2008–09 Derby County F.C. season

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Derby County F.C.
2008–09 season
Club chairman Andy Appleby
President and Chief Executive Tom Glick
Manager Paul Jewell, until Dec, then
Nigel Clough
Football League Championship 18th
FA Cup 5th Round
League Cup Semi Finals
Player of
the Year
Rob Hulse
Young Player
of the Year
Miles Addison
Top goalscorer League: Rob Hulse (15)
All: Rob Hulse (18)
Highest home attendance 33,079 v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Championship (13 April 2009)
Lowest home attendance 10,091 v Lincoln, League Cup 1st Round, (12 August 2008)
Average home league attendance 29,445

The 2008–09 season is Derby County's 110th season in the Football League. It is their 41st season in the second division of English football and their first season in the second tier since the 2006–07 season. They were relegated from the Premiership in the 2007–08 season.

Despite relegation from the Premier League the previous season hopes had been high of an immediate return, especially after manager Paul Jewell's summer reconstruction of the squad seeing 16 players come in and 12 leave. However, things did not go to plan and the club spent the majority of the season in the lower reaches of the table. They were bottom of the league going into the August international break, after a 2-0 defeat away to Barnsley left the club with a single point from the first four games of the season. A 2-1 win over Sheffield United was the club's first league win in almost a year, bringing to an end of a 38 game winless sequence, and a run of just one defeat in 11, with 5 wins, lifted the club to the season high of 9th. Form soon dipped again and, after a run of just 2 wins in 11 matches which left the club 18th in the table, Jewell quit as manager on 28 December 2008 after just over a year in the job. He left with a record of just 13 wins in 58 matches, though he did take the club to their first major cup semi-final in over 30 years when the club reached the League Cup semi-final, where they lost 4-3 on aggregate to eventual winners Manchester United.

His eventual replacement was Nigel Clough, manager of local non-league club Burton Albion and son of the club's greatest ever manager Brian. Despite overseeing two defeats in his first two games, Clough soon turned the clubs form around, taking them to the 5th round of the FA Cup and just 3 defeats in 13 matches, a run which included 4 consecutive wins. A run of three consecutive defeats in mid April meant that survival wasn't guaranteed until the penultimate game of the season when Player of the Year Rob Hulse scored the winner in a 1-0 win over Charlton Athletic at Pride Park.

Review[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Following the final day of the 2007–08 season, Jewell publicly announced his displeasure with the current squad, promising drastic changes.[1] Within four weeks of the close of the season Derby confirmed five new signings, namely Plymouth defender Paul Connolly,[2] Doncaster midfielder Paul Green,[3] Watford F.C. defender Jordan Stewart[4] and Nottingham Forest winger Kris Commons[5] on frees. Watford's Nathan Ellington joined on a season-long loan (with a view to a permanent deal).[4] In addition to these, the club signed out of contract Tranmere youngster Steve Davies[6] on 12 June 2008 on a Bosman (although as he is under 24, a tribunal fee was set at £275k, with an additional £450k based on appearances and promotion).[7] West Bromwich Albion's Martin Albrechtsen joined for free on 30 June 2008,[8] and Stockport striker Liam Dickinson signed for £750k on 1 July 2008.[9] Sheffield United striker Rob Hulse followed for £1.75m on 21 July 2008,[10] the same day a season long loan deal for FC Porto and Poland international midfielder Przemyslaw Kazmierczak was finalised.[11] On 7 August, just two days before the start of the new season, the club completed its eleventh and twelfth signings of pre-season, in the shape of Swiss-born Serbian U-19 international Aleksandar Prijović, who rejected a new deal with Parma to join the club, for free and Latvian international midfielder Andrejs Perepļotkins on a season long loan from Skonto FC Rīga after impressing on trial at the club.[12] Finally, on 19 August the club signed Dutch attacking midfielder Nacer Barazite on loan until 31 December 2008 from Arsenal.[13]

These thirteen signings all came in addition to Australian midfielder Ruben Zadkovich, who was signed in March.[14] There were also unsuccessful attempts to sign Swansea midfielder Ferrie Bodde[15] and Wigan's Marlon King on a season-long loan. Trials where also given to former Reading winger John Oster (who rejected the offer of a contract[16]), Nigerian midfielder Richard Eromoigbe (whom the club decided not to sign[17]), Australian defender Daniel Piorkowski (who eventually joined Walsall) and French midfielder Julien Sable. (who, as with Eromoigbe, the club declined to sign[18])

Four players were initially allowed to leave the club, with the contracts of Michael Johnson, Lee Holmes and Marc Edworthy not being renewed following their completion,[19] and Ben Hinchcliffe's contract being terminated.[19] Andy Todd was told he could leave on a free transfer but is still currently with the club. Players moving out for fees were Kenny Miller, who rejoined Rangers for £2m;[20] club record signing Rob Earnshaw for £2.65m to rivals Nottingham Forest less than a year after joining the club;[21] David Jones, who joined Wolves for £1.2m;[22] Craig Fagan, who returned to Hull City for £750k[23] and Darren Moore, who signed for Barnsley on a free.[24] Stephen Pearson was expected to move to Birmingham but the move fell through due to Birmingham's unwillingness to sign the player while injured and Pearson rejecting a loan move. Stephen Bywater was the subject of an accepted £200k bid from Tottenham. However, despite taking a medical, Tottenham decided not to sign Bywater.[25] Shortly after the start of the season, these players where joined by Eddie Lewis, whose contract was terminated by mutual consent[26] and Benny Feilhaber who joined Danish side AGF Aarhus on a free.[27] Another, unwanted, departure came with the news of club captain Alan Stubbs' retirement through injury on 20 August.[28]

August[edit]

The first game of the new Championship season saw nine of Jewell's summer signings make their debuts (seven starting and two as substitutes),[29] but lost 1–0 to Doncaster. This stretched the club's winless run to 33 matches and saw Jewell express disappointment with his players failing to cope with the pressure.[30] Jewell finally got his first win as Derby manager (not counting an FA Cup third round penalties victory against Sheff Wednesday in January 2008) three days later as Derby beat Lincoln 3–1 in the League Cup first round, with Nathan Ellington getting his first goals for the club with a hattrick.[31] A 1–1 draw with Bristol Rovers four days later saw the club break the league record for longest winless streak, stretching it to 34 matches.

