2006–07 Derby County F.C. season

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Derby County
2006–07 season
Chairman Peter Gadsby
Manager Billy Davies
Stadium Pride Park Stadium
Championship 3rd (qualified for play-offs)
Play-offs Winners
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Howard (16)
All: Howard (17)[1]
Highest home attendance 31,920 (vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers, 26 December 2006)
Lowest home attendance 21,295 (vs. Barnsley, 1 November 2006)
Average home league attendance 25,944[2]

During the 2006–07 English football season, Derby County competed in the Football League Championship.

Season summary[edit]

Derby County finished the season in third place in the Championship, four points behind champions Sunderland and two points behind runners-up Birmingham City. With new ownership, Derby had been able to compete in the transfer market for the first time in a number of years, with Luton Town's Steve Howard becoming the club's first £1 million singing since François Grenet six years previously and, alongside captures from Premiership clubs such as West Ham United's Stephen Bywater and Fulham's Dean Leacock, manager Billy Davies began shaping a side capable of competing at the right end of the table. This wasn't apparent from the off, however, and a return of just five points from the club's opening six fixtures did not hint at instant success for Davies, leaving influential and creative players such as Tommy Smith and Iñigo Idiakez to depart the club prior to the closing of the August transfer window. However, a 1–0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers on 12 September proved a catalyst as the club lost only four of its next 27 fixtures (a run which included winning all six league fixtures in November and an eight-match winning streak of six league and two FA Cup games from 30 December to 10 February). After a 2–2 draw at home to Hull City on 10 February, Derby were six points clear at the top of the table[3] and had strengthened for the promotion run-in with the signing of Tyrone Mears, Jay McEveley, Gary Teale, David Jones, Craig Fagan, Stephen Pearson and Jon Macken for a combined £5 million. However, a 2–0 defeat away to Plymouth Argyle in the fifth round preceded a notable wobble in results and the club recorded a return of just six points from the next five games, conceding top spot to Birmingham City after a 1–0 defeat at St. Andrews on 9 March.[4] A resounding 5–1 win against Colchester United (by far the biggest win of a campaign which saw victory by a two-goal margin or greater on just six occasions) looked to have put the club back on track, but, after taking just 12 points from the next ten fixtures, the club slipped out of the automatic promotion places altogether and a 2–0 defeat at Crystal Palace in the penultimate game of the season confirmed a 3rd placed finish and entry into the 2006–07 Championship playoffs.

Derby defeated West Bromwich Albion 1-0 in the play-off final with a goal from Stephen Pearson to return Derby to the top flight of English football for the first time in five seasons.

Striker Steve Howard, who was also Derby's top scorer that season, was awarded the Jack Stamps Trophy as Derby's player of the season. Defender Darren Moore was named in the PFA's Championship Team of the Year.

Kit[edit]

Spanish company Joma remained Derby's kits manufacturers, and introduced a new home kit for the season, the first time since 1998 that Derby had not used the same kit for two seasons running. The Derbyshire Building Society continued sponsoring the kits.[5]

Final league table[edit]

P W D L F A GD Pts
C 1 Sunderland 46 27 7 12 76 47 +29 88
P 2 Birmingham City 46 26 8 12 67 42 +25 86
P 3 Derby County 46 25 9 12 62 46 +16 84
  4 West Bromwich Albion 46 22 10 14 81 55 +26 76
  5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 22 10 14 59 56 +3 76
  6 Southampton 46 21 12 13 77 53 +24 75
  7 Preston North End 46 22 8 16 64 53 +11 74
  8 Stoke City 46 19 16 11 62 41 +21 73
  9 Sheffield Wednesday 46 20 11 15 70 66 +4 71
  10 Colchester United 46 20 9 17 70 56 +14 69
  11 Plymouth Argyle 46 17 16 13 63 62 +1 67
  12 Crystal Palace 46 18 11 17 59 51 +8 65
  13 Cardiff City 46 17 13 16 57 53 +4 64
  14 Ipswich Town 46 18 8 20 64 59 +5 62
  15 Burnley 46 15 12 19 52 49 +3 57
  16 Norwich City 46 16 9 21 56 71 -15 57
  17 Coventry City 46 16 8 22 47 62 -15 56
  18 Queens Park Rangers 46 14 11 21 54 68 -14 53
  19 Leicester City 46 13 14 19 49 64 -15 53
  20 Barnsley 46 15 5 26 53 85 -32 50
  21 Hull City 46 13 10 23 51 67 -16 49
R 22 Southend United 46 10 12 24 47 80 -33 42
R 23 Luton Town 46 10 10 26 53 81 -28 40
R 24 Leeds United 46 13 7 26 46 72 -26 36 A

A Deducted 10 points for administration entrance.

