From the vault: Opponents in focus - Derby
Another of Pompey's no power championship opponents will be Derby, so they are next to come under the microscope as Pompey Jake has a look at them - we revisit this ahead of the meeting tomorrow...
Derby County FC "The Rams"
Derby County FC were one of the 12 original founders of the Football league in 1888 and so are one of the few teams who have competed in every season since the leagues began.
They spent 6 straight years in the Prem between 1996 and 2002 Jim Smith the man guiding them to promotion having left Pompey the season before. However, they have had a torrid time in more recent times and were placed in receivership in 2003 and sold for £3 in afterwards. However, in the 2004-05 season, Derby finished 4th in the Championship although they lost to Preston in the Semi Finals. However in June 2006 they again reached the playoffs beating both Southampton (WHEY!) and West Brom to secure promotion to the Premier League.
Their stay in the Premiership was short lived as the team under performed being relegated in March, quicker than any other club in Premier League history (A record that we didn't beat!) having only won 1 game in the entire season. They also collected the lowest amount of points in Prem history too.
Black and white.
Last Season Derby County finished 14th in the Championship and reached the 5th round of the FA cup being beaten by Birmingham (who went on to lose to Pompey in the cup on our road to Wembley!) They were knocked out in the 1st round of the League cup in a surprise Rotherham victory.
Head to heads:
Premier League Fixtures.
19.01.2008 Portsmouth 3-1 Derby County
11.08.2007 Derby County 2-2 Portsmouth
League standing last 5 years:
2009/10 = Championship 14th
2008/09 = Championship 18th (Reached League Cup Semi Finals)
2007/08 = Premier League 20th (Relegated)
2006/07 = Championship 3rd (Promoted via play offs)
2005/08 = Championship 20th
Saturday, 6 November 2010 - Derby v Portsmouth, 17:20
Saturday, 5 February 2011 - Portsmouth v Derby, 15:00
The Man in Charge:
Nigel Clough, the son of Brian, is currently Manager at the club. Previously he was player/manager at non-league Burton Albion and put them on the path to promotion to the Football League and once drew the mighty Man United in the cup. Remarkably Burton held United to a 0-0 draw at home before losing 5-0 on the replay. He spent 9 years at Burton before becoming the Derby manager in January 2009, a move many questioned due to his lack of higher league football experience.
With a lack of fit players he remarkably steered Derby to a better League place last season than the one before.
Clough's Derby Stats:
Managed - 75
Won - 24
Drawn - 24
Lost - 18
Win Percentage - 32%
Robbie Savage (Captain and Midfielder)
Savage has been become well known for being a dirty football player and was voted in the Mail as being the dirtiest player in Premier League history. However, underneath the surface is a player with exceptional skill, hunger and character and one that could pose a threat to any defender.
Rob Hulse (Striker)
Hulse is a player I have always rated. He is very athletic and a dangerous threat in the box. He finished top scorer for Sheffield United in the Premier league 2006/2007 season. He could of have gone on to become a real talent but injuries, as happens to many promising English players, blighted his game.
Pride Park, the Rams current stadium, was completed in 1997 having moved from their old ground the Baseball ground. It has a capacity of 33597 making it the 3rd largest in the Championship. Last year Derby had an average league attendance of 29230 which was the 2nd highest beaten by promoted Newcastle.
According to the fifa.com website, Derby held the first recorded example of a football game.
This game is reputedly Anglo-Saxon in origin and there are many legends concerning its first appearance. For example, in both Kingston-on-Thames and Chester, the story goes that the game was played for the very first time with the severed head of a vanquished Danish prince.
My opinion may not count for much but I predict Derby to be floating around or just off the Play off positions.
Written by Pompey Jake.
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