On 14 August 2008 the club finally announced the extent of the club's debt after several months of speculation. The club's new chairman, Andrew Appleby, announced that upon arrival at the club in January 2008, Derby were £31m in debt. This had been reduced by £6m to £25m in the first six months of the new boards tenure, with the aim to reduce it by a further £10m by August 2009, leaving Derby with only the £15m mortgage on the Pride Park Stadium to repay.[32] It was also announced that £10.4m of the 2008–09 season's £11.5m parachute payment has already been spent on players bought the previous summer. These players (such as Kenny Miller and Claude Davis) had still not completely been paid for, with Chairman of Football Adam Pearson stating that "We’ve (Derby County) still got to find £3m this month for Claude Davis, Kenny Miller, David Jones and Benny Feilhaber – so that's another significant investment."[32] He added that "At the minute, the wages are circa £2.5m more than where I’d like them to be on an annual basis, so that needs taking care of."[32] This was followed by a mixed series of results, with two more league defeats (1–0 at home to Southampton and 2–0 away to Barnsley, both clubs previously without a win) leaving the club bottom of the table going into the two-week international break, sandwiching a 1–0 win away to in-form Preston North End in the League Cup second round.

On 29 August 2008 Mears caused controversy when he flew to France to go on trial with Olympic Marseille without the express permission of Derby manager Paul Jewell.[33] Jewell responded, saying that Mears will never play for the club again whilst he is in charge.[34] Following the trial, the clubs agreed that Mears would go on loan to Marseille for the duration of the 2008–09 season, for a loan fee of £160,000, with the French club having the option to buy him for £1.5m at the end of the loan.[35]

September[edit]

Following the two week break for international fixtures, Derby's next match was against Sheffield United. The game generated much media coverage as it was approaching a year since Derby's last league win, a run which saw the club break the English league record for most matches without a win. On 13 September 2008, four days short of the anniversary of the 1–0 win over Newcastle, Rob Hulse scored against his former club as Derby ran out 2–1 winners, earning Paul Jewell his first league win as Derby boss at his 27th attempt. The win sparked an upturn in the club's fortunes and Derby went the whole of September undefeated, including the clubs first away win in 18 months with a 2–0 success away to Q.P.R. and a draw at home to league leaders Birmingham City. The form of defender Martin Albrechtsen saw him nominated for the Championship Player Of The Month award, though he lost out to Reading's Kevin Doyle.[36]

October[edit]

Derby's undefeated run was stretched to six games after a 2–1 win away to Norwich City, which saw Nathan Ellington get his first league goal for the club with an 85th minute winner. The win meant that Derby had earned more points in six matches than in the whole of the previous season and put them within two points of a play-off place going into the international break. Returning from the international break, The Rams continued their run, taking it to seven games, by beating Plymouth Argyle 2–1 at home. A 3–2 defeat away to Blackpool ended the club's unbeaten streak, but the Rams recovered to earn a point at Coventry City and beat Norwich for the second time in a month, winning 3–1 at home with a performance Paul Jewell described as "Our best yet".[37] Rob Hulse's form during October saw him awarded the Championship Player Of The Month award,[38] after he scored four goals in five games, while Paul Jewell earned his first Championship Manager of the Month nomination as Derby boss,[39] though he eventually lost out to Cardiff's Dave Jones.[40]

November[edit]

November started with the return of the East Midlands derby against Nottingham Forest to the fixture list, following a three year absence. The match ended as a 1–1 draw after referee Stuart Attwell disallowed two Derby goals in the final few minutes. Atwell also booked eight players and issued a straight red card to Forest midfielder Lewis McGugan.[41] Jewell was especially vocal in his dismay at Attwell's performance, accusing the 25-year old official of 'losing control' of the game and 'robbing' the Rams of a victory.[42] The press furore around his display[43][44] saw Attwell called in for a meeting with Referee's Chief Keith Hackett[45] and was consequently axed from the following week's fixture list.[46] Days after the game Derby manager Paul Jewell said that a member of the Football Association had contacted him and told him that the second goal should have stood.[47] The Attwell controversy overshadowed Derby's run of only one defeat in 11 and their retention of the Brian Clough Trophy. It also stretched Derby's unbeaten streak against Forest to five, having lost just once to their rivals in the last 11 meetings. Following the Forest game however, Derby's form began to stutter - despite two wins over League One clubs Brighton & Hove Albion (4–1) and Leeds United (2–1) in the League Cup, taking Derby to their first quarter-final in the competition since 1989, Derby won just one of their next four league games, a 3–0 win over Sheffield Wednesday that gave them their biggest league win since a 5–1 win over Colchester United in May 2007. The club's dip in form saw Jewell making vocal his desire to bring fresh legs and impetus into a squad being hit by injuries and a busy fixture list,[48] whilst assistant manager Chris Hutchings called for greater 'consistency'.[49] Despite the club's disappointing form they remained in contention for the play-offs. The last week of November proved to be a busy one as the club signed former Southampton defender Darren Powell on a free transfer[50] and brought in West Ham United youngster James Tomkins[51] and Charlton Athletic's Luke Varney[52] in on loan, with Andy Todd,[53] Liam Dickinson,[54] Jay McEveley[55] and Mitchell Hanson[56] going out on loan to Northampton, Blackpool, Charlton and Notts County respectively.

