I enjoyed playing in the NSL. It was, at my time, the highest domestic league I could play in. There were immensely talented players, passionate and dedicated supporters, innovative coaches, and a work ethic second to none. Unfortunately, there was not the professional support from the top end of the game.
But yes, it would have been fabulous to have experienced the atmosphere of a Sydney derby from INSIDE the fence. Never mind, until we really invent time travel, I'm enjoying being a fan, and really enjoying the number of other fans.
Love the Steel City derby, and as a one-time Owl, I'm a blue in this one. Little secret; my great-grandfather was an original member of Wednesday. My grandmother used to tell me that United were the "breakaway upstarts" which is how the rivalry developed. That being said, it has been going for over 120 years so maybe the reason for the rivalry is buried in the 1890s somewhere.
Well, okay Josh, point taken, though the term existed a long time before the Giants came bumbling along.