Also known as The Rams, Derby County was founded as long ago as 1884 when it was spun off from its parent body the Derbyshire County Cricket Club. It was one of the 12 founder members of the Football League in 1888 and it has spent all but four years since its inception playing in the top two divisions in the country. Over the course of its illustrious history, Derby has won the FA Cup once and the league twice. For a period it was also a force in European competition, having once made the semi-finals of the European Cup.
Over its long history, there have been a number of highly successful managers who have led the club. These include big names like current manager Wayne Rooney and his predecessors Phillip Cocu and Frank Lampard (who are all admittedly better known as players than they are as managers) and also Brian Clough, Dave Mackay and in the early years George Jobey and Stuart McMillan.
Currently playing their home games at Pride Park where they moved in 1997, the club spent more than a hundred years before that playing at The Baseball Ground. Interestingly, Derby are the only English club to have hosted England internationals at three different home grounds. Their original home at the Racecourse Ground was the venue when England thumped Ireland 9–0 in 1895. Subsequent internationals were played at the Baseball Ground in 1911 and at Pride Park in 2001.
Over the course of its history, many great players have donned the black and white of Derby County. These include Dean Saunders, Colin Boulton, Archie Gemmill, Alan Hinton, Stefano Eranio, Roy McFarland and Colin Todd.
Who owns Derby County?
The Rams are owned by businessman Mel Morris, a man who made his sizeable fortune through his association with the company that made online games like Candy Crush.
Pride Park Stadium