December[edit]

Despite these changes the club's poor form carried into December, where defeats by Crystal Palace and Wolves saw the club drop to 18th in the league and claims within the media that Jewell's position as manager was under threat, rumours denied by the club itself.[57] Away from the league, a 1–0 win away to Stoke City in the League Cup saw the club reach the semi-final of a major cup competition for the first time since the 1976 FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United, who, ironically, the club drew to face this time around too. The league form continued to worsen, with defeats against Preston and Ipswich leaving the club just five points clear of relegation and, with pressure from supporters and the media increasing, Paul Jewell resigned as manager on 28 December,[58] with assistant manager Chris Hutchings taking over as caretaker manager. His first move was to recall Liam Dickinson from his loan spell at Blackpool.[59]

January[edit]

The resignation of Paul Jewell saw a raft of names being linked with Derby County, including former manager Billy Davies ,[60] Paul Ince,[61] Nigel Clough,[62] Dean Saunders,[63] Aidy Boothroyd and Alan Curbishley.[63]

On the pitch Hutchings first game in charge saw The Rams go 2-0 down in the first 20 minutes away to non-league Forest Green in the FA Cup Third Round before eventually winning 4-3, earning the club a draw with local rivals Nottingham Forest in the 4th Round. The club made its first foray into the January transfer window on 5 January 2009 with the signing of Middlesbrough defender Seb Hines on a month long loan.[64] The same day Adam Pearson announced that a shortlist of managerial candidates had been written up, with suggestions it contained caretaker manager Chris Hutchings, Burton Albion's Nigel Clough, Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson and former Derby player Dean Saunders, manager of Wrexham, with Clough as the 'top target'.[65] The same day saw Clough officially approached about the position[66] and he was announced as Derby's new manager on 6 January 2008, bringing his backroom staff of Gary Crosby, Andy Garner and Martin Taylor with him from Burton Albion.[67]

Clough was introduced to the Derby support on 7 January, prior to the kick off of the League Cup Semi-Final First Leg against Manchester United. The match presided over by Academy Manager David Lowe as a result of Chris Hutchings leaving the club following Clough's appointment and Kris Commons's 30th minute 25-yard strike was enough to give the Rams a 1-0 lead to take into the second leg. The win was their second against Premier League opposition in the competition and put the club in the strange position of beating more Premier League teams in the 2008/09 season than the previous campaign when they had actually been in the Premier League.

Clough's first game in charge was due to be Cardiff City away in the Championship, but it was called off due to a frozen pitch. Clough also announced his intention to cut the squad as he felt it had 'too many players',[68] with his first move being to cancel Latvian winger Andrejs Pereplotkins' loan,[69] release defender Darren Powell when two month contract expired[70] and loan out Aleksandar Prijović, Giles Barnes, Lewis Price and Claude Davis out to Yeovil Town, Fulham, Luton Town[71] and Crystal Palace[72] respectively. He also cancelled the contract of Guinean left back Mo Camara.[73]

Clough's first game in charge was a home game against Q.P.R. which ended in a 2-0 defeat and saw Derby drop to 20th in the table and followed it up with a 4-2 defeat away to Manchester United in the second leg of the League Cup Semi Final which saw Derby knocked out of the competition 4-3 on aggregate. Derby's second cup match in three days saw them draw 1-1 with rivals Nottingham Forest at Pride Park in the FA Cup Fourth Round. His second league match, away to Birmingham City ended in a 1-0 defeat which saw the club drop into the bottom three for the first time since August. Clough's first win came with a 2-1 victory over Coventry City, which saw the club leap to 18th in the table. The match was watched from the stands by Clough's first signing, Chris Porter, who signed for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £400k from Motherwell.[74]

February[edit]

Clough earned his first away win as Derby manager with a 3-2 win away at Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup 4th Round replay on 4 February 2009 to book an FA Cup 5th Round tie at home to Manchester United. The win was Derby's first win at the City Ground since October 1971, when the club was managed by Nigel's father Brian, and saw the club come from being 2-0 down after 15 minutes to get the win, earning the Rams the F&C Performance of The Week award. A 3-0 win away at Plymouth Argyle the weekend after was Derby's biggest away win for seven years and saw the club leap up to 16th in the table. The Rams three match winning streak was ended when Man Utd knocked them out of a cup competition for the second time in a month as they ran out 4-1 winners in the FA Cup Fifth Round. The Rams returned to winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Blackpool and a 3-1 win away at Nottingham Forest, their second win at their rivals ground in a month, before a 2-1 defeat away to Doncaster Rovers.

