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Derby fans told not to drink in Nottingham city centre ahead of Forest clash

The City Ground Credit: SIMON BELLIS / LANDOV/Press Association Images

Derby County fans have been told not to drink in Nottingham city centre bars and pubs ahead of the local derby clash against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Friday night.

Nottinghamshire Police has issued the following statement:

The atmosphere on Friday night will be fantastic and we know that, as always, the vast majority of fan behaviour will be impeccable.

The game is a local derby and with that we fully expect there will be plenty of banter between the two sets of supporters, however we want to take this opportunity to warn people of the consequences of overstepping the line.

Our evidence gatherers will be on alert to record anyone looking to cause trouble but we will also be supporting the clubs to identify anyone who thinks it appropriate or acceptable to chant vile and distasteful songs to opposing fans.

Our officers will be at the game to help facilitate a good match day experience for all fans and to ensure everyone returns home safely.

We are confident the supporters of both sides will do their clubs proud on Friday night.

– Chief Superintendent Mark Holland

Nottinghamshire Police is urging Derby fans looking for somewhere to drink to instead use the Meadow Lane Sports Bar at Notts County's football ground.

The game kicks-off at 7:30pm.

Kevin Phillips joins Derby County from Leicester City as Assistant Coach

Kevin Phillips has been appointed Assistant Coach Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Derby County has made another appointment to its managerial staff, bringing in former England international Kevin Phillips from Leicester City.

The former West Brom and Birmingham City player was acting as first team coach under Nigel Pearson and subsequently under Claudio Ranieri.

He's the third new addition to the coaching staff since Clement took over as Derby’s Head Coach in June.

“Kevin enjoyed an illustrious playing career. He was successful at a number of clubs, experienced being promoted to the Premier League on several occasions and his goalscoring record certainly demonstrates what an excellent striker he was.

“He is now embracing a new pathway in his career and has successfully made the transition from player to coach in the last year at Leicester City.

“I believe Kevin has a lot to offer with his skills and expertise and I would like to thank Leicester City for their co-operation in allowing Kevin to join us.”

– Paul Clement, Derby County Manager

The 42-year old former professional footballer scored 282 goals in 660 professional appearances during his 20-year playing career, which included nine and a half seasons playing Premier League football and eight England caps.

Derby County Chairman becomes club's sole owner

Mel Morris is now the club's sole owner Credit: Simon Cooper/EMPICS Sport

Derby County Chairman Mel Morris has successfully bought the club from its owners, North American Derby Partners LLP, for an undisclosed sum.

Mr Morris, a life-long Rams fan and a highly successful businessman, re-invested in the club in May last year to take a 22% holding following the disappointment of the play off final against QPR.

He is now the club's sole owner.

“Whilst I firmly believe that the club’s ownership is very much a tertiary concern tob most fans, I hope together we can help steer this club back into a sustainable place in the Premier League. We have many of the key components in place, but I am conscious that we must all commit our total support in pursuit of this goal, which I know is shared by all of us, as fans of this great football club.” “I wish to pay tribute to the North American Ownership group, who collectively provided the finance and leadership stability the club needed following the traumatic times which followed the 2007/8 season in the Premier League. They have been terrific to work with, and I am sure they will continue to follow the Rams well into the future"

– Mel Morris, Derby County FC Chairman

No changes are planned in the club’s executive team who will continue to be managed by Sam Rush as Chief Executive Officer. A new board of directors is set to be announced.


Derby County unveil memorial to Dave Mackay

A memorial to Derby legend Dave Mackay was unveiled this evening Credit: ITV News Central

Derby County have unveiled a memorial to their former player and manager Dave Mackay at the iPro Stadium.

The Edinburgh-born midfielder died in March at the age of 80.

Most of the members of the Championship winning team from 1974/75 attended the unveiling.

This evening a dinner is being held to celebrate 40 years since the Rams won the league.

More: Sir Alex Ferguson leads tributes at funeral of Derby legend Dave Mackay

Derby County sign two players on deadline day

Derby County have signed two players on transfer deadline day.

Jacob Butterfield became their eighth signing of the summer. The 25-year-old midfielder has joined the Rams from Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed fee.

Jacob Butterfield has signed from Huddersfield Town Credit: Simon Cooper/EMPICS Sport/PA

Bradley Johnson became the ninth signing of the summer before the window closed at 6:00pm.

The midfielder, who is 28, has signed from Norwich City for an undisclosed fee.

Bradley Johnson has moved from Norwich City Credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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