Enjoy a Newspaper History of the Cottagers
Derby County FC was originally a cricket team. A football side was formed in 1884 as a means of keeping everybody together during the winter months. Derby became a founder member of the Football League in 1888 and the club has since won each of the top three division titles. Derby County also won the FA Cup in 1946 after finishing as runners-up on three occasions. Former players Brian Clough and Dave Mackay led the Rams through a golden era of success in the late 1960s and 1970s. Derby County earned promotion to the First Division in 1969 and won the title three years later. The Rams went on to reach the semi-finals of the European Cup in 1973 and Derby won a second top flight league title in 1975. Derby County enjoyed six consecutive seasons in the Premiership between 1996 and 2002. The Rams returned to the Premier League in 2007, having won the Championship Play-Off Finals.
Personalised Derby Football Books - Inspired Gifts
A Derby County Gift Book can be an inspired present for a fan of the Rams. It is unique, smartly presented and filled with fascinating newspaper reports on the history of the club. Being able to personalise this Derby Football Book makes the gift even more special and shows the thought that has gone into buying it. The present will also prove to be a terrific addition to a supporter’s Derby County memorabilia collection.
Derby County Football Book Coverage
This Derby County Football Book opens with the club’s 2-0 win over Barnsley in 1912, which secured promotion to Division One. It goes on to cover a selection of great games through the decades of the 20th Century and many highlights from the present era.
The Derby Football Books feature the FA Cup semi-final against West Ham in 1923 and the 4-1 victory against Charlton in the 1946 FA Cup final. Other terrific games include the 8-0 trouncing of Sheffield Wednesday in 1927, the 5-0 win over Manchester United in 1928 and the historic 5-0 defeat of Spurs in 1969. The latter match was played in front of a record crowd of 41,826 people. The Gift Books revisit Derby County becoming Champions of Division Two in 1969 and the Rams winning the Division One title in 1972 and 1975. The Football Book also covers the last ever game at the Baseball Ground, which was played against Arsenal in 1997. There are fascinating reports on Brian Clough’s departure in 1973, the signing of Bruce Rioch and Francis Lee in 1974 and the introduction of Peter Shilton and Mark Wright in 1987. More recent reports include promotion to the Premiership in 1996 and again in 2007, as well as the thrilling FA Cup tie against
Newspaper coverage continues right up to the end of last season. This unique insight into Derby County’s history makes these books truly memorable gifts and a great addition for a collector of Derby memorabilia.
Derby County Memorabilia
If you are a collector of Derby memorabilia or looking for other Derby gifts, why not consider our Derby County Calendar or Derby County Diary? Each month features a newspaper headline on one of the Rams’ key games. The presents can be personalised with the recipient’s name to make them even more special and both items make great gifts for Derby fans. Other Derby County presents include special Framed Newspaper Reprints and Derby County Mugs.
Finally – Did You Know?
- Derby County’s first important win was the defeat of Aston Villa in the 1886 FA Cup. The Villans were regarded as one of the best teams around at the time and so victory led to a better standard of opponents in Derby’s friendly matches.
- Derby County’s loss to Juventus in the 1973 European Cup semi-final ended in controversy, as the Italian side was accused of bribing match officials.
- The Rams originally played in amber, chocolate and blue. The club changed to black and white in the 1890s. A badge was added to the kit in 1924.
- Derby and Nottingham Forest contest the East Midlands Derby. The winner is awarded the Brian Clough Trophy.
- Paulo Wanchope’s goal against Manchester United, scored in 1997, was recently named the club’s finest ever goal.