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Five of Derby County's most memorable games

13 September 2022

Derby County are set to embark on their 5000th league fixture but as for the games that went before, there have been some memorable fixtures.

We take a look back at five of the best in their history…

Derby County 1-0 Liverpool

John McGovern had done all he could as the curtain came down on the 1971/72 campaign, grabbing the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Liverpool on what was their last day of the season.

The Rams players then went on a club holiday to Mallorca top of the League while Leeds and Liverpool faced one final fixture apiece due to Leeds and Arsenal playing in the FA Cup Final.

The Yorkshire outfit only required a point against Wolverhampton Wanderers to be crowned Champions, with Bill Shankly's men needing a win over the Gunners and Don Revie's whites to lose to finish ahead of Brian Clough's side. 

Leeds lost to Wolves whilst Liverpool were held to a draw by Arsenal, meaning Derby took an hostoric first Division One title.

Derby County 2-3 Southampton (4-3 on penalties)

Southampton thought they’d broke Derby’s hearts when they equalised in the 89th minute of the 2006/07 Championship Play-Off Semi-Final second leg to make it 4-4 on aggregate and 3-4 to Saints on the night.

30 minutes of extra-time weren’t enough to separate the two teams and it would be a penalty shoot-out to decide who would face West Bromwich Albion in the Final. Derby eventually prevailed 4-3 on spot-kicks, denying Southampton a first victory at Pride Park as the hosts progressed.

And Derby went on to achieve promotion to the top-flight, edging the Baggies 1-0 in the Final under the famous arch.

Leeds United 2-4 Derby County 

When faced with a 1-0 deficit with a place in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final at stake, the Rams had to step up to the plate when they travelled to a packed-out Elland Road for the second leg of the 2018/19 Semi-Final.

The hosts then went ahead through Northern Ireland star Stuart Dallas, but an error from Leeds captain Liam Cooper saw super sub Jack Marriott pounce and put the visitors back where they started at half-time.

Following the restart Chelsea loanee Mason Mount struck within the space of two minutes to draw level, before another loan-star, Harry Wilson, made the scoresheet from the spot to complete an unbelievable turnaround. Despite Leeds pulling a goal back to level the tie once more, Marriott made himself the man of the hour, making it 3-4 on aggregate in the 85th minute to book Derby a place at Wembley - the first time a first leg home deficit had been overturned in the Play-Offs. 

Derby County 5-0 Nottingham Forest

Derby day at Pride Park calls for a hero and long-serving midfielder Craig Bryson was that man when the Rams matched their biggest-ever win over neighbouring Nottingham Forest in March 2014.

Bryson took home the match ball after notching a hat-trick in a 5-0 victory over Forest, whilst Jeff Hendrick and Johnny Russell also got in on the act to take home the Brian Clough Trophy

The Rams last recorded an identical score-line in 1898 when Steve Bloomer was at the treble for Derby before Scotsman Bryson would follow in his very footsteps over 115 years later.

Derby County 7-0 Manchester City

Despite enduring a slow start to the season, Derby were full of confidence as they prepared for the visit of Manchester City to the Baseball Ground in Division One back in December 1949, with three consecutive wins under their belt.

The Club’s record signing from City's arch rivals Manchester United earlier that year, Johnny Morris, came up with the goods for Derby. The then-26-year-old opened the scoring for the Rams and within 35 minutes, the hosts were cruising at 3-0 up.

And they would pick up where they left off after the restart, with Billy Steel making it 7-0 in the dying moments of the game to round of the Rams’ most significant peacetime League win.

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