2007–08 Derby County F.C. season

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Derby County
2007–08 season
Chairman Peter Gadsby (until October)
Adam Pearson (until January)
Andrew Appleby
Manager Scotland Billy Davies (until 26 November)
England Paul Jewell
Premier League 20th (relegated)
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League:
Kenny Miller (4)
All:
Kenny Miller (6)
Highest home attendance 33,087 (vs. Reading, 11 May)
Lowest home attendance 30,048 (vs. Blackburn Rovers, 30 December 2007)
Average home league attendance 32,432

The 2007–08 season was Derby County's 109th season in the Football League, their 65th season in the top division of English football and their first season in the top flight since the 2001–02 season. They were promoted after beating West Bromwich Albion 1–0 in the 2007 Championship play-off final.

After a very poor start to the season, manager Billy Davies left the club on 26 November to be replaced by former Wigan Athletic manager Paul Jewell. Jewell failed to turn things around for Derby and the club spent most of the season at the foot of the table, recording a club and top-flight record run of 32 league games without a win.

Derby were officially relegated on 29 March after their 2–2 home draw with fellow strugglers Fulham and Birmingham City's 3–1 victory over Manchester City left them 19 points away from safety with only 6 games left. This made Derby the first club in Premiership history to be relegated in March and only the second in post-war English Football league history.[1] They also accumulated the league's lowest points total since the introduction of 3 points for a win with just 11 points, as well as the record for the fewest wins in a Premier League season with just 1 victory in 38 games.

Review[edit]

Despite producing a reasonably good performance in a 2–2 draw against Portsmouth on the opening day of the season, followed by a narrow 1–0 defeat away to Sven-Göran Eriksson's Manchester City (the only two games which Derby spent outside the bottom three), Derby made an overall-disastrous start to the Premier League season. Following their 6–0 defeat to Liverpool on 1 September, Irish bookmakers Paddy Power decided to pay out on the club to be relegated after just five games of the new season.[2] The poor start saw fans accuse Gadsby and the board of failing to invest properly in players for the club. The repercussions of this saw Trevor Birch leave his position as Chief Executive on 19 October[3] and, on 29 October, Gadsby stepped down as chairman to be replaced by former Hull City owner Adam Pearson.[4] Meanwhile, results on the pitch weren't improving, with another poor performance away to Aston Villa followed up by a 5–0 home defeat against a West Ham United side ravaged by injuries. After taking just 6 points from 14 matches, with their only win being a 1–0 victory over future strugglers Newcastle United, Davies left by mutual consent after a meeting with Adam Pearson, taking nearly all of his newly assembled backroom staff with him.[5] The club had just been beaten 2–0 at home to Chelsea and were rooted to the bottom of the table. After the game, Davies had publicly criticised Derby's board for lack of investment. Some critics believed that Davies was a victim of his own success after overachieving in his first season at Pride Park,[6] while others cited his apparent tactical inefficiencies at top flight level, poor big money signings (including £3m Claude Davis[7]) and suggested Davies had engineered his own departure, in the form of an outspoken rant against the board[8] so as to avoid having a relegation on his CV.

Within two days of Davies's dismissal, on 26 November, Derby appointed highly-rated former Wigan Athletic manager Paul Jewell.[9] He initially appointed Stan Ternent as his assistant but, when Ternant left to become Huddersfield Town manager in April, Jewell moved to appoint Chris Hutchings[10] who had been his assistant at both Bradford City and Wigan. Jewell's first match in charge was a 1–0 defeat away at Sunderland on 1 December, the winning goal coming in stoppage time. Although performances improved under Jewell, results didn't. The team developed a habit of conceding late goals and following the defeat to Sunderland, Derby conceded late winners or equalisers in seven games between late December and late January, dropping seven points from games they had been winning or drawing. Many at the club had in fact already accepted relegation by the end of December.

Jewell was busy in the January transfer window, selling several players and bringing eight new players in, namely Everton defender Alan Stubbs,[11] Argentine striker Emanuel Villa,[12] ex-England international defender Danny Mills on loan from Manchester City, Blackburn midfielder Robbie Savage,[13] French winger Laurent Robert, Tottenham's Egyptian midfielder Hossam Ghaly on loan,[14] Gençlerbirliği's Mile Sterjovski[15] and Rangers goalkeeper Roy Carroll.[16]

On 28 January, it was announced that Derby had been purchased by American group General Sports and Entertainment, with Tom Glick taking the role of new President and Chief Executive.[17] Derby's relegation was confirmed on 29 March, the first time a club had been relegated from the division before April[1] and sealing the club's first immediate relegation following promotion in its history. Poor results continued: a 6–0 home defeat at the hands of Aston Villa on 12 April is the biggest defeat at Pride Park and, by the season's end, Derby had recorded the Premier League's lowest points total[18] and equalled Loughborough's 108-year Football League record of going through an entire season with only one win. Their final game of the season was a 4–0 home defeat to Reading, who were also relegated.

