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The dirtiest derbies in football: Where does Chester FC v Wrexham rank?

Stats reveal just how many cards have been flashed in recent cross-border clashes

Ian Cooper Chester FC v Wrexham. Anglo-Welsh derby game action from The Vanarama Conference. Pictured here: Kingsley James clashes with Robbie Evans.
Kingsley James clashes with Robbie Evans in 2014. No red cards were issued!

It's official: This weekend sees the return of one of the dirtiest derbies in football.

Wrexham play hosts to Chester FC in the cross-border derby on Saturday.

The rivalry between the two clubs is the biggest outside of the Football League, and one that seems to always be fiercely contested on the pitch.

The derby has been played 10 times over the last 10 seasons and has seen 45 yellow cards, three straight reds and one second yellow card.

That makes the cross-border derby the fifth dirtiest in English football to have been played at least five times over the last 10 seasons, in terms of the average number of fair play points that the cards issued would have accrued.

Top of the pile is the Tyne-Wear derby.

The 16 matches contested between Newcastle and Sunderland over the last 10 seasons have produced 80 yellows, four straight reds and two second yellow cards.

The East Midlands derby between Derby and Nottingham comes next with 86 yellows, three straight reds and four second yellows over 18 matches.

The South London derby between Crystal Palace and MIllwall is third with 29 yellows, one red and one second yellow over six matches, followed by the A420 derby between Oxford and Swindon with 18 yellows, two reds and two second yellows over five matches.

Average fair play points in English derbies (with Welsh clubs included!)

Derby Average fair play points
Newcastle-Sunderland 6
Derby-Forest 5.7
Palace-Millwall 5.7
Oxford-Swindon 5.6
Chester-Wrexham 5.6
Chelsea-Spurs 5.3
Liverpool-Man Utd 5.3
Everton-Liverpool 5.2
Arsenal-Chelsea 5.2
Cardiff-Swansea 5.1
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