As the years have gone on the intensity in the rivalry between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa has been gradually increasing. The two Midlands based sides usually tend to focus their hatred on the likes of Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion, but with Paul Lambert added into the mix it makes their encounter this weekend very interesting.
Of course the now-Wolves manager Lambert had a poor tenure at Villa Park, giving an extra spice to the match at Molineux this weekend. However, the actual rivalry between the two will cool slightly as we approach the contest due to the death of former England manager Graham Taylor.
Discussions taking place with Aston Villa and there will be some form of pre match tribute ahead of Saturday's game.— Wolves (@OfficialWolves) January 12, 2017
Taylor managed a number of clubs over the years with the most notable being Watford, however he also had spells with Aston Villa and Wolves. Upon hearing the news it appears as if the clubs got together and are arranging some form of tribute for their former boss.
Molineux - general view
It's likely to be a wonderful gesture from both sides regardless of the specifics, and it's one of the reasons we all love the game so much. Bitter rivalries are always put aside in the face of something greater, and in this instance coming together to celebrate a legendary manager shows the unity that football can bring.