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Why Belfast's Big Two derby between Linfield and Glentoran takes its place amongst the world's biggest rivalries

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High drama: Chris Morgan on that never to be forgotten Big Two clash in 2005

High drama: Chris Morgan on that never to be forgotten Big Two clash in 2005

David Healy and Jimmy Callacher celebrate victory over the Glens in 2015

David Healy and Jimmy Callacher celebrate victory over the Glens in 2015

High drama: Chris Morgan on that never to be forgotten Big Two clash in 2005

Just think of the fiercest derby games in world football and the likes of Rangers v Celtic, Spurs v Arsenal and Barcelona v Real Madrid readily spring to mind but a match between two Belfast clubs doesn't automatically figure in the thoughts of too many fans around the globe.

However, the clash between Linfield and Glentoran, whose rivalry has been recharged lately with the row over the outcome of the 2019-20 season, has made it into the top 50 of the biggest derbies on the planet with a national magazine putting the Big Two fixture at No.35 on their list.

But while the FourFourTwo writers can easily explain the animosity between many supporters across Europe and South America, they struggle to make clear the reasons for the bad blood between the two sides in Belfast.