Premiership Preview: Derby County

July 30, 2007 at 10:10 am | Posted in Football, Jackie Manuel | Leave a comment

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First Team at Pride Park?

Interesting Wikipedia Fact: In 1895 the club moved to a new stadium, The Baseball Ground (so called because it was previously used for baseball), which became their home for the next 102 years, and adopted their traditional colours of black and white.

Jackie’s club knowledge: I don’t remember much about Derby’s last Premiership run. Jim Smith kept them up for a few years against the odds. I remember the White Feather, Seth Johnson, and the first of many John Gregory led failures. I’ve read plenty about their proud history as an original football league member and they were quite good in the 70’s I suppose. Fellow Yank Gooner, Geoff Caldwell supports Derby as his second side.

Worst Kit

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Fantasy: Steven Howard led the Rams in goals and assists last year, but he’s unlikely to find life easy a class higher and he’s a yellow machine too. If Billy Davies plays Giles Barnes he could occasionally be worth a fantasy run out. He’s got real pace and the midfielder will probably play up front some. Earnshaw is not an answer to any fantasy question and play the past it Darren Moore for sentimental reasons only.

Best and Worst Possible Finish: 17th and 20th– Davies seems to know what he’s doing, taking Derby County up a bit ahead of schedule. I saw four or five games last season and the players work hard for each other. Still, this club was outplayed by Southampton and West Brom in the playoffs and with little help coming in I can’t see them getting the same bounces this season. Staying up will be the goal and Derby County are the best bet to yo-yo back to the Coke league.

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