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Badge of Derby County F.C.
Full name Derby County Football Club
Nickname(s) The Rams
Founded 1884
(by William Morley)
Ground Pride Park Stadium
Derby, England
(Capacity 33.597)
Owner General Sports and Entertainment, LLC
Chairman Andrew Appleby
Manager Nigel Clough
League The Championship
2008–09 The Championship, 18th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Derby County Football Club is a professional football club based in Derby, England, currently playing in the Football League Championship. The club is notable as being one of the twelve founder members of the Football League in 1888 and is, therefore, one of only ten clubs to have competed in every season of the English football league.

The club was founded in 1884, by William Morley, as an offshoot of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and has spent all but four seasons in the top two divisions of the English football league. The club's competitive peak came in the 1970s when it had two spells as English League Champions and competed in major European Competition on four separate occasions, reaching the European Cup semi-finals, as well as winning several minor trophies. The club was also a strong force in the interwar years of the football league and won the first post WWII FA Cup in 1946.

The club adopted its now traditional black and white club colours in the 1890s and appropriated its club nickname The Rams, a tribute to its links with The First Regiment of Derby Militia, which took a ram as its mascot and the song The Derby Ram as its regimental song[1] , at the same time. It currently plays its home games at the Pride Park Stadium, located in Pride Park, Derby, where it moved in 1997.

The club's current manager is Nigel Clough, son of former Derby and Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough, who was appointed in January 2009. The current club captain is Robbie Savage.

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History

Derby County F.C. was formed in 1884 as an offshoot of Derbyshire County Cricket Club in an attempt to give players and supporters a winter interest as well as secure the cricket club extra revenue. The original intention was to name the club “Derbyshire County F.C.” to highlight the link, though the Derbyshire FA, formed in 1883, objected on the grounds it was too long. Playing their home matches at the cricket club’s the Racecourse Ground 1884/85 saw the club undertake an extensive programme of friendly matches, the first of which was a 6-0 defeat to Great Lever on September 13, 1884. The club’s first competitive match came in the 1885 FA Cup, where they lost 7-0 at home to Walsall Town.

Steve Bloomer

Arguably the most important result in the club’s history came in the following seasons FA Cup, when a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa, already an emerging force in English football, helped establish Derby County F.C. on the English football map, helping the club to attract better opposition for friendlies and, in 1888, an invitation into the inaugural Football League. The opening day of the first ever league season was September 8, 1888, when Derby came from 3-0 down away to Bolton Wanderers to win 6-3, though the club ultimately finished 10th out of 12 teams. They absorbed another Derby club, Derby Midland F.C., who had been members of the Midland League, in 1891, leaving them as Derby's sole professional football club. Steve Bloomer, generally considered to be Derby County's best-ever player, joined the club in 1892. In 1895 the club moved to a new stadium, The Baseball Ground (so called because it was previously used for baseball), which became their home for the next 102 years, and adopted their traditional colours of black and white. Although Derby were inconsistent in the league, though they did finish runners-up to Aston Villa on 1896 as well as achieving a number of third place finishes, they were a strong force in the FA Cup, appearing in three finals in six years around the turn of the 20th Century, though lost all three, in 1898 (3-1 to Nottingham Forest[2], 1899 (4-1 to Sheffield United) [3] and 1903 (6-0 to Bury [4]. Bloomer was sold to Middlesbrough, due to financial constraints, in 1906 and the club subsequently suffered its first ever relegation following season [5], but under Jimmy Methven's management they re-signed Steve Bloomer and regained their First Division place in 1911.[6] In 1914 they were relegated again, but instantly won the Second Division to get promoted [6] (though World War I meant that they had to wait until 1919 to play First Division football again). After two seasons, they were relegated yet again in 1921. However, the appointment of George Jobey in 1925 kick-started a successful period for the Rams and, after promotion in 1926[7] the club became a formidable force, with high finishes from the late 1920s and all through the 1930s.[7][8], including finishing runners up twice.

