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19 September 2023 Venue Pride Park Stadium Attendance

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Match Previews

Match preview | Derby County vs Imps

18 September 2023

The Imps begin their EFL Trophy group with a fixture at Derby County on Tuesday 19 September (7pm KO).

All the key information ahead of the fixture can be found in this match preview.


There will be no on the day sales at Pride Park, with tickets coming off sale from the Imps at 12noon on Tuesday.

Please do not travel to Derby without a valid match ticket.

Click HERE for the full ticket details.


The match is available for live streaming domestically for just £10, or the equivalent cost in your local currency if outside the UK and Ireland.

The feed includes expert commentary from the BBC Radio Lincolnshire sports team, including replays of key moments as well as match statistics and latest scores around the competition.

iFollow Imps subscribers can watch all the reaction, including post-match interviews and match highlights.

City supporters unable to make it to Pride Park will also be able to follow the action with regular updates on the club’s official Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.

Purchase your match pass HERE.


Nickname: The Rams

Founded: 1884

Stadium: Pride Park

Head coach: Paul Warne

Top scorer: Martyn Waghorn (five goals)

League position: 11th


Imps 1-1 Carlisle United

Sky Bet League One

Imps: Jensen, Sorensen, Erhahon, Hackett (Duffy 68’), Smith (Adelakun 46’), Bishop (Brown 75’), Hamilton, O’Connor ©, Burroughs, Roughan, Mitchell. Subs (not used): Wright, Eyoma, Gallagher, Makama.

Derby County 1-1 Portsmouth

Sky Bet League One

Derby: Wildsmith, Forsyth, Hourihane © (Embleton 38’), Cashin, Waghorn, Mendez-Laing (Sibley 66’), Smith, Washington (Collins 57’), Elder (Barkhuizen 57’), Fornah (Wilson 46’), Nelson. Subs (not used): Vickers, Bradley.


Derby: LWWLD



Hear from the head coach below…


Derby: Home

Imps: Third


Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge

Assistant referee: Christopher Husband

Assistant referee: Steve Durnall

Fourth official: Mark Jones

Supporters can watch all of Tuesday’s action live from home with an iFollow Imps match pass HERE.

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Match Reports

Derby County 2 Imps 0

19 September 2023

City were defeated in the first game of their EFL Trophy group as Derby County won 2-0 at Pride Park.

Derby enjoyed more of the possession early on, and had the first shot of the game when Korey Smith tested Jordan Wright from 20 yards.

Elliot Embleton then tried his luck from range after a quick counter-attack from the Rams, but his effort sailed over the crossbar.

A corner from the right was powered over by Sonny Bradley as Derby continued to push for an opener.

The hosts almost took the lead just before the break when a mazy run down the right from Kane Wilson resulted in the full-back finding Louie Sibley in the box. 

Sibley took a touch, but his finish was wild, with the ball spiralling over the crossbar.

After the break the Rams continued to push, with Barkhuizen skying a chance after he was set up in the box by Wilson.

City almost pounced at the other end with Joe Wildsmith denying Jovon Makama from close range.

In the 51st minute the Rams took the lead through Tom Barkhuizen, with the winger finishing from James Collins’ threaded through ball.

Louie Sibley arrowed an effort over from 20 yards in the 67th minute as the hosts searched for a second goal.

Derby doubled their lead in the 77th minute when Nathaniel Mendez Laing’s deft touch took the ball into the path of Sibley who finished high into the net.

The Imps almost reduced the deficit when a corner found Ted Bishop unmarked at the back post, but his downward header was cleared off the line by a covering defender.

Ethan Hamilton then aimed to replicate his strike against Carlisle as he forced Wildsmith into action with another long-range strike.

Wright made a fabulous save in injury time to deny the Rams a third with Mendez-Laing curling an effort towards the top corner.

Derby: Joe Wildsmith, Kane Wilson, Sonny Bradley, Eiran Cashin, Callum Elder, Tyrese Fornah, Korey Smith, Elliot Embleton, Louie Sibley, Tom Barkhuizen, James Collins.

Goals: Barkhuizen (51'), Sibley (77').

Imps: Jordan Wright, Jaden Brown, Jack Burroughs, Alex Mitchell, TJ Eyoma, Jay Benn, Alistair Smith, Oisin Gallagher, Dylan Duffy, Hakeeb Adelakun, Jovon Makama. 

Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge.

Attendance: 2,726 (251 away).

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Ticket News

Tickets: Derby County (A)

28 August 2023

The Imps can confirm ticket news for the EFL Trophy visit to Derby County on Tuesday 19 September (7pm KO).

City have been provided with an initial allocation of 446 tickets at Pride Park.

There will be no tickets available from Derby County on the day of the game after the hosts made this an all-ticket fixture.

Tickets will be made available for Gold members on Tuesday 29 August at 10am.

Silver, Bronze and Junior Imp members can secure their seat on Wednesday 30 August at 10am, with any remaining tickets available to general sale from Thursday 31 August at 10am.

Click HERE for City's ticketing website.


Derby County (A)




Senior (65+)


Young adult (18-21)


Junior (13-17)


Child (6-12)*


Infant (2-5)*


Infants must be purchased as part of a pair with a parent/guardian aged 18 or above. Any child aged 15 & under must be accompanied by someone aged 18 or above and children aged under two years will not be permitted entry to the stadium. *

Sales dates

Initial allocation

Gold members

Silver/Bronze/Junior Imp members

General sale


Tuesday 29 August at 10am

Wednesday 30 August at 10am


Thursday 31 August at 10am

Disabled supporters

Derby have provided eight pairs of wheelchair and personal assistant tickets which are situated on the disabled platform. All disabled supporters must pay their relevant age band and will receive a personal assistant ticket free of charge (subject to qualification). 

The Rams have a dedicated car parking area for away disabled supporters (blue badge holders) and for supporters who have temporary mobility restrictions, e.g. broken leg. Spaces are allocated at a cost of £10 on a first come first served basis and must be booked no later than 24 hours before the match by calling 01332 667528.

Level Playing Field information on Derby County can be found HERE.

Further details

Red Imps Travel Association coaches depart at 4.30pm for this fixture, with tickets costing £16 per person - purchase your travel HERE.

Pride Park is a cashless stadium and there will be strictly no ticket sales on the day.

Online sales deadline 

Pay on the day 

Tuesday 19 September at 12noon

Not available


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