Did you know?
- A person from Derby is called a Derbian or a Derbrarian.
- The popular belief is that the name 'Derby' is a corruption of the Danish and Gaelic 'Djura-by', meaning Village of the Deer.
- Derby Arboretum was the first public park in the country, and is thought to have been one of the inspirations for Central Park in New York.
- Ram FM, the independent local radio station for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire, offers a mixture of adult contemporary music and entertainment.
- Local bus services in and around Derby are run by a number of companies, but principally Trent Barton and Arriva Midlands.
Of course, if you are 19-year-old Lokomotiv Plovdiv defender Ivan Ivanov, you probably knew all of that already.
For the Bulgarian is a self-confessed nut for the sleepy market town, and has realised his dream of getting a trial with the mighty Rams.
"I'm English football mad and I know a lot about Derby. In fact, I'm ready to play in the fifth division if it's in England," he said on arriving at Nottingham East Midlands Airport.
The fifth division you say? Stick around Pride Park for a few years and you might just get the chance, young man.
"Does anyone know how to get to Markeaton Park Light Railway? It's somewhere near Belper, no?" he might have added.
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Yah-boo Yankee Boys! Liverpool's 5-0 FA Cup triumph over a team with no players is being reported as a vindication of manager Rafa Benitez.
Stupid owners. What do they know? If I pick a team with all my best players in it we win easily! What better justification of my frantic squad rotation policy?
Benitez might look rather less of a genius when he rests Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres for next Monday's agonising 2-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa.
Still, he gamely parried questions after the game about Tom Hicks offering his job to Juergen Klinsmann.
Benitez repeatedly stated how happy he was with the 5-0 result when probed about Klinsmann by Sky reporter Jeff Shreeves.
Eventually the Spaniard resorted to barefaced flattery in an attempt to fight off the tenacious news hound, describing Shreeves as a "fantastic journalist" and saying he deserved a pay rise.
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An eight-goal haul in a league game would normally be cause for celebration, but Peterborough's 8-2 romp against Accrington Stanley may inadvertently have created tension within the Posh dressing room.
George Boyd looked to have secured the match ball for himself when he completed his hat-trick on 76 minutes, only to see Aaron McLean subsequently stick away his second and third goals, sparking a battle royal with both men intent on claiming a little something for the mantelpiece.
It nearly became a three-way donnybrook, with Craig Mackail-Smith knocking in two goals of his own and narrowly missing out on a hat-trick.
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HYPERBOLE OF THE DAY: The Daily Mirror: "Juande Ramos fears his stunning unbeaten cup record will fall at the feet of Sir Alex Ferguson when Spurs go to Manchester United in the FA Cup third round." The teams beaten on said run? Blackpool, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Aalborg, Manchester City and Reading. Stunning.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "We are not necessarily going to interest a manger who is already at a team playing Champions League football or whose only ambition is to manage a top team in, say, Spain or Italy." A sense of realism breaks out at Newcastle, courtesy of chairman Chris Mort. Their latest target? Former Juventus boss Didier Deschamps. Oh.
FOREIGN VIEW: Juventus appear to have tied up a deal to sign former Middlesbrough target Amauri from Palermo. The rather steep-looking price? £12m plus Raffaele Palladino.
COMING UP: Nigel Pearson gets a chance to improve on 0-6 as Newcastle take on Stoke in their FA Cup replay, while Manchester City take on West Ham, and minnows Havant and Waterlooville attempt to set up a fourth round tie against Liverpool. It's all LIVE from 7.45pm!