Lanarkshire derby

The Lanarkshire derby is a football rivalry based in Lanarkshire, Scotland, with matches contested between any two from Motherwell, Airdrieonians, Hamilton Academical and Albion Rovers (based in Coatbridge).

LocaleLanarkshire, Scotland
TeamsMotherwell
Airdrieonians
Hamilton Academical
Albion Rovers
First meeting8 September 1883
Hamilton Academical 4–1 Airdrieonians
1883–84 Scottish Cup 1st round
Statistics
Meetings total678 (July 2021)
Most winsMotherwell (174)
Airdrieonians (174)[a]
All-time record
  • Motherwell (174)
  • Airdrieonians (174)[a]
  • Hamilton Academical (144)
  • Albion Rovers (47)
  • Draw (144)

Motherwell vs AirdrieEdit

Traditionally known as the 'north-south' derby. The most recent meeting between the two teams was when they met in the Scottish Cup in 2007.

The pair memorably met in the semi-final of the 1974–75 Scottish Cup, when Motherwell were going through a golden spell under then-manager Willie McLean. Airdrie caused an upset by winning and going through to the cup final.

This match was always a regularity when the now-defunct Lanarkshire Cup was evident in Scottish football, and in some instances, this match would be the final. As of the close of the competition in 1996, Airdrie had 33 cup wins compared to Motherwell's 32 in the 127 years of the competition being in place, emphasising at the time how big the two clubs were in Lanarkshire.

Since the original Airdrieonians were dissolved in 2002 and reborn as Airdrie United (now again referred to as Airdrieonians), the clubs have only met once in a competitive match, the Scottish Cup Third Round tie on 7 January 2007 at New Broomfield, with Motherwell winning 1–0 and Richie Foran the scorer. The crowd that day were 5,924, a current record-attendance for a match at New Broomfield involving the new Airdrieonians.[1]

Owen Coyle, Alan Gow, Lee Hollis and Kenny Black are examples of players that have played for both clubs. Coyle and Black are also part of only a handful of players to have played for both the original Airdrieonians as well as the new Airdrieonians.

The two teams were drawn into the same group in the 2020–21 Scottish League Cup, ensuring their first meeting in 14 years. Despite being two divisions below their rivals, Airdrieonians would walk away with the 3 points in an excellent 2–0 win.[2]

Results tableEdit

As of: 21 July 2021.[3][4]

Competition[b] GP MOT Dr AIR[a] MOTG AIRG
League[c] 140 60 26 54 242 228
Scottish Cup 12 4 3 5 19 19
League Cup 13 7 1 5 28 16
Total 165 71 30 64 290 263

Motherwell vs HamiltonEdit

This match is sometimes referred to as the South Lanarkshire derby, due to both Motherwell and Hamilton both being the two most-southern clubs of the four although since the 1996 reorganisation of Scotland's Regional Councils, only Hamilton is in the South Lanarkshire Council area. This fixture was the most regular of the Lanarkshire derbies since Hamilton's promotion to the Scottish Premier League (SPL) in 2008, and relegation in 2011. In the 2013–14 season, Hamilton won promotion via the play-offs to the newly established Scottish Premiership, so the derby would be re-instated for the next season.

This is a modern derby which has definitely intensified and became more heated over the recent years as coins and flares have been thrown between rival supporters and policing being in large numbers and reports of police brutality have been often made with police using truncheons on some trouble making fans. Seats were ripped out seats and fireworks were thrown at police, in the Motherwell away section during Hamilton's 4–0 over Motherwell in the 2014–15 season.[citation needed]

Fan fights in local pubs and restaurants before and after cause police on horseback to patrol the Motherwell and Hamilton area and surround a one-mile perimeter round each host ground during and for 90 minutes after the match.

Before Hamilton's promotion in 2014, the clubs competed in the Lanarkshire Cup, often the final, and on one occasion 10 fans were taken to hospital after bottles were thrown and fights broke out in the turnstiles as policing was so light before Hamilton resurgence to the SPFL in 2014.

