Tag: Derby County

Video of the Day: Ipswich Town vs Derby County, April 1976

Throughout the course of the ascent of Leicester City to becoming the champions of England, there has been much talk of what may or may not happen next. How might they fare in the group stages of next year’s Champions League? To what extent will they be able to defend their Premier League title? What might the team look like come the start of next season, considering the offers for their players that are likely to to flooding in as soon as this season is over? None of these questions are answerable at this moment in time, but this...

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Video of the Day: Liverpool vs Derby County, January 1973

The easiest thing, they say, is not winning a trophy, but holding onto it. Over the years, a number of clubs have put a decent run of form together at the right time and lifted a title, but successfully defending it can be a significantly greater challenge. None of this, of course, is to detract from the achievement of Derby County in getting to be the champions of England in the first place. The following season, with added expectation brought about as a result of having been champions and fighting on two fronts – the club’s European Cup run...

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Video of the Day: Derby County vs Nottingham Forest, 1983

The East Midlands had an extraordinary decade for football in the 1970s. Derby County were the champions of England twice and Nottingham Forest the champions of England once and of Europe twice – including 1980 – but by the early 1980s Derby had been relegated from the First Division of the Football League and were struggling against relegation to the Third Division, less that eight years after being the champions of the country. On top of this, there are just fifteen miles between Nottingham and Derby. And on top of this, well. Peter Taylor had, of course, been the...

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Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Seventeen – Derby & Luton Cancel Each Other Out

By the end of January 1981 West Ham United had pulled clear at the top of the Second Division, opening up a near unassailable seven point lead at the top of the table. Below them, however, there was an almighty rush to join them at the top of the table with just four points seperating Notts County in second place in the table from Cambridge United in tenth place. Two of the chasing pack were Derby County and Luton Town, who started the day in sixth and eighth place in the table respectively and they attracted the cameras of the BBC’s Match Of The Day to The Baseball Ground for their match. The division’s leaders, meanwhile, were at home against Preston North End and that’s our second match. Our final match comes from the First Division and features Kevin Keegan starring as Southampton played Birmingham City. You can follow Twohundredpercen on Twitter by clicking...

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Back To The Eighties: 1980/81, Part Three – The Decline Of Derby County

The third week of September saw Match Of The Day take its cameras to the south coast, the west country and the east Midlands. Sadly – or, for all we know, not – the match between Bristol City and Notts County are not available to us, but highlights, albeit in one case very brief, of the other two matches, between Southampton & Liverpool and Derby County & Wrexham, are. There is little question that Match Of The Day’s main match from the The Dell was the most important match of the weekend, with Southampton second place in the table and Liverpool sitting one point and one place behind them. The other match saw Derby County play Wrexham at The Baseball Ground in the Second Division. Little more than five years earlier Derby had been the champions of England, but the club’s deterioration since then had been rapid. The manager that had guided the club to its second league title in in four years in 1975, Dave Mackay, should have been one of the most secure in England, having taken the club to a league title and two top five finishes, as well as an FA Cup semi-final, in less than three years in charge of the club. However, a poor start to the 1976/77 season ended in Mackay being sacked in November 1976. Following this, the club became increasingly...

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