March[edit]

The first game of March saw Chris Porter grab his first goals for the club since his move from Motherwell in a 2-2 draw at home to Swansea City, a match in which The Rams threw away a 2-0 lead, leaving them just 5 points clear of the relegation zone, though still with games in hand on the majority of their relegation rivals due to the club's various cup successes. Despite only drawing, Clough declared the performance "the best since we have been here. "[75] Away from the pitch, the same week saw the club take Blackburn Rovers youngster Josh O' Keefe on trial, with a view to a permanent move in the summer when his contract expired.,[76] Jordan Stewart's 25 yard strike in the October 2008 win over Sheffield Wednesday nominated for the Football League Mitre Goal of the Year 2008 award[77] and key players Miles Addison[78] and Paul Green[79] seasons ended by injury. Despite these setbacks, the Rams returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over play off chasing Bristol City, with Chris Porter scoring his third for the club after just 52 seconds and Rob Hulse grabbing his 15th of the campaign to seal the win just 2 minutes after Bristol City had equalised. The result meant the club had taken 16 points from the last 21 available and took the club to 15th in the table, eight points clear of the relegation places. In an attempt to soften the blow of losing Green and Addison, midfielders John Eustace and Barry Bannan were bough in on loan from Watford[80] and Aston Villa[81] respectively. As Clough stated he felt the club had too many strikers, strikers Liam Dickinson (Leeds United),[82] Aleksandar Prijović (Northampton Town)[83] and Paris Simmons (Lincoln City)[84] and Luke Varney (Sheffield Wednesday)[85] were sent out on loan, though Simmons returned after just 4 days due to an ankle injury.[86] The new signings could not help the Rams record a win in the months remaining fixtures, with draws against Southampton and Barnsley sandwiching a 2-4 defeat away to playoff chasing Sheff Utd.

April[edit]

April proved to be a difficult month for the Rams, with 4 of the first six matches of the month coming against clubs in the Top 6. Three ended in defeat - 4-1 away to Cardiff City, 3-2 at home to Wolves and 2-0 at home to Reading. The club did earn a point at home to Burnley, thanks to Paul Connolly's 93rd minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw, but a defeat away at midtable Crystal Palace meant that only a 1-0 victory at Sheffield Wednesday gave Derby three points. It meant a run of only one win in 9 games, but the victory at Hillsborough did take the club over the 50 points marker set by Clough as the target for survival.

The last home game of the season against Charlton Athletic saw Hulse presented with the Jack Stamps Trophy for Player of the Season by 1997 winner Chris Powell. He celebrated by hitting his 18th goal of the season as Derby won 1-0 to guarantee their Championship survival.

With safety assured, Clough began to restructure the squad and backroom staff ahead of the 2009-10 season. In terms of backroom staff, Clough announced his intention to restructure the academy, appointing former Derby players Darren Wassall and Michael Forsyth and Wolves Academy director John Perkins to the backroom staff,[87] to replace the departed Phil Cannon, David Lowe and Brian Burrows.[88] In terms of playing staff it was announced that Andy Todd and Paris Simmons would not have their contracts extended, with loanees Przemyslaw Kazmierczak, Nacer Barazite and Barry Bannan returning to their clubs.[89]

May[edit]

The season ended with an experimental line-up, featuring Rob Hulse at centre-half and Stephen Pearson at left back, losing 3-1 away to Watford to finish 18th in the Championship, the club's lowest league finish for three years, eight points clear of the relegation zone. The day after the match, Clough announced his intention to cut the playing staff by up to 17 players.[90]

End of season squad[edit]

Player Country Squad
Number
Position Signed From Date Fee Paid Total Derby
Appearances
*
Total Derby
Goals
*
Roy Carroll Northern Ireland 1 Goalkeeper Rangers 31 January 2008 Free[91] 38 (0) 0
Paul Connolly England 2 Defender Plymouth Argyle 15 May 2008 Free[92] 48 (1) 1
Jay McEveley Scotland 3 Defender Blackburn Rovers 29 January 2007 £600k, rising to £1m[93] 55 (10) 2
Paul Green England 4 Midfielder Doncaster Rovers 1 July 2008 Free[3] 40 (0) 6
Jordan Stewart England 5 Defender Unattached 30 May 2008 Free[4] 33 (0) 2
Kris Commons Scotland 7 Midfielder Unattached 2 June 2008 Free[94] 41 (5) 7
Robbie Savage Wales 8 Midfielder Blackburn Rovers 9 January 2008 £1.5m[95] 41 (4) 1
Nathan Ellington England 9 Striker Watford 30 May 2008 loan[4] 17 (15) 9
Emanuel Villa Argentina 10 Striker Tecos UAG 4 January 2008 £2m.[96] 25 (28) 9
Rob Hulse England 11 Striker Sheffield United 21 July 2008 £1.75m[10] 52 (3) 18
Lewis Price Wales 12 Goalkeeper Ipswich Town 27 July 2007 Undisclosed[97] 9 (0) 0
Stephen Bywater England 13 Goalkeeper West Ham United 29 August 2007 £225k[98] 95 (1) 0
Tyrone Mears England 14 Defender West Ham United 4 July 2007 £1m[99] 39 (9) 2
Luke Varney England 15 Striker Charlton Athletic 27 November July 2008 £1m+[52] 10 (2) 1
Mile Sterjovski Australia 16 Midfielder Gençlerbirliği OFTAŞ 24 January 2008[100] £300k[101] 16 (14) 2
Dean Leacock England 17 Defender Fulham 11 August 2006 £375k[102] 76 (7) 0
Giles Barnes England 18 Midfielder Trainee 1 July 2005 N/A[103] 66 (28) 13
Lewin Nyatanga Wales 19 Defender Trainee 24 August 2005 N/A[104] 69 (7) 4
Steve Davies England 20 Midfielder Tranmere Rovers 12 June 2008[105] £275k, rising to £725k[106] 11 (13) 4
Claude Davis Jamaica 21 Defender Sheffield United 25 July 2007 £3m[107] 29 (2) 0
Andy Todd England 22 Defender Blackburn Rovers 7 July 2007 £700k[108] 26 (10) 1
Gary Teale Scotland 23 Midfielder Wigan Athletic 11 January 2007 £600k[109] 53 (20) 2
Miles Addison England 24 Midfielder Trainee 1 July 2005 N/A[110] 39 (0) 2
Ruben Zadkovich Australia 26 Midfielder Sydney FC 17 April 2008 Free[14] 2 (5) 0
Stephen Pearson Scotland 27 Midfielder Celtic 11 January 2007 £750k[111] 43 (9) 2
Martin Albrechtsen Denmark 28 Defender West Brom 30 June 2008 Free[8] 42 3
Liam Dickinson England 29 Striker Stockport County 1 July 2008 £750k, rising to £1m[9] 0 (0) 0
Mitchell Hanson England 31 Defender Trainee 1 July 2007 N/A[112] 0 (1) 0
Chris Porter England 32 Striker Motherwell 1 February 2009 £400k[74] 3 (3) 3
Aleksandar Prijović Serbia 34 Striker Unattached 7 August 2008 Free[12] 0 (0) 0
Jason Beardsley England 35 Defender Trainee 1 July 2007 N/A[113] 2 (0) 0
Mark Dudley England 37 Defender Trainee 1 July 2008 N/A 0 (1) 0
Mark O'Brien Republic of Ireland 41 Defender Trainee 1 July 2009 N/A 0 (1) 0
  • Up to and including 4 May 2009.

