Match Of The Past: Derby County
We continue our series of archive videos of the clubs of the Football League Championship this morning with a club that became the champions of England twice in four years during the 1970s, Derby County. Under the managership of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor, the club was promoted to the First Division in 1969, and they gave a glimpse of what was to come with the first of our six matches, a mauling of Tottenham Hotspur at The Baseball Ground in September 1969. Our second match comes from the year after their first championship win. With Brian Clough by this time having left the club, Dave McKay was the new manager and his team handed out a hiding of similar proportions to Arsenal in November 1972.
Our third match sees the club celebrate its second league championship win of 1975 by beginning the following season with a trip to Wembley for the annual FA Charity Shield curtain-raiser match against that years FA Cup winners, West Ham United. After this, however, the club went into something of a decline and by the time of our fourth match against Fulham from The Baseball Ground in May 1983 the team needed a win against a Fulham team chasing promotion to the First Division just to keep hold of its place in Division Two. Our fifth match sees the club returning to the First Division with a win against Plymouth Argyle from the end of the 1986/87 season, and our final match sees Derby County thrashing Manchester City in a First Division match from November 1989. As a bonus, the history of Derby County on Match Of The Day can be seen in its full glory here.
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