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Barry Robson: "Every derby you play in, the fans think that's the biggest derby"

Barry Robson knows about derby games. He should do, he's played in some really heated ones in his career.

He's had the Highland derby against Ross County whilst at Inverness, the Dundee one whilst at United, the Old Firm one at Celtic, the North East derbies with his current club Middlesbrough and now he has the Cascadian and the Canadian ones to look forward to with Vancouver.

The atmosphere at derby games are second to none. Players love playing in them and rise to the occasion. Robson certainly has. He's scored against Rangers for Celtic and just recently scored against Sunderland for Boro in a FA Cup tie.

We asked Barry at this morning's conference call what playing in derby games meant to him:
<i>"I've been lucky enough to score in a few. I always respect derbies.

People always say you're not going to play in a bigger one than the Old Firm derby but when you play down here, I've played against Newcastle for Middlesbrough, I've played against Sunderland. To the fans it is bigger than the Old Firm derby.

Every derby you play in, the fans think that's the biggest derby.

It's something I've always respected. They're great games to play in. They're games I've always relished and enjoyed. It's all about how hard you work and everything else can come after that.

If you're ready to do that in a derby, you've got every chance of winning it."</i>

So will Barry be relishing facing off against Seattle and Portland?

<i>"They're games I'll be looking forward to, but not just the derbies. I'm looking forward to playing against all the teams and a different type of football that I'm used to and hopefully I can adapt quickly and do a good job for the team."</i>

And we hope so too.

With two Cascadian away games coming up against the Sounders and Timbers in August (as well as two later home games), Robson will certainly get an early baptism of fire, although not as big a baptism as he's going to get with MLS away travel.

If he arrives on July 1st, his first four games in a Whitecaps shirt will all be away from home, including a Canadian derby match up in Toronto on July 11th.

Having seen him play in many derby games over the years, he's going to be someone who's not afraid to get stuck in from the off and after Vancouver's limp performances in last year's Cascadia and Voyageurs Cup matches, that's just what we need.