CHASING A DREAM IN PICTURES: THE EARLY YEARS

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CHAPTER ONE: Bidding to keep the dream alive

NICK NURSE, player-coach of Derby City Rams in 1990-91

PICTURES of Nick Nurse from the Derby City Rams’ official 1991 calendar

CHAPTER TWO: 1976-79 An education for the Derby Feds

DERBY C.F.E. 1976-77 (back, left to right): Bob Sherlock (assistant coach), Bob Amoroso, Tim Rudge, George Waldram, Andy Burton, Robin Mitchell, Chris Squire, Dave Freeman (coach). Front: John Bainbridge, Clive Devonish, Steve Jones, Neil Burrows, Clifton Taylor, Graham Turner, Amajeet Kooner. Inset: Dave Haynes

ACTION from a Feds’ game at Wilmorton, with George Waldram (dark vest) contesting the tip-off. Note the length of the shorts and the Converse trainers

CHAPTER THREE: 1983-84 Discounter’s catalogue of success

TIM RUDGE, Chris Squire and Dave Morgan, three of the five directors of Derby City Basketball Club Limited

DAVE SMITH, the first American signed by Derby City Basketball Club

TEAM DISCOUNTER DERBY (back, left to right): Chris Squire (coach), Mike Isembert, Tim Rudge, Clarence Wiggins, Ian Burlison, Hassan Ochefu, Steve Jones. Front: Mike Hibbert, Dave Gilbert, Clive Devonish, Bob Amoroso, Dave Smith

CLARENCE WIGGINS who recorded the first triple-double in the club’s history

CHAPTER FOUR: 1984-85 Turbos drive towards Division One

RON WHITEHEAD, the New Yorker who was a great favourite at Derby

DERBY TURBOS 1984-85 (back, left to right): Mike Isembert, Andy Brown, Ian Burlison, Ron Whitehead, Andy Padmore, Clarence Wiggins, Chris Squire (coach). Front: Tim Lascelles, Cleave Ruddock, Steve Jones, Andy Maher, Roger Harrison (team manager), Dave Gilbert

RON WHITEHEAD going to the hoop in a game at a packed Moorways Sports Centre

PLAYER of the year for 1984-85, Ron Whitehead

CHAPTER FIVE: 1985-86 Derby ram their way to promotion

TIM REISER, classy point guard from the University of Toledo who averaged 35.45 points and 4.72 assists per game for Derby

DERBY TURBOS 1985-86 (back, left to right): Tim Rudge (assistant coach), Chris Squire (coach), Tim Reiser, Steve Jones, Dave Butler, Ian Gibson, Andy Padmore, Clarence Wiggins. Front: Andy Maher, Roger Harrison (team manager), Cleave Ruddock, Viv Maxwell, Tim Lascelles

NICK VAN HEURK, the Canadian centre who the EBBA refused to register as a dual national

STEVE NEWMAN, signed in January from Peterborough Jets

COACH SQUIRE: “win or lose, we’re on the booze!”

WE’RE UP! Ecstatic players and supporters celebrate promotion to Division One after the 117-106 win at Oldham

 

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