In the latest chapter of the Know your history series on DCN, we look at Derby’s biggest victories which includes wins over both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

Derby have spent most of their history in the top two tiers.

The Rams, therefore, have generally only competed against the best clubs in England throughout their history but that hasn’t stopped them from racking up some big wins.

Here, we look at the top biggest wins including two top-flight encounters.

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Derby County 6-0 Manchester City:

Derby routed current English champions Manchester City back in the 1989-90 season.

The Rams and the Citizens were both in the old first division, and on matchday 13 in November, Derby hosted a City side who simply had no answer at the Baseball Ground.

Arthur Cox had built a fantastic side at Derby, with players like Peter Shilton, Mark Wright, Geraint Williams, Paul Goddard and Dean Saunders forming a formidable spine.

City, meanwhile, are a completely different animal these days.

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Derby County 6-0 Sunderland:

One year after beating Manchester City 6-0 at the Baseball Ground, Derby repeated the score-line against Sunderland in the third round of the League Cup.

It was the highlight of Derby’s campaign in a season of struggle.

The Rams finished in last place in the league and were relegated alongside Sunderland. It marked the beginning of the end of the Arthur Cox era.

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Derby County 8-2 Tottenham Hotspur:

Derby County were draw specialists in the 1976-77 season, posting a total of 19.

But in mid-October that season, everything just clicked at the Baseball Ground as they routed a Tottenham Hotspur side 8-2 in the highlight of Derby’s league campaign.

The Rams won the first division title in 1974-75, but the 76-77 campaign was the beginning of the breakup of the great 70s side with Derby relegated in 1979-80.

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Derby County 7-0 Southend:

Two years after hammering Sunderland in the League Cup, Derby were at it again with Southend United on the receiving end of a thrashing in 1992-93.

The Shrimpers were in the same division two as Derby at the time.

But on the day, there was a huge gap between the teams as the Rams racked up their biggest victory of the campaign while going on to finish third in the league.

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Derby County 12-0 Finn Harps:

While Derby’s 8-2 thrashing over Tottenham in 1976 was the highlight of their league campaign, it wasn’t actually the biggest win of their season that year.

Irish minnows Finn Harps were drawn as Derby’s first round opponents in the 1976-77 UEFA Cup, and the Rams put on a show as they recorded their biggest ever victory.

Derby ran riot, scoring seven in the opening 30 minutes before taking their foot off the gas.

Club legend Kevin Hector scored five that night, while Charlie George and Leighton James also grabbed hat-tricks with Bruce Ricoh scoring the other goal.

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