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History

Derby County are a professional football club based in Derbyshire, England. One of the founder members of the football league, the club currently play in England’s second tier, the Championship.

The history of Derby County Football Club begins in 1884. Like many English football clubs formed around that time, the football club was formed by members of the local cricket club, in this case the Derbyshire County Cricket Club, so their players would have a sport to play in the winter months.

The original name for the team was intended to be Derbyshire County F.C, but this was thought too long, and so the club became known as Derby County.

Derby County first played their matches at the cricket stadium the Racecourse Ground. These first matches were mostly friendly matches. The club didn’t play a competitive game until the 1885 FA Cup, when they were beat 7-0 by Walsall Town.

In the FA Cup the following year, Derby County beat Aston Villa 2-0. This was an important victory for Derby, not just because it saw them through to the next round but also because  the better teams of the time started taking Derby more seriously as good friendly opposition and it also resulted in an invitation to join the Football League.

Derby County’s first Football League match came against Bolton Wanderers. Bolton were winning 3-0 at one point before Derby came back to win the match 6-3.

Derby Midland FC was another team in the city of Derby, and the two joined forces in 1891. At this time, one of the best players to play for Derby County Steve Bloomer joined the club.

In 1895, the club moved to the Baseball Ground, where Derby County played for over 100 years. 

The club’s league form was inconsistent, though they did finish as runners up in 1896. Their FA Cup form was better, however, and the club reached three finals in 1898, 1899 and 1903. Unfortunately for Derby County, they lost all three of them.

After the turn of the 20th century, financial problems hit the club. Their best player, the aforementioned Bloomer, had to be sold to ease the pressure. Derby County were relegated in 1907, but they regained their First Division status in 1911, with Jimmy Methven at the helm and the return of Steve Bloomer.

The club were relegated once again, but gained immediate promotion by winning the Second Division title. 

The club couldn’t stay away from the trap door for too long though, and were relegated again in 1921. George Jobey was brought in and Derby County’s form took a turn for the better. They earned promotion in 1926 and their First Division finishes were good, finishing in second place on two occasions.

In 1946, Derby County won their first major silverware. Reaching the FA Cup final, the club faced Charlton Athletic, beating them 4-1 to lift the cup for the first time in Derby County history.

In the late 1940’s, Derby County broke the British transfer record on two occasions, firstly to sign Billy Steel and then to buy Johnny Morris. The end of the 1940’s saw Derby County finish in the upper echelons of the First Division.

However, the 1950’s were a different story for Derby County. The club were relegated in 1953 and suffered a further relegation in 1955. For the first time in their history, Derby County were a Third Division side.

Harry Storer was appointed as manager and whilst he led Derby to promotion to the Second Division, the club couldn’t return to their First Division roots.

In 1967, the duo of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor took over the management of the team. These appointments led to Derby enjoying the most successful period in their history.

Dave Mackay was signed and Derby won promotion back to the First Division in 1969. Three years later, Derby were First Division Champions, qualifying for the European Cup. In their first European adventure, the club reached the semi-finals, but lost a controversial match to Juventus. It was later alleged that Juventus had bribed the match officials.

Brian Clough was outspoken about the occasion, as he was about many situations surrounding Derby County. Clough and the Board of directors had various disagreements, leading eventually to the departure of both Clough and Peter Taylor.

Dave Mackay took the managerial reins and won the First Division title in the 1974/1975 season. As the 1970’s progressed, the club’s fortunes took a downward turn. Amidst a high turnover in managers, the club were relegated in 1980.

Derby’s financial woes continued, as did their poor performances on the pitch. Peter Taylor returned to the club and saved Derby from relegation, although once Taylor left Derby fell through the Second Division trapdoor and back into the third tier. Around this time, Robert Maxwell launched a successful takeover bid and became the new owner of Derby County Football Club.

Arthur Cox was appointed manager, and the club won back to back promotions. Things were looking brighter on and off the pitch for Derby, and Robert Maxwell financed deals that brought some of the best players in the country to the club.

However, Maxwell stopped his investment and the club’s fortunes on the pitch nosedived. In 1991, the club were relegated again to the Second Division.

Around this time, Lionel Pickering bought the club, taking control of Derby County by the end of 1991. Pickering financed deals for players as Maxwell had done before him, sanctioning the deal to sign Craig Short for £2.5 million, the highest transfer fee paid by a club outside the top flight.

In 1993, Roy McFarland, one of the best Derby County players in its history, returned to manage the club. However, he couldn’t transfer his legend status as a player into his manager role and after failing in the second tier play-offs (renamed Division One) he was sacked. Jim Smith took over the role and in the 1995/1996 season, the club won promotion back to the Premier League.

