Roy McFarland and Colin Todd, the best defensive duo of the 1970s?

DERBY COUNTY’s golden age was between 1971-75, during which time, they won two Football League championships during an incredible time for a club very few people would call “fashionable”. The teams that Brian Clough and Peter Taylor built created a legacy that no Derby side has been able to live up to. Derby had some excellent players in every department of their two title-winning team: Kevin … Continue reading Roy McFarland and Colin Todd, the best defensive duo of the 1970s?

State of Play: Derby County – Yearning for Past Glory

TWICE League champions in the 1970s, Derby County are often considered to be a Premier League club in the waiting. But it has been more than a decade since the Rams were last in the top flight, despite going close to winning promotion on a number of occasions. The club has spent big to try and bridge the gap, but the current situation is unsustainable … Continue reading State of Play: Derby County – Yearning for Past Glory

72 Classic: Clough, Allison, Keegan and co. – why it was special

MALCOLM Allison, one of the pivotal figures of the 1970s, once said that the period between 1967 and 1972 was one of British football’s golden ages. Anyone who lived through that half decade of action will doubtless recall some outstanding players and personalities, memorable teams and the outlandish fashion and hairstyles of the age. This was, after all, a period that desperately clung to the … Continue reading 72 Classic: Clough, Allison, Keegan and co. – why it was special

Lampard’s lament in Cold Blow Lane

POOR old Frank Lampard, he didn’t stand a chance. He’s faced Leeds United and Millwall in consecutive weeks and come away with zero points. What’s more, he’s been confronted by two of the most partisan sets of fans in the game and if the reception he received from Millwall’s loyal band is anything to go by, he’s had a rough ride in his first three … Continue reading Lampard’s lament in Cold Blow Lane

1971 wasn’t half bad for football, either

DAVID HEPWORTH is a fine journalist and an excellent chronicler of popular culture. His latest book, 1971: Never a Dull Moment, accurately recalls the year as a pivotal 12 months in the history of rock music. He’s absolutely spot-on, although like almost everyone, Hepworth is playing the “better in my day” card. We all become our grandparents at some point in life. But 1971 was … Continue reading 1971 wasn’t half bad for football, either

We are the Champions: 1974-75 – Derby County

Given the depth of talent at the club, it was no surprise that Derby County secured their second Football League Championship in four seasons in 1975. But it was not their charismatic and controversial manager of 1972, Brian Clough, that led them to the title. Clough and his number two, Peter Taylor, left the club in the autumn of 1973 and in October of that … Continue reading We are the Champions: 1974-75 – Derby County

Dave Mackay…would you have tackled him?

It’s always sad to hear of the passing of a football legend and the news that Dave Mackay, most famously remembered for being part of the Tottenham double side of 1961, was just that. Amid the many tributes that will be paid to the man in the coming days and weeks, there are five things that I will remember about David Craig Mackay. Football’s most … Continue reading Dave Mackay…would you have tackled him?

Great Partnerships: McFarland and Todd, the best defensive duo of modern times?

  DERBY COUNTY’s golden age was between 1971-75, during which time, they won two Football League championships during an incredible time for a club very few people would call “fashionable”. The teams that Brian Clough and Peter Taylor built created a legacy that no Derby side has been able to live up to. Derby had some excellent players in every department of their two title-winning team: … Continue reading Great Partnerships: McFarland and Todd, the best defensive duo of modern times?