Transfers[edit]

Summer Transfer Window (1 July 2008 – 1 September 2008)[edit]

In[edit]

Permanent[edit]
Player Country Squad
number
Position Signed From Date Fee Paid
Paul Connolly England 2 Defender Plymouth Argyle 15 May 2008 Free[92]
Jordan Stewart England 5 Defender Unattached 30 May 2008 Free[4]
Kris Commons England 7 Midfielder Unattached 2 June 2008 Free[94]
Steve Davies England 20 Midfielder Tranmere Rovers 12 June 2008[105] £275k, rising to £725k[106]
Martin Albrechtsen Denmark 28 Defender West Brom 30 June 2008 Free[8]
Liam Dickinson England 29 Striker Stockport County 1 July 2008 £750k[9]
Paul Green England 4 Midfielder Doncaster Rovers 1 July 2008 Free[3]
Rob Hulse England 11 Striker Sheffield United 21 July 2008 £1.75m[10]
Aleksandar Prijović Serbia 34 Striker Unattached 7 August 2008 Free[12]
Darren Powell England 32 Defender Unattached 21 November 2008 Free[50]
  • Total spending: Decrease ~ £3.25m
Loan[edit]
Player Country Squad
number
Position Loaned From Date Loan Duration
Nathan Ellington England 9 Striker Watford 30 May 2008 Season Long[4]
Przemysław Kaźmierczak Poland 6 Midfielder Porto 21 July 2008 Season Long[11]
Andrejs Perepļotkins Latvia 33 Midfielder Skonto FC Rīga 7 August 2008 5 Months (7 August – 15 January)[69]
Nacer Barazite Netherlands 25 Midfielder Arsenal 19 August 2008 Season Long[114]
Luke Varney England 15 Striker Charlton Athletic 27 November 2008 5 Weeks (November - January)[52]
James Tomkins England 35 Defender West Ham United 27 November 2008[51] 5 Weeks (27 November – 31 December)[115]

Out[edit]

Permanent[edit]
Player Country Squad
number
Position Signed From Date Fee Paid Total Derby
Appearances
Total Derby
Goals
Sold To Date Fee Received
Marc Edworthy England 2 Defender Norwich City 6 July 2005 Free[116] 80 (4) 0 End Of Contract 13 May 2008 N/A[19]
Michael Johnson Jamaica 6 Defender Birmingham City August 2003 Free 137 (13) 5 End Of Contract 13 May 2008 N/A[19]
Lee Holmes England 16 Midfielder Trainee 25 December 2002 N/A 29 (23) 2 End Of Contract 13 May 2008 N/A[19]
Ben Hinchliffe England 29 Goalkeeper Preston North End 10 July 2007 Free[117] 0 0 Released 13 May 2008 N/A[19]
Rob Earnshaw Wales 10 Striker Norwich City 29 June 2007 £3.5m[118] 8 (17) 2 Nottingham Forest 30 May 2008 £2.65m[21]
Kenny Miller Scotland 14 Striker Celtic 31 August 2007[119] £2.25m.[120] 33 (0) 6 Rangers 13 June 2008 £2m[20]
David Jones Wales 7 Midfielder Manchester United 4 January 2007 £1m[121] 41 (6) 7 Wolves 27 June 2008 £1.2m[22]
Craig Fagan England 11 Midfielder Hull City 9 January 2008 £750k, rising to £1m[122] 36 (10) 2 Hull City 2 July 2008 £750k[23]
Darren Moore Jamaica 23 Defender West Brom 26 January 2006 £500k[123] 80 (10) 4 Barnsley 2 July 2008 Free[24]
Eddie Lewis United States 25 Midfielder Leeds United 20 August 2007 Undisclosed[124] 24 (3) 0 Released 15 August 2008 N/A[125]
Benny Feilhaber United States 31 Midfielder Hamburger SV 10 August 2007[126] £1m[127] 1 (9) 0 AGF Aarhus 15 August 2008[27] Free[125]
Alan Stubbs England 15 Defender Everton 31 January 2008 Free[128] 9 0 Retired 20 August 2008 N/A[28]
  • Total income: Increase ~ £6.6 million
Loan[edit]
Player Country Squad
number
Position Loaned To Date Loan Duration
Jason Beardsley England 35 Defender Notts County 4 July 2008 6 Months (4 July – 4 January)[129]
Mohammed Camara Guinea 30 Defender Blackpool 4 August 2008 3 Months (10 August – 10 November)[130]
Gary Teale Scotland 23 Midfielder Barnsley 15 August 2008 1 Month (15 August – 15 September)[27]
Liam Dickinson England 29 Striker Huddersfield Town 19 August 2008 3 Month (19 August – 19 November)[131]
Tyrone Mears England 14 Defender Olympic Marseille 1 September 2008 Season Long Loan[132]
Jay McEveley Scotland 3 Defender Preston North End 29 September 2008 One Month (29 September – 29 October)[133]
Robbie Savage Wales 8 Midfielder Brighton 1 October 2008 One Month (1 – 30 October)[134]
Lewis Price Wales 12 Goalkeeper MK Dons 26 October 2008 3 Weeks (26 October – 18 November)[135]
Paris Simmons England NA Striker Burton Albion 30 October 2008 One Month (30 October – 30 November)[136]
Ross Atkins England NA Goalkeeper Southport 30 October 2008 One Month (30 October – 30 November)[136]
Andy Todd England 22 Defender Northampton Town 25 November 2008 5 Weeks (25 November – 3 January)[53]
Liam Dickinson England 29 Striker Blackpool 27 November 2008[54] 5 Weeks (27 November – 30 December)[59]
Jay McEveley Scotland 3 Defender Charlton Athletic 27 November 2008 6 Weeks (27 November – 12 January)[55]
Mitchell Hanson England 31 Defender Notts County 27 November 2008 1 Month (Nov-Dec)[56]

