2007–08 Derby County F.C. season
|Chairman||Peter Gadsby (until October)
Adam Pearson (until January)
|Manager||Billy Davies (until 26 November)
|Premier League||20th (relegated)|
|FA Cup||Fourth round|
|League Cup||Second round|
Kenny Miller (4)
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. 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.
- 1 Review
- 2 Playing squad
- 3 Transfers
- 4 Results
- 5 Squad statistics
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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. 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 and, on 29 October, Gadsby stepped down as chairman to be replaced by former Hull City owner Adam Pearson.
Meanwhile, results on the pitch were not 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. 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 a lack of investment. Some critics believed that Davies was a victim of his own success after overachieving in his first season at Pride Park, while others cited his apparent tactical inefficiencies at top flight level, poor big money signings (including £3m Claude Davis) and suggested Davies had engineered his own departure, in the form of an outspoken rant against the board 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. 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 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, Argentine striker Emanuel Villa, ex-England international defender Danny Mills on loan from Manchester City, Blackburn midfielder Robbie Savage, French winger Laurent Robert, Tottenham's Egyptian midfielder Hossam Ghaly on loan, Gençlerbirliği's Mile Sterjovski and Rangers goalkeeper Roy Carroll.
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. Derby's relegation was confirmed on 29 March, the first time a club had been relegated from the division before April 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 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.
- 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.
Left club during season
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Summer 2007 transfer window
- 29 June 2007 – Robert Earnshaw – £3.5m, from Norwich City
- 4 July 2007 – Tyrone Mears – £1m, from West Ham United
- 7 July 2007 – Andy Todd – £750k, from Blackburn Rovers
- 10 July 2007 – Ben Hinchliffe – free transfer
- 25 July 2007 – Claude Davis – £3m, from Sheffield United
- 26 July 2007 – Lewis Price – undisclosed, from Ipswich Town
- 1 August 2007 – Andy Griffin – free transfer from Portsmouth
- 10 August 2007 – Benny Feilhaber – undisclosed, from Hamburg
- 20 August 2007 – Eddie Lewis – undisclosed, from Leeds United
- 31 August 2007 – Kenny Miller – £2.25m, from Celtic
- 31 May 2007 – Seth Johnson – retirement
- 31 May 2007 – Lionel Ainsworth – released
- 31 May 2007 – Morten Bisgaard – released
- 31 May 2007 – Paul Boertien – released
- 31 May 2007 – Steven Cann – released
- 31 May 2007 – Tom Cumberworth – released
- 31 May 2007 – Lee Grant – released
- 5 July 2007 – Ryan Smith – £150k, to Millwall
- 27 July 2007 – Lee Camp – £200k, to Queens Park Rangers
- 31 July 2007 – James Meredith – free transfer to Sligo Rovers
- 8 August 2007 – Richard Jackson – free transfer to Luton Town
January 2008 transfer window
- 4 January 2008 – Danny Mills – on loan from Manchester City
- 4 January 2008 – Emanuel Villa – £2m, from Estudiantes Tecos
- 9 January 2008 – Laurent Robert – free transfer
- 9 January 2008 – Robbie Savage – £1.5m, from Blackburn Rovers
- 11 January 2008 – Hossam Ghaly – on loan from Tottenham Hotspur
- 31 January 2008 – Roy Carroll – free transfer from Rangers
- 31 January 2008 – Mile Sterjovski – undisclosed, from Gençlerbirliği
- 31 January 2008 – Alan Stubbs – free transfer from Everton
- 11 April 2008 – Ruben Zadkovich – free transfer from Sydney FC
- 3 January 2008 – Steve Howard – £1.25m, to Leicester City
- 11 January 2008 – Andy Griffin – £300k, to Stoke City
- 11 January 2008 – Matt Oakley – £500k, to Leicester City
- 28 January 2008 – Jon Macken – £200k, to Barnsley
- 31 January 2008 – Bob Malcolm – contract terminated
- 31 January 2008 – Lewin Nyatanga – loan to Barnsley
- 29 February 2008 – Michael Johnson – loan to Notts County
- 2 April 2008 – Laurent Robert – free transfer, to Toronto FC
F – A
|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||Howard 76'||75,725||20th|
|15 December 2007||Middlesbrough||H||0–1||32,676||20th|
|23 December 2007||Newcastle United||A||2–2||Barnes , Miller ||51,386||20th|
|26 December 2007||Liverpool||H||1–2||McEveley ||33,029||20th|
|30 December 2007||Blackburn Rovers||H||1–2||Oakley ||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 ||19,401||20th|
|30 January 2008||Manchester City||H||1–1||Sun Jihai (OG) ||31,368||20th|
|2 February 2008||Birmingham City||A||1–1||Villa ||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 ||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 , ||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 ||34,612||20th|
|28 April 2008||Arsenal||H||2–6||McEveley , Earnshaw ||33,003||20th|
|3 May 2008||Blackburn Rovers||A||1–3||Miller ||26,110||20th|
|11 May 2008||Reading||H||0–4||33,087||20th|
F – A
|6 January 2008||Round 3||Sheffield Wednesday||H||2–2||Miller , Barnes ||20,612|
|22 January 2008||Round 3 Replay||Sheffield Wednesday||A||1–1 [aet, pen 4–2]||Miller ||18,020|
|26 January 2008||Round 4||Preston North End||H||1–4||Earnshaw ||17,344|
Football League Cup
F - A
|14 August 2007||Round 2||Blackpool||H||2–2 [aet, pen 6–7]||Camara , Fagan ||8,658|
Appearances, goals and cards
|No.||Pos.||Name||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Total||Discipline|
- McNulty, Phil (29 March 2008). "Derby 2–2 Fulham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
- Langdon, Mark (1 September 2007). "Power ready to pay out on Rams falling". Racing Post. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- Birch leaves Derby chief exec job BBC Sport Online
- New Derby chairman backs Davies BBC Sport Online
- Bily Davies leaves Derby by mutual consent Times online
- "Billy Davies leaves Derby County". BBC Sport. 27 November 2007. Retrieved 2 December 2007.
