Derby County Football Club is a professional football club based in Derby, England, currently playing in the Football League Championship. The club is notable as being one of the twelve founder members of the Football League in 1888 and is, therefore, one of only eleven clubs to have competed in every season of the English football league.
The club was founded in 1884, by William Morley, as an offshoot of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and has spent all but four seasons in the top two divisions of the English football league. The club's competitive peak came in the 1970s when it had two spells as English League Champions and competed in major European Competition on four separate occasions, reaching the European Cup semi-finals, as well as winning several minor trophies. The club was also a strong force in the interwar years of the football league and won the first post WWII FA Cup in 1946.
The club adopted its now traditional black and white club colours in the 1890's and appropriated its club 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, at the same time. It currently plays its home games at the Pride Park Stadium, located in Pride Park, Derby, where it moved in 1997.
The club's current manager is Nigel Clough, who was appointed in January 2009, and the current club captain is Paul Connolly.
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