January Transfer Window (1 January – 2 February 2009)[edit]

In[edit]

Permanent[edit]
Player Country Squad
number
Position Signed From Date Fee Paid
Luke Varney England 15 Striker Charlton Athletic 1 January 2009 £1m+[52]
Chris Porter England 32 Striker Motherwell 1 February 2009 £400k[74]
  • Total spending: Decrease ~ £1.4m
Loan[edit]
Player Country Squad
number
Position Loaned From Date Loan Duration
Seb Hines England 36 Defender Middlesbrough 5 January 2009 One Month[64]
John Eustace England 30 Midfielder Watford 9 March 2009 Season Long Loan[80]
Barry Bannan Scotland 33 Midfielder Aston Villa 13 March 2009 Season Long[137]

Out[edit]

Permanent[edit]
Player Country Squad
number
Position Signed From Date Fee Paid Total Derby
Appearances
Total Derby
Goals
Sold To Date Fee Received
Darren Powell England 32 Defender Unattached 21 November 2008 Free[50] 6 (2) 0 End Of Contract 21 January 2009 N/A
Mohammed Camara Guinea 30 Defender Celtic 16 August 2006 Free[138] 29 (0) 1 Released 2 February 2009[73] N/A
  • Total income: Increase ~ £0.0 million
Loan[edit]
Player Country Squad
number
Position Loaned To Date Loan Duration
Aleksandar Prijović Serbia 34 Striker Yeovil Town 27 January 2009 1 Month (27 January – 27 February)[139]
Giles Barnes England 18 Midfielder Fulham 30 January 2009 4 Months (30 January - 30 May)[140]
Lewis Price Wales 13 Goalkeeper Luton Town 2 February 2009 1 Months (2 February – 2 March)[71]
Claude Davis Jamaica 21 Defender Crystal Palace 2 February 2009 1 Month (2 February-3 May)[72]
Paris Simmons England NA Striker Lincoln City 10 March 09[84] 3 Days (10 – 13 March)[86]
Liam Dickinson England 29 Striker Leeds United 13 March 2009 2 Months (2 February- 3 May)[82]
Aleksandar Prijović Serbia 34 Striker Northampton Town 16 March 2009 1 Month (16 March – 16 April)[83]
Luke Varney England 15 Striker Sheffield Wednesday 20 March 2009 1 Month (20 March – 20 April)[85]

Results[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss       Upcoming fixture

Pre Season[edit]

Date Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance
11 July 2008 TOP Oss A 0 - 2 None given
16 July 2008 Burton Albion A 2 - 0 Davies [18], Ellington [45] 3,942
19 July 2008 Rotherham United A 0 - 0 None given
23 July 2008 Oldham Athletic A 1 - 1 Villa [16] None given
26 July 2008 Mansfield Town A 3-2 Hulse [12], Villa [76], Green [79] 4,002
29 July 2008 Rushden And Diamonds A 1-0 Ellington [50] 886
2 August 2008 FC Utrecht H 2-2 Commons [17], Ellington (Pen) [45] 9,645.

Cancelled Fixture

A proposed friendly away to Lincoln City, due to take place on 26 July 2008, was cancelled by mutual consent when the two clubs drew each other in the first round of the League Cup.[141]

Football League Championship[edit]

