Revealed! The most fiercely contested derbies in English football - and where Preston vs Blackpool ranks

It’s been quite a while since Preston North End and Blackpool clashed in a West Lancashire derby.

Tuesday, 23rd February 2021, 6:24 pm
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The two historic clubs haven’t met since North End beat the Seasiders 1-0 in the League Cup eight years ago, and you have to go back to February 2010 for the last time that they faced off in the league.

That game ended in a stalemate at Deepdale, with another meeting earlier in the season also ending in a sharing of the spoils.

The derby has the distinction of being played across all four of the top tiers of English football at one time or another, although they are yet to meet in the Premier League since its inception in 1992.

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Matches: 59 Coventry win %: 16.9% Villa win %: 54.2% Win % difference: 37.3% (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

With Blackpool currently mid-table in League One, it could still be a little while longer before the tensions are rekindled, but of course, this is a rivalry that stretches back way beyond the past decade or so.

The first official meeting between Preston and Blackpool came in 1901, with North End winning 4-1 that day.

In the years since, the sides have met on 95 other occasions, but who has had the better of the clashes, and how does it rank in terms of ferocity compared to some of the biggest rivalries in English football?

Paddy Power have ran the numbers, comparing win percentages from derby clashes between every Championship club and their most fierce foes to determine which clashes truly are the most competitive.

Matches: 31 Bournemouth win %: 25.8% Southampton win %: 45.2% Win % difference: 19.4% (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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Matches: 96 Preston win %: 47.9% Blackpool win %: 31.3% Win % difference: 16.6% (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)
Matches: 97 City win %: 46.4% Rovers win %: 29.9% Win % difference: 16.5% (Photo by Mike Egerton/Pool via Getty Images)
Matches: 78 Barnsley win %: 25.6% United win %: 41% Win % difference: 15.4% (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Matches: 128 City win %: 29.7% Villa win %: 44.5% Win % difference: 14.8% (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Matches: 52 Huddersfield win %: 40.4% Bradford win %: 26.9% Win % difference: 13.5% (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Matches: 36 Reading win %: 42.7% Oxford win % 52.8% Win % difference: 11.1% (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)
Matches: 69 Cardiff win %: 31.9% Swansea win %: 42% Win % difference: 10.1% (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Matches: 53 United win %: 32.1% Barnsley win %: 41.5% Win % difference: 9.4% (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Matches: 77 QPR win %: 29.9% Brentford win %: 39% Win % difference: 9.1% (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
Matches: 129 Boro win %: 31% Newcastle win %: 39.5% Win % difference: 8.5% (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Matches: 88 Luton win %: 40.9% Watford win %: 33% Win % difference: 7.9% (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Matches: 60 Millwall win %: 36.7% West Ham win %: 31.7% Win % difference: 5% (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Matches: 53 Stoke Win %: 35.8% Vale win %: 32.1% Win % difference: 3.7% (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)
Matches: 108 Derby win %: 35.2% Forest win %: 38.9% Win % difference: 3.7% (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Matches: 102 Blackburn win %: 40.2% Burnley win %: 41.2% Win % difference: 1% (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)
Matches: 107 Norwich win %: 39.3% Ipswich win %: 40.2% Win % difference: 0.9% (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
Matches: 144 Wednesday win %: 33.3% United win %: 34% Win % difference: 0.7% (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Matches: 29 Wycombe win %: 37.9% Oxford win %: 37.9% Win % difference: 0% (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)