The North London Derby is easily one of the most hate-filled, animosity-driven rivalries in the modern world of football. But it's also a rivalry with deep roots and a long, long history dating back to the early years of the 20th century.
Most of that history has been forgotten by the younger generations of Tottenham supporters, so in the spirit of the North London Derby I'm teaming up with Arsenal featured columnist Charlie Melman to remind the fans just why we hate each other in the first place.
While putting this together, it occurred to me that Charlie and I represent two sides of a regionally derived rivalry existing in a city thousands of miles away from either of us, regarding two clubs that exist just four miles apart. Meanwhile, we live 3000 miles from each other, and are planning to express both sides of that rivalry as intensely as anybody who resides right in the heart of it.
A bit odd, when you think about it. But as Charlie himself pointed out following my mindless musings of the absurdity of our situations, "that's the magic of football."
Still, our support for our clubs, I assure you, is just as heartfelt as anybody's in the city of London itself.
Please keep in mind that this project is intended to be entirely in good fun, and be sure to check out Charlie's article "Top 10 Reasons to Hate Tottenham on Derby Day," as well.
UPDATE: Charlie Melman has accepted my challenge to a friendly wager regarding the North London Derby. If Tottenham Hotspur win the derby tomorrow, than Charlie will write an article titled "Arsenal FC: 5 Reasons I'm Switching Allegiances to Tottenham." If Arsenal wins, then I will write the opposite article (Tottenham Hotspur: 5 Reasons I'm Switching to Arsenal). Stay tuned.