Teams: Derby County, England and Ireland
Derby County's 125th Anniversay!!
As Derby County Football Club celebrates its 125th anniversary it is fitting supporters should be given the opportunity to name their all-time Rams team.
The Derby Evening Telegraph has teamed up with Derby County to launch a search for the legendary 11 and manager.
Fans will be asked to vote on a position each month and the team will be pieced together over the next nine months.
Players will be selected in the following order – goalkeeper, right-back, left-back, centre-backs, right wing, left wing, central midfielders, strikers and then the manager.
And the selection process starts today with the search for the goalkeeper.
The man receiving most votes will take his place on the teamsheet and the choice is down to you, the supporters.
And there is plenty of choice.
Peter Shilton was the world’s best goalkeeper at one time and was a huge signing for the Rams and, despite his 38 years, was still extremely consistent.
Mart Poom was a fans’ favourite, so popular that they even applauded him after he had headed a last-gasp equaliser when he returned for a league game with Sunderland.
Poom was named player of the year in 2000 and is one of four keepers to pick up the club’s top-player prize down the years.
Roger Jones did so after an outstanding first season with the Rams in 1980-1 and Steve Cherry lifted the award two seasons later.
Martin Taylor was an ever-present and player of the year in 1993-4.
He is now part of Nigel Clough’s coaching team at Derby.
Those fans who witnessed the glory years under Brian Clough and Peter Taylor, and then Dave Mackay, might vote for Colin Boulton.
He was the only player to appear in all 84 games of the two League championship successes in 1971-2 and 1974-5.
From further back, Reg Matthews, Vic Woodley, Harry Maskery and Jack Robinson all made significant contributions.
All were England internationals and Woodley helped Derby win the FA Cup in 1946, while Robinson was the keeper when the Rams finished runners-up in Division One in 1895-6.
Maskery was born in Unstone, near Dronfield, and started with Ripley Athletic before joining Derby in 1902. He played for the Football League against the Irish League and was capped by England against Ireland in Belfast in 1908. He made 222 appearances for the Rams.
Other fans might vote for Les Green, who was part of the Division Two championship-winning team of 1968-9.
More recently, Mark Wallington was a key figure in the Division Three promotion of 1985-6 and the Division Two championship success of 1986-7.
Stephen Bywater is another keeper who has helped the Rams win promotion. His form two seasons ago under Billy Davies was significant in the club returning to the Premiership.
Fans have until the 25th of each month to cast their votes and can do so by filling in a coupon, by email or by visiting therams.co.uk and dcfc.co.uk.
You can find the voting panel at therams.co.uk by clicking on the 125th anniversary section on the menu on the left. This will take you to the Rams Fans’ All-time Greats area and you will see the voting panel on the left where you can make your nomination.
There will be a prize each month for a winning fan drawn from those who voted for the chosen player.
The fan will receive a team shirt with the name and team number of the chosen player. This will be signed by the current squad and, if possible, by the player.
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