As football started to gain more popularity in the UK in the late 1800s, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, formed in 1871 decided to branch out and add the sport to its activities in 1884. As a result, Derby County Football Club, or “The Rams” was born. However, as at this time, there was no associated football, and the games played by the Club were so-called friendlies. That eventually put the Club on the map as a successful venture, yet the 1888 Football League was just around the corner, meaning, Derby County was quick to join up. Now, the question is, what is the Club’s winning records across all these years? Taking us to the next subject, the European League and its contributions.
UEFA club coefficient ranking
As of current (2020), Derby County is not active in the European leagues to gain points to situate on the coefficient system. Still, the Club did have a quite noticeable period in the 70s earning them a permanent place in UEFA’s all-time Club records. In fact, if all games take into consideration, “The Rams” are on a prestige filled 170th place. With Clubs like the Azerbaijan Premier League team, Neftçi Peşəkar Futbol Klubu (169th) and the 2nd Bundesliga Club, Fußball Club Erzgebirge (171st). Though, surely the Club has more recent proven track records in the domestic Leagues? Let’s see.
How many times have Derby County won the Premier League title?
After examining the Clubs honours, titles, and outstanding contribution, the facts are clear. The number of times the Club won the English Premier League
(EPL) is none. Although, this doesn’t tell the whole story, as the Club indeed has won the First Division. Yet, as already revealed, the prosperous era was in the 70s. More precise, the time the Club brought home the top-flight win is on 2 (1971/72, 1974/75) occasions. But what’s more, the Club fought its way to the end on other years, with a runner-up position 3 (1895/96, 1929/30, 1935/36) times.
Titles, Trophies, and Triumphs by Derby County
We already know that the most flourishing years for Derby County. As such, the achievements listed below will, therefore, circulate around and near to these years. But also include some scattered years here and there, starting with the 4 (1911/12, 1914/15, 1968/69, 1986/87) Division Two victories. And 1 FA Cup
(1946) trophy, 1 (1956/57) Division Three North win. Plus 1 (1970) Watney Cup, 1 (1972) Texaco Cup, and finally 1 (1975) Charity Shield victory.
Kit and colours
For the modern Derby County, white and black is the home colours. However, the decision to adopt the current colours is not that a straight path. And the first years the Club actually played in a light blue, brown, white, amber, and black for the first 4 years. That later in 1890 changed to a blue, burgundy, and black for 1 season only. Only to lead to a pink, white, and black period between 1891 to 1895. And as the following season got on its way we see the first introduction of a kit entirely made up of white and black only. Yet, for season 1896/97 the black swapped for a navy blue and reverted to black in season 1897/98. That endured until season 1971/72 when blue was back on the menu. And finally, settle down on a white, and black combination for its home kit in 1989/90.
Derby County’s social responsibilities
Derby County has a close relationship with its community. Especially with the tagline on its community program. “Using the power of derby county football club to improve lives through sport, physical activity and education.” But what’s more, many of the exercises are free of charge in the Derby and Derbyshire area. All you have to do is show up and participate. The courses aim to build employability, mental, and physical health. Including in the reach-out project are such things as accredited qualifications and leadership training.
Stadiums and capacity
Being an offshoot of a cricket Club the first natural step was to take on its competition on the County Cricket Ground between 1884 to 1895. Though as the grounds were both used by the cricket and football team the scheduled ultimately clashed. Leading to the move that brought the football team to the Baseball Ground in 1895. More known as the “BBG” era. That was the home for the Club in the next 102 years. But due to dwindling attendance after the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster Inquiry report calling for all-seater stadium(s) across the League. And a negative response given after requests filed to expand the “BBG,” the Club ended up moving to the purpose-built, 33,597 capacity Pride Park Stadium instead of, in around 1997.
Derby County transfers and rumours
Derby County’s fan base
The number of average attendance for Derby County has during the last 5 year maintained a somewhat flat curve. As reported as of now (2020), the latest numbers indicate that around 26,700 attend on the home games, Whilst the way matches lure in approximately 18,500, giving a total average volume of 22,700. With that in mind, it suggests that the Pride Park Stadium works on 80% capacity. On the plus side of things, the average tickets sold in comparison to the previous season is on a slight but still on an upwards trajectory. And should the trend continue the Club can roughly estimate the home attendance to grow with around 5-6% before 2019/20 season finishing up?
Women football in Derby County
It’s more common than uncommon that a team or Club see its foundation days as a completely different entity. Which is also the verdict for the Club’s Ladies F.C. Were the early days in 1978 the women was Burton Wanderers. Due to the fact that after a published ad in the local newspapers looking for women interested in playing football returned a high volume of answers from the Burton area. However, another name change came in 1985 after securing a deal with the Beacon Hotel. Taking out “Burton” and replacing it with “Beacon” giving the new name Beacon Wanderers. Yet, the final nail in the name coffin came in 1990 after the Community Department at Derby County saw establishment. Where the founder, John Jarman, opened up a dialogue with the Beacon Wanderers management. That Conclusively led to the formation of Derby County Ladies F.C.
Stakeholders and other financial interests in Derby County
The UK businessman Mel Morris CBE fully owns Derby County as such. Which first got noticed in 2014 when Mr Morris invested as a co-lead in the organisation. Though, the investment proved to be agreeing with the new owner, resulting in a complete acquisition in September 2015. As of now (2020) the board of directors is Executive Chairman (EC) Mel Morris, Roy McFarland, and Stephen Pearce.
Fun facts and other pub quiz trivia
Did you know that Derby County was one of the founding Clubs for the 1888 Football League? Other Clubs that saw the opportunity and helped out to establish the new professional League was Preston North End
, Aston Villa
, Wolverhampton Wanderers
, and Blackburn Rovers
. But also Bolton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion
, Accrington FC, Everton
, Notts County, Stoke City. By which Preston North End won by an impressive 11-point lead. However, the inaugurating season for Derby County was not on the same positive note. Ending “The Rams” first season on a 10th place with 16 points.