Derby County F.C.
Derby County Football Club is a professional association football club based in Derby, Derbyshire, England. Their home matches are played at Pride Park Stadium, where the club moved in 1997. Derby County F. C. was founded in 1884, by William Morley, as an offshoot of Derbyshire County Cricket Club, it has spent all, additionally, the club was a strong force in the interwar years and won the 1945–46 FA Cup. Derby County F. C. was formed in 1884 as an offshoot of Derbyshire County Cricket Club in an attempt to give players and supporters a winter interest as well as secure the cricket club extra revenue. The original intention was to name the club Derbyshire County F. C. The opening day of the first ever season was 8 September 1888. They absorbed another Derby club, Derby Midland F. C. who had members of the Midland League, in 1891. Steve Bloomer, generally considered to be Derby Countys best-ever player, in 1895 the club moved to a new stadium, the Baseball Ground, which became their home for the next 102 years and adopted their traditional colours of black and white. Although Derby were inconsistent in the league, they did finish runners-up to Aston Villa in 1896 as well as achieving a number of third-place finishes. They were a force in the FA Cup, appearing in three finals in six years around the turn of the 20th century, though lost all three, in 1898,1899 and 1903. In 1914 they were relegated again, but instantly won the Second Division to get promoted, after two seasons, they were relegated yet again in 1921. Derby were one of clubs to close down after the outbreak of World War II but restarted in the early 1940s, in part due to the persistence of Jack Nicholas. In 1967, Brian Clough and Peter Taylor took over and led them to their greatest glory, though Derby did not retain their title the following season, they did reach the semi-finals of the European Cup, where they lost to Juventus. Cloughs frequent outspoken comments against footballs establishment eventually led to him falling out with the board of directors at the club, and Clough and Taylor left in October 1973. Such was their impact on the club that,37 years later, though they challenged well in their first season, Derby were soon hit hard by rising debts, falling attendances and dismal performances. However, Derby did manage to avoid going out of business, after relegation to the Third Division in May 1984, the club appointed Arthur Cox as manager. A lack of any investment from Maxwell quickly led to a decline. At this time, local newspaper businessman Lionel Pickering became the majority shareholder of the club, in 1992, Derby County paid £2
Martin Albrechtsen is a Danish professional football player, currently playing for the Danish superliga team AC Horsens. He can play in any position across the four and has played four games for the Danish national team. He is the brother of Jacob Albrechtsen. Born in Værløse in the Capital Region of Denmark, Albrechtsen started his career at Akademisk Boldklub, alongside later Danish international Peter Løvenkrands, he was called up for the Danish under-19 national team in September 1997. In February 1998 they both signed their first professional contracts with AB, joining the squad which competed in the Danish Superliga championship. In the 1998-99 season, he scored 1 league goal in 9 games for tAB, Albrechtsen was a part of the AB team which won the 1999 Danish Cup, and he was named 2000 Danish under-21 Talent of the Year. He made his debut for the Denmark national football team national team manager Morten Olsen in April 2001. As AB struggled financially, Albrechtsen was sold to defending Superliga champions F. C. Copenhagen in a DKK9 million transfer deal in January 2002, Albrechtsen signed a 4½-year contract with Copenhagen, looking to replace former team captain Jacob Laursen in the central defence. In total he played 14 league games for Løverne in the part of the 2001-02-season. He helped the club. win the 2003 and 2004 Danish Superliga championships and he made his debut for the club on 3 March 2002 when they played 0–0 against AGF. Albrechtsen made his first European appearance for Copenhagen on 27 November 2003 when they drew 1–1 at Mallorca in a match in the UEFA Cup, in June 2004, he moved abroad to play for English club West Bromwich Albion in the FA Premier League. He was bought in a £2.5 million transfer deal and he made his debut for the club on 28 August 2004, coming on as a substitute in a Premiership match against Everton. Albrechtsen was a regular for Albion during 