Quoted by Derby County’s official website, former manager Frank Lampard has helped look back at their play-off semi-final win over Leeds United last year.
The former England midfielder is now the Chelsea boss but it was at Derby where he made his first managerial foray and he took them to the play-off final – though they were beaten by Aston Villa at Wembley last May.
Even so, it was a memorable season for all connected with the club and they have looked back fondly on the win over Leeds – which saw them play out a classic at Elland Road in the second leg.
Indeed, the two sides had plenty at stake going into the game, thanks to Spygate that season as well, and Lampard revealed how he was quickly told about the rivalry that was at its height in the 70s.
“I was made aware of the rivalry quite soon after taking over at the club, the history of it. By the time we reached the second leg, with everything that had happened through the season, emotions had been stoked.”
Leeds look good for promotion this season now, whilst Derby might sneak into the play-offs again this season – depending on whether the campaign is resumed.
It was certainly an entertaining tie last year, though, and the Rams will just hope that, if they make the top six this time around, they can get to Wembley and go one better after losing to Villa.