Derby v Wolves: 5 Quick Facts For The Pub

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5. Cloughie the Wolves boss?

Brian Clough remains Derby’s most successful and famous manager but less people know that at one point he was keen on taking the Wolves job.

Back in 1995, two and a half years after resigning from Nottingham Forest, the then 60-year old Clough made an informal application for the vacant Wolves job in his own inimitable style.

Phoning up a Nottingham-based news agency, Clough put out the feelers as he revealed:
"They [the FA] would not give me the chance of preceding or following Graham Taylor as manager of England, but I would not mind succeeding him at Wolves.”

Sadly the killjoys at Wolves refused to get in on the gag, instead choosing to to appoint Mark McGhee, robbing this article of many a potential anecdote. Shame on you Jack Hayward.

4. Wolves are Derby's bogey side
Wolves love a trip to Derby, last losing on the road to their Midlands’ rivals way back in 1993. Since then Wolves have left Derby with their head held high on on nine occasions, winning five times.

The gets worse for Derby fans, as they have failed to beat Wolves in their last 15 games home and away. Wolves have been such a bogey side for the Rams over the years that they should turn up wearing green. Watch this video of Steve Bull grabbing a 1993 hat-trick in a 4-0 win at the Baseball Ground, or don’t if you support Derby

3. Alan Hinton, Wolves prodigy to Derby title winner
Alan Hinton was still a teenager when he made an instant impact at Wolves in the 1961-62 season, scoring five times in 16 games. The following campaign saw the left-winger become the team’s top scorer with 19 goals, leading to his first England cap.

In 1964 he attracted the interest of Nottingham Forest, before making a 1967 transfer to nearby Derby. Clough bought Hinton for a then not inconsiderable £30,000 and it was to prove to be an astute purchase.

Nicknamed “Gladys” by the Rams faithful, for his penchant for wearing white boots and sporting a blonde perm, Hinton scored some 63 goals in 253 games and instrumental part of Clough’s legendary Derby side that won two First Division titles. Here’s Clough explaining how he got the best out of him.

2. Lee Naylor play-off hero
Another player to have spent time at both clubs is Lee Naylor. Starting his career at Wolves in 1997, the left-back spent a decade at the club, making 333 appearances and scoring nine goals.

One of those goals was a vital strike from a free-kick in the 2003 Play-Off semi-final against Reading (see below). Last season the now 34-year old, joined Derby on a short-term deal, which was extended in the summer. Wolves fans shouldn’t expect to catch a glimpse of their former hero though, as he's only played four games for Derby since joining the club.

1. Derby leave Wolves amongst the also-rans

In 2007, both Derby and Wolves reached the League Championship play-offs. Luckily for Derby given their atrocious record against Wolves, they faced Southampton in the semi-finals, beating them on penalties after two legs.

Wolves were not so fortunate, tasting the agony of losing to bitter local rivals West Bromwich Albion 4-2 on aggregate. Happily, Derby sorted out things for them at the Wembley final. A Stephen Pearson goal was enough to leave WBA heartbroken and send the Rams into the Premier League.

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