Derby boom time if five local clubs end up in League One

Billy Paynter- Sheffield United & Richard Smallwood - Rotherham Utd''� BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Billy Paynter- Sheffield United & Richard Smallwood - Rotherham Utd''� BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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We could be in for some action next season.

Not since 1979/80 have we seen such times but the year of the derby may be upon us.

Think about it.

If, and there are one or two of those in this scenario, things go the right way - or the wrong way for some - we could have FIVE local teams playing in the same division next season.

For the 2014/15 season South Yorkshire and North- East Derbyshire will host 20 local derbies in 10 months in League One.

Even a mathematical duffer like myself can see that that averages out at two a month for the whole season.

Having said that we had the combined news and sports brain power of The Star working out how many derbies there would be before we came up with the answer.

With the Brian Cox-like certainty of our collective genius it only took five of us 10 minutes to come up with the answer we started with.

Anyway, Barnsley, Chesterfield, Doncaster Rovers, Rotherham United and Sheffield United would all be in League One if Rovers and the Millers slip up at the death.

Not since Terry Curran and Alex Sabella have we had such relative riches on tap.

Back then in the old Third Division Wednesday were promoted, pipping Chesterfield by one point.

More remarkably the three amigos of Barnsley, United and Rotherham finished precisely mid-table with 46 points each from 46 games with Barnsley finishing top of that particular local heap with a goal difference of minus three.

Sheffield United were three goals behind on minus six and Rotherham two worse than that on minus eight.

It’s a delicate topic but United would have finshed top of that mid-table triumvirate had it not been for a certain event on December 26 that season.

We’ll leave it at that but with Wednesday otherwise engaged it will only take an unfortunate slip by Donny and Rotherham for 2014/15 to feature the most league local derbies in a season for 34 years.

And they could play each other in the cups as well.

Could we stand it?