It was during this time that Derby County left the Baseball Ground and moved into the newly built Pride Park Stadium.

Derby County’s first two seasons in their new home went well, the club finishing in the top ten in both campaigns. However, as the millennium came round, Derby began to struggle again. Smith left the manager role, with Colin Todd and then John Gregory taking his place but in 2002, Derby County were relegated once more.

As well as relegation, the club were plunged into serious financial difficulties. Key players were sold and John Gregory was suspended, leading to George Burley becoming Derby County manager. The club went into receivership and in 2003 was sold to Jeremy Keith and his consortium.

Soon, the club started to perform on the pitch. Derby reached the play-offs in the 2004/2005 season, but lost in the semi-finals.Burley quit the role and Phil Brown took over. Brown was fired, though, in 2006 due to poor results and Terry Westley took charge. Westley, who was the club’s academy manager, saved the first team from relegation.

Derby County were the subject of yet another takeover in 2006. Former vice chaiman Peter Gadsby headed the consortium and succeeded in buying the club. Gadsby also reduced the club’s debt and bought back the ownership of Pride Park, which had to be sold when the club went into receivership a few years before.

Billy Davis took over as manager and led the club to the Premier League via the play-offs. In 2007, Gadsby left his position of chairman and Adam Pearson took the role,

In the 2007/2008 season, Billy Davies left the club and Paul Jewell took over. Jewell couldn't stop the club from falling through the relegation trapdoor. To add more embarrassment, Derby County were confirmed as relegated in March, the earliest ever relegation in Premier League history.

In the following January, General Sports and Entertainment took over the club, with Adam Pearson staying on as chairman.

Paul Jewell resigned and was replaced by Nigel Clough, the son of Brian Clough. Clough saved the club from a further relegation, but was unable to push on and challenge for a promotion place. Clough was sacked only a few games into the 2013/2014 season, and Steve McClaren replaced him.

McClaren took the club to the playoffs, but they missed out in the final. Over the next two seasons, Derby started well but failed to build on it and spent the second half of the seasons struggling. McClaren was sacked, as was his replacement Paul Clement.

In 2015 season Mel Morris became chairman of Derby County.

In the 2015/2016 season Derby finally made the play-offs again. However, a similar story ensued and the club were beaten at the semi-final stage. In the summer of 2016, Nigel Pearson was made manager of Derby County.

However, Pearson lasted just 14 matches into his reign, and after Chris Powell spent two games in charge on a caretaker basis, Steve McClaren made a return to the club. After just 29 games in charge, McClaren was replaced by Gary Rowett. After reaching the play-offs in 2018, Derby were knocked out in the Semi-Finals and Rowett left the club to join newly relegated Stoke City. Frank Lampard was then given the manager's hot seat, the first managerial job of his career.

Crest

The first Derby County badge was created in 1924. This Derby County football badge was a circle shaped shield split into three featuring a Tudor rose and a crown, a buck and a rams head.

In 1934, another Derby County football crest was designed. This badge was a typical shield shape rather than circular but it was still split into three sections, one featuring the Tudor rose, one the crown and one the ram’s head.

This badge was updated in 1946, the crown and the rose were replaced by the initials DC and FC.

In 1971, Derby released another new crest. This badge used the image of a white ram. In 1979, the words Derby County FC was displayed underneath the ram, and in 1982 the words were removed again and the ram was facing in the other direction.

Over the next decade, the badge was slightly altered in various ways, with the lettering reintroduced and then removed, and the ram facing left then right.

In 2007, the image of the ram remained but this time it was encased in a circle shape with Derby County Football Club written in the edges of the circle.

In 2013, the ram image was all that was used on Derby County kits.

Colours

The original Derby County colours were amber, brown and blue. In the 1890’s, the team wore the white and black colours we associate with Derby County today.

During the 1970’s and the 1980’s, the Derby County kit colours were white shirts, blue shorts and blue, white or red socks.

 In 1989, the blue colour of the shorts and socks were changed once more to black. Since then, the Derby County kit colours have been white shirts, black shorts and either black or white socks.

Derby County Stadium

The Derby County stadium is called Pride Park. The club moved into Pride Park in 1997.

Derby County first played football at the Racecourse Ground, home to Derbyshire County Cricket Club. From there, Derby moved to the Baseball Ground in 1895, and this was home for 102 years.

The Derby County stadium layout features four main stands - the North Stand, the South Stand, the East Stand and the Toyota Main Stand. The stadium currently has a capacity of 33,597, though there are Derby County stadium expansion plans that may come to fruition in the future.

