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When Football Was Football

DERBY COUNTY, formed in 1884, were one of the 12 founder members of the Football League and have made a major contribution to the history of the English game. This book celebrates the great tradition of the club with scores of wonderful images, taken from the Daily Mirror's huge archive, which are sure to rekindle memories for every generation of supporter. Journey through the days when Steve Bloomer was playing rather than watching, when Raich Carter was inspiring FA Cup glory, and Brian Clough and Peter Taylor were leading the team to the English championship and European Cup semi-finals, right up until the present. Without, of course, forgetting the lows, including Cloughie's departure just as the club was establishing itself at the top of the English game, the two relegations to the third tier, the Play-Off final defeat to Leicester in 1994 and relegation from the Premier League in 2008 with the lowest-ever points tally. When Football Was Football doffs its cap to everybody who has helped shape this great club over the years - the players, the managers, the tea ladies and laundry girls, and, perhaps most importantly, those Derbyshire folk who turn up in their thousands, home and away, week after week, year after year to cheer their team on. So strap yourself in, Rams fans, and prepare yourselves for a trip down Memory Lane. We hope you enjoy the ride...
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Drawing on the Daily Mirror's outstanding photographic archive and Haynes Publishing's wealth of experience, this book continues the successful 'When Football Was Football' series by recounting the magic - and at times not so magic - moments in more than a century of Derby County Football Club. Wonderful and often iconic photographs sit alongside newspaper cuttings from the last century to give an 'as-it-happened' account of the Derby County story. Features the two championship-winning seasons of the 70s and the unforgettable forays into Europe which followed, the FA Cup triumph in the 40s, the highs and lows of the Football League play-offs in more recent times as well as the numerous promotion and relegation campaigns. Captures beautifully some of the great characters who have helped shape the club's rich history, both on the field and off it. Reveals the unexpected outcomes and assorted events threaded through the richly-woven tapestry of Derby County and its supporters. Written and compiled by one of Fleet Street's top young football reporters.

About the Author

TOM HOPKINSON is a football reporter for The People. He has previously worked for the Daily Express, Sunday Express and London's Evening Standard, and is a regular guest on talkSPORT. He also contributed the chapter 'Derby and the Tin Man' for the football anthology 'Life's A Pitch - The Passions of the Press Box'. A big football fan, Tom hails from Bolehill, Derbyshire and lives in south-west London. He was a Derby season ticket holder in the mid-to-late 90s before work intervened.

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