DERBY COUNTY F.C.
Founded: 1884





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DERBY COUNTY F.C. (Football Club)
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BRIEF HISTORY of DERBY COUNTY FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

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 club’s first competitive match came in the 1885 FA Cup, where they lost 7–0 at home to Walsall Town. Arguably the most important game in the club's history came in the following season's 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. 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 matches. In 1906 and the club subsequently suffered its first ever relegation following season, but regained their First Division place in 1911. In 1914 they were relegated again, but instantly won the Second Division to get promoted (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 after promotion in 1926, the club became a formidable force, with high finishes from the late 1920s and all through the 1930s, including finishing runners up twice.

After the World War II, Derby 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. In 1967, Brian Clough and Peter Taylor took over and led them to their greatest glory. Derby were promoted to the First Division in 1969, finished fourth in 1970, got banned from competing in Europe due to financial irregularities in 1971 and won their first ever Football League Championship in 1972. Though Derby did not retain their title the following season, they did reach the semi-finals of the European Cup. Derby's League success was repeated in the 1974–75 season when they won the title. However, Derby's form declined towards the end of the 1970s and they went down to the Second Division in 1980 after a string of managers, unsettled the club trying desperately to maintain its place at the top of the First Division. 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. 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 club finished fifth in the 1988–89 season. However, English clubs were banned from European competition at the time following the Heysel Stadium Disaster and so the Rams missed out on their place in the UEFA Cup. The club was relegated back to the Second Division in 1991. After finishing an admirable 12th in their first season back into the top flight in 1995-96, the club left the Baseball Ground, its home of 102 years, to move into the new 33,597-seat Pride Park Stadium for the 1997–98 season. The Baseball Ground was demolished six years later and a memorial was eventually erected in memory of its role in Derby city history. The club settled well into its new home as it recorded back-to-back top 10 finishes for the first time since their 1970s peak, before a sudden decline at the turn of the millennium saw three years of struggle.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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Derby County F.C.
Club Nickname
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The Rams
Year Founded
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1884 (131 years ago)
English County
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Derbyshire
Current Ground
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Pride Park Stadium
Ground Location
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Derby, England
Club's Owners
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GSE Group and Mel Morris
Club Chairman
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Andrew Appleby
Current Manager
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Paul Clement
Current League
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The Championship
Last Season
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The Championship, 8th place


HOME COLORS

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AWAY COLORS

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INTERESTING STADIUM FACTS & INFORMATION


iPRO STADIUM aka PRIDE PARK
Pride Parkway, Derby, Derbyshire, DE24-8XL, England

OPENED: ......... July 18, 1997
SURFACE: ........ Grass
COST: .............. £28 Million
CAPACITY: ...... 33,500
RECORD: ......... 33,378 (2000 vs Liverpool)
OWNER: ........... Derby County F.C.
OPERATOR: ..... Derby County F.C.
FIELD SIZE: ...... 114 x 74 yards (105 x 68 meters)



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