Supporters

Derby County supporters are renowned for their passion and the atmosphere they create at home games. It’s said that despite the fact that Derby played in the 15th largest stadium, they actually had the 12th highest average attendance in the country in the latter years of the 2000’s.

Derby fans have a huge rivalry with Nottingham Forest. It’s said to have formed when Brian Clough accepted the manager’s job at Forest, after spending time with Derby, and has grown since then. When these two sides meet, the occasion is known as the East Midlands derby.

Derby also have rivalries with Leicester City and Leeds United. The Leicester City rivalry is purely a geographical one, but the Leeds United rivalry is said to have again begun with Brian Clough. In the 1970’s, these two clubs were two of the best in the country, fighting each other for titles and trophies and the two managers of the clubs at the time, Brian Clough and Don Revie openly stating they didn’t like each other.

The majority of Derby County fans come from Derbyshire and its surrounding areas. There are many Derby County supporters clubs throughout the country and further afield.

Ownership

Derby County have had many different owners since the club was formed. The current Derby County owner is Mel Morris. Morris bought the club from North American Derby Partners in 2015.

The current CEO is Sam Rush, and John Vicars, Stephen Pearce, Lisa Biesty, Sarah Edwards, Stuart Fisher and Don Amott all hold positions either on the board of directors or in the running of the club.

Stats

Derby County stats begin with the club’s record appearance maker. This accolade goes to Kevin Hector, who made 589 appearances for the club over two spells, firstly from 1966 to 1977 and then again from 1980 to 1981.

Six other Derby players have made more than 500 appearances for the club. These are Ron Webster, Roy McFarland, Steve Bloomer, Jack Parry, Jimmy Methven and Geoff Barrowcliffe.

Steve Bloomer is the Derby County all time record goalscorer. Bloomer scored 332 goals for the club over two spells, firstly from 1892 to 1905 and then from 1910 to 1914. 

No other Derby County player has scored 300 goals for the club, but one has scored more than 200. Kevin Hector scored 201 goals for the club, as well as being the club’s record appearance maker.

Derby County’s record victory is 9-0, a scoreline that Derby have won by twice. Firstly, they beat Wolves 9-0 in the Football League in 1891, and then they beat Sheffield Wednesday 9-0 in 1899 in the First Division. 

Derby County’s record defeat is 8-0 and that has occurred twice. Firstly against Blackburn Rovers in the Football League in 1891, and the against Sunderland in the First Division in 1894.

The highest ever attendance at Pride Park is 33,278. This number of spectators witnessed Derby County play Liverpool in the Premier League in 2000.

The Derby County record sigining is Matej Vydra. Derby paid Watford £8 million in 2016 for Vydra’s services.

The highest fee  Derby have ever received for a player is £10.5 million, a fee paid by Burnley for Jeff Hendrick in 2016.

Derby County Players

Derby County players past and present have included some of the biggest names in English football.

Some of the most famous and talented Derby players appeared in an All time XI, voted for by the Derby supporters as part of the club’s 125 anniversary celebrations. The players included in this team were Colin Boulton, Ron Webster, David Nish, Roy McFarland, Igor Stimac, Stefano Eranio, Alan Hinton, Archie Gemmill, Alan Durban, Steve Bloomer and Kevin Hector.

Paulo Wanchope won the award for the best Derby County goals ever, with his strike against Manchester United in the Premier League in 1997

The current Derby County player of the year, the winner of the Jack Stamps Trophy, is Matej Vydra.

Seven former Derby County players and managers have been inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame. These include Brian Clough, Peter Doherty, Peter Shilton, Dave Mackay, Steve Bloomer, Francis Lee and Raich Carter.

Eight former Derby players also featured in the Football League 100 Legends list. These were John Goodall, Steve Bloomer, Hughie Gallacher, Raich Carter, Peter Doherty, Dave Mackay, Peter Shilton and Paul McGrath.

Derby County Manager

The current Derby County manager is Frank Lampard. 

The most successful Derby County manager is, of course, Brian Clough. Clough won numerous trophies during his time in charge of the Rams.

George Jobey is the longest serving manager of Derby County in its history. Jobey managed the club for 629 matches between 1925 and 1941, winning 273 of them, giving Jobey a win percentage of 43.4%

The Derby County manager with the highest win percentage is Steve McClaren. McClaren won 51 of his 95 matches in charge of the club, giving him a win percentage of 54.26%

Honours

The Derby County honours list includes two top tier titles (1971/1972 and 1974/1975); one FA Cup (1946); and one Charity Shield (1975).

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