Derby County Football Club was formed in 1884 and is one of the founder members of the English Football League.
The club adopted its traditional black and white club colours in the 1890s and appropriated its nickname The Rams, a tribute to its links with the First Regiment of Derby Militia, which took a Ram as its mascot and the song “The Derby Ram” as its regimental song.
The club has spent all but four seasons in the top two divisions and were the winners of the FA Cup in 1946.
The most successful period in their history came in the 1970s when they were crowned as the English League Champions in 1971/72 and 1974/75, the first of which was won under the legendary Brian Clough.
In the present day, Derby play in the Sky Bet Championship – the second tier of English football – and are managed by ex-Holland midfielder Phillip Cocu and England and Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer, Wayne Rooney, is part of Derby’s first-team squad.
The club plays its home games at Pride Park Stadium, which was officially opened by the Queen in 1997 and has a capacity of over 33,000.