19th – Derby County Then and Now

Football inflation has been incredible over the past decade and none more so than in the world of Derby County since the arrival of Mel Morris.

Whilst we have written at length on here around The Rams spectacular failings in the transfer market, the equally harrowing Nigel Clough austerity era is still less than a decade ago. Here are some example of how things have changed in that time. Shout to my brother who came out of retirement to write most of this one.

A “Shaun Barker level fee” a.k.a. £900k, was the benchmark for a large, once a year if you’re lucky, transfer fee.
Duane Holmes arrives for a seven figure fee with half the fans not realising, until it transpires that the little Bruno ‘fun-size’ Mars lookalike is not actually the mascot against Birmingham, but will replace the injured Mason Mount in the number 10 role.

Peter Gadsby wants to reclaim the club and launch a promotion bid with a whopping £5m slush fund to rebuild the squad.
Derby U23s regularly feature non grata first teamers Thorne, Anya and Butterfield, representing around £12m in transfer fees.

Out of favour Championship midfielders John Eustace and Lee Johnson arrive on loan to bolster the Rams options in the middle of the park
Rams sign one of the best young midfielders in the country in Mason Mount from Chelsea, to bolster midfield options, who soon becomes a full England international.

Tom Glick pontificates for 3 weeks over spending £350k or £400k on Conor Sammon and subsequently gets gazumped by Wigan, leaving us woefully short of attacking options for the remainder of the season.
The Rams test the water on a possible bank busting £8m+ bid for Bristol City left back Joe Bryan. Being priced out, they swiftly move on and casually drop the best part of £1m on Scott Malone.

Rams sign Jake Buxton on a short term contract from non-league Burton Albion to provide defensive cover. Bucko although limited, plays his heart out, improves massively and is rewarded with a new deal.
Rams sign full Ireland international and promotion winning Reading captain Alex Pearce on a lucrative contract to provide defensive cover. He hardly kicks a ball for 3 years, but we extend his bloody contract anyway because he’s always in early on the bikes!

Rams sign goalkeeper Saul Deeney from non-league to provide goalkeeping bench cover although he has no real prospect of first team football
Rams sign goalkeeper Kelle Roos from non-league to provide goalkeeping bench cover although he has no real prospect of first team football.

glick pep

“So Messi is a no go. But if we sit tight to deadline day, I think I can get Liverpool to drop from £10m to £9m for Adam Lallana, which would be cool. Leave it with me, I’m all over it man”


Posted on December 19, 2018, in Derby County Advent Calendar 2018 and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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