Today marks the 22nd meeting between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC, which ended in a one all draw, in the Hyundai A-League. It has unfortunately been the Sky Blues, (Sydney FC), which have been the dominant team during the short history of the Sydney Derby.
The very first Sydney Derby took place on the 20th of October 2012 and instantly became one of the most popular fixtures in the A-League. The Wanderers lost the first derby one nil, with legendary Italian striker, Alessandro Del Piero, scoring the only goal of the game.
After the first derby, the Wanderers began to assert their dominance, going undefeated in the next four consecutive derbies which included three wins, but it has been grim viewing since, with the Sky Blues winning 11 of the following 17 matches, including five draws and only one loss.
Sydney FC’s have asserted their authority in the rivalry, inflicting some unforgiving results on the Wanderers, with a recent 5 – 0 loss being the heaviest defeat the wanderers have experienced in this set of fixtures.
Like most Derby’s, its fiery nature is what gives the games it’s fantastic, yet hostile, atmosphere. On five occasions the game has finished with one or both teams being reduced to 10 men. One match also saw Marcu Babbel, manager of the Wanderers , sent off in the first Sydney Derby of the 2018/19 season.
The Sydney derby also holds the record for the highest crowd attendance of any A-league game. During the 2016/17 season, a crowd total of 61,880 was recorded at ANZ stadium in Sydney. Again, it was the Sky Blue’s who rose to the occasion, thrashing Western Sydney 4-0 in a very dominant display.
I can only hope that in the 2019/20 A-League season, when the Wanderers begin their life at their new home ground, Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta, that the results slowly turn in favour of the Western Sydney Wanderers.
Below is a short documentary from youtube channel, Copa90, on the Sydney Derby. If you’ve never experienced one before, check it out! Be mindful that it was shot in 2015.