2004–05, helping them to relegation on the final day of the season. He also figured prominently during the season, and scored his first ever goal for the club in the 1–0 win against Wigan Athletic at the JJB Stadium in January 2006. He stayed with the club as Albion were relegated to the secondary English Football League in the summer 2006, after an absence of more than three years, he was recalled for the Danish national team in November 2006. Despite being signed as a central-defender, Albrechtsen had, prior to the 2007–08 season, in August 2007 however, Albion manager Tony Mowbray decided to move the Danish player back into the centre of defence. Albrechtsen made his 100th appearance for Albion in the 1–0 defeat at Sheffield United on 25 August 2007. After failing to agree terms with West Brom on a new deal, Albrechsten joined Derby County on a Bosman free transfer, in the process he became manager Paul Jewells eighth signing of the season. P. R
Ikechi Anya is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Derby County and the Scotland national team. A versatile player, he has fielded in a number of other positions, including winger. Anya has previously played for Wycombe Wanderers and Northampton Town and Watford, as well as Spanish sides Celta de Vigo, Sevilla Atlético, eligible to also represent Romania, Nigeria or England internationally, he chose to play for the country of his birth, Scotland. Anyas father is a Nigerian research scientist of the Igbo ethnic group, the couple met while studying in Bucharest. After finishing their studies, his parents moved to Scotland in the late 1980s for his father to obtain his doctorate in metallurgy, Anya was born in Glasgow, Scotland and spent his early childhood in the Castlemilk area. His mother, Mariena, states that as a boy Anya was kicking a ball in front of the house where he grew up in Glasgow from morning till night as a young boy. The family moved to Oxford when he was seven years old after his father got a job at the University of Oxford, Anya maintained his fondness for Scotland, stating that whenever Scotland played England he would cheer Come on Scotland. His older brother, Chima, is a medical doctor, Anya joined the Wycombe Wanderers youth team in the 2003–04 season, having been released by Oxford United. He was released in the summer of 2007 and signed for Oxford City, in the summer of 2008 he joined the Glenn Hoddle Academy and his contract expired in the summer of 2010. On 28 February 2009, Anya signed for League One side Northampton Town and he made his debut as coming on as a substitute in the game away to Cheltenham Town on the same day. His first goal for the club came as part of a 3–4 defeat against Swindon Town on 24 March. His second goal came in the 92nd minute of the 3–1 victory at Leyton Orient, Anya signed for Celta Vigo in July 2010 after his contract with the Glenn Hoddle Academy expired. On 13 July 2011, Anya signed a contract with newly promoted La Liga side Granada. He was then loaned out to Cádiz for the season, Anya was loaned to English side Watford for the 2012–13 season. He made his Watford debut as a substitute in the defeat against Ipswich Town on 21 August 2012. He made his first start and scored his first goal for the club in the defeat to Bradford City in the second round of the League Cup on 28 August 2012. Anya scored his first league goal for Watford against Blackpool in a 2–2 draw on 24 November 2012, on 22 July 2013, Anya completed a permanent move to Watford, signing a three-year deal. Anya scored his first goal for the club in a 1–1 draw with Bristol City on 17 September 2016, Anya chose to play international football for Scotland, the land of his birth, but would also have been eligible for England, Nigeria or Romania
He is currently Assistant Manager at Bridlington Town. Ashbee began his career at Derby County in 1994 and he stayed at the Rams for two seasons, but struggled to make an impact and after a loan spell, he was eventually sold to Cambridge United in 1996. Ashbee was one of Cambridge Uniteds longest-serving players at the time and he made his debut in a 1–0 win at Torquay. It was here that Ashbee made his name as he scored 11 goals in over 200 games for The Us, purchased by manager Jan Mølby in June 2002 in the Third Division he suffered a nightmare start to his Hull career as he was sent off on his debut. This was, however, due to his approach on the pitch and he soon became a firm favourite with Tigers fans and management alike. Ashbee was, however, cursed by an old injury in the subsequent Championship