Note: This is the second of four posts about the 24 teams competing in the Championship, which is Tier 2 of English Association football. Teams are presented in alphabetical order with a bit of their history and some expectations for this season. You can read Part 1 here.
Nickname: The Rams
Team Colors: Black / White
Kit Manufacturer: Umbro
Kit Sponsor: 32Red
Ground: Pride Park Stadium (1997-Present)
Manager: Frank Lampard (since 2018)
2017-18 Season: 6th of 24 in Championship
Seasons in Premier League: Seven, last in 2007-2008
The Rams locked themselves into a playoff spot last season in Week 44 with against second-place finisher Cardiff City, and held on with a win and a draw in their final two games, finishing two points ahead of seventh-place Preston North End, who remained out of the playoff despite their own unbeaten string to end the season. With the departure of three clubs to the Premier League via promotion, I don’t see any reason why Derby County can’t yet again compete for promotion this season, though they will probably want to be a bit more consistent over the course of the season instead of holding off until the end.
This will be the Rams 51st overall season at Tier 2, with four championships to boot. But I imagine they want to return to the Premier League sooner rather than later, if only to try and get the “one-and-done” taste out of their mouth following their most recent go of it in 2007-2008, a season in which they finished in 20th place and were the second club in Tier 1 history to secure relegation in March. Their only other time in the Premier League was a six season run from 1996-2002, but they have spent more total seasons at Tier 1 – 65 seasons with an average finish of 10th. They currently have 13-to-8 odds of finishing in the top 6, so maybe they’ll be spending 2019-2020 back in the Premiership.
Read moreEFL Championship Primer: 2018-2019 Season – Part 2