Results[edit]

Derby County's score comes first[6]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Championship[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
6 August 2006 Southampton H 2-2 21,939 S Johnson, Peschisolido
8 August 2006 Stoke City A 0-2 20,013
12 August 2006 Hull City A 2-1 15,261 Oakley, Smith (pen)
19 August 2006 Norwich City H 0-0 22,196
26 August 2006 Colchester United A 3-4 4,574 Lupoli (2), Peschisolido
9 September 2006 Sunderland H 1-2 26,502 Oakley
12 September 2006 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1-0 21,546 Howard
16 September 2006 Preston North End H 1-1 22,220 Howard (pen)
23 September 2006 Sheffield Wednesday A 2-1 23,659 Peschisolido, Howard
30 September 2006 Southend United H 3-0 22,395 Lupoli (2), M Johnson
15 October 2006 Plymouth Argyle A 1-3 13,622 Lupoli
17 October 2006 Queens Park Rangers A 2-1 10,882 Bisgaard, Howard
21 October 2006 Birmingham City H 0-1 25,673
28 October 2006 Cardiff City A 2-2 17,371 Howard, Barnes
1 November 2006 Barnsley H 2-1 21,295 Barnes (2)
4 November 2006 West Bromwich Albion H 2-1 25,342 Oakley, Barnes
11 November 2006 Coventry City A 2-1 19,701 Stead, Howard
18 November 2006 Luton Town A 2-0 9,708 Stead, Howard
25 November 2006 Leicester City H 1-0 28,315 Stead
29 November 2006 Ipswich Town H 2-1 22,606 Howard, Lupoli
2 December 2006 West Bromwich Albion A 0-1 20,494
9 December 2006 Leeds United A 1-0 20,087 Barnes
16 December 2006 Crystal Palace H 1-0 23,875 Jones
23 December 2006 Burnley A 0-0 12,825
26 December 2006 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0-2 31,920
30 December 2006 Plymouth Argyle H 1-0 25,775 Bisgaard
1 January 2007 Preston North End A 2-1 19,204 Howard (2, 1 pen)
13 January 2007 Sheffield Wednesday H 1-0 28,936 Jones
20 January 2007 Southend United A 1-0 10,745 Howard
30 January 2007 Burnley H 1-0 23,122 Howard
3 February 2007 Southampton A 1-0 27,656 Howard
10 February 2007 Hull City H 2-2 28,140 Teale, Moore
21 February 2007 Stoke City H 0-2 24,897
24 February 2007 Sunderland A 1-2 36,049 Barnes
2 March 2007 Colchester United H 5-1 26,704 Jones, Lupoli, Barnes, Howard (pen), Barker (own goal)
6 March 2007 Norwich City A 2-1 23,462 Jones (2)
9 March 2007 Birmingham City A 0-1 20,962
13 March 2007 Queens Park Rangers H 1-1 27,567 Moore
17 March 2007 Cardiff City H 3-1 27,689 Howard (2, 1 pen), Barnes
31 March 2007 Barnsley A 2-1 17,059 Jones, Oakley
6 April 2007 Leicester City A 1-1 24,704 Fagan
9 April 2007 Coventry City H 1-1 29,940 Oakley
14 April 2007 Ipswich Town A 1-2 24,319 Oakley
20 April 2007 Luton Town H 1-0 28,499 Nyatanga
29 April 2007 Crystal Palace A 0-2 19,545
6 May 2007 Leeds United H 2-0 31,183 Currie, Mears

Championship play-offs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
SF 1st Leg 12 May 2007 Southampton A 2-1 30,602 Howard (2, 1 pen)
SF 2nd Leg 15 May 2007 Southampton H 2-3 (won 4-3 on pens) 31,569 Moore, Best (own goal)
F 28 May 2007 West Bromwich Albion N 1-0 74,993 Pearson

