Derby County are an English football club based in the city of Derby in Derbyshire in the English Midlands. They are traditionally a small club but with passionate following and featured in the Barclays Premier League in the 2007-2008 season but got relegated. They currently play in League One.
The club was formed in 1884 and actually originated from the Derbyshire County Cricket Club. They were one of the founding members of The Football League in 1888 and in 1891 took Derby Midland FC under their wings.
Under manager Brain Clough, Derby won their first ever Football League Championship in 1972. The following season they reached the semi-finals of the European Cup (now called the UEFA Champions League).Derby again won the domestic title in 1974-1975 under Dave Mackay.
But Derby have deteriorated since then although they have achieved modest success occasionally. These days they play their football mostly in the lower tiers of English football. They were promoted to the Premiership at the end of the 2006-2007 season but exhibited a horrendous performance in the English topflight and have been confirmed relegated to the Championship.
On April 16,1898 Derby County appeared in their first ever FA Cup final but lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace. They were losing finalists again in 1899 and 1903. But it was in 1967 that Derby reached their peak in terms of footballing success.
Derby County play their home matches at the 33,597 seater Pride Park stadium in Midlands and are managed by Paul Jewell. Derby bear the nickname the Rams.
- First Division Champions 1972 and 1975
- Second Division Champions 1912, 1915, 1969, 1987
- FA Cup winners 1946