Igor Stimac

Igor Stimac

In today’s game of football all players at elite level are expected to be comfortable in possession. Having the confidence and ability to start attacks by ‘bringing the ball out from the back’ is an essential quality in a modern day centre back, shown by the £80 million transfer of England international Harry Maguire from Leicester City to Manchester United in 2019, a world-record fee for a defender. On 31 October 1995 Derby County signed Igor Stimac, a 28 year…

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Derby County programmes from the Third Division North – Part 2: the 1956/57 season by Moz Curtin

Derby County programmes from the Third Division North – Part 2: the 1956/57 season by Moz Curtin

Derby‘s second season in Division Three North saw them on more familiar ground. During the 1955-56 season they had played a number of clubs they had never previously met and visited grounds they had never played on before. Once again many of the programmes were simple affairs, but what they often lacked in reading matter, they more than made up for, in my opinion, with iconic and attractive covers. What a shame Derby persevered with their dull grey covers. Only…

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Derby County programmes from the Third Division North – part 1: the 1955/56 season by Moz Curtin

Derby County programmes from the Third Division North – part 1: the 1955/56 season by Moz Curtin

Derby County’s first game of the delayed 2020-2021 season will be at home to Barrow in the Carabao Cup first round on Saturday 5 September. Barrow were promoted as National League champions back to the English Football League after 48 years away following the curtailment of their 2019/20 season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cumbrian side were four points clear when the season was suspended in March but a vote by National League clubs decided to determine…

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Derby v Scottish clubs by Steve McGhee

Derby v Scottish clubs by Steve McGhee

This article will give a broad outline of the Rams’ post-war matches against Scottish opposition, highlighting what programmes were issued. Given the geographical proximity, games against clubs north of the border have actually been quite few and far between. For completion, I will list the pre-war games I’m aware of: 5.4.1890         Derby 5 Partick Thistle 1 1890s              Kilmarnock v Derby 26.4.1899       Hearts 2 Derby 2 14.12.1901      Dundee 1 Derby 2 1.1.1906          Dundee 1 Derby 1…

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Pirate programmes featuring Derby County

Pirate programmes featuring Derby County

Several clubs in the Premier League and Championship, including Derby, did not produce a programme for the behind closed doors games of June and July 2020. Consequently, several enterprising eBay sellers have created their own mini-programmes and teamsheets as a record of the games played. These could be considered a type of modern-day ‘pirate’ programme, similar to those produced by some fans for games in the early to mid-twentieth century. The older pirate programmes, or ‘souvenir’ issues, were unofficial productions…

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Charlton v Derby 1964/65 – the mystery of the missing back page

Charlton v Derby 1964/65 – the mystery of the missing back page

A few years ago when scanning programme covers, I came across the Charlton v Derby 16 January 1965 issue which had the back page neatly cut out. Assuming it had been damaged by a previous owner removing a form, or perhaps a photo of a favourite player, I thought nothing of it, added it to my spares pile and made a note to buy a replacement. Several months later a copy was purchased on eBay but when it arrived the…

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“Anyone fancy playing for the Rams this week?” by Steve McGhee

“Anyone fancy playing for the Rams this week?” by Steve McGhee

1942/43 – “Anyone fancy playing for the Rams this week?” The abridged 1939-40 Football League season saw Derby lying 7th in the First Division after three games (home wins over Portsmouth and Aston Villa and a defeat at Sunderland). The Rams beat Villa literally the day before war was declared – so once it was confirmed, football was the last thing anyone cared about. There would follow a handful of friendly matches over the next 2/3 years but wartime competitive…

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Read all about it – a comprehensive list of Derby County books by David Moore

Read all about it – a comprehensive list of Derby County books by David Moore

When the subject of football memorabilia is raised with football fans, including those of Derby County, it is invariably collectable items such as matchday programmes and tickets that spring to mind along with badges, pennants and of course replica shirts. But, in my opinion, books about the club you support are just as collectable and equally rewarding; sometimes more so. Let’s be honest though; only on rare occasions have books about football received rave reviews from critics and none have…

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Jim Smith

Jim Smith

Derby County’s former manager James Michael Smith, known as Jim Smith or the Bald Eagle to Rams fans, sadly passed away on 10 December 2019 aged 79. He joined Derby in 1995 and resigned in October 2001, taking charge of 281 games. Based on league position in the top divisions, Jim Smith was the best manager the club have had in the last 30 years since Arthur Cox guided the Rams to fifth in the old Division 1 in the…

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Dave Mackay’s Derby County debut by Moz Curtin

Dave Mackay’s Derby County debut by Moz Curtin

This article first appeared in issue 21, the final edition, of Derby County Memories. If you enjoyed reading it, why not buy copies of the magazine? See the About section for further details. There were a number of key events at Derby County in the mid to late 1960s that paved the way for the incredible success that followed. The signing of Kevin Hector in September 1966 was a major development for a club that had been in the doldrums…

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