Coleraine manager David Platt — and his uncle Jim — know all about the fight for local bragging rights between Ballymena United and the Bannsiders.
As the beleaguered Sky Blues arrive at the Coleraine Showgrounds tomorrow, the Platt family will be able to reflect on many disputes between the old enemies.
Former Northern Ireland goalkeeper Jim was manager at both clubs but now it is former Coleraine goalkeeper David who is plotting a derby day win.
However, after two disappointing trips to Belfast which saw Coleraine lose to Glentoran (2-1) and Linfield (1-0), Platt is looking for some home comforts against familiar foes tomorrow.
“I know what this fixture means to the players and fans of both teams,” said Platt. “I have good and bad memories of the matches. Among the bad would be a 1-0 defeat on the last day of the season before the league split into two. There was a 1-0 defeat which put Coleraine into the First Division but a better memory would be the very exciting Boxing Day fixture two years ago which we won 3-2.
“Jim managed and played for both teams and there is no doubt it is a massive game with pride as well as points at stake.
“We have a good nucleus of local players in our team who understand what the fixture means and hopefully I will fondly remember my first derby game as a manager.”