Derby were one of several clubs to close down during the Second World War but restarted in the early 1940s, in part due to the persistence of Jack Nicholas and Jack Webb. Aided by the adding of Raich Carter and Peter Doherty, who had both been stationed in Loughborough during the War, Derby were one step ahead of the opposition when competitive football resumed with the 1946 FA Cup and won their first major trophy with a 4-1 victory over Charlton Athletic [9][10] The League restarted the following season after a break due to World War II and, under the management of Stuart McMillan, as well as twice breaking the British Transfer Record to sign Billy Steel and Johnny Morris to replace Carter and Doherty, finished fourth and third in the 1948 and 1949 seasons respectively, before a steady decline set in and the club was relegated in 1953, after nearly 30 years in the top flight, and again in 1955 to drop to the third tier of English football for the first time in their history.[11] Harry Storer led Derby back into the second tier at the second attempt in 1957, though the club progressed no further over the next decade under either Storer or his successor, former Derby player Tim Ward.

In 1967, Brian Clough took over and led them to their greatest glory. Having clinched the influential signing of Dave Mackay, Derby were promoted to the First Division in 1969, finished fourth in 1970[12], got banned from competing in Europe due to financial irregularities in 1971, and won their first ever Football League Championship in 1972[13]. Though Derby did not retain their title the following season, they did reach the semi-finals of the European Cup. They lost to Juventus in a controversial match which was subject to subsequent allegations that the Italian club had bribed the match officials, leading Clough, to call the Italians "cheating bastards".[14] Clough's frequent outspoken comments against football's establishment eventually led to him falling out with the board of directors at the club, and Clough left in 1973. Despite the departure, Derby's League success was repeated in 1974-1975 season when they won the title under Dave Mackay. However, Derby's form declined towards the end of the 1970s and they went down to the Second Division in 1980. Though they challenged well in their first season, Derby's stay in the Second Division was not a happy one and they were relegated to the Third Division for only the second time in their history in 1984.

Arthur Cox

After the relegation, the club appointed Arthur Cox who turned the club around with successive promotions in the mid 1980s to get the club back into the old First Division in 1987. The financial backing of new Chairman Robert Maxwell saw starts such as Peter Shilton, Mark Wright, Dean Saunders and Ted McMinn bought to the club, and they finished fifth in the 1988-89 season However, English clubs were banned from European competition at the time following the Heysel Stadium Disaster, so the Rams missed out on their place in the UEFA Cup

A lack of further investment from Maxwell lead to a decline shortly after. With Maxwell soon dead, the club was relegated back to the Second Division in 1991. At this time, local newspaper businessman Lionel Pickering became the majority shareholder of the club. In 1992 Derby paid £2.5 million for Notts County central defender Craig Short, at time - and for five years afterwards - the most expensive player to be signed by a club outside the top flight. Cox resigned in late 1993 citing health problems, and Roy McFarland returned as manager. McFarland failed to get the side anywhere near the top of the division apart from a defeat at the hands of Leicester City in the 1993-94 play-off final and was sacked in 1995. Jim Smith was then appointed as the club's new manager. Although the season started slowly, the signing of sweeper Igor Štimac in the early autumn proved pivotal. Throwing his brief of 'a top-half finish' out the window, Smith guided the Rams to a second-place finish and the Premier League, now the top flight of English football. After several seasons of progress, which also saw the club move into the new 30,000-seat Pride Park Stadium for the 1997-98 season, a sudden decline in form saw Smith resign, to be replaced by former players Colin Todd, who lasted just 3 months, and John Gregory and the Rams were relegated after a six year stay in the top flight, in 2002.

Derby County's relegation saw the club enter a serious financial crisis, which forced them to sell many key players. Gregory was later suspended from his managerial duties over alleged misconduct and former Ipswich Town boss George Burley was brought in. The club was put into receivership then sold in October 2003 for £3 to a group led by Jeremy Keith.

After finishing 20th in the 2003-04 season, a dramatic improvement in the 2004-05 season saw Derby finish 4th in the Football League Championship, qualifying for a promotion play-off spot, though they lost in the semi-finals to Preston North End. Soon afterwards, Burley resigned citing differences between himself and the board. He was replaced by Bolton first team coach, Phil Brown. Brown failed to find much success in the job, however, and was sacked in January 2006, after a bad run of results. Terry Westley, the academy coach at the time, took over first team duties until the end of the season and saved Derby from relegation.

