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Derby County v Liverpool (26/12/2007) - Double Agents
Monday, 24th December 2007
As we prepare to visit Derby County on Boxing Day, YNWA looks at the careers of some of those who have represented both sides.

Current double agent
1980's reserves forward Paul Jewell never made our first-team, but is now a successful Manager, most recently securing a third season of top-flight football for Wigan Athletic last May. He resigned later that month, taking over at Pride Park in November. He has so far led them to just one point in his first four games in charge.

Up front
Dean Saunders joined Derby County from Oxford United for £1m in October 1988. He netted 57 times in 127 games for the Rams, before moving to Anfield in July 1991 for a British record £2.9m fee. He scored 25 times in 61 first-team appearances while at Anfield and was sold by Graeme Souness after only fourteen months at the club, joining Aston Villa for £2.3m, grabbing a brace against the reds on his home debut.

Sam Raybould signed from New Brighton Tower in January 1900 and netted 128 times in 226 reds games, becoming the first player to bag a hundred League goals for the club. He helped us to claim two League titles and the Second Division championship. Derby had been one of his former clubs.

Outside-left Hugh McQueen signed from Leith Athletic in October 1892 and made 63 reds appearances, bagging seventeen goals, and helped us to the Lancashire League and Second Division titles in successive seasons. He left Anfield to join Derby in July 1895.

In the centre at the back
Mark Wright signed from the Rams for £2.2m in July 1991, after ten goals in 171 outings following his £760,000 capture from Southampton in August 1987. With Alan Hansen retired, Glenn Hysén soon to go and Gary Gillespie moving on to Celtic, we were in dire need of a quality centre-back, and Wright was drafted in after his impressive displays for England at the 1990 World Cup. He made 210 reds appearances, the most memorable coming when he lifted the FA Cup at Wembley in 1992.

Alex Watson made just nine first-team appearances, before going on to greater success across the park, before joining Bournemouth for £150,000 in January 1991. He had joined Derby on loan in August 1990, turning out five times for them.

Other defensive double agents
England international full-back Tom Cooper signed from Derby County for £7,500 in December 1934 but never scored in his 160 reds games, many as skipper, and died on military duty in 1940. Right-back Willie Steel played 128 times for the reds after signing from St. Johnstone in September 1931, making his debut in our 1-1 home League draw with the Rams in December 1931. He was sold to Birmingham City for £5,000 in March 1935 and later ended his career at the Baseball Ground.

Gary Ablett joined Derby County on loan in January 1985. He made eight appearances before returning to break through into the first team at Anfield. He made 147 senior reds appearances, scoring just once - in only his second game. He helped us to two League titles and an FA Cup before being sold to Everton by Graeme Souness for £750,000 in January 1992, with whom he won a second FA Cup. He returned to the club in the summer of 2006 to take over as Reserve Team Manager.

Richard Money spent two years at Anfield after signing from Fulham for £50,000 in May 1980, but was unable to displace either Alan Kennedy or Phil Neal at full-back, making only seventeen first-team appearances. He also spent five games on loan with Derby, during 1981/82.

Other double agents
Local-born inside-forward Willie Carlin only made one first-team appearance for the reds, a 1-1 draw at Stoke City in October 1959, and moved on to Halifax Town in August 1962, going on to make a total of over 400 League appearances for a variety of clubs. He struck fourteen times in 89 League matches for Derby at the end of the 1960's.

Physio Dave Galley joined Derby County in August 2005 after six years at Melwood, although he has since left.



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