Derby County – the team
It’s been a strange old season for Derby. They appeared to have made an extremely shrewd managerial appointment in the summer with Nigel Pearson presuming he was over his obsession with ostriches. Yet it actually turned out to be a disastrous appointment which left the Rams in very real relegation trouble. Schteve McClaren then returned, they became the form team in the division charging from just outside the bottom three and into play off contention, since when they’ve embarked on another poor run and are currently 10 points off sixth. A glance through the quality in their squad – including the 327 Championship standard strikers they have – suggests they should be at least challenging for the play offs yet at this stage it doesn’t look like that is likely to happen this year.
Derby – the place
Derby was one of the birthplaces of the industrial revolution and became a centre for the British train industry with the arrival of trains in the mid 19th century. These days it remains deeply rooted in transport with Rolls Royce having an aero-engine factory there. Derby has also become a large cultural centre for the deaf community with many deaf people moving there due to the number of people who can use sign language to communicate. According to the ever reliable Wikipedia, there are three times as many deaf people in Derby than the national average. Let it never be said these match previews are not educational.
Derby – the people
Perhaps the most famous resident of Derby is The Derby Ram. The ram was an animal of gargantuan proportions which led to all manner of issues when it came to butchering and tanning it. This difficulty was put into verse in the folk song The Derby Ram which is rumoured to have been sung by George Washington himself. If for some reason you have trouble believing a story about a t-rex sized ram, then other less famous residents include Florence Nightingale and Sir David “zero drugs policy please ignore any suspicious packages” Brailsford.
A good WeAreBrighton.com memory of Derby at home
It remains one of the most iconic moments the Amex has seen – Vicente slaloming his way past eight or nine Derby players before hitting the bar from 30 yards. Breathtaking at the time, breathtaking to watch back.
A bad WeAreBrighton.com memory of Derby at home
Another season, another play off semi final defeat. Derby won the first leg of the 2013/14 end of season shoot out 2-1 at the Amex which set them up nicely to dish out a 4-1 hammering three days later at the iPro. Another reminder of why we have to avoid the bloody things this season at all costs.
It’s hard to believe this actually happened now given how good a manager Chris Hughton has proven to be, but one of his first acts in charge was not to renew the loan of Darren Bent and sign Leon Best instead. That’s rather like turning down a steak dinner with Scarlett Johansson in favour of going out for some vegetarian crap with Diane Abbott. Bent signed for Derby instead and he is still there to this day, as is another former Albion loanee in the shape of Bradley Johnson.
Where to start? In no particular order, Derby can call upon as their forwards: Bent, David Nugent, Matej Vydra, Johnny Russell, Nick Blackman and Tom Ince. They have even been able to send Coldplay front man Chris Martin out on loan to Fulham. Albino midfielder Will Hughes remains one of the most promising young English talents outside of the top flight when fit and Scott Carson is a former England goalkeeper. Remind us again how they are only 10th?
Beating Rotherham on Tuesday night should have been an absolute given bearing in mind they only had four wins on the board. This provides a much sterner test and for that reason we are backing the draw at 66/25.
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