Former Rams Chairman Peter Gadsby

In April 2006 a consortium of local businessmen led by former vice-chairman Peter Gadsby bought the club, reducing its debt and returning Pride Park Stadium to the club's ownership in the process. In June 2006, former Preston North End boss Billy Davies was appointed Derby County's new permanent manager. In his first season, Davies took Derby to the Championship play-offs, where they beat Southampton on penalties in the semi-finals before defeating West Bromwich Albion 1-0 with a second-half Stephen Pearson goal at the new Wembley Stadium to secure a return to the Premier League and the associated £60m windfall. In October 2007, Peter Gadsby stepped down as Chairman to be replaced by former Hull City owner Adam Pearson, who immediately began searching for investment from overseas.[15] After a poor start to the season, manager Billy Davies left by mutual consent in November.[16] He was succeeded by Paul Jewell,[17] who failed to save the club as Derby suffered the Premier League's earliest ever relegation, in March,[18] recorded the Premier League's lowest-ever points total,[19] and equalled Loughborough's 108-year Football League record of going through an entire season with only one win. In January, the club was taken over by an international investment group led by General Sports and Entertainment, with Pearson remaining as de-facto chairman.[20]

Derby's match at home to Sheffield United on 13 September 2008 generated much media coverage as it was approaching a year since Derby's last league win, a run which saw the club break the English league record for most matches without a win. Just four days short of the anniversary of the 1-0 victory over Newcastle, Rob Hulse scored against his former club as Derby ran out 2-1 winners, earning Paul Jewell his first league win as Derby boss at his 27th attempt. Despite taking the club to the League Cup semi-final, the club's first major cup semi-final since 1978, where Derby lost 4-3 to Manchester United over two legs, Jewell resigned as manager in December 2008.[21]. He was replaced by Nigel Clough, son of the club's legendary manager Brian, who had successfully managed nearby non-league club, Burton Albion and steered the club to an 18th place league finish and safety.

Club crest and colours

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Crest

Derby County's badge from 1946-1971

Like most old football clubs, Derby County did not initially have any badge displayed on their shirts. Their first badge was introduced in 1924. The badge consisted of a circular shield spilt into three equally sized sections, representing the club, its fans and the area, in three equally sized sections, all containing items traditionally associated with the city of Derby: a Tudor rose and a crown in one section, a buck in a park in the second and a ram's head in the final section. The badge was worn on the players' shirts for just two seasons before they reverted to plain shirts.

By 1934, another badge had been introduced. This time it was a traditionally shaped shield, again with three sections. The buck in the park had been removed and the rose and the crown had been split up and now occupied a section each. The ram's head also remained and was now given the largest section of the shield. The badge never appeared on the players' shirts. The shield was modified in 1946 when the rose and crown were removed and replaced with the letters DC (Derby County) and FC (Football Club) respectively. The badge, right, was featured on to the player's shirts from its introduction onwards, though the ram's head on its own was used from the late 1960s (the full shield, however, remained the club's official logo).

Derby County's badge from 1997-2007

A new club badge was introduced in 1971, featuring a more modern design that, with modifications, is still in use today. The badge was initially consisted of a stylised white ram facing left. The badge was first modified slightly in 1979 to include the text 'Derby County FC' under the ram (though the ram remained on its own on away kits). In 1982 the ram turned to face to the right and the text under it was removed. The ram was surrounded by a wreath of laurel and the text 'Centenary 1984-1985' was printed underneath for the club's centenary season. The laurel was removed and the text reading 'Derby County FC' returned from the next season. In 1993, the ram faced left again and the text was removed once more. From 1995, the ram faced right and was enclosed in a diamond, with a gold banner reading 'Derby County FC' underneath and the text '1884' (the year of the club's foundation) underneath that. The design was changed again in 1997 (see right): the ram faced now left and the golden banner now simply read 'Derby County'; the diamond and year of formation were removed. A decade later, in 2007, the badge was modified again (to the one seen at top of this article), with the ram (still facing left) and the text 'Est. 1884' now in the middle of a circular frame featuring 'Derby County Football Club' in gold lettering.

