sydney||0 – 2||Western Sydney||Hersi (24), Beauchamp (77)||Sydney Football Stadium||26,176|
|3||23 March 2013||26||Western Sydney||1 – 1||Sydney||Cole (70)||Del Piero (34)||Parramatta Stadium||19,585|
Head to head results
All-time top scorers
|1||Alessandro Del Piero||Sydney||2|
|2||Youssouf Hersi||Western Sydney||1|
|Michael Beauchamp||Western Sydney|
|Shannon Cole||Western Sydney|
Players in bold are still active at their Sydney club.
|15 December 2012||Sydney||Sydney Football Stadium||0 – 2||26,176|
|23 March 2013||Western Sydney||Parramatta Stadium||1 – 1||19,585|
|20 October 2012||Western Sydney||Parramatta Stadium||0 – 1||19,126|
Players who have played for both clubs
Tony Popovic played and captained Sydney FC in 2008 before becoming Western Sydney Wanderers manager in 2012.
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