Derby County travel to Nottingham Forest this weekend in a fixture steeped in history and one which means so much for the two Championship clubs’ supporters.

In recent years Forest have had the upper hand in fixtures at the City Ground. But, in 2011, they faced complete humiliation in a game Derby fans will never forget.

Losing 1-0 and down to 10 men after Frank Fielding’s early dismissal, Derby came from behind to win 2-1 despite playing more than 85 minutes a player light.

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Who were the 10 Derby heroes that day? And where are they now?

GK: Adam Legzdins:

Goalkeeper Adam Legzdins replaced Tomasz Cywka after four minutes following Fielding’s red card. He failed to stop the ensuing penalty, but he put on a quality display.

The 32-year-old is now third choice at Burnley in the Premier League.

RB: John Brayford:

John Brayford was a Nigel Clough signing. He was excellent for Derby and later joined Cardiff City in the Premier League. Now, he is back with Clough at Burton Albion.

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CB: Jason Shackell:

Jason Shackell was in his first spell at Derby after signing from Barnsley that summer. He spent just one year at Pride Park before joining Burnley.

The 36-year-old re-joined the Rams in 2015. Now, he plays for Lincoln City.

CB: Mark O’Brien:

O’Brien was just an 18-year-old academy player at the time and lacking in first-team experience. However, he put in a superb display up against Ishmael Miller and Matt Derbyshire.

The Irishman is now in his fourth season at Newport County in League Two.

LB: Gareth Roberts:

Roberts was Derby’s most experienced defender at the time. The former Doncaster Rovers man made over 100 appearances for the Rams in three years at the club.

 

Now, the 41-year-old is assistant manager at Stalybridge Celtic.

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CM: Jeff Hendrick:

Derby’s match-winner that day was academy star Jeff Hendrick. The midfielder scored with a superb 20-yard strike moments after missing a sitter from a few yards out.

The Republic of Ireland international showed his potential that day. Now, he is a regular Premier League star with Burnley after making his move in 2015.

CM: Craig Bryson:

Craig Bryson will best be remembered for scoring a hat-trick against Forest in 2014.

But in 2011, he was in his debut campaign with the Rams. The Scot went on to play eight seasons at Pride Park, before joining Aberdeen on a free transfer this past summer.

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RW: Ben Davies:

Former Notts County man Ben Davies would have loved beating Forest away.

The versatile 38-year-old has since played for several clubs, with his latest being minnows Cleethorpes Town in the Northern Premier League.

LW: Jamie Ward:

Jamie Ward was arguably Derby’s best player at the time, and his equalising goal will rank as one of the best he ever scored as he left three Forest players in his wake.

After tricking his way into the box, Ward slotted in at Lee Camp’s near post. The 33-year-old is now at Scunthorpe United having ironically spent four years at Forest.

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ST: Theo Robinson:

The Jamaican was Derby’s centre-forward that day. Robinson was lightening quick but wasn’t blessed with the best first touch or ball control. Still, his pace often caused havoc.

The 30-year-old is now at Colchester United on loan from Southend United.

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