CHAPTER SIX: 1986-87 Rams find it’s tough at the top

CHUCK EVERSON (right), one of the tallest men ever to play for Derby, and Kenny Chance (left); both were cut by the Rams after a bad start to the 1986-87 season

DAVID LLOYD: struggled to combine playing with coaching

ED COE, a big favourite and an essential part of the team

DREW SEWELL, an excellent three-point shooter and a real offensive threat

RAMS’ players supported the Derby Evening Telegraph’s appeal for toys for needy children. From left: Sam Ellis, Drew Sewell, Andy Padmore, Ed Coe, David Lloyd (player-coach), Tim Lascelles, Steve Jones, Chris Squire (assistant coach), Pete Langley, Mat Slack (team manager)

TIM LASCELLES’ improvement was recognised when he was awarded the Tidy Hire Player of the Year trophy. Colin Wright from Tidy Hire presented it to him while delighted caretaker coach George Waldram added his congratulations

CHAPTER SEVEN:  1987-88 Consolidation in the new “superleague”


ANTHONY “ACE” TANNER whose four months in Derby were characterised by disappointing performances and injuries

BPCC RAMS 1987-88 (back, left to right): Tim Lascelles, Tony Ford, Tom Egan, Clarence Wiggins (coach), Rich Kunselman, Adrian Heafield, Sam Branch. Front: Andy Tucker, Steve Jones, Ace Tanner, Mike Griffith, Steve Hanson. Insets: Andy Maher, Andy Padmore

RICH KUNSELMAN whose Derby career was cut short by glandular fever

CARL CHRABASCZ, an excellent pick-up for the Rams when he replaced Rich Kunselman

KEVAN DACRES who had modest statistics after joining the Rams for the second half of the season from Hemel and Watford

TIM LASCELLES, player of the year for the second successive season

CHAPTER EIGHT: 1988-89 Wiggins’ world hampered by big-time egos

BRIAN HUMES, another American who suffered from what appeared to be an injury jinx at Derby. He averaged 19 points and 5.71 rebounds a game in seven league outings before going home

DUAL NATIONAL Jimmy Smith made little impression during four games with the Rams. He later resurfaced with Leicester

DAVE SPINDLEY, the former Kingston forward who was a popular figure in Derby

COACH Clarence Wiggins tries to calm down Mike Henderson at the end of the first half of the National Cup game against Hemel Royals at Moorways. His clash with Darryl Thomas was partly responsible for Hemel refusing to play the rest of the game

CHAPTER NINE: 1989-90 Plenty of fizz on Whitehead’s fiery return

BACK AFTER five years, this time as player-coach: Ron Whitehead

MDM RAMS 1989-90 (back, left to right): Chris Squire (assistant coach), Ron Whitehead (player-coach), Stuart Solomon, Steve Jones, Andy Maher, Damian Garbutt (junior who never played for the club), Mat Slack (team manager). Front: Joe Rees, Tim Lascelles, Dave Roper, Matt Meakin, Ernest Lee

ERNEST LEE, arguably the greatest player ever to pull on a Derby uniform, drives to the hoop and three Solent players can’t prevent him from scoring

KENNY SCOTT, a player with an image problem before signing for Derby

TREVOR GORDON, Derby’s most expensive signing at £3,500 who lived up to his bad boy image and was sacked after a clash with player-coach Whitehead

STUART SOLOMON, promoted to the starting five for the replayed game against London Docklands

ERNEST LEE, player of the year who hit 32 points in the Coca Cola Cup semi-final against Sunderland 76ers



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