Ground: Pride Park,
DE24 8XL
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Tel: 0871 472 1884
Websites: Official
Getting there
By Car: (approx 121 miles from HW)
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Train: Derby station is approximately 1 mile from the football ground. Check for specific times and connections of trains.


Prior to the 2020/21 season, Wanderers had never met Derby County in competitive football. However, the two clubs had met twice previously in friendly games.

The first occasion in February 1969 saw a Derby side managed by the to be legendary duo of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor, while captained by Dave MacKay. The Derby line-up also included several other names that would become familiar over the following seasons - including Roy McFarland, John McGovern and Kevin Hector.
Meanwhile, Wycombe managed by their own Brian [Lee], included the ever popular winger Len Worley plus 'keeper John Maskell and prolific scorer Tony Horseman. A young Viv Busby was also used as second-half substitute for Worley but they couldn't prevent Clough & Taylor's side from running out 6-0 winners, with goals from Wignall 2, Hinton 3 and Durban
At the end of the season that Derby travelled to Loakes Park for a friendly, they would win promotion to the old 'First Division'. Clough and Taylor would lead them to their first Football League Championship in 1972 and subsequently the semi-finals of the European Cup in 1973. The duo would leave the Club in 1973 after a fall out with Club's Directors but a statue of the duo is in place outside their Pride Park stadium as legacy to their achievements. Club Captain Dave MacKay would also go on to manage the side and he led Derby to another Championship in the 1974/75 season.

Derby County would return again to Loakes Park for another friendly as a warm-up prior to the start of the 1976/77 campaign. On this occasion the visiting side was very much made up of youngsters, although Roy McFarland, by now a former England centre-half, was again part of the victorious visiting side - this time by a 2-0 margin - goal coming from Alan Cork and an own goal from Keith Mead on a sunny afternoon in High Wycombe.
Chairboy Connections
Players who have played for both Clubs,include the following:

Indicates player profile available

Ikechi Anya - Former youth team player with Wanderers who was given his First Team debut by Manager Tony Adams in October 2004 at the age 16 years and 279 days - the youngest ever at the time for Wycombe. Made 26 First Team apps for Wycombe before being released by then Wycombe Manager Paul Lambert in May 2007. Subsequently moved into non-League football before a brief spell with Northampton Town during the 2008/2009 season - making 14 League appearances and scoring 3 times before earning a contract with Seville in the summer of 2009 at the Glenn Hoddle run accademy. Subsequently returned to the UK to play for Watford and made his Scotland debut in September 2013 and was part of the Watford side that won promotion to the Premier League in May 2015.
Signed for then Championship side Derby County in August 2016 on a four year deal for a fee reported to be in the region of 4m. He made 27 apps and scored once in his first season with The Rams before falling out of favour and making just a handful of further appearances before being released in the summer of 2020.

Michael Forsyth - Popular former Derby County defender who joined Wycombe from Notts County in December 1996 for 50,000. Retired from the full-time game at the end of the 1998/1999 season but went on to play for Burton Albion before returning to Wycombe as Coach during the 2000/2001 campaign, then progressing to become Reserve and Youth Team Manager before being axed under the reign of Tony Adams in February 2004.

Jordon Ibe - Former Centre of Excellence player for Wanderers who grabbed the headlines when he became the youngest ever scorer for Wycombe when he netted against Sheffield Wednesday at Adams Park in October 2011 aged 15 years and 244 days. Moved to Liverpool from Wycombe for a fee of around 0.5m in December 2011. Made 11 appearances for Birmingham CityBournemouth in the summer of 2016 for a reported 15m fee - a deal which netted Wanderers an estimated 2m sell-on. Joined Derby County in September 2020 having been released by The Cherries.

Martin Taylor - Exceptionally popular goalkeeper at Wycombe for close to six years after joining on a free from Derby County in the summer of 1997. Had made close to 100 First Team appearances for Derby having joined as youngster in 1986. Went on to clocked up 284 First Team apperances for Wycombe and was part of the side that reached the Semi-Finals of the FA Cup under Lawrie Sanchez during the 2000/01 season. Moved into non-League football with Telford United after leaving Wycombe in May 2003 and then switched to Burton Albion for the start of the 2004/5 season where he was also a member of the coaching staff.

Nathan Tyson - Former Reading Youth player who scored 44 goals in 87 appearances for the Wanderers following an initial loan move from The Royals in December 2003. A fee of around 140,000 eventually made the move permanent but his scoring record attracted the attention of several higher league clubs with Nottingham Forest eventually taking Tyson on loan in November 2005, with the deal made permanent in the January 2006 transfer fee - with Wycombe benefitting to the tune of 675,000. Spent more than five years with Forest, scoring 42 goals in just over 200 appearances. Switched to Derby County in the summer of 2011 after his contract expired with Forest. Went on to make 41 First Team apps for County - scoring 5 times- before a move to Blackpool in September 2013. Then had spells with Doncaster Rovers and Kilmarnock before a return to Wycombe in the summer of 2017 - going on to add a more 54 First Team apps and 9 goals to his Wycombe record and being part of the side that won promotion to League One in 2018.

Other player connections include:
Gary Ablett, Lionel Ainsworth, Stephen Bywater, Darren Currie, Matt Duke, Frank Fielding, Lewis Hunt, Jason Kavanagh, Richard Keogh, Rob Lee, Tommy Mooney, Luke Moore, Chris Palmer, Matt Richards, Adam Smith, Mark Stallard, Steve Wicks

Former Wycombe Wanderers Manager John Gregory also player for Derby County (1985-1988) and then after his time in charge at Adams Park (1996-1998) had a spell as Manager with The Rams (January 2002 March 2003) - initially joining while they were bottom of the Premier League but couldn't prevent their relegation. He was sacked by Derby in March 2003 for alleged misconduct but later won 1 million in compensation for unfair dismissal.
Chairboys all-time record against The Rams
Wed, Feb 12, 1969 Fr H L 0-6 -
Sat, Aug 7, 1976 Fr H L 0-2 650
Sat, Nov 28, 2020 Ch A D 1-1 BCD
Tue, Feb 16, 2021 Ch H L 1-2 BCD
Sat, Sep 17, 2022 L1 A L 1-2 24,784
Sat, Feb 11, 2023 L1 H W 3-2 7,167
Sat, Dec 16, 2023 L1 A D 1-1 25,835
Fr = Friendly
Ch = Football League Championship
L1 = 'League One' (third tier)
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