My colleague Patrick Cleburne notes that
The famous and sometimes bloody rivalry between the supporters of the Glasgow Celtic and Glasgow Rangers soccer teams was basically a religious dispute.
It was—and for all I know still is—the same in Liverpool
, another English city with heavy Irish influence. The rival teams there were Liverpool
(Protestant) and Everton
There are occasionally Liverpool-Everton derby games—the soccer equivalent of a “subway series.”
The old joke is
that after Everton had lost one such game, a glum Everton fan was heard to remark: “Sure, there’ll be some sad faces in the Vatican tonight.”