DERBY COUNTY 1971-72 FIRST DI­VI­SION CHAM­PI­ONS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Neil Fissler

BRIAN CLOUGH led Derby County into the top-flight in 1969 and within three years they were crowned cham­pi­ons of Eng­land.

Be­fore Clough ar­rived at The Base­ball Ground from Hartle­pool United, Derby were still liv­ing off their 1946 FA Cup tri­umph, ac­cord­ing to winger Alan Hin­ton.

Clough gave the club the kick up the back­side they needed and they raced away with the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion ti­tle, win­ning it by seven points from Charl­ton Ath­letic.

Derby fin­ished fourth in their first sea­son back in the First Di­vi­sion but two years later the magic com­bi­na­tion of Clough and Peter Tay­lor pulled off the un­think­able of the cham­pi­onship.

Hin­ton re­calls: “I had three sea­sons there be­fore Brian Clough ar­rived. It was like a whirl­wind when he sud­denly hit us. It ru­ined my golf hand­i­cap and so­cial life. He was so un­pre­dictable. I tried to sec­ond guess him for about five years but never had any luck.

“He changed our train­ing times, they would never be the same. He kept you guess­ing all of the time.

“It took a long time for us to adapt to the way he wanted us to live and the way that he wanted us to work.

“He would take us away for two or three days some­where. Both Cloughie and Peter liked a trip to get away and re­lax.”

Derby started their champi- on­ship-win­ning sea­son by go­ing 12 games un­beaten. They used only 16 play­ers and fin­ished the sea­son with 57 points, but needed Leeds and Liver­pool to both slip up – which they did.

Leeds lost 2-1 at Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers and fin­ished run­ners up while Liver­pool drew 0-0 against Arse­nal at An­field and the Cham­pi­onship was on its way to Der­byshire.

As the ti­tle was be­ing de­cided Clough typ­i­cally went on hol­i­day with his fam­ily to the Isle of Scilly while Tay­lor went with the play­ers to Ma­jorca.

Hin­ton adds: “We lis­tened to the last games on the tele­phone in the man­ager’s of­fice of the ho­tel we were stay­ing in.

Re­lay

“Peter Tay­lor had hold of the phone and the phone at the other end was next to a ra­dio and we gath­ered around as Peter re­layed to us all what was hap­pen­ing.

“That is what is was like for 90 min­utes. We had been 6 or 7/1 on the morn­ing to win the league.”

1. Brian Clough: Went on to man­age the Rams’ most fierce ri­vals Not­ting­ham For­est, lead­ing them to a Euro­pean Cup dou­ble. He died in Derby in Septem­ber 2004 aged 69 after a bat­tle with can­cer.

2. Terry Hen­nessey: After a spell in man­age­ment in Non-League foot­ball and abroad, he set­tled in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia and worked as a sales man­ager and as an ad­vi­sor to On­side Academy.

3. Ron Web­ster: Derby’s great right back worked on a cat­tle farm on a 100-acre es­tate north of Not­ting­ham and then worked in a fac­tory on Meadow Lane In­dus­trial Es­tate in Al­fre­ton.

4. Colin Boul­ton: The Rams’ bestever goal­keeper is now liv­ing in Walton on Trent. He sold bur­glar alarms and worked for foot­ball equip­ment man­u­fac­turer Mitre for over 30 years.

5. Colin Todd: He went into man­age­ment with Mid­dles­brough, Bolton, Derby, Brad­ford, Dar­ling­ton and is in his sec­ond spell in charge of Dan­ish out­fit Ran­ders.

6. John Rob­son: The for­mer Eng­land U23 in­ter­na­tional was forced to re­tire with mul­ti­ple sclero­sis. He ran a newsagents in Erd­ing­ton but died in Sut­ton Cold­field in May 2004, aged 54.

7. Peter Tay­lor: Brian Clough’s long-suf­fer­ing side kick re­turned to County in 1982 be­fore he re­tired in 1984. Peter died sud­denly on hol­i­day in Ma­jorca in Oc­to­ber 1990, aged 62.

8. Jimmy Gor­don: He worked with Clough and Tay­lor un­til his re­tire­ment in May 1981. He died in Derby from Alzheimer’s in Au­gust 1996, aged 80.

9. John McGovern: Went into coach­ing and man­age­ment with Bolton, Chor­ley, Rother­ham, Wok­ing and Ilke­ston, and has worked in lo­cal me­dia and as an am­bas­sador for Not­ting­ham For­est.

10. Archie Gem­mill: A for­mer ap­pren­tice elec­tri­cian has coached at Not­ting­ham For­est, man­aged Rother­ham United, scouted for Derby County and the Scot­tish FA.

11. John O’Hare: He was the li­censee of a pub be­fore go­ing into in­surance and then work­ing at the Toy­ota fac­tory in Derby. He then worked as chauf­feur and cur­rently does cor­po­rate hos­pi­tal­ity at For­est.

12. Roy McFar­land: Is now re­tired and liv­ing in Derby after man­ag­ing Brad­ford, The Rams, Cam­bridge United, Torquay, Ch­ester­field and Bur­ton Al­bion.

13. Kevin Hec­tor: Named Derby’s great­est ever player, the striker set­tled in Allestree and, un­til he re­tired, worked as a post­man in the East Mid­lands. His 486 League ap­pear­ances for Derby is a club record.

14. Alan Hin­ton: Set­tled in the United States where he coached be­fore be­com­ing a Seat­tle Real Es­tate agent and broad­cast an­a­lyst for Seat­tle Sounders.

15. Alan Dur­ban: The Welsh in­ter­na­tional mid­fielder went into man­age­ment with Shrews­bury, Stoke, Sun­der­land – where he was also chief scout – and Cardiff. Later worked in the Stoke academy.

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