campaign, being diagnosed with an osteochondral defect and he underwent surgery that involved drilling fourteen holes in the bone to stimulate re-growth. He was warned by his doctor that this injury threatened not just his career and he was also retained as captain by Hulls next manager, Phil Parkinson, and his replacement, Phil Brown. This meant that Ashbee captained Hull to promotion from the division of the Football League to the top. Andy Dawson, Boaz Myhill and Ryan France are the players to have helped take Hull up through the four divisions. Towards the end of the 2008–09 season, in a fixture against Aston Villa on 4 May 2009, Ashbee suffered another career-threatening injury, upon his return on the first game of the 2010–11 season, Ashbee scored the second goal in Hull s 2–0 victory over Swansea City. In January 2011, Ashbee signed for Preston North End, managed by former Hull manager Phil Brown, Ashbee was offered a 1-year contract extension at Hull, but wanted to sign a 2-year contract, which Preston offered him. He went on to make 19 appearances for Preston during the season, Ashbee was named club captain of Preston in June 2011. On 2 February 2012, Preston and Ashbee agreed to end his contract, during that season, at the age of 35, he had struggled through a knee injury that restricted him to only seven starts and four substitute appearances. Ashbee stated on his Twitter page later in 2012 that he had retired from football at the age of 36. On 13 January 2015, he out of retirement by signing for a short time with Humber Premier League side Hull United. On the 20th September 2016 Ian Ashbee was announced as the assistant manager to Curtis Woodhouse at Bridlington Town
Ross Michael Atkins is an English football goalkeeper who currently plays for Northern Premier League Premier Division side Mickleover Sports. Atkins was named in the squad for the first time as an unused substitute in Derbys 2–1 win over Coventry in November 2009. Atkins then spent a month on loan at Burton Albion in January 2010 without making an appearance, a second loan spell of the season saw him move to Conference National side Kidderminster Harriers for another month-long spell which was initially extended for the remainder of the season. He signed a new deal with Derby on 23 April 2010. On 10 August 2010, Atkins agreed to join Conference National side Tamworth on a months loan, on 7 May 2011, Atkins did make his first team debut in a 2–1 defeat at Reading. Despite the result, Atkins stated that he enjoyed his first team debut, Derby confirmed their intention to offer Atkins a new contract at the club at the end of the 2010–11 season. During pre-season ahead of the 2011–12 season, Atkins trained with Burton Albion with a with to a possible season long-loan move. After impressing in training and pre-season games, Atkins completed a loan move to Burton Albion on 29 July 2011. At the end of the season, Atkins had a clause activated on his contract which extended his stay at Derby County until the end of the 2012–13 season and he then rejoined Burton on another season-long loan in July 2012. After this games, Burton signed ex-Port Vale goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson, with Burton manager Gary Rowett being dissatisfied with the performances of Atkins, Atkins slipped to third choice behind Tomlinson and Lyness and his loan was terminated early on 15 January 2013. During the 2012–13 post season, it was reported by the Derby Telegraph that Atkins was close to joining fellow Derbyshire club Alfreton Town on loan, as a result, Atkins contract at Derby was extended to 2014. Atkins season-long loan to Alfreton Town was confirmed on 1 July, Derby decided to bring Atkins back on 3 January 2014 by activating a recall clause in his season-long loan. On 31 January 2014, Atkins was sent back out on loan again this time to Crawley Town on an emergency loan and he was released by Derby at the end of the season. Ross joined Northern Premier League Division One South side Gresley on 25 September 2014, Atkins made his debut at home on the following Saturday. Gresley won 4-2 against Rainworth Miners Welfare, in December 2014 he signed for Conference North side Leamington, and then Mickleover Sports in March 2015. Atkins has been capped once at under-18 & under-19 level for England in 2006 and 2007 respectively, as of match played 12 November 2013. Central League Central Division Champions, 2009–10 Ross Atkins profile at Derby County F. C. Ross Atkins at Soccerbase Ross Atkins Tamworth & Burton Albion at Soccerbase TheFA. com profile