- "Gerald Mortimer: No sad farewell to Davis". therams.co.uk. 2 September 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- Jackson, Jamie (25 November 2007). "Davies rages at Derby dilemma". London: Theguardian.com. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- Paul Jewell appointed Derby manager Telegraph
- "Hutchings set to take Derby role". BBC Sport. 24 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
- "Stubbs Brings Steel". dcfc.co.uk. 31 January 2008.
- "Rams sign Argentine striker Villa". BBC Sport. 4 January 2008.
- "Savage completes switch to Derby". BBC Sport. 9 January 2008.
- Jacob, Gary; Lansley, Peter; Szczepanik, Nick (1 November 2007). "Hossam Ghaly recruited for Derby's rescue effort". London: Timesonline.co.uk.
- "Derby complete Sterjovski signing". BBC Sport. 24 January 2007.
- "Carroll Extends Derby Stay". BBC Sport. 22 February 2008.
- General Sports and Entertainment Takeover - BBC Sport
- "Dismal Derby take Cats' sad place in the record books". Sunderland Echo. 29 March 2008. Retrieved 2013-11-09.
- Price was born in Bournemouth, England, but qualifies to represent Wales internationally and made his international debut for Wales in November 2005.
- McEveley was born in Liverpool, England, but qualifies to represent Scotland internationally and made his international debut for Scotland in August 2007, having previously represented England at U-20 and U-21 level and the Scotland B team.
- Johnson was born in Nottingham, England, but qualifies to represent Jamaica internationally and made his international debut for Jamaica in 1999.
- Jones was born in Southport, England and has represented them at U-21 level, but qualifies to represent Wales internationally through a parent.
- Earnshaw was born in Mufulira, Zambia, but moved to Wales at the age of nine and made his international debut for Wales in May 2002.
- Feilhaber was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but moved to the United States at the age of six; he was also eligible to represent Austria internationally, qualifying through his paternal grandfather. Having been called up to the United States squad twice before and declining a call-up from Austria, he made his international debut for the United States in March 2007.
- Moore was born in Birmingham, England, but qualifies to represent Jamaica internationally through his parents and made his international debut for Jamaica in 1999.
- Mears was born in Chadderton, England, but represented Jamaica in February 2009, apparently qualifying through his father; it was later discovered his father was in fact from Sierra Leone and Mears was ineligible to represent Jamaica.
- 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.
- Howard was born in Durham, England, but qualifies to represent Scotland internationally and made his international debut for the Scotland B team in November 2007.
- Fagan was born in Birmingham, England, but also qualifies to represent Jamaica internationally through his grandparents.
- 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.
- "Derby sign £3.5m striker Earnshaw". BBC Sport. BBC. 29 June 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- "Derby complete signing of Mears". BBC Sport. 4 July 2007. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
- "Todd joins Derby". lancashiretelegraph.co.uk. 7 Jul 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- "County tie up Todd swoop". football.co.uk. 10 July 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- "Davis agrees £3m switch to Derby", BBC Sport, 6 July 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- "Price completes transfer to Derby". BBC Sport. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
- "Derby complete capture of Griffin". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 2007-08-01.
- "U.S. midfielder Benny Feilhaber gets work permit to play for Derby County". USA Today. Associated Press. 9 August 2007. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- "Eddie Lewis Is A Ram". dcfc.co.uk. 20 August 2007. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- "Jewell demands fair Miller price". BBC Sport. 6 March 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- "Experienced pair to leave Derby". BBC Sport. 1 June 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- "Millwall tie up Rams winger Smith". BBC Sport. 5 July 2007. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
- "Camp pens deal". Queens Park Rangers F.C. 27 July 2007. Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- "Sligo Rovers announce new signings". Sligo Rovers F.C. 31 July 2007. Archived from the original on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- "Luton sign ex-Derby man Jackson". BBC. 8 August 2007. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
- "Danny Mills joins Derby on loan". The Daily Telegraph. 4 January 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- "Derby confirm signing of Robert". BBC Sport. 11 January 2008. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
- "Derby capture goalkeeper Carroll". BBC Sport website. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- "Derby complete Zadkovich signing". BBC. 17 April 2008. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
- "Leicester confirm deal for Howard". BBC Sport. 1 January 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- "Griffin ties up Potters transfer". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 11 January 2008. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
- "Oakley secures Leicester switch". BBC. 11 January 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- "Barnsley capture Macken from Rams". BBC Sport. 28 January 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- "Nyatanga and Malcolm head out". Derby County official website. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- "Magpies seal Rams raid". Sky Sports. 29 February 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- "Robert leaves Derby for Toronto". BBC Sport. 2 April 2008. Retrieved 2012-05-05.