Date Match Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance League
Pos.
9 August 2008 1 Doncaster Rovers H 0-1 33,010 (3,136 away fans) 21
16 August 2008 2 Bristol City A 1-1 Green [51] 16,389 (925 away fans) 17
23 August 2008 3 Southampton H 0-1 27,032 (1,098 away fans) 20
30 August 2008 4 Barnsley A 0-2 14,223 (2,921 away fans) 24
14 September 2008 5 Sheffield United H 2-1 Kilgallon (O.G.) [24], Hulse [71] 28,473 (2,032 away fans) 20
17 September 2008 6 Swansea City A 1-1 Pearson [63] 14,003 (516 away fans). 21
20 September 2008 7 Cardiff City H 1-1 Albrechtsen [28] 28,007 (1,677 away fans) 20
27 September 2008 8 QPR A 2-0 Albrechtsen [80], Villa [89] 14,311 17
30 September 2008 9 Birmingham H 1-1 Davies [86] 29,743 (2,500 away fans) 18
4 October 2008 10 Norwich A 2-1 Hulse [26], Ellington [85] 24,771 (1,100 away fans) 15
18 October 2008 11 Plymouth Argyle H 2-1 Hulse [45+1], Duguid (O.G.) [52] 28,495 (1,243 away fans) 10
21 October 2008 12 Blackpool A 2-3 Commons [59], Stejovski [71] 7,267 (1,260 away fans) 14
25 October 2008 13 Coventry City A 1-1 Hulse [41] 18,430 (3,039 away fans) 14
28 October 2008 14 Norwich City H 3-1 Green [14], Hulse[28], Kazmierczak [80] 26,621 (1,232 away fans) 10
2 November 2008 15 Nottingham Forest H 1-1 Villa [66] 33,010 (2,766 away fans) 9
8 November 2008 16 Reading A 0-3 18,724 13
15 November 2008 17 Sheffield Wednesday H 3-0 Commons [31], Addison [53], Stewart [67] 30,111 (2,800 away fans) 12
22 November 2008 18 Ipswich Town A 0-2 20,239 13
25 November 2008 19 Preston North End H 2-2 Hulse [8], Stewart [32] 25,534 (637 visiting fans) 14
30 November 2008 20 Burnley A 0-3 11,552 15
6 December 2008 21 Crystal Palace H 1-2 Varney [41] 27,203 (826 visiting fans) 16
9 December 2008 22 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0-3 21,326 18
15 December 2008 23 Charlton Athletic A 2-2 Ellington [62(Pen), 90 +4] 20,989 18
20 December 2008 24 Watford H 1-0 Hulse [83] 27,833 (818 visiting fans) 15
26 December 2008 25 Preston North End A 0-2 13,896 18
28 December 2008 26 Ipswich Town H 0-1 28,358 (1,285 visiting fans) 18
17 January 2009 27 Q.P.R. H 0-2 28,390 (1,368 visiting fans) 20
27 January 2009 28 Birmingham City A 0-1 15,330 22
31 January 2009 29 Coventry City H 2-1 Hulse [14], Commons [16] 29,710 (2,124 visiting fans) 18
7 February 2009 30 Plymouth Argyle A 3-0 Teale [43], Hulse [46, 53] 10,893 (853 visiting fans) 16
18 February 2009 31 Blackpool H 4-1 Commons [9, 73], Green [85], Barazite [89] 26,934 16
21 February 2009 32 Nottingham Forest A 3-1 Nyatanga [4], Hulse [46], Davies (Pen) [67] 29,140 (4,206 visiting fans) 15
27 February 2009 33 Doncaster Rovers A 1-2 Savage [50] 14,435 (3,310 visiting fans) 16
3 March 2009 34 Swansea City H 2-2 Porter [14, 48] 26,691 (462 visiting fans) 16
7 March 2009 35 Bristol City H 2-1 Porter [1], Hulse [84] 30,824 (2,430 visiting fans) 16
10 March 2009 36 Southampton A 1-1 Davies [83] 17,567 (705 visiting fans) 16
14 March 2009 37 Sheff United A 2-4 Hulse [52], Bannan [69] 27,565 17
21 March 2009 38 Barnsley H 0-0 32,277 (1,429 away fans) 17
4 April 2009 39 Burnley H 1-1 Connolly [90+3] 33,010 (2,100 away fans) 17
8 April 2009 40 Cardiff City A 1-4 Johnson (O.G.) [90] 18, 403 17
11 April 2009 41 Sheffield Wednesday A 1-0 Hulse [45] 24,392 (3,500 visiting fans) 17
13 April 2009 42 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2-3 Kazmierczak [30], Sterjovski [54] 33,079 (3,066 visiting fans) 17
18 April 2009 43 Crystal Palace A 0-1 14,736 (999 visiting fans) 18
21 April 2009 44 Reading H 0-2 31,345 18
25 April 2009 45 Charlton H 1-0 Hulse [70] 31,541 (619 visiting fans) 16
3 May 2009 46 Watford A 1-3 Eustace 81 16,131 (2,192 visiting fans) 18

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance
3 January 2009 3rd Round Forest Green Rovers A[142] 4-3 Hulse [39]. Albrechtsen [45+1], Green [75], Davies (Pen) [86] 4,836
23 January 2009 4th Round Nottingham Forest H 1-1 Hulse [36] 32,035
4 February 2009 4th Round (R) Nottingham Forest A 3-2 Hulse [28], Green [60], Commons [74] 29,001 (4,362 away fans)
15 February 2009 5th Round Manchester United H 1-4 Addison [56] 32. 103

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance
11 August 2008 Round 1 Lincoln City H[143] 3-1 (A.E.T.) Ellington [83,100,105] 10,091 (1,207 away fans).
26 August 2008 Round 2 Preston North End A[144] 1-0 Green [40] 8,037
4 November 2008 Round 3 Brighton A[145] 4-1 Villa [28, 73, 87], Ellington [34] 6,625 (300 away fans)
11 November 2008 Round 4 Leeds United H[146] 2-1 Villa [6], Ellington [18] 18,540 (3, 416 away fans)
2 December 2008 Q/F Stoke City A[147] 1-0 Ellington [90+4] (Pen) 22,034 (5,000 away fans)
7 January 2009 S/F 1 Manchester United H[148] 1-0 Commons [30] 30,194
20 January 2009 S/F 2 Manchester United A 2-4
3-4 Agg.
Barnes [80] (Pen), [90+2] 73,374

Squad statistics[edit]