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 2007 Wrexham H 3-1 15,609 Lupoli (3)
R4 27 January 2007 Bristol Rovers H 1-0 25,033 Peschisolido
R5 17 February 2007 Plymouth Argyle A 0-2 18,026

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 22 August 2006 Stockport County A 1-0 3,394 M Johnson
R2 20 September 2006 Doncaster Rovers A 3-3 (lost 7-8 on pens) 5,598 Howard, Moore, Lupoli

Squad[edit]

[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Lee Camp[7]
2 England DF Marc Edworthy
3 Guinea DF Mo Camara
4 Scotland DF James McEveley[8]
5 England DF Dean Leacock
6 Jamaica DF Michael Johnson[9]
7 England MF David Jones
8 Denmark MF Morten Bisgaard
9 England FW Steve Howard[10]
10 England FW Craig Fagan
11 Canada FW Paul Peschisolido
12 Republic of Ireland FW Jon Macken[11]
13 England GK Lee Grant
14 England DF Richard Jackson
15 England MF Ryan Smith
16 Italy FW Arturo Lupoli (on loan from Arsenal)
17 England DF Paul Boertien
No. Position Player
18 England MF Seth Johnson
19 England MF Darren Currie (on loan from Ipswich Town)
20 England FW Lee Holmes
21 Scotland DF Bob Malcolm
22 England MF Matt Oakley (captain)
23 Jamaica DF Darren Moore[12]
24 England DF Tyrone Mears (on loan from West Ham United)
25 Scotland MF Stephen Pearson
27 Scotland MF Gary Teale
28 England FW Giles Barnes
29 England FW Lionel Ainsworth
30 Wales DF Lewin Nyatanga[13]
31 Australia DF James Meredith
32 England MF Tom Cumberworth
34 Belgium MF Jeremy Bossekota
35 Wales GK Steven Cann[14]
43 England GK Stephen Bywater

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
4 England MF Adam Bolder (to Queens Park Rangers)
7 England FW Tommy Smith (to Watford)
10 Republic of Ireland FW Jonathan Stead (on loan from Sunderland)
12 England MF Paul Thirlwell (to Carlisle United)
No. Position Player
19 England MF Nathan Doyle (to Hull City)
27 Spain FW Iñigo Idiakez (to Southampton)
33 England DF Theo Streete (to Rotherham United)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://origin-www.dcfc.co.uk/page/Goalscorers/0,,10270~200610270,00.html
  2. ^ http://origin-www.dcfc.co.uk/page/Attendance/0,,10270~200610270,00.html
  3. ^ "Coca-Cola Football League Championship – Updated 10/02/2007". dcfc.co.uk. 10 February 2007. 
  4. ^ "Coca-Cola Football League Championship – Updated 09/03/2007". dcfc.co.uk. 6 March 2007. 
  5. ^ http://www.historicalkits.co.uk/Derby_County/Derby_County.htm
  6. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/derby-county/2006-2007/results
  7. ^ Camp was born in Derby, England, but also qualifies to represent Northern Ireland internationally and would make his full international debut for Northern Ireland in March 2011, having previously represented England at U-21 level.
  8. ^ McEveley was born in Liverpool, England, but qualifies to represent Scotland internationally and would make his international debut for Scotland in August 2007, having previously represented England at U-20 and U-21 level and the Scotland B team.
  9. ^ Johnson was born in Nottingham, England, but qualifies to represent Jamaica internationally and made his international debut for Jamaica in 1999.
  10. ^ Howard was born in Durham, England, but qualifies to represent Scotland internationally and would make his international debut for the Scotland B team in November 2007.
  11. ^ Macken was born in Blackley, Manchester, England, but qualifies to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally and made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in August 2004, having previously represented England at U-20 level.
  12. ^ Moore was born in Birmingham, England, but qualifies to represent Jamaica internationally through his parents and made his international debut for Jamaica in 1999.
  13. ^ Nyatanga was born in Burton upon Trent, England, but qualifies to represent both Wales (through his mother) and Zimbabwe (through his father) internationally; he made his international debut for Wales in March 2006.
  14. ^ Cann was born in South Africa, but also qualifies to represent both Wales and England internationally; he has represented Wales at youth and semi-professional level.