West Country derby

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A West Country derby is a sporting fixture involving teams from the West Country, in England.


The term is most commonly used to describe the fierce matches between Plymouth Argyle F.C. and Exeter City F.C.. In recent years Plymouth have been the better side in the matches played. Due to Plymouth's promotion and Exeter's playoff failure, one of these games won't happen in a league match for at least a season. However the two clubs could still meet in a domestic cup or trophy.


West Country derby is also a phrase used in rugby, one of the fiercest rivalries is between Bath Rugby and Gloucester.[1]


Games between Somerset and Gloucestershire can be referred to as a West Country derby.[2]


  1. ^ "Gloucester v Bath: The legend of the West County derby". BBC. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Tonight's derby Somerset v Gloucestershire is huge game - Marcus Trescothick". thisisbristol.co.uk. Bristol Evening Post. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2016.