Colours

1884-94 kit

Derby County's original colours (left) were amber, chocolate and blue, though by the 1890s the club had adopted its now traditional colours of black and white, still in use today.1970's- 80's colours for home matches were white shirts with small blue or red touches (club badge, shirt makers insignia...), blue shorts and blue, red or white socks or a combination.[22] The colours of away kits have varied widely, and although they are usually yellow/gold or blue, the colour for the away kit for the 2008-09 season is fluorescent green, and was first shown to the general public on 12 August 2008[23]. The club also introduced a surprise third kit on 30 August 2008. Similar in design to the club's away kit of the 1970s, being designed with blue and white stripes and reminiscent of the Argentina strip, the style was re-introduced following feedback from fans who said it was one of their favourite kits from the club's past.[24]

Club mascot

Derby County's mascot, Rammie

Derby's mascot is a ram named Rammie. Rammie is a full time employee of the club who also works to maintain the clubs links with fans and the East Midlands in general, such as school visits to promote literacy and charity events.[25][26] Rammie originally emerged as a more friendly option to the club's traditional links with the British Army.

Rammie was the first full-time mascot in football[27]. Rammie's traditional activities include penalty shoot-outs with members of the crowd (from both the Home and Away ends) at half time, with Rammie as goalkeeper, and warming the crowd up before the match and encouraging them during it. Rammie is a very popular figure amongst Rams' fans [28][29] and, in 2005, released his first DVD, which features the character reading from Aesop's Fables in the Derbyshire countryside.[27]

Stadia

As an offshoot of Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Derby County’s first home stadium was County Cricket Ground, also known as the Racecourse Ground, where the club played it’s league and FA Cup matches between 1884 and 1895. Although the ground itself was good enough to hold the first FA Cup final match outside of London, when Blackburn Rovers beat W.B.A. 2-0 in the 1886 FA Cup final Replay [30] and a full England International, disputes over fixture clashed between the football and cricket clubs meant that when the opportunity to play at Sir Francis Ley’s Baseball Ground arose, the club accepted.[31]

The Pride Park Stadium has been Derby's home since 1997

Commonly referred to amongst supporters as “The BBG”, the club moved to The Baseball Ground in 1885 and remained there for the next 102 years, despite opportunities to move in the 1920s and 1940s. [31] Derby had already played there, a 1-0 win over Sunderland during the 1891-92 season, as an alternate venue after a fixture clash at The County Ground. At it’s peak during the late 1960s, the ground could hold around 42,000 – the club’s record attendance achieved following the opening of the Ley Stand with a 41,826 crowd watching a 5-0 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur on September 20, 1969.[31] From this peak, the continued addition of seating saw the capacity drop over the next 15 years to 26,500 in 1985. Following the Taylor Report in 1989, and the legal requirement for all seater stadia, the ground’s capacity dwindled to just 18,500 by the mid-1990s, not enough for the then ambitious second tier club. Despite initially hoping to rebuild the Baseball Ground to hold 26,000 spectators, and rejecting the offer of two sites elsewhere in Derby, then-Chairman Lionel Pickering announced in February 1996 the intention to move to a new, purpose built stadium at the newly regenerated Pride Park, with the last ever first team game at the Baseball Ground being in May 1997, a 1-3 home defeat to Arsenal, though it continued to host reserve games until 2003. Derby's new ground, named Pride Park Stadium, was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 18 July, with a friendly against Sampdoria following on 4 August.

Derby hold the unique distinction of being the only club to have had three home grounds host full England internationals. England beat Ireland 9-0 at the The Racecourse Ground in 1895, beat Ireland again, 2-1, at The Baseball Ground in 1911 and, most recently, Pride Park hosted England's 4-0 win over Mexico in May 2001.[32]

Supporters and rivalry

Derby is often acknowledged as a 'passionate football town' by rival supporters[33] and the press alike. For example, Tony Francis of The Daily Telegraph noted when discussing the East Midlands Derby "Derby is a passionate football town. Possibly more so than Nottingham... Even in Division Two, it's a reasonable bet that crowds at Pride Park would not fall far below 20,000. It's historical, it's geographical, it's in the blood. Some places have it, some don't."[34]

