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Taking a look at... Derby County

We take a glimpse at the Rams ahead of our return to the Championship in 2018-19

19 June 2018

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WHAT HAPPENED IN 2017-18?

The play-offs were the aim for the Rams and the play-offs were achieved by the club under Gary Rowett, however they fell at the final hurdle, with eventual winners Fulham beating them over two legs. Following a tricky start, the Rams roared into life in September and from that point until the end of 2017, they lost just twice to force their way right into the mix towards the top of the Championship table. But two wins in 13 from February onwards saw Derby having to play catch up and although they finished the season well - unbeaten in their final three in the regular season - they couldn't find a way to get past Fulham, despite winning the first leg against the Whites at Pride Park.

A BIT ABOUT THE BOSS

A recent appointment, new County boss Frank Lampard had a stellar playing career, winning the Premier League three times, the FA Cup on four occasions and triumphing in the Champions League, amongst other honours during his time at Chelsea. In fact, during his 13 years at Stamford Bridge, Lampard became the club's top scorer of all time. Internationally, Lampard played more than 100 times for England and took part in a number of tournaments, including three World Cups and two European Championships. He began his career with local club West Ham United and appeared more than 150 times for the Hammers. He also spent a loan spell at Swansea City during his time with the east Londoners. After his release from Chelsea, Lampard had a season at Manchester City before heading for the USA to spend the last season of his playing days at New York City. He hung up his boots in 2016 and after spending time as a pundit, was appointed Derby boss in May 2018.

WHAT'S THE GROUND LIKE?

Pride Park Stadium has been home to Derby for just over 20 years and has a capacity of 33,597. It has been the venue for a few international matches, including England v Mexico in 2001 and Brazil v Ukraine in 2010. Rovers fans will likely be based in one corner of the stadium, between the East and South Stands, which accomodates up to 2,700 supporters.

THE LAST TIME WE LOCKED HORNS

A Craig Conway penalty proved the difference at Ewood Park when the Rams visited in February 2017.

WHO'S PLAYED FOR BOTH?

Two current Rovers in the form of Danny Graham and Peter Whittingham both had loan spells at Derby early on in their careers, both spending parts of 2005 at the club. Rovers favourites Stephen Warnock and Robbie Savage are others to have played for both, likewise Paul Dickov. Others to have represented the two clubs include current Ram Tom Lawrence, DJ Campbell, Luke Varney, Michael Keane, Shefki Kuqi and Marcus Olsson.

FAMOUS FANS

Actress Cara Delevingne is reportedly a fan of the Rams, as is star of My Family Robert Lindsay. Further Derby fans include ex-James Bond actor Timothy Dalton and Jack O'Connell.


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