Playing squad[edit]

Squad at end of season

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

No. Position Player
1 Wales GK Lewis Price[19]
2 England DF Marc Edworthy
4 Scotland DF James McEveley[20]
5 England DF Dean Leacock
6 Jamaica DF Michael Johnson[21]
7 England MF David Jones[22]
8 England DF Alan Stubbs
9 Argentina FW Emanuel Villa
10 Wales FW Robert Earnshaw[23]
14 Scotland FW Kenny Miller
15 United States MF Eddie Lewis
16 Scotland MF Gary Teale
17 England DF Andy Todd
19 Jamaica DF Claude Davis
20 England MF Lee Holmes
21 Australia MF Mile Sterjovski
No. Position Player
22 United States MF Benny Feilhaber[24]
23 Jamaica DF Darren Moore[25]
24 England DF Tyrone Mears[26]
25 Scotland MF Stephen Pearson
28 England MF Giles Barnes
29 England GK Ben Hinchliffe
30 Wales DF Lewin Nyatanga[27]
31 Northern Ireland GK Roy Carroll
32 England DF Miles Addison
33 England DF Mitchell Hanson
34 England MF Matthew Richards
35 England DF Jason Beardsley
40 Egypt MF Hossam Ghaly (on loan from Tottenham)
41 England FW Paris Simmons
44 Wales MF Robbie Savage (captain)
Australia MF Ruben Zadkovich

Left club during season[edit]

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

No. Position Player
3 Guinea DF Mohammed Camara (on loan to Norwich City)
8 England MF Matt Oakley (to Leicester City)
9 Scotland FW Steve Howard[28] (to Leicester City)
11 England MF Craig Fagan[29] (on loan to Hull City)
12 Republic of Ireland FW Jon Macken[30] (to Barnsley)
No. Position Player
18 England DF Andy Griffin (to Stoke City)
21 Scotland DF Bob Malcolm (to Motherwell)
26 France MF Laurent Robert (to Toronto FC)
27 England DF Danny Mills (on loan from Manchester City)
43 England GK Stephen Bywater (on loan to Ipswich Town)

Transfers[edit]

Summer 2007 transfer window[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

January 2008 transfer window[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Results[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Date Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance Position
11 August 2007 Portsmouth H 2–2 Oakley [5], Todd [84] 32,176 7th
15 August 2007 Manchester City A 0–1 43,620 14th
18 August 2007 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–4 35,600 19th
25 August 2007 Birmingham City H 1–2 Oakley [51] 31,117 20th
1 September 2007 Liverpool A 0–6 44,076 20th
17 September 2007 Newcastle United H 1–0 Miller [39] 33,016 19th
22 September 2007 Arsenal A 0–5 60,122 19th
29 September 2007 Bolton Wanderers H 1–1 Miller [19] 31,503 20th
7 October 2007 Reading A 0–1 23,091 20th
20 October 2007 Fulham A 0–0 22,576 19th
28 October 2007 Everton H 0–2 33,048 20th
3 November 2007 Aston Villa A 0–2 40,938 20th
10 November 2007 West Ham United H 0–5 32,440 20th
24 November 2007 Chelsea H 0–2 32,789 20th
1 December 2007 Sunderland A 0–1 42,380 20th
8 December 2007 Manchester United A 1–4 Davis Booked 32', Griffin Booked 52', Howard [76] 75,725 20th
15 December 2007 Middlesbrough H 0–1 32,676 20th
23 December 2007 Newcastle United A 2–2 Barnes [6], Miller [52] 51,386 20th
26 December 2007 Liverpool H 1–2 McEveley [67] 33,029 20th
30 December 2007 Blackburn Rovers H 1–2 Oakley [27] 30,048 20th
2 January 2008 Bolton Wanderers A 0–1 17,014 20th
12 January 2008 Wigan Athletic H 0–1 31,658 20th
19 January 2008 Portsmouth A 1–3 Nyatanga [4] 19,401 20th
30 January 2008 Manchester City H 1–1 Sun Jihai (OG) [46] 31,368 20th
2 February 2008 Birmingham City A 1–1 Villa [89] 25,924 20th
9 February 2008 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–3 33,058 20th
23 February 2008 Wigan Athletic A 0–2 20,176 20th
1 March 2008 Sunderland H 0–0 33,058 20th
12 March 2008 Chelsea A 1–6 Jones [72] 39,447 20th
15 March 2008 Manchester United H 0–1 33,072 20th
22 March 2008 Middlesbrough A 0–1 25,649 20th
29 March 2008 Fulham H 2–2 Villa [10], [80] 33,034 20th [R]
6 April 2008 Everton A 0–1 36,017 20th
12 April 2008 Aston Villa H 0–6 33,036 20th
19 April 2008 West Ham United A 1–2 Mears [65] 34,612 20th
28 April 2008 Arsenal H 2–6 McEveley [31], Earnshaw [77] 33,003 20th
3 May 2008 Blackburn Rovers A 1–3 Miller [18] 26,110 20th
11 May 2008 Reading H 0–4 33,087 20th

