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  • "
    Confucious wrote:
    Portswood wrote:
    St Retford wrote:
    Portswood wrote:
    St Retford wrote: A win would be ideal but it's always tricky in a derby game - form goes out of the window.
    Haha! Good observation, St Retford. Luckily, a capital 'D' makes all the difference here - turning 'derby' into 'Derby' and the current good run of form can be solidified. In fact, let's make it 'DC' as good old Dave Merrington likes to say whenever Saints turn in a 'different class' performance. Time for another one this Saturday.
    It's always struck me as odd that we call them derby games when there's only one team in Derby. Wouldn't it make more sense to call them 'a Merseyside' or 'a Manchester'?
    Abashed both by my earlier foul language and professed laziness, I've dug this out about the origin of 'derby':

    The phrase most likely originated from The Derby, a horse race in England, founded by the 12th Earl of Derby in 1780, since at least as early as 1840 'derby' has been used as a noun in English to denote any kind of sporting contest. A local derby is just a sporting contest between local rivals. It may be that the Earl, or his ancestors, are responsible for lending their titled name to sporting events, giving rise to the 'derby' match.

    Thank you, Mr & Mrs Wikipedia.

    Next!
    What would happen if an irresistable force met an immovable object.
    That's an irresistible question. You see, just as the Pauli exclusion principle ensures that no two identical fermions (such as electrons) can occupy the same quantum state at the same time, the universe has arranged that an irresistible force and an immovable object can never occupy the same location in the cosmos.

    Basically, it would require an infinite amount of energy and the total breakdown of space-time (not to mention law and order, your honour). And that just aint gonna happen.

    Now, back to the footie..."
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Nigel's top priority

NIGEL ADKINS

NIGEL ADKINS

First published in Saints News

Saints can turn up the heat on their promotion rivals by storming back to the top of the Championship table this weekend.

Nigel Adkins’ men are in buoyant mood after coming through a tough run of fixtures unscathed and now have the chance to leapfrog West Ham to return to the Championship summit.

Saints host Derby at St Mary’s tomorrow and, though the Rams still have an eye on a play-off spot, they are mired in mid-table and could provide ideal opponents.

With West Ham, Blackpool, Birmingham, Hull and Middlesbrough all either in FA Cup action or kicking their heels this weekend, it is the perfect chance for Saints to crank up the pressure by sticking another three points on the board.

Though the teams around them will have games in hand, with several playing in midweek while Saints have free time before travelling to Watford a week on Saturday, every manager would prefer points on the board.

For full story and more Saints v Derby preview news, don't miss today's Daily Echo.

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