Football Language Podcast: The Manchester Derby in Numbers

Manchester Derby in Numbers

English Through Football Podcast – The Manchester Derby in Numbers: This listening report looks at one of the biggest – and fiercest – derbies in football by looking at some of the numbers and the history behind the Manchester derby. You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the file below – you can also subscribe and listen to all our football-language podcasts – there are hundreds! If you’d like the transcript to the show please show your support by becoming a patron (through Patreon). With this transcript you can improve your English by reading as you listen, or if you are a teacher of English you can use the transcript to make several activities for your learners. If you have questions or comments, email us at: (Damian=DF).

Learn English Through Football Podcast: The Manchester Derby in Numbers


DF: Hello everybody, my name is Damian  and I am one half of the languagecaster team and you’re listening to the Learn English Through Football Podcast. On this extra listening podcast we take a look at one of the biggest derbies in football – the Manchester derby between Manchester United and Manchester City and in particular we feature some of the key moments and numbers from their respective histories (There is also a worksheet for this report).

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Both Manchester clubs were founded in the late 19th century though under different names. United were founded in 1878 and back then they were known as Newton Heath; changing their name to Manchester United in 1902. City were originally known as St Mark’s and they first appeared in 1880 and they didn’t become known as Manchester City until 1894.

First Manchester Derby

The first time the two clubs played was in a friendly in 1881 and the first official meeting was in the 1894-95 season when Newton Heath defeated Manchester City 5-2, while the first time they faced each other in the top flight was in 1906 when Manchester City won 3-0. Since then they have played each other competitively over 180 times (that’s up to February 2020) with United being the more successful side.

The Grounds

Currently United play at Old Trafford which has a capacity of 74,879 which is the biggest for a club in England. United have been at their ground since 1910 and is sometimes known as the ‘Theatre of Dreams’. Manchester City’s home ground is known as the City of Manchester Stadium and the club moved there in 2003. Before then, they played at Maine Road which had a capacity of 35,150 (in their final season) which was almost 20,000 lower than the current limit of 55,097.


Both clubs have a huge history of winning trophies but currently (February 2020), United’s trophy cabinet is slightly fuller. The Red Devils have won the league title on a record 20 occasions – the first being in 1908 – while City have won it 6 times. As for the FA Cup, United have won the competition on 12 occasions compared to 6 wins for City, while in the League Cup Manchester City have just won their 7th title and United have won 5. As for international football, Manchester City have only won one title – the Cup Winners Cup (in 1971), whereas United have also won that trophy, as well as a Europa League title and three European Cups/Champions Leagues.



Now, there is a worksheet for this report which can be downloaded by coming along to our site – this resource is great for learners of English who want to improve their listening for details as there are lots of numbers, statistics and dates in this report. We also have explanations for some of the key words in this report at the foot of this page here at languagecaster to help learners better understand the report. If you do use this resource then let us know how you used it and what you think of it by dropping us a line at

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derbies: These are games between teams from the same city (e.g. the North London derby); the same region (e.g. the Basque derby) or even the same country (el clasico) and are characterised by a fierce rivalry.

to be founded: This refers to when something such as an institution or a club started

a capacity: This is the amount or number of people who can fit into a stadium

a friendly: A non-competitive fixture or match between two sides

trophy cabinet: The place where clubs show off their history of winning championships, cups and other honours.

a Europa League: This is currently the second competition in European football. It used to be known as the Fairs Cup and the UEFA Cup before it became known as the Europa Legue in the 2009-10 season.

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  • Listen to an interview with a United and City fan talking about their team’s chances from their meeting in April 2012.

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