Appearances, goals and cards[edit]

Last Updated - 3 May 2009

No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Northern Ireland Roy Carroll 16 0 1 0 7 0 24 0
2 DF England Paul Connolly 39 (1) 1 3 0 6 0 48 (1) 1
3 DF Scotland Jay McEveley 13 (2) 0 1 0 1 0 15 (2) 0
4 MF England Paul Green 29 3 4 2 7 1 40 6
5 DF England Jordan Stewart 26 2 2 0 5 0 33 2
6 MF Poland Przemysław Kaźmierczak 12 (10) 2 0 0 4 (1) 0 16 (11) 2
7 MF Scotland Kris Commons 30 (4) 5 3 (1) 1 7 1 40 (5) 7
8 MF Wales Robbie Savage 20 (2) 1 3 0 1 (2) 0 24 (4) 1
9 FW England Nathan Ellington 13 (14) 3 0 (1) 0 4 6 17 (15) 9
10 FW Argentina Emanuel Villa 12 (18) 2 0 (1) 0 3 (2) 4 15 (21) 6
11 FW England Rob Hulse 43 (2) 15 4 3 5 (1) 0 52 (3) 18
12 GK Wales Lewis Price 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 GK England Stephen Bywater 30 (1) 0 3 0 0 0 33 (1) 0
14 DF England Tyrone Mears 3 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 4 (1) 0
15 DF England Alan Stubbs 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
15 FW England Luke Varney 9 (1) 1 1 (1) 0 0 0 10 (2) 1
16 DF Australia Mile Sterjovski 6 (9) 2 0 (1) 0 1 (1) 0 7 (9) 2
17 DF England Dean Leacock 10 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 11 (1) 0
18 MF England Giles Barnes 0 (2) 0 1 0 0 (1) 2 1 (3) 2
19 DF Wales Lewin Nyatanga 27 (3) 1 2 0 3 0 32 (3) 1
20 MF England Steve Davies 8 (11) 3 0 (1) 1 3 (1) 0 11 (13) 4
21 DF Jamaica Claude Davis 6 (2) 0 0 0 2 0 8 (2) 0
22 DF England Andy Todd 7 (3) 0 0 0 2 0 9 (3) 0
23 MF Scotland Gary Teale 24 (1) 1 4 0 2 (3) 0 30 (4) 1
24 DF England Miles Addison 28 1 3 1 5 0 36 2
25 MF Netherlands Nacer Barazite 22 (8) 1 3 (1) 0 0 (2) 0 25 (11) 1
26 MF Australia Ruben Zadkovich 2 (3) 0 0 0 0 (2) 0 2 (5) 0
27 MF Scotland Stephen Pearson 8 (4) 1 0 (1) 0 0 0 8 (5) 1
28 DF Denmark Martin Albrechtsen 35 2 4 1 3 0 42 3
29 FW England Liam Dickinson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 DF Guinea Mohammed Camara 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 0
30 MF England John Eustace 5 (4) 1 0 0 0 0 5 (4) 1
31 DF England Mitchell Hanson 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0
32 DF England Darren Powell 5 (1) 0 0 (1) 0 1 0 6 (2) 0
32 FW England Chris Porter 3 (2) 3 0 (1) 0 0 0 3 (3) 3
33 MF Latvia Andrejs Perepļotkins 2 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 2 (1) 0
33 MF Scotland Barry Bannan 5 (5) 1 0 0 0 0 5 (5) 1
34 FW Serbia Aleksandar Prijović 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 DF England Jason Beardsley 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
35 DF England James Tomkins 5 (2) 0 0 0 1 0 6 (2) 0
36 DF England Seb Hines 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 DF Republic of Ireland Mark O'Brien 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0
41 DF England Mark Dudley 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0

2008/09 Records[edit]

Club[edit]

  • Biggest Win - 4-1 v Blackpool (18 February 2009)
  • Biggest Defeat - 1-4 v Cardiff City (8 April 2009)
  • Consecutive Victories - 4 (31 January 2009 – 21 February 2009)
  • Longest Unbeaten Run - 7 (14 September 2008 – 18 October 2008)
  • Consecutive Defeats - 4 (26 December 2008 – 27 January 2009)
  • Longest Winless Run - 6 (22 November 2008 – 15 December 2009)

Individuals[edit]

End of Season Awards[edit]

Award Player Country Chosen By
Jack Stamps Player of the Year Rob Hulse England Derby County Fans
Sammy Crooks Young Player of the Year Miles Addison England Nigel Clough
Academy Player of the Year Mark O'Brien Republic of Ireland Nigel Clough

League[edit]

Most league appearances:

Pos Player Country Apps (Subs)
1 Rob Hulse England 43 (2)
2 Paul Connolly England 39 (1)
3 Martin Albrechtsen Denmark 35
4 Kris Commons Scotland 30 (4)
5 Stephen Bywater England 30 (1)

Most league Goals:

Pos Player Country Goals
1 Rob Hulse England 15
2 Kris Commons Scotland 5
3 Steve Davies England 3
= Nathan Ellington England 3
= Paul Green England 3
= O.G. England 3
= Chris Porter England 3

All Competitions[edit]

Most appearances:

Pos Player Country Apps (Subs)
1 Rob Hulse England 52 (3)
2 Paul Connolly England 48 (1)
3 Kris Commons Scotland 40 (5)
4 Martin Albrechtsen Denmark 42
5 Paul Green England 40

Most Goals:

Pos Player Country Goals
1 Rob Hulse England 18
2 Nathan Ellington England 9
3 Kris Commons Scotland 7
4 Paul Green England 6
= Emanuel Villa Argentina 6

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