During the 2007-2008 Premiership season Derby County fans were repeatedly referred to as the best in the country due to their loyalty despite the club's disastrous campaign.[35] Almost every home game at Pride Park Stadium was sold out by the Derby fans and the club also had a great following away from home. The recognition included them being named fans of the season in much national coverage of the season, even winning an award from Nuts Magazine[36], and being named the most loyal supporters in the country in a 2008 survey by Sky Sports Magazine [37]

Statistically, the club had the 12th highest average attendance in the country in both the 2007/08 [38] and 2008/09 seasons [39] despite only having the 15th largest club ground. Also in 2008/09 they had a larger average attendance than 9 Premiership clubs, and had the Championship's single largest attendance.

Derby County's fiercest rivals are Nottingham Forest[40], who are based in Nottingham, a city a few miles north-east of Derby. When the two sides meet it is known as the East Midlands Derby and the winners are awarded the Brian Clough Trophy.

There are also smaller, but significant, rivalries with Leicester City, also based in the East Midlands,[41] and Leeds United who, despite not being as geographically near to Derby as Forest or Leicester, are disliked due to ongoing friction from the early 1970s when Derby and Leeds were two of the top English teams and the scarcely concealed hostility between their respective managers, Brian Clough and Don Revie.[41] The rivalry is documented in the novel and film The Damned United.

Current Players

First team squad

As of 11 March 2010.[42]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Stephen Bywater
3 Scotland DF James McEveley
4 England MF Paul Green
5 England DF Miles Addison (vice-captain)
6 England DF Dean Leacock
7 England MF Lee Croft
8 Wales MF Robbie Savage (captain)
9 England FW Rob Hulse
10 Scotland MF Kris Commons
11 Scotland MF Gary Teale
12 England FW Chris Porter
13 Republic of Ireland GK Saul Deeney
14 England DF Shaun Barker
16 Scotland MF Stephen Pearson
17 England DF Jake Buxton
18 England MF Ben Pringle
19 England MF Michael Tonge (on loan from Stoke City)
No. Position Player
20 England FW Steve Davies
21 England DF Dean Moxey
22 France MF Arnaud Mendy
23 Republic of Ireland DF Mark O'Brien
24 England DF Nicky Hunt (on loan from Bolton Wanderers)
25 England MF David Martin (on loan from Millwall)
26 England MF Lee Hendrie
27 Scotland DF Russell Anderson
28 England DF Mitchell Hanson
29 England FW Greg Mills
30 England GK David Martin (on loan from Liverpool)
32 France FW Gilles Sunu (on loan from Arsenal)
33 England DF Mark Dudley
35 England FW Callum Ball
36 Republic of Ireland MF Ryan Connolly
37 England GK James Severn

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 England DF Paul Connolly (at Sheffield United until 16th April 2010)
15 England FW Luke Varney (at Sheffield Wednesday until end of 2009/10 season)
No. Position Player
34 England GK Ross Atkins (at Kidderminster Harriers until 18th March 2010)

Notable Former Players

English Football Hall of Fame members

Several ex-players/managers associated with Derby County are represented in the English Football Hall of Fame, which was created in 2002 as a celebration of those who have achieved at the very peak of the English game. To be considered for induction players/managers must be 30 years of age or older and have played/managed for at least five years in England.[43]

Football League 100 Legends

The Football League 100 Legends is a list of "100 legendary football players" produced by The Football League in 1998, to celebrate the 100th season of League football. Eight former Derby players made the list.

The Jack Stamps Trophy (Player of the year)

Derby County's Player Of The Season award is voted for by the clubs supporters and named in honour of Jackie Stamps - who scored two goals in Derby's sole FA Cup final victory in 1946. It was first introduced in the 1968/69 season.

Managers

Current management team

Managerial History

Below is a list of all the permanent managers that Derby County have had since the appointment of Harry Newbould in 1900[44]. In the 16 years prior to Newbould's appointment, the team was selected by club committee, a standard practice by football clubs at the time. The club's current manager, Nigel Clough, is their 26th in all, and was appointed in January 2009, as a successor to Paul Jewell who resigned in December 2008.

