Date: 24th July 2010 at 12:30pm
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Vital QPR – Breaking News
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Vital QPR takes a look at Championship side Derby County


Founded: 1884

Nickname: The Rams

Ground: Pride Park (33,597)

Manager: Nigel Clough


Football League First Division – Champions: 1972, 1975
Football League First Division – Runners Up: 1896, 1930, 1936

Football League Second Division – Champions: 1912, 1915, 1969, 1987
Football League Second Division – Runners Up: 1926
Football League Division One – Runners Up: 1996
Football League Championship – Playoff Winners: 2007

FA Cup – Winners: 1946
FA Cup – Runners Up: 1898, 1899, 1903


Record Attendance: 41,826 v Tottenham Hotspur (First Division, 1969)

Record victory: 12-0 v Finn Harps (Uefa Cup, 1976)

Record defeat: 2-11 v Everton (FA Cup, 1890)

Record Buy: £3,500,000 – Robert Earnshaw from Norwich City

Record Sale: £7,000,000 – Seth Johnson to Leeds United

Record Appearances: Kevin Hector – 581 – 1966-78, 1980-82

Record Goals: Steve Bloomer – 332 – 1892-1906, 1910-14


Things haven’t gone as planned for Derby under Nigel Clough as he continues to pick up the pieces of a traumatic era for the Rams.

Their Premier League foray has proven counter-productive as had the appointment of Paul Jewell with the squad flooded with expensive but ultimately fruitless talent.

Clough has overseen a steady process at Pride Park without truly pulling up many trees, but they struggled to gain that consistency where it mattered most, and it made for a frustrating campaign.

Prediction: 18

Unless Derby can keep key players like Rob Hulse, they are, in my opinion, destined to underachieve once more.

Clough picked up County at a time of upheavel and while trying to steady the ship, his Rams are proving a frustrating prospect for supporters.

There were few too many clean sheets and not enough goals, and without a great deal of change in the transfer market it seems County could be in for more mediocrity.

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