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The Grounds That Never Were: Derby County’s Wembley Of The North

In the first of an occasional new series on football grounds that never quite came to be, Ian King takes a look at an ambitious post-war scheme to move Derby County into a then-state of the art stadium that came to nothing. In 1997, Derby County left The Baseball Ground, their home of 102 years,…

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January 6, 2011
Ian

Match Of The Week: Derby County 4-1 Watford

What, one wonders, were the expectations of Derby County supporters upon the appointment of Nigel Clough in December 2008? Easy though it is to try and draw comparisons twixt father and son, Nigel has resolutely been his own man, seeing out a lengthy managerial apprenticeship at Burton Albion (and leaving them in a strong enough…

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October 30, 2010
Ian

English Match Of The Week: Coventry City 2-1 Derby County

In 1959, Coventry City celebrated the inauguration of the Fourth Division of the Football League by getting promoted after seven seasons in football’s basement. Within eight years they were a First Division club and, against all odds, they held onto their status in the top division for almost three and a half decades before slipping…

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August 22, 2010
Ian

Two Legs & A Gypsy Curse: The Story Of The 1946 FA Cup

In the fourth part of our look forward to the FA Cup First Round, we take a look back at the 1945/46 competition, which saw the innovation of two-legged matches, one of the great football tragedies of the twentieth century and ended with a burst ball and the lifting of a gyspy curse.

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November 5, 2009
Ian

DVD Review – “The Damned United” (Revisited)

Earlier this year, we sent Ted Carter to the cinema with a paper bag containing some crab paste sandwiches and a ticket for the movie version of David Peace’s 2006 novel, “The Damned United”. The film is released on DVD next Monday, so we thought that it was time to revisit this interpretation of Brian…

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August 24, 2009
Ian

Fraud, Derby County & A Tiny Bit Of Justice

It is not often that one can say with any degree of confidence that someone in football is a crook and have evidence to back it up, but the usual caveats do not apply in the cases of Jeremy Keith, Murdo McKay and Andrew McKenzie, formerly of Derby County, who were imprisoned last week over…

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July 21, 2009
Ian
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