Board of directors and ownership

The club is owned by an international investment group led by General Sports and Entertainment LLC.[45]

Club academy

Moor Farm

Derby County's academy, called Moor Farm, is a purpose-built complex situated near the city suburb of Oakwood. It was built in 2003, at a cost of £5m[46] , to replace the club's previous academy, The Ram-Arena, which was based at Raynesway. It covers 50 acres (200,000 m2) and features six full-sized training pitches plus an indoor pitch and includes a gym, restaurant, ProZone room and a laundry.[46]

In April 2009 Clough announced his intention to restructure the academy, appointing former Derby players Darren Wassall and Michael Forsyth[47] and Wolves Academy director John Perkins to the backroom staff, to replace the departed Phil Cannon, David Lowe and Brian Burrows.[48]

When opening the academy, then Chairman Lionel Pickering said that the intent was to have "at least eight players from the Academy... in the first-team within three years."[46] Although this wasn't achieved, a number of players have broken through to the first team squad. As of December 2009, the current squad includes Miles Addison (England under-21 international), while Mark O'Brien, Greg Mills, Ross Atkins and Mark Dudley have been involved with the first team squad as substitutes.

Other notable players produced by the academy include England international Tom Huddlestone, Welsh international defender Lewin Nyatanga, England under-21 internationals Lee Grant and Lee Camp and Giles Barnes, capped by (England under-19)

Academy Squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Lewis King
England GK James Severn
England DF Ryan Betts
England DF Luke Garton
England DF Perry Goldsbury
Republic of Ireland DF Cormac Hegarty
England DF Chris Jones
Republic of Ireland DF Kallum Keane
Republic of Ireland DF Mark O'Brien
England DF Andrew Spencer
Republic of the Congo MF Medi Abalimba
No. Position Player
England MF Jeffrey Hendrick
Republic of Ireland MF Graham Kelly
Republic of Ireland MF Paul Lawless
France MF Yohann le Sant
England MF David Taylor
England MF Alex Witham
England FW Aaron Cole
England FW Aaron Dillon
England FW Sam McElroy
Estonia FW Henrik Ojamaa
England FW Kamahl Whight

Honours

Note: the leagues and divisions of English football have changed somewhat over time, so here they are grouped into their relative levels on the English football league system at the time they were won to allow easy comparison of the achievement

See also - Brian Clough Trophy and Derbyshire FA Centenary Cup

125th Anniversary

As part of the club's 125th Anniversary in 2009, the Derby board took a number of initiatives to celebrate the club's history.

All time XI

Derby County F.C. All Time First XI.

As part of the club's 125th Anniversary celebrations[49], it was announced that during 2009 each month a vote would be carried out to decide on the club's official All Time XI, starting in February 2009 with the goalkeeper, with the following eight months offering opportunities for Derby's support to select a team based within a 4-4-2 formation, with December's vote being reserved for the manager.[50] Voting closed on the 25th of each month, with the winner being announced in the following few days.[51]

Player Position Years
at Club
Colin Boulton[52] Goalkeeper 1964-78
Ron Webster[53]
Right Back 1960-78
David Nish[54] Left Back
1972-79
Roy McFarland [55] Centre Back
1967-81; 83-84
Igor Štimac[55] Centre Back
1995-99
Stefano Eranio[56] Right Wing 1997-2001
Alan Hinton [57] Left Wing 1967-75
Archie Gemmill[58] Centre Midfielder 1970-77; 82-84
Alan Durban[58] Centre Midfielder 1963-73
Steve Bloomer[59] Centre Forward 1892-1907; 10-14
Kevin Hector[59] Centre Forward 1966-78; 80-82
Brian Clough & Peter Taylor Manager 1966-73

Top 10 Derby goals

On June 2, 2009, the Club announced the supporters choice of the Top 10 Goals in the club's history, with the fans then asked again to choose their favourite from the 10 nominated. The list was obviously biased in favour of more recent goals, largely thanks to the increased coverage modern football enjoys. Three goals featured from the club's 2008/09 campaign.[60] The winners were announced on 22 June 2009.[61]

