Derby County’s team spirit has been regularly highlighted in the last 12 months - but Nigel Clough’s squad have also shown that there’s a real ‘one club’ feel around the Club in the last few weeks.
With the backing of manager Clough and club captain Shaun Barker, the Rams’ players put their hands in their pockets to raise the healthy amount of £2,000 to hand over to Derby County Ladies, which will allow them to purchase training kit for the 2012-13 FA Women’s Premier Northern Division season.
“When we heard that, due to the increasing cost base in the current economy and the Ladies players were struggling to pay their subscription fees to cover costs, we quickly sought about rallying around to show their support,” said Clough.
Derby County Ladies Assistant Manager Jenny Simpson said: “Last year we had a number of girls who were unable to pay their ‘subs’, so we’ve had to cut them down and therefore were unable to purchase training kit.
“With the money the players have handed over it means we can buy new training kit and each player will have a Derby County players’ name on the back of their gear. To see the players put their hands in their pockets says an awful lot about them.
She added: “This wonderful gesture, we hope, will help change our audience now that fans can see that the lads have an interest in Derby County Ladies.”