It’s hard to ignore and not pass comment on the amount of Yorkshire derbies we’ll be treated to this season, which is why I thought I’d keep a mini-table of how ourselves and our Yorkshire rivals fare against one another.

Firstly, it should be pointed out that I’ve included Middlesbrough. Despite the fact that Middlesbrough is technically not a part of Yorkshire any more, it’s still a big game with a local derby feel for many of the teams listed.

Barnsley 2 2 0 0 5 6
Doncaster Rovers 2 1 1 0 1 4
Middlesbrough 2 1 0 1 -1 3
Leeds United 2 0 1 1 -3 1
Hull City 1 0 0 1 -1 0
Sheffield United 1 0 0 1 -1 0

As the table shows, it’s Barnsley that are leading the way so far with two wins from two. Following them are Doncaster Rovers, who are also undefeated in two Yorkshire derbies with one win and one draw.

Bringing up the rear is Sheffield United and Hull City, who have both played less games than anyone else and are yet to win. Those two keep Leeds United off the bottom, with their -3 goal difference (cheers Barnsley) and a solitary point away to Donny.

Home advantage counts

What is likely to make the difference in our mini Yorkshire league is how many points teams can pick up on their travels. Of the five games played so far, no one has lost a game on home soil. Our table toppers, Barnsley and Donny have played both of their Yorkshire derbies thus far on home soil, whilst the bottom three have yet to host a local derby.

Leeds fans in particular will take solace from this fact after seeing the Whites unlucky not to take all three points away to Donny. With all five home derbies yet to come at Elland Road, and with bumper crowds expected, few will fancy their chances in Leeds.