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Useful Notes / Football, Pop Music, and Flat Caps

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The Liverpool/Manchester area comprising the counties of Greater Manchester and Merseyside as well as parts of Cheshire, Lancashire and the town of Glossop in Derbyshire. Cheshire is quite the prosperous county, being to Liverpool and Manchester what the Home Counties are to London. Lancashire, which borders the area to the North, on the other hand is more working class and has a large South Asian Muslim minority population, as do Oldham and Rochdale in Greater Manchester. The area lies on the western side of the Pennine Hills, with Yorkshire and Derbyshire to the east. West Yorkshire also has a large Muslim population, mainly in the large cities of Leeds and Bradford, which are separated from Greater Manchester by the sparsely-populated Pennines. The principal cities are Manchester and Liverpool, with other notable towns and cities including Bolton, Bootle, Southport, Wigan, Widnes, Warrington, Salford, Macclesfield, Stockport, Southport, Oldham, Rochdale, Runcorn and Birkenhead. In the southeastern part, near Glossop, is The Peak District.

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"[T]he country is divided into two unequal halves: the South, and the other bit with the good football teams."
Leon Brittan, Spitting Image

The area is home to the English League's two most successful clubs of all time, Liverpool and Manchester United, along with several other notable teams such as Manchester City, Everton, Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers.

Pop Music

Due mostly to being a major port, a lot of American blues and rock and roll music came to the UK through Liverpool, inspiring The Beatles and many other bands. Not to be outdone, Manchester has produced a number of bands and became one of the main cities where British Alternative Rock and indie bands came from. They even ended up at the forefront of the British music scene for a while between the late eighties and the early nineties thanks to the "Madchester" movement.

Flat Caps

During the industrial revolution, Manchester was the UK's largest manufacturer of cotton, earning the nickname "Cottonopolis", and flat cloth caps became the stereotypical headwear of the Northern working-class man. During the 2002 Commonwealth Games, held in Manchester, the people who gave out the medals wore silk cloth caps during the presentations (easily the silliest thing about a Games that, on the whole, went well for the city).

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Manchester is a very common setting in British fiction due to the historical presence of Granada Television, the most successful ITV franchise by far.

Alternative Title(s): Manchester And Liverpool