No. Player Opponent Year Competition % of
vote
1 Paulo Wanchope Manchester United 1997 FA Premier League 39.3%
2 Charlie George Real Madrid 1975 European Champions Clubs' Cup 25.4%
3 Robin Van Der Laan Crystal Palace 1996 Football League Division One 10%
4 Stephen Pearson West Brom 2007 Football League Championship Playoff Final 6%
5 John McGovern Liverpool 1972 Football League Division One 4.4%
= Kris Commons Manchester United 2009 League Cup 4.4%
7 Kris Commons Nottingham Forest 2009 FA Cup 4.2%
9 Trevor Christie Rotherham United 1986 Football League Division Three 3.1%
9 Dave Mackay Chelsea 1968 Football League Cup 2.2%
10 Robbie Savage Doncaster Rovers 2009 Football League Championship 1%

Derby County in European Competitions

Derby first competed in Europe when they entered the 1972-73 European Cup after winning the 1971-72 First Division Title[62], reaching the semi-final stages, were they lost 3-1 on aggregate to Juventus in controversial circumstances. They had qualified for the 1970-71 Fairs Cup after finishing the 1969-70 First Division in 4th, but were banned from entering the competition for financial irregularities. The 70s was the Derby County’s peak in English football and they qualified for Europe in three of the next four seasons, competing in the UEFA Cup or the European Cup in each of the three seasons between 1974-75 and 1976-77.

The club then declined rapidly and has not appeared in the top European competitions since, though it finished in 5th in the 1989 First Division which would have guaranteed entry into the 1989-90 UEFA Cup but English Clubs were banned from Europe following the Heysel Stadium Disaster.

Outside of major competition, the club competed in the Anglo-Italian Cup between 1992-93 and 1994-95, reaching the final in 1993, losing 3-1 to Cremonese at Wembley.

Records and Statistics

Kevin Hector holds the record for Derby County appearances in all competitions, turning out 589 times in two separate spells with the club between 1966 and 1982. He sits ahead of Ron Webster who played 535 times for the club, often in the same team as Hector. Just counting league appearances, Hector is again in the lead, with 486 appearances, ahead of Jack Parry, who played 483 times for the club between 1948 and 1967.

The club's all time top scorer is Steve Bloomer, often referred to as Football's First Superstar, who netted 332 goals for the club in two spells between 1892 and 1914. He is over 100 goals ahead of second in the list Kevin Hector, who netted 201 goals for the club. Jack Bowers holds the club record for most goals in a single season, when he scored 43 goals (35 in the league and a further 8 in the FA Cup), during the 1932-33 season.

The club's record attendance is 41,826, for a First Division match against Tottenham Hotspur at the Baseball Ground on 20 September 1969, which Derby won 5-0. The record is unlikely to be broken in the near future as Derby's current stadium, Pride Park has a limit of 33,597 spectators. The record attendance at Pride Park for a competitive Derby County match is 33,378 for a Premier League match against Liverpool on 18 March 2000. The largest crowd to ever watch a Derby County game is 120,000 when Derby County played Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in the 1975-76 European Cup.

Derby hold several records in English football, most of them unwanted. The disastrous 2007-08 Premier League campaign saw the club equal Loughborough's all time league record of just one win in an entire league season. They also equalled or set several Premier league records (1992-present), including Least Home Wins in a Season (1, joint with Sunderland) and Least Away Wins in a Season (0, joint with 4 other teams) and Most Defeats in a Season (28, joint with Sunderland and Ipswich Town). Records set included Fewest Points in a season (3 points for a win) with 11, Fewest Goals Scored (20) and Worst Goal Difference (-69). The club also holds the record for Most Consecutive League Games Without A Win, with 37 matches between 22 September 2007 and 13 September 2008, and the Record Defeat in an FA Cup Final, when they lost 6-0 to Bury in 1903.[63]

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Preceded by
Portsmouth
FA Cup
1946
Succeeded by
Charlton Athletic
Preceded by
Arsenal
Football League First Division
1972
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Liverpool
Preceded by
Leeds United
Football League First Division
1975
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Liverpool
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Liverpool
Charity Shield
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