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A Brief History Of The Branch

 

 

Derby County Supporters' Club LondonB Branch (DCSCLB) has around two hundred members, the majority resident in London and the Home Counties. The London Branch is part of the official supporters' club and has developed an excellent relationship with Derby County over the seasons, which has ensured that match tickets are available very nearly whenever required by our members, both for games at Pride Park and for away fixtures.

DCSCLB was re-formed in the early 1980s after a previous association of London-based Derby County supporters disbanded in the mid-1970s but it was the formation of the new Committee in 1982 that fuelled a rapid growth in interest and the range of activities undertaken. DCSCLB currently competes in the Association of Provincial Football Supporters' Clubs in London (APFSCIL) darts and pool competitions, whilst during the summer we play cricket on a friendly basis, including fixtures against other APFSCIL clubs.

On the social side we are a very active Branch. We hold general knowledge quiz evenings, an annual, pre-Christmas pub crawl, trips to horse racing and greyhound meetings plus ten-pin bowling. A few seasons ago we hosted a forum, attended by Jim Smith (Manager of Derby County F.C.), Lionel Pickering (Chairman, D.C.F.C.), Keith Loring (Chief Executive, D.C.F.C.) and Robbie van der Laan (Team Captain, D.C.F.C.), on a Friday evening prior to a London match. Our members were able to ask questions about all aspects of Derby County. We hope to hold a similar event in the near future.

DCSCLB's main function remains to encourage as many of our members as possible to travel to watch The Rams. We aim to arrange rail trips to all weekend games outside London, often co-operating with other APFSCIL clubs to take advantage of the various rail operators' group travel fares (the current price from St. Pancras to Derby is variable but capped at 25-00 return for the forthcoming season). Car lifts are arranged to mid-week games when it is not possible to return by train. We try to nominate one pub as our official meeting place prior to all matches. For home games we now meet in The Waterfall, on Railway Terrace, which is immediately opposite Derby station.

We keep our members in touch with events at the Club and in the Branch by publishing newssheets, which give details of ticket deadlines, London Branch events and travel arrangements, at regular intervals throughout the season. We aim to produce two editions of our Branch magazine, Capital Ram, during the current season. Work is underway to upgrade our capitalrams website, which should completed later this season.

For the 2009-10 season our standard membership fee is 10-00. We offer various reduced-rate memberships including an e-membership (publications only via e-mail), a 'partner' membership for two people and a family rate. Rather than a membership card, we produce a badge that is sent to all members. This season sees the production of the tenth such badge. Full details for anyone interested in joining our ranks are available from our Membership Secretary, Peter Roe

 

 

 

 

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