With the two fierce rivals meeting on Sunday I thought I’d take a look back at four of the most recent players to play for both The Rams and The Reds.
Tyson made the move across the A52 in the summer of 2011 after rejecting a contract offer to stay with Nottingham Forest. He’s not shy of scoring in big East Midlands derbies, having scored in a few games whilst playing in red. His time at Derby so far has mostly been blighted with injuries, forcing a long wait for a goal – which he finally got this season. Some Derby fans, even now, still abuse him for the flag incident back in 2009. How I’d love him to get a goal on Sunday at the City ground.
The current Northern Ireland international is a product of Derby’s academy. He made over 90 appearances between the sticks as a Rams player. After a few loan spells away from Pride Park and a spell at QPR, he moved to Forest. When on loan at Forest in 2008, he saved a Derby penalty from Nacer Barazite in a controversial 1-1 draw at Pride Park.
Derby unfortunately wasted £3.5 million on this man back in 2007, having just won promotion to the Premier League. He scored just 2 goals in a Derby shirt and moved to the City Ground in 2008 for a fee of around for £2.65 million. His spell at Forest was a much more successful one. Earnshaw is now on loan, from Cardiff, at Isralien club Maccabi Tel Aviv!
Commons is one of my favourite Derby players in recent years. He moved to Derby in 2008, after turning down a contract offer from Forest, and that season scored a wonderful goal against The Reds in the FA Cup, to complete a comeback of 2-0 down and win the tie 3-2. His strike against Manchester United in the League Cup Semi-Finals will live on in the memories of Rams fans for a long time. Now Commons plays for SPL side Celtic after a move there from Derby in January 2011.