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
6 January 2008 Round 3 Sheffield Wednesday H 2–2 Miller [38], Barnes [45] 20,612
22 January 2008 Round 3 Replay Sheffield Wednesday A 1–1 [aet, pen 4–2] Miller [47] 18,020
26 January 2008 Round 4 Preston North End H 1–4 Earnshaw [55] 17,344

Football League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance
14 August 2007 Round 2 Blackpool H 2–2 [aet, pen 6–7] Camara [63], Fagan [101] 8,658

Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances, goals and cards[edit]

No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK Wales Lewis Price 6 0 3 0 0 0 9 0 0 0
2 DF England Marc Edworthy 7/2 0 2 0 0 0 9/2 0 0 0
3 DF Guinea Mohammed Camara 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0
4 DF Scotland James McEveley 21/8 2 0 0 1 0 22/8 2 6 0
5 DF England Dean Leacock 22/4 0 1 0 1 0 24/4 0 4 0
6 DF Jamaica Michael Johnson 1/2 0 0/1 0 0 0 1/3 0 0 0
7 MF England David Jones 11/3 1 0 0 1 0 12/3 1 4 0
8 MF England Matt Oakley 19 3 1 0 0 0 20 3 3 0
8 DF England Alan Stubbs 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 3 0
9 FW Scotland Steve Howard 14/6 1 0 0 0/1 0 14/7 1 3 0
9 FW Argentina Emanuel Villa 9/7 3 1 0 0 0 10/7 3 2 0
10 FW Wales Robert Earnshaw 7/15 1 0/2 1 1 0 8/17 2 0 0
11 MF England Craig Fagan 17/5 0 2 0 1 1 20/5 1 6 0
12 FW Republic of Ireland Jon Macken 0/3 0 0/1 0 0 0 0/4 0 0 0
14 FW Scotland Kenny Miller 30 4 3 2 0 0 33 6 4 0
15 MF United States Eddie Lewis 22/2 0 2/1 0 0 0 24/3 0 3 0
16 MF Scotland Gary Teale 9/9 0 2/1 0 1 0 12/10 0 1 0
17 DF England Andy Todd 14/5 1 3 0 0/1 0 17/6 1 3 0
18 DF England Andy Griffin 13/2 0 0 0 0 0 13/2 0 4 0
19 DF Jamaica Claude Davis 19 0 2 0 0 0 21 0 3 1
20 MF England Lee Holmes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 DF Scotland Bob Malcolm 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
21 MF Australia Mile Sterjovski 9/3 0 0 0 0 0 9/3 0 0 0
22 MF United States Benny Feilhaber 1/9 0 0 0 0 0 1/9 0 1 0
23 DF Jamaica Darren Moore 29/2 0 1/1 0 1 0 31/3 0 5 0
24 DF England Tyrone Mears 22/3 3 1 0 0 0 23/3 1 2 0
25 MF Scotland Stephen Pearson 23/1 0 2 0 0/1 0 25/2 0 1 0
26 MF France Laurent Robert 3/1 0 0 0 0 0 3/1 0 1 0
27 DF England Danny Mills 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 0
28 MF England Giles Barnes 14/7 2 2/1 1 0 0 16/8 3 0 0
29 GK England Ben Hinchliffe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 DF Wales Lewin Nyatanga 2 1 2 0 0 0 4 1 1 0
31 GK Northern Ireland Roy Carroll 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0 0 0
32 DF England Miles Addison 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
33 DF England Mitchell Hanson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 MF England Matthew Richards 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 DF England Jason Beardsley 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
40 MF Egypt Hossam Ghaly 13/2 0 1 0 0 0 14/2 0 2 0
41 FW England Paris Simmons 0/1 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0 0 0
43 GK England Stephen Bywater 18 0 0 0 1 0 19 0 1 0
44 MF Wales Robbie Savage 16 0 1 0 0 0 17 0 4 0

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