Derby County Football Club is a professional association football club based in Derby, Derbyshire, England. The club currently competes in the EFL Championship, the second tier of English football, and has played its home matches at Pride Park Stadium since 1997.
Notable for being one of the twelve founder members of the Football League in 1888, Derby County is one of only ten clubs to have competed in every season of the English football league and, in 2009, was ranked 137th in the top 200 European football teams of the 20th century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics.
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Like most old football clubs, Derby County did not initially have any badge displayed on their shirts. Their first badge was introduced in 1924. The badge consisted of a circular shield split into three equally sized sections, representing the club, its fans and the area, all containing items traditionally associated with the city of Derby: a Tudor rose and a crown in one section, a buck in a park in the second and a ram's head in the final section. The badge was worn on the players' shirts for just two seasons before they reverted to plain shirts.
In 2007, the badge was modified with the ram still facing left and the text "Est. 1884" now in the middle of a circular frame featuring "Derby County Football Club" in gold lettering, with the colours being modified to the club colours of black and white in 2009. In July 2012, the club announced its intention to show only the iconic ram on future shirts, rather than the full club logo. In July 2013, this traditional ram became the club's full logo again.
Derby County's original colours were amber, chocolate and blue, though by the 1890s the club had adopted its now traditional colours of black and white, which are still in use today. In the 1970s and 1980s, colours for home matches were white shirts with small blue or red touches (on the club badge or shirt makers insignia), blue shorts and socks that were blue, red, white or a combination of the three. The colours of away kits have varied widely, and although they are usually yellow/gold or blue, the colour for the away kit for the 2008–09 season was fluorescent green. The club also introduced a surprise third kit in August 2008. Similar in design to the club's away kit of the 1970s, with blue and white stripes and reminiscent of the Argentina national team strip, the style was re-introduced following feedback from fans who said it was one of their favourite kits from the club's past.
Derby's primary rival clubs are Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Leeds United, with Forest, based in Nottingham, 14 miles east of Derby, being by far the fiercest rivals; a 2008 survey named the rivalry the 11th-largest in English football, revealing that nine out of ten fans from both clubs point to the other as their fiercest rival. Meetings between the side are known as East Midlands derbies and the winning team is awarded the Brian Clough Trophy. The rivalry as a whole largely developed from the 1970s, due to former Derby manager Brian Clough taking over at Forest, much to the anger of the Derby fans. In fact, some commentators have described the rivalry to be as much about which club owns Clough's heart as much as the proximity of the clubs geographically.
The rivalry with Leicester City stems largely from geographical location rather than any shared history. Leeds United are disliked due to ongoing friction from the early 1970s when Derby and Leeds were two of the top English teams and the scarcely concealed hostility between their respective managers, Brian Clough and Don Revie. The rivalry is documented in the novel and film The Damned United. This rivalry is stronger on Derby's side: while Derby consider Leeds their second-biggest rivals, Leeds fans focus more on their dislike of Manchester United and Chelsea.
Stephen Bloomer (20 January 1874 – 16 April 1938) was an England international footballer and manager who played for Derby County - becoming their record goal scorer. The anthem Steve Bloomer's Watchin' is played at every Derby home game and there is a bust of him at the Pride Park Stadium. He is also listed in the Football League 100 Legends and English Football Hall of Fame. During his career Bloomer was a prolific goal scorer for both club and country. In 536 First Division games he scored 317 goals and, after Jimmy Greaves, he is the second highest all-time goal scorer in the top-flight.
Kevin James Hector (born 2 November 1944 in Leeds) is an English former footballer who scored 268 goals from 662 appearances in the Football League playing for Bradford Park Avenue and Derby County.His 486 League appearances for Derby County is a club record. He made a record 589 appearances for Derby in his two spells, 486 of which came in league games.
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