Since the 2008–09 season, Motherwell have enjoyed eleven wins to Hamilton's eight, with six draws (25 league fixtures).[5]

Miodrag Krivokapic, Richard Offiong, Stuart Elliott and Simon Mensing are examples of players that have played for both clubs, with Mensing being transferred directly from Motherwell to Hamilton.

Results tableEdit

As of: 21 April 2021.[6]

Competition[b] GP MOT Dr HAM MOTG HAMG
League[c] 139 67 30 42 244 190
Scottish Cup 12 8 2 2 27 11
League Cup 5 1 2[d] 2 4 5
Total 156 76 34 46 275 206

Hamilton vs AirdrieEdit

This fixture is also referred as the North-South Lanarkshire derby. Up until 2007, this match had been a regularity, as both clubs competed in the same division. The divisions that both clubs played in were below the SPL, so this match is not as high-profile than the occasions when one of the teams is playing Motherwell. Hamilton were relegated from the SPL and Airdrie's promotion meant that the fixture was re-instated for the 2012–13 First Division season. Ricky Waddell is an example of a player who played for both clubs.

Results tableEdit

As of: 11 January 2020.[7][8]

Competition[b] GP HAM Dr AIR[a] HAM AIRG
League[c] 162 53 39 70 243 256
Scottish Cup 6 2 0 4 13 16
League Cup 5 2 3 0 7 5
Challenge Cup 5 0 1 4 4 9
Total 175 57 43 78 267 286

Albion Rovers vs AirdrieEdit

Traditionally this fixture is known as the North Lanarkshire derby due to the locality between Coatbridge and Airdrie (they are neighbouring towns barely two miles apart). This fixture is also sometimes referred to as the Monklands derby after the local Council area that covered both Towns between 1973 and 1994.

Due to both clubs usually being in different divisions, this derby has never been a regularity (and even more so since the demise of the Lanarkshire Cup). The teams competed in July 2010 at Cliftonhill stadium, with Airdrie winning 1–0 (the first competitive fixture between the two clubs since the formation of the new Airdrieonians, then referred to as Airdrie United) in front of around 1,000 fans.[9]

Both teams competed in the Second Division in 2011–12, with Airdrie winning three times, but Albion Rovers winning the other game 7–2.[10]

The two teams drew each other in the Third Round of the 2019–20 Scottish Cup, where Airdrie won 1–4 in Coatbridge.[11]

Paddy Connolly is an example of a player who has played for both clubs.

Results tableEdit

Updated 23 November 2019.[12][13]

Competition[b] GP ALB Dr AIR[a] ALBG AIRG
League[c] 43 8 10 25 53 84
Scottish Cup 4 2 0 2 7 8
League Cup 9 4 0 5 20 24
Challenge Cup 2 0 1[e] 1 3 6
Total 58 14 11 33 83 118

Albion Rovers vs MotherwellEdit

Possibly the least celebrated of the Lanarkshire derbies, Rovers have only beaten Motherwell once in their existence. This was on 30 November 2013 where Albion beat Mothewell 1–0 at New Douglas Park (The home stadium of Hamilton) in the 2013–14 Scottish Cup 4th round.[14]

Results tableEdit

As of: end of 2017–18 season.[15]

Competition[b] GP MOT Dr ALB MOTG ALBG
League[c] 22 16 6 0 65 19
Scottish Cup 4 2 1 1 11 3
League Cup 9 9 0 0 36 7
Total 35 27 7 1 112 29

Albion Rovers vs HamiltonEdit

Again, due to Coatbridge and Hamilton being only seven miles apart, this match is also considered a derby. This match was played as recently as 2 September 2003, when both teams played each other in the league cup at New Douglas Park. Hamilton won the match 3–2. Hamilton also groundshared with Rovers for a brief period while they were homeless from 1994 to 2001. Since then, there has been no competitive fixture between the two. The two teams were drawn together in the 2020–21 Scottish League Cup group stages, marking the first match between the two since 2003.[16] Unfortunately, Rovers were unable to fulfil the tie due to complications stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, and Hamilton were awarded a 3–0 win.[17]

Results tableEdit

Updated 24 July 2021.[18]

Competition[b] GP HAM Dr ALB HAMG ALBG
League[c] 79 32 17 30 142 141
Scottish Cup 2 1 0 1 2 2
League Cup 13[f] 7 5[g] 1 29 18
Challenge Cup 1 1 0 0 2 0
Total 95 41 22 32 173 159

Totals for four teamsEdit

As of: 24 July 2021.[15][3][4][6][7][8][18][12][13]

Competition[b] GP AIR[a] ALB HAM MOT Dr AIRG ALBG HAMG MOTG
League[c] 578 149 38 126 141 126 453 213 572 593
Scottish Cup 39 10 4 5 14 6 39 11 26 57
League Cup 54 10 5 11 17 11[d][g] 35 45 41 68
Challenge Cup 7 5 0 2 N/A[h] 2[e] 15 3 6 N/A
Total 678 174 47 144 172 145 542 272 645 718
Total goals: 2177

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Includes fixtures played by Airdrieonians (1878–2002) and Airdrieonians (2002–present)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Does not include unofficial wartime competitions, or regional tournaments like the Lanarkshire Cup.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Includes matches in different divisions, and from the different eras: SFL, SPL, SPFL
  4. ^ a b Includes 1 penalty shootout victory for Hamilton in 2014 following a draw after Extra Time, counted as a win in the source but usually considered a draw
  5. ^ a b Includes 1 penalty shootout victory for Albion Rovers in 2014 following a draw after Extra time, counted as a win in the source but usually considered a draw
  6. ^ Includes a 3–0 awarded win for Hamilton in 2020, due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Albion Rovers squad
  7. ^ a b Includes 1 penalty shootout victory for Albion Rovers in 2017 following a draw and 1 penalty shootout for Hamilton Academical in 2021 following a draw, counted as wins in the source but usually considered a draw.
  8. ^ Motherwell have never played in the Challenge Cup as they have always played in the top division since its inception

ClydeEdit

Clyde F.C. are sometimes considered to be a Lanarkshire club. Based in Bridgeton, Glasgow at their formation, in the late 19th century they moved to Shawfield just inside the boundaries of Rutherglen[19] which was a burgh in Lanarkshire until 1975 before it was absorbed by Glasgow under the Strathclyde region. However, Clyde played in the Glasgow Cup[20] and their main rivals were Third Lanark and Partick Thistle within the city[21][22] rather than the town teams in Lanarkshire.

Clyde left Shawfield Stadium in 1986,[23] playing as tenants for five seasons at Partick's Firhill Stadium followed by three at Douglas Park, home of Hamilton Academical (who themselves became homeless thereafter, also sharing with Thistle) before settling at the new Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld in 1994 – the town (about 5 miles north of Coatbridge and Airdrie) was assigned to the North Lanarkshire council area two years later.[24] After several Bully Wee backroom figures including main investor Ronnie MacDonald, coach Allan Maitland and Billy Reid, as well as several players, made the switch from Clyde to Accies in the early 2000s, leading to considerable bad feeling among the fans.[25]

For their part, one of Partick Thistle's biggest rivals are Airdrieonians.[26]

Achievements by Lanarkshire clubsEdit

Up to and including season 2019–20.

Club Top tier
seasons[27]
Scottish League (level 1)[28] Scottish League (level 2)[29] Scottish League (level 3)[30] Scottish League (level 4)[31] Scottish Cup[32] League Cup[33] Challenge Cup[34]
W RU 3rd W RU W RU W RU W RU W RU W RU
Airdrieonians[a] 60 0 4 2 3 9 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 4 1
Albion Rovers 9 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Clyde 63 0 0 3 5 6 4 0 0 1 3 3 0 0 0 1
Hamilton Academical 47 0 0 0 4 3 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 2
Motherwell 104 1 7 9 4 2 0 0 0 0 2 6 1 3 0 0

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