Tales of Christmases Past: The West Wales Derby

Tales of Christmases Past: The West Wales Derby

David Brayley, an author and sportswriter from Swansea, has taken a look back at the highs and lows of all 39 previous West Wales Derby instalments in this Christmas Carol-inspired long read.

"Ebeneezer Scrooge was famously visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve (well, really it was four if you include Jacob Marley but he doesn’t fit the rugby narrative of this piece, so I’m going to ignore him.)

They were, of course, the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas yet to Come. I was reminded of Dickens’ famous Yuletide story, A Christmas Carol, when I was doing research on this piece, which is going to focus on the upcoming, must-see Boxing Day fixture of Ospreys v Scarlets, because, as in Dickens’ famous ghostly tale, just about everything that can happen has happened in this fixture in seasons gone by.

But first, a question. Why is this fixture above all others, so important?"

Read on to relive the tries, debuts and big hits alongside plenty of blast-from-the-past action shots from the archives. (You can read the article on any device, but we recommend viewing on desktop for the full experience.)

Tales of Christmases Past: The West Wales Derby
Swansea.com Stadium, 17:15, Monday 26 December 2022