In Both Camps; Derby County

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Roger Davies joined Leicester City from Club Brugge and his move was a club record transfer, being said to have cost the club in total £250.000, and with that crashed the former record,  happening ten years earlier with the £150 000 move of Allan Clarke from Fulham being made in 1968. Roger’s period at Leicester City was never as successful as his time at Baseball Ground were he was part of a league winning set-up and played in the topper shelf of football.

David Nish went the opposite way and with his move settling a new English transfer record when Brian Clough and Derby County paid Leicester City £225 000 for the services of the England international to be. An elegant left back who had earlier in his days at Leicester City captained the side in the 1969 FA Cup final, being the youngest to do so, ever since.

Not strange that these two clubs exchanged players over the years with a great number of players being in both camps. Goalkeepers Mark Wallington and Peter Shilton both had a life in the two dressing rooms, in later years another shot stopper Russel Hoult experienced the same. Not to forget Kevin Poole who has also been at Derby County and Leicester City, and also up until lately been part of the coaching staff at Pride Park.

The route is short and both David Webb and Gary Mills appeared in those different shirts, with Spencer Prior and Gary Rowett also in those two camps. Up front it’s also a been a great number of exchanges and happenings with Lee Morris, Dean Sturridge, David Nugent and Martyn Waghorn as examples, Paul Dickov also took the short trip over at one stage.

Back in the “good old days”, Olympic gold medalist Horace Bailey was a goalkeeper at both clubs, you also have a great number of other players from that era in the mix. Midfielder Willie Carlin joined Leicester City from Derby County and while his stay was short at both clubs, he was a key in promotion at both grounds.

Robbie Savage did return to Leicester City representing Derby County  a number of times, and it was at these two clubs that he had his longest stays, appearing for Leicester City from 1997 to 2002 and at Derby County from 2008 to 2011.

Former Sunderland FA Cup winner Billy Hughes is another example of a player that made the switch directly between the two, but will for always be remembered for his happenings with “The Black Cats” with his short stays at Baseball Ground and Filbert Street just two minr chapters in his career. During the 90’s a number of moves were registered between the clubs as Ian Ormondroyd and Phil Gee comes to mind. The list is long of former players at both clubs, as you can see below, and of course you probably have more players not listed in the list.

A list of players in both camps,

  • Goalkeepers
    • Russel Hoult
    • Peter Shilton
    • Horace Bailey
    • Mark Wallington
    • Kevin Poole
  • Defenders
    • David Langan
    • David Webb
    • Spencer Prior
    • David Nish
    • Chris Makin
    • Gary Rowett
  • Midfield
    • Gerry Daly
    • Willie Carlin
    • Kevin Harper
    • Gary Mills
    • Robbie Savage
    • Ian Wilson
  • Forwards
    • Dean Sturridge
    • Lee Morris
    • Billy Hughes
    • Ian Ormondroyd
    • Phil Gee
    • David Nugent
    • Martyn Waghorn
    • Trevor Christie
    • Bobby Davison
    • Paul Dickov
    • Roger Davies

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