Teams: Derby County, Burton Albion
Derby County Chairman Peter Gadsby has paid tribute to former Rams owner Lionel Pickering, who died on Saturday morning aged 74.
"This comes as very sad news for Derby County Football Club and its supporters and our first thoughts are with Lionel's family and close friends," said Peter (pictured below), who served as a Vice-Chairman during Lionel's time with the club.
Peter Gadsby"One of the first things this board did on taking over the club last spring was approach Lionel with a view to creating some permanent recognition of his very considerable commitment to the club, most especially the move to Pride Park under his leadership.
"This is something the club's directors will be discussing in the immediate future in consultation with his family.
"Like many fans Lionel felt a powerful emotional commitment to the Baseball Ground and was initially reluctant to leave but he was far-sighted enough to understand the need to move to Pride Park and provide some of the best facilities in the English game. It is a move which has been an enormous success and Lionel's personal reward came when the stadium was officially opened by the Queen. He told me at the time that it was the finest and proudest day of both his and his wife Marcia's life.
"Lionel was a maverick who put his money where his heart was and the fact that his chairmanship ended unhappily should not disguise the fact that he had overseen a period of huge achievement both on and off the field.
"He could be a tough man to deal with and a tenacious opponent in business but he was above all a fan who loved this club and had an especially close affinity with its former players.
"Most people who knew Lionel could tell you of having at least one pretty fierce argument with him - but they would also tell you of a great number of terrific nights in his company, many of them after matches at Pride Park.
"Lionel played a major part in an important stage of the club's history and we will hold a minute's silence in his memory before the next home game against Sunderland"
RIP Lionel, talk the club back to the big time, and was responsible for taking the club forward off the field with Pride Park and the great training facilities, shame his era in charge ended on a sour note really.
Originally Posted by Nico
I dont belive in jinxing mate, I do belive in playing at home with a 2-0 advantage against a team which I cant see scoring 2 goals!
Of course, if we lose, I'll never admit it was me who wrote this.
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