We’d like to start by saying a massive thank you to all those who have been down to the Guildhall to see our exhibition over the first month or so since the opening. The support received and comments made have been overwhelmingly positive and the students at Horizons have been particularly grateful for the kind feedback.
As well as comments, they have also been blessed by the visit of a number of famous faces from the local area. This includes BBC Derby’s very own “voice of Derby County” Mr. Ed Dawes:
While Ed has a direct footballing link, the students have also received a visit from Derby-born, former world champion boxer Damon Hague. Damon’s visit, alongside his championship, was well-received and he also kindly gave a motivational talk on the benefits of sport and exercise. We also hope to welcome fellow boxing champion and avid Derby fan Sandy Ryan to our event over the next couple of weeks, check our Twitter and website for further details.
Over the course of the past four weeks, we have welcomed 600+ guests to our exhibition from all sections of Derby’s diverse community. Many visitors have shared memories of the Baseball Ground and Derby County over the years and it has been a fantastic experience for both ourselves at the Collection and the students, who have enjoyed interacting with visitors, facilitating conversations around the club’s heritage.
Some of these stories have found their way into our visitor book and make for fascinating reading. One visitor, for example, tells of his most treasured possession: the pair of trainers he wore at the final game at the Baseball Ground, against Arsenal on 11 May 1997.
Saturday Opening – 12 October
We are delighted to announce that due to the international break, we will be opening #ClubCityCommunity to the public this Saturday. The exhibition will open from 10 till 3 with a host of new objects and a special guest.
Our display will be bolstered by the generous loan of three retro Derby County shirts from avid shirt collector Luke Boden. Luke has amassed a great selection of DCFC shirts from over the years and will be on hand to answer any questions about the Rams, his shirts and collecting in general. One of these shirts will be the nostalgic 1986-7 shirt from the year the Rams won the Second Division title under the leadership of Arthur Cox.
Alongside the 86-87 shirt, we will also have the championship medal from the title-winning season, which was given to one of the successful squad members.
1986-7 is a key theme of the opening this Saturday and this coincides with our special guest for the day. We are pleased to announce that Nigel “Cally” Callaghan, the former Derby County winger, will be in attendance greeting visitors on the day. Nigel played for the Rams between 1987 and 1989, with a loan spell in 1990-1, playing 18 games during the 1986-7 Division Two winning campaign. Cally will be appearing at around 1pm.
We hope to see you on Saturday and, if you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to head down and show some support for The Derby County Collection and Horizons Sixth